Doctors remove 27 contact lenses from woman’s eye

Posted at 8:43 AM, Jul 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-17 17:05:04-04

Birmingham, England -- A doctor recently found 27 contact lenses "lost" in a 67-year-old woman's eye while preparing her for cataract surgery, according to a write-up in the British Medical Journal.

This clump of 17 contacts was found in one patient's eye. Another 10 were pulled out later.

According to the report, the woman was unaware of the lenses and had not previously complained of eye pain.

Doctors found a "hard mass" of 17 contact lenses that were "bound together by mucus," according to the report. Rupal Morjaria, a specialist trainee ophthalmologist, told Optometry Today an additional 10 lenses were found during a follow-up examination.

“None of us have ever seen this before,” Morjaria told Optometry Today. “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."

Doctors successfully removed all 27 lenses.

The write-up in the medical journal cited the woman's "deep set eyes" as a possible explanation for why she did not experience irritation caused by the lenses.