Anyone who has ever worn contact lenses is well aware of the inevitable discomfort that comes along with every day use. If the lens isn’t perfectly placed against your pupil or adequately moistened, it becomes not only uncomfortable—but you really can’t see a damn thing.
That being said, frequent contact wearers tend to have a pretty keen sense for when their lenses are out of place. At least, that was the impression I was under until I came across this story about a woman who’s doctor found 27 contacts stuck in her eye. Yes, really.
A UK surgeon recently found 27 contact lenses stuck in a patient’s eye.
27 contacts in one eye! A write-up in the British Medical Journal explains that a mass of contacts was discovered when the 67-year-old patient was being prepped for cataract surgery at England’s Solihull Hospital. 17 of the contacts were clumped together and 10 were pulled out individually.
In case you’re wondering what 27 contacts stuck together looks like…
The doctors who collaborated on the write-up—Rupal Morjaria, a specialist trainee ophthalmologist; Richard Crombie, a consultant anesthesiologist; and Amit Patel, a consultant ophthalmologist—stated that the lenses were clumped together in a “blueish mass” and were “bound together by mucus.”
Hopefully, you’ve already eaten lunch today.
Somehow, the patient had no idea and that this large mass was floating around in her eye.
According to The Washington Post, the patient had worn monthly contact lenses for 35 years, and she rarely visited the eye doctor during that time. It wasn’t until doctors were injecting anesthesia into her eyes for cataract surgery that the contacts were discovered.
“She was quite shocked,” Morjaria, the surgeon who worked on this patient, told Optometry Today. “When she was seen two weeks after I removed the lenses she said her eyes felt a lot more comfortable.”
I would certainly hope so.
Apparently, the patient attributed her previous discomfort to “old age and dry eye.”
The operating team, which included a seasoned ophthalmologist with more than 20 years experience, was also incredibly startled by this discovery.
“None of us have ever seen this before,” Morjaria said.
“It was such a large mass. All the 17 contact lenses were stuck together. We were really surprised that the patient didn’t notice it because it would cause quite a lot of irritation while it was sitting there,” she added.
As for how the contacts got trapped in the first place, the doctors speculate that it was the patient’s “deep set eyes, which might have contributed to the unusually large number of retained foreign bodies.”
Naturally, people are baffled as to how this happened.
As someone who has worn contacts for many years, this whole story makes me want to switch over to glasses ASAP.