24 Julio 2017 14:50
When doctors saw ‘a strange blueish mass’ in their patient’s eye, they couldn’t imagine what it was...
She was elderly and had cataracts, but the reason for her ocular discomfort was something quite different. When the surgeons were about to operate on this 65-year-old English woman, they found a ‘strange blueish mass’ in her eye. Something they’d never seen before.
27 contact lenses. Stuck together. One behind the other.
‘She was quite shocked to find out she had a mass of contact lenses in her eye,’ reported ophthalmologist Rupal Morjaria in Optometry Today.
Morjaria explains in the article that she and her colleagues couldn’t believe it when they saw the mass of lenses stuck together as they were injecting anaesthetic in the woman’s eye. The incident occurred at Solihull Hospital (southeast of Birmingham), where the woman had gone for cataract surgery.
They first removed a batch of 17 lenses, and later managed to extract a further 10. Amazingly, the patient had never complained of any kind of irritation.
‘She was quite shocked to find out she had a mass of contact lenses in her eye’
‘When she was seen two weeks after I removed the lenses she said her eyes felt a lot more comfortable,’ said Rupal Morjaria, ‘She thought her previous discomfort was just part of old age and dry eye.’
She thought it was normal. She was just worried about her cataracts problem, and was unconcerned by the strange mass that was growing on her iris: she had been using disposable contact lenses for 35 years.
Doctor Morjaria was hopeful that the incident, which took place last winter, would increase patients’ awareness about how to use contact lenses, encouraging them to visit their optometrist for regular check ups.
The episode should also open up debate in the profession - she said, - pointing out that the mass of lenses had apparently not caused any kind of infection.
In the end, the 65-year-old English woman had to wait for her cataracts operation. The lady, however, was more concerned about the levels of bacteria that had accumulated around her eye’s version of ground zero returning to normal.