It’s always in the last place you look…assuming your vision isn’t impaired of course.
A team of doctors recently found 27 contact lenses that a patient thought were gone forever – all in her eye. The doctors found the amalgamation of lenses while they were prepping the 67-year-old patient for surgery.
In a write-up in the British Medical Journal, the authors described 17 of those lenses to be clumped together in a “bluish . . . hard mass” and were “bound together by mucus.” With further microscope work, the other 10 were unearthed.
The unaware patient has been wearing contacts for 35 years.
“She was quite shocked,” Rupal Morjaria, a specialist trainee ophthalmologist who worked with the patient, and is one of the authors of the BMJ piece, told Optometry Today. “When she was seen two weeks after I removed the lenses she said her eyes felt a lot more comfortable.”
The doctors could only conclude that the patient’s deep-set eyes could be the explanation how the impossible amount of contact lenses lodged in there. Morjaria adds that, “none of us have ever seen this before.”
“It was such a large mass . . . 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.”
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