Recently, doctors reported that they had inspected a “blueish mass” in a woman’s eye. However, it was what they discovered that left them and the woman both baffled.
The 67-year-old woman went in for a routine cataract surgery and ended up having 27 lenses pulled from her eye.
Rupal Morjaria explained to Optometry Today that,
“She was quite shocked.” And that she and her colleagues were intrigued to find 17 clumped together lenses as they injected anesthesia into the woman’s at Solihull Hospital, southeast of Birmingham. However, they also recovered another 10 during the process.
The strangest part is that the woman had absolutely no idea, and had no complaints.
“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,” Ms. Morjaria elaborated.
And because the lenses had been there for so long, if the doctors had operated, she would have had a massive amount of bacteria around the surgical area. Optometry Today reported that the woman had been using contacts for over 35 years, however, she had not been going to her regular eye appointments.
“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.” Ms. Morjaria explained. And she felt that it was important to raise awareness regarding eye health.
“In this day and age, when it is so easy to purchase contact lenses online, people become lax about having regular check ups,” she added.
“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,” Ms.Morjaria stressed.
And while most people experience severe discomfort when a lens becomes lodged into their eye, the woman in Morjaria’s story did not. Therefore, if you have ANY discomfort in your eyes while using lenses, please double check for them. While you may have it lucky like the woman in the story, optometrists agree that it isn’t likely. Instead, you could lose your sight.