Doctors Extract 27 Contact Lenses from a Woman's Eye

Fagjun | Published 2017-07-21 14:04

Imagine 26 more of this in a clump under your eyelid. [Photo by Mimi Forsyth / Getty Images


A 67-year-old British woman went in for a routine cataract removal surgery and came out with a chunk of 27 contact lenses from her right eye.


This story may make you think twice the next time you think that you lost one of your lenses. The woman had been experiencing dryness in her eye and some discomfort, which she attributed to her advanced age. She then had a cataract removal surgery, and it was then that surgeons discovered the real cause of the dryness and discomfort in the woman's eye. There were 27 contact lenses under the woman's eyelid, all gathered in a bluish mass.


The question on your mind right now may be how? Getting a contact lens stuck under an eyelid is a common problem that people who wear lenses face. However, getting 27 lenses under there isn't something that happens often. So how did something like this happen?


How Do 27 Contact Lenses Get Stuck in Someone's Eye?


You may also be asking, how does one get 27 lenses stuck in their eye and not feel it? Wouldn't you at least try to get it out if you knew it was in there? Well, it turns out that the woman didn't know that her lenses were gathering right under her eyelid. She thought that they simply kept falling out of her eye and getting lost.


The anesthetist for the surgery had been prepping the woman's eye for surgery when he discovered the first 17 lenses. He noticed something bluish under the woman's top eyelid—something that definitely didn't belong there. Upon further inspection, the doctors found another 10 lenses in the same eye.


The woman had apparently been wearing disposable lenses for 35 years. Doctors aren't sure how long these contact lenses had been accumulating in the eye. Doctors also say that the woman likely didn't have regular appointments with an optometrist. It would have been impossible for an optometrist to miss an accumulating mass of lenses in a patient's eye.


Thus, if there's anything to take away from this story, it's the importance of regular visits to our doctors. It's likely that we're in the pink of health and there's nothing wrong with us, but it's also likely that there's a mass of contacts just growing under our eyelids.


How to Not Let This Happen to You

Make sure to get regular checkups with your optometrist to maintain the health of your eyes.


Doctors aren't sure why the woman didn't feel discomfort right away as the lenses began getting stuck under her eyelid. However, there are some ways to tell if a contact lens has gotten stuck in our eye and had not fallen out instead. If you experience light sensitivity as well as sharp pain, itchiness, redness, and dryness in an eye, you may have a contact lens in there somewhere.


It's important to get the lens out as soon as possible because it can soak up a significant amount of bacteria. This can lead to an infection, which can lead to bigger problems in the future. Doctors say that if you wear contact lenses, it's best to monitor our usage. This can prevent serious infections that can lead to the loss of sight.

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