We’re watering up just thinking about it…
A 67-year-old woman from Birmingham, England was getting prepped for cataract surgery when doctors found something much more alarming in her eye… 27 — yes, TWENTY SEVEN — contact lenses!
The woman had been wearing monthly disposables for 35 years, and did not report any previous irritation to doctors.
So medical officials were shocked to remove 17 lenses from the woman’s eye — only to later find 10 more lenses in there after another examination!
According to an article in The British Medical Journal, the lenses were discovered clumped together in a “blueish mass” and “bound together by mucus.” *Dry-heaves*
Specialist trainee ophthalmologist Rupal Morjaria said the woman thought the discomfort from the lense clump was “part of old age,” telling Optometry Today:
“She was quite shocked. When she was seen two weeks after I removed the lenses she said her eyes felt a lot more comfortable. She thought her previous discomfort was just part of old age and dry eye.”
Doctors say the lenses went unnoticed for so long because the patient did not go to regular optometrist appointments, and suspect she was able to deal with the irritation due to having deep-set eyes.
Morjaria cautioned contact lense-wearers to always stay up on their check ups, adding:
“In this day and age, when it is so easy to purchase contact lenses online, people become lax about having regular check ups. Contact lenses are used all the time, but if they are not appropriately monitored we see people with serious eye infections that can cause them to lose their sight.”
As for the patient, Morjaria notes “she said her eyes felt a lot more comfortable” two weeks after the lenses were removed.
Um, we’d hope so. Take care of your eyes, ppl!