The next time you think you’re missing a pair of contacts, you might want to check somewhere new next time … your eyes.
A British woman didn’t know how she had lost 27 contact lenses, but after a recent trip to the eye doctor, the doctor was horrified to find that they had all drifted behind her eyes.
A “blueish mass” of 17 contact lenses has been discovered in the eye of a patient who was scheduled for cataract surgery.
Specialist trainee ophthalmologist, Rupal Morjaria, told OT that another 10 individual contact lenses were discovered in the woman’s eye following further examination at Solihull Hospital.
The operating team, which included an ophthalmologist with more than 20 years of experience, were startled by the discovery, Ms Morjaria explained.
“None of us have ever seen this before,” she added.
“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,” Ms Morjaria elaborated.
The woman had gone in for a routine cataract surgery and was completely unaware that the extra contacts might have been there. Amazingly, she didn’t even notice them—while they caused occasional discomfort, it didn’t seem to bother her a great deal.
The 67-year-old patient was unaware that the contact lenses were missing, and later told surgeons that she thought her discomfort was due to dry eye and old age.
It’s unclear how the woman couldn’t have noticed where her contacts were going, but both people and medicine amaze us every day.