Doctors found 27 contact lenses in a 67-year-old patient’s eye when she was being prepped for surgery at England’s Solihull Hospital, a write-up in the British Medical Journal claims.
The piece was authored by Rupal Morjaria, a specialist trainee ophthalmologist, Richard Crombie, a consultant anesthesiologist, and Amit Patel, a consultant ophthalmologist.
The lenses were clumped together in a “blueish mass” and were “bound together by mucus,” according to the journal.
“She was quite shocked,” Morjaria told Optometry Today. “When she was seen two weeks after I removed the lenses she said her eyes felt a lot more comfortable.”
The patient had worn monthly contact lenses for 35 years, and she rarely visited the eye doctor during those years. But she had cataracts, so last November, doctors were injecting anesthesia into her eyes for surgery when they paused, surprised by the bizarre discovery.
“It was such a large mass,” Morjaria said. “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.”
“Patients do sometimes present with a contact lens stuck under their eyelid, particularly if they are new to contact lens wear, but finding this many lenses stuck in someone’s eye is exceedingly rare,” Association of Optometrists clinical and regulatory officer Henry Leonard told Optometry Today.