SURGEONS FIND 27 CONTACT LENSES LOST IN PATIENT'S EYE - BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL REPORTS -
Ophthalmologist Rupal Morjaria, who practices at the Solihull Hospital in the UK, went in for what should’ve been a routine cataract surgery on a 67-year-old woman and got a little more than she bargained for.
Rupal Morjaria who works at England’s Solihull Hospital had seen her fair share of patients with eye complications. However, she wasn’t quite prepared for the surprise she got when a 67-year-old woman came in for what was supposed to be a routine cataract surgery.
The specialist trainee ophthalmologist together with her colleagues Richard Crombie and Amit Patel, found 27 contact lenses in the patient’s eye as she was being prepped for surgery.
In an article authored by Dr Morjaria and her associates, which appeared in The British Medical Journal the surgeon reported finding a “bluish mass” of lenses that were clumped together by mucus.
The patient who hadn’t complained of any symptoms before her surgery said she thought her discomfort was caused by dryness and old age.
“None of us has ever seen this before,” said Dr Morjaria who explained that she decided to publish the case because most doctors thought it was impossible for a person to lose so many contact lenses in their eyes and not experience severe symptoms.
The patient had been wearing monthly disposable contact lenses for 35 years, but reportedly kept putting off regular check-ups with an optometrist, something which Dr Morjaria says isn’t uncommon.
“In this day and age, when it is so easy to purchase contact lenses online, people become lax about having regular checkups,” she said.