originally appeared on Time.com.
Doctors recently found 27 contact lenses in a patient’s eye
while they were prepping her for surgery.
In a write-up in the
British Medical Journal, the authors said the 17
of the lenses were stuck together in a “bluish . . . hard mass”
and were “bound together by mucus.” Ten more were found by the
surgeon with the help of a microscope.
The patient was 67 years old and had been wearing contact
lenses for 35 years.
“She was quite shocked,” Rupal Morjaria, a specialist trainee
ophthalmologist who worked with the patient and is one of the
authors of the BMJ piece,
told Optometry Today. “When she was seen two weeks after I
removed the lenses she said her eyes felt a lot more
The paper says the patient had “deep set eyes” which might
explain how the “unusually large” number of contacts could have
been stuck. But Morjaria added that “none of us have ever seen
“It was such a large mass . . . 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.”