Extreme case: Doctors find 27 contact lenses in the eye of an older patient

Extreme case: Doctors find 27 contact lenses in the eye of an older patient

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Doctors discover 27 contact lenses in a woman's eye
In the UK, physicians have discovered 27 contact lenses in a patient's eye. The woman was supposed to be operated on for an eye disease, but the operation was postponed due to the strange finding. The doctors said that none of them had seen anything like this before.

Responsible use of visual aids
Although contact lenses are commonly used visual aids, they can also be dangerous for the eyes. For example, US scientists reported that improper use can cause eye infections and serious eye damage. To avoid such dangers, users have to be more responsible with them. Among other things, it is important to note the expiry date. A woman from Great Britain apparently did not take the visual aids very carefully. Doctors discovered 27 contact lenses in her eye during an examination.

27 contact lenses in the eye
Cataracts are also one of the most common eye diseases. With this eye disease, the lens becomes cloudy.

"The signs can be blurred vision and" how-through-a-fog-vision "," says the patient information portal of the Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG).

The risk of cataracts increases especially with age. Without treatment, blindness can occur. There is no drug therapy.

"The affected lens can be removed by surgery and replaced with an artificial lens," writes the IQWiG. The eyesight can usually be largely restored.

A 67-year-old woman from Great Britain also wanted to be operated on for this eye condition. During a preliminary examination, however, doctors found 27 contact lenses in their eye and postponed the operation.

Bluish mass of 17 lenses
According to a report in the journal Optometry Today, doctors found a "bluish mass" in a woman's eye, which turned out to be a combination of 17 contact lenses.

When the 67-year-old patient, who had gone to Solihull Hospital for cataract surgery, was examined, the doctors found ten more contact lenses in her eye.

The find was so unusual that it was even reported on in the renowned British Medical Journal (BMJ).

Treating doctors have never seen anything like it
The patient was said not to have been aware that contact lenses were missing.

"None of us have ever seen anything like this," ophthalmologist Rupal Morjaria from Solihull Hospital told Optometry Today.

"It was such a big crowd. All 17 contact lenses were glued together. We were really surprised that the patient did not notice them because they must have been very irritating to the eyes. ”

The planned surgery date had to be canceled after the discovery. It was feared that the eye was contaminated with many bacteria and the risk of infection was too great.

Worn contact lenses for 35 years
How long the lenses were in the eye remained unclear. The patient had indicated that she had worn disposable monthly contact lenses for the past 35 years, but had not attended regular eye care appointments.

According to Morjaria, the woman was "quite shocked" after the discovery. She thought that her discomfort was due to dry eyes and her age.

The removal of the lenses provided great relief. Two weeks later, her eyes felt "significantly better".

The incident happened last November. Doctors said they reported on it to raise public awareness of the issue.

"Contact lenses are used all the time, but if they are not used properly, people can get serious eye infections that can cause them to lose their eyesight," Morjaria said. (ad)

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