As per a small article in the British Medical Journal, it has been claimed that a 67-year-old patient, who has not been named, had about 27 contact lenses in her eye. This came in the picture when the lady was being taken for a cataract surgery at England’s Solihull Hospital. That too because she was facing discomfort in her eyes and thought it to be because of old age and dry eyes. However, later when she got to know that there are about 27 contact lenses in her eye, she was totally shocked and dumbstruck.
Case Study by the team and the action was taken
Rupal Morjaria, UK ophthalmologist and an operating team consisting of a consultant anesthesiologist, and a consultant ophthalmologist found a bluish mass of 17 contact lenses stuck together in the woman’s eye. In fact, as per the wordings of the journal, they were bound jointly by mucus, creating a large mass in the eye. When the doctors started further examination for the cataract surgery to take place, they found 10 more contact lenses inside the same eye.
As per Rupal Morjaria, the entire team was very much shocked when they started working on the patient. This was being told by her to Optometry Today. In fact, the patient was shocked in the sense that she never felt any kind of irritation in the presence of the contact lenses in her eye and never ever noticed the same all these years along.
This could have happened as the patient was wearing disposable monthly contacts for 35 years or more. However, never ever attended regular Optometry appointments and gave them a miss all these years. As such she never visited the eye doctor during those 35 years. More so, she never ever complained of an eye problem all this time. She got to know about her situation when she has cataracts in her eyes and wanted to go in for a cataract surgery. She was shocked by the revelation by the doctors treating her who themselves found it to be a rare discovery in the field of medical science.
When the doctors working on her case removed all the 27 contact lenses from her eye, after the duration of just two weeks, she started feeling more comfortable. Her cataract surgery which was due was postponed following the risk of developing endophthalmitis. The risk of developing the same has increased manifold after the removal of the contact lenses as it is a kind of inflammation of the interior of the eye.
Rupal Morjaria’s views on the purchase and use of contact lenses
Rupal Morjaria, UK ophthalmologist was of the view that since it was very easy to purchase the contact lenses online, thus the people have become more negligent and laid back about the checkups from the eye specialists. They forget to think about risking their eyes and contracting an eye infection going forward or more so even losing their eye sight.
In a nutshell, contact lenses should not be used regularly and without the proper consultation with the deemed eye specialists. This is to save one’s eyes from all kinds of infections.