27 contact lenses found in woman’s eye

A "bluish foreign body" that was found in a UK woman's eye has turned out to be a mass of contact lenses that had been piling up over years.

During peribulbar anaesthesia, the clump of plastic that was removed from the superior fornix were identified as a hard mass of 17 contact lenses bound together by mucus, according to a BMJ case report.

The 67-year-old patient was unaware that the contact lenses were missing, and later told surgeons that she thought her discomfort was due to dry eye and old age.

Surgeons later recovered another 10 lenses from her eye.

The patient had no previous ocular complaints, said specialist trainee ophthalmologist Dr Rupal Morjaria.

The surgical team were startled startled by the discovery, she added.

“None of us had ever seen this before.”

According to the BMJ report, the patient had worn monthly disposable lenses for 35 years.

“She had poorer vision in the right eye and deep set eyes, which might have contributed to the unusually large number of retained foreign bodies,” wrote Dr Morjaria and colleagues.

They said the case highlighted the importance of ”appropriate candidate selection and monitoring of contact lens-wearers”.

You can read more about the case here.