Surgeons have removed 27 contact lenses from the eye of a 67-year-old woman who had come to Solihull Hospital for routine cataract surgery. “A bluish foreign body” turned out to be a “hard mass” of 17 lenses stuck together with mucus, and 10 more were then found under further examination. A report in the BMJ said she had worn disposable lenses for 35 years, and had not complained of any irritation. But after they were removed, she said her eyes felt a lot more comfortable.
Specialist trainee in ophthalmology Rupal Morjaria told Optometry Today: “None of us have ever seen this before. “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 was quite shocked. She thought her previous discomfort was just part of old age and dry eye.”