EYEful of Contacts

When Granny goes to have a cataract removed, all parties concerned expect that that is the only thing that has to be removed. Not so for this hapless 67 year old. When ophthalmologist Rupal Morjaria prepared to remove a cataract from her latest patient she got a big shock. Morjaria found 27 slime-ridden contact lenses behind the elderly woman’s eye. At first Morjaria removed seventeen contacts, only to find there were ten more glued to her eyeball.

Although it has been known for contact lens wearers to lose a lens inside their eye, Morjaria’s slimy ocular discovery represents an unprecedented number of contact lenses lost inside one eye. The lenses had been piling up inside the patients eyeball for over 35 years and were evidently only found out during the cataract operation. The ophthalmologist was so surprised, she reported the find to the British Medical Journal in 2016. And if finding nearly thirty contact lenses inside her patient’s eye wasn’t stunning enough, Rupal Morjaria was even more taken aback when her elderly patient told her what she felt. Virtually nothing! Dr Morjaria said “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.” Luckily the contacts were removed successfully and the lady reported feeling relief when the contacts were removed. (That’s the one thing we don’t find surprising.)

Dr Morjaria draws a sobering lesson from this experience. “In this day and age, when it is so easy to purchase contact lenses online, people become lax about having regular check-ups. Contact lenses are used all the time, but if they are not appropriately monitored we see people with serious eye infections that can cause them to lose their sight.” Since many Eye Opticians patients are regular contact lens wearers, we’d like to emphasise the danger of not having regular check ups with your ophthalmologist. The heroine of this tale escaped the operating table with her sight intact and little pain, don’t assume you’ll be as lucky Losing a contact lens inside your eye can not only irritate your eyeball, it can put you at risk of infection. The contact lens becomes covered with bacteria, which multiply rapidly in the warm, wet environment of your eye socket. If you ever lose a contact in your eye, seek help from us or you local optometrist as soon as possible.

Source: http://uk.businessinsider.com/doctors-find-27-contact-lenses-stuck-in-patients-eye-2017-7?IR=T