Surgeons found a “blueish mass” while inspecting the patient’s eyes, reports the British Medical Journal.
The doctors told her that they had found 27 contact lenses in her eye.
The doctors reportedly chose to publish the case in order to make the public aware of the consequences of wearing disposable contact lenses.
No symptoms were reported by the patient before the surgery.
Rupal Morjaria told Optometry Today: “None of us have ever seen this before“.
It’s not known how long the contact lenses were stuck in her eyes but the woman has been wearing monthly disposable contact lenses for the past 35 years. We were astounded to see that the patient had not felt, because it has cause a good number of irritations as it was in place.
Outside of that one single glob of contact lenses, there were ten other lenses in the woman’s eye. However, when the doctors went to perform cataract surgery at Solihull Hospital in England they discovered the mass wasn’t cataracts at all.
She said: “She was quite shocked”.
After this insane discovery, the woman’s cataract surgery was postponed as the “risk of developing endophthalmitis, inflammation of the interior of the eye, was increased”.
Optometry Australia encourages contact lens wearers to have eye examinations every 12 months to detect and correct any potential eye problems due to contact lens wear early. Apparently, the 67-year-old patient hadn’t noticed.
Luckily for the woman, she appears to have been relatively unharmed by the contact lenses and says her eyes feel a lot better now they are out. As well, she said that she didn’t attend to regular optometrist appointments. Contact lenses have also been reported to be the reason behind infections and sometimes the cause behind people losing their eyesight.