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27 Contact Lenses Removed From One Eye

Contact Lens Discovery

It has been reported that doctors removed 27 contact lenses from a woman’s eye after a routine cataract eye surgery.

The 67 year-old woman had a ‘blueish foreign mass’ removed from her eye during the procedure. She had attributed the discomfort to old age and dry eyes.

Ophthalmologists performing the operation at Solihull Hospital in Birmingham were shocked at the discovery. “None of us had ever seen this before” said Ms Rupal Morjaria, an ophthalmologist who dealt with the case, explained to Optometry Today.

The operations was reported in the British Medical Journal as the findings were so unusual and doctors wanted to raise awareness of the importance of check ups for contact lens wearers.

“In this day and age, when it is so easy to purchase contact lenses online, people become lax about having regular check ups,” Ms Morjaria said.

“Contact lenses are used all the time, but if they are not appropriately monitored we see people with serious eye infections that can cause them to lose their sight,”.

If you are experiencing any problems with your contact lenses or need advice, make sure to visit your local contact lens specialist.

Remember these tips for caring for your contact lenses:

  • Good hygiene is essential -always wash your hands thoroughly before handling your contact lenses.
  • Clean & store your lenses properly.
  • Keep a good supply of contact lenses, and allow enough time for re-ordering.
  • Regular contact lens check-ups will help you maintain good vision and safeguard the health of your eyes.
  • Come back and see us right away if you start to experience discomfort or poor vision –  an adjustment or a change of lens can often help.

You can read more about your contact lens appointment at Whitby & Co here.

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