Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

If you wear disposable contact lenses - you should take heed of this

If you wear disposable contact lenses - you should take heed of this

"None of us had seen it, explains in Optometry Today Rupal Morjaria, the ophthalmologist who has supported this exceptional case at the hospital in Solihull, near Birmingham (England)".

The woman went in for cataract surgery, and the operating team found a "bluish mass" of 17 contact lenses, all stuck together.

The patient's surgery was immediately postponed after the discovery - the prolonged time for which the contact lenses were in her eyes would have increased the risk of endophthalmitis.

Rupal Morjaria told Optometry Today: "None of us have ever seen this before".

Like removing your makeup before going to bed or drinking water throughout the day, taking out your contact lenses should be a part of any lens-wearer's daily routine.

As a result of the weird discovery the woman had her operation postponed due to the risk of developing endopthalmitis, inflammation of the interior of the eye gets increased.

The woman had worn disposable contact lenses for the past 35 years but had not attended regular optometrist appointments.

Reported by the British Medical Journal, the 67-year-old woman had been experiencing a "blueish mass" that was simply written off as dry eye or old age.

Details of the case, which occurred in November previous year at Solihull Hospital, West Midlands, were recently outlined in the British Medical Journal (BMJ). Clinicians that were involved couldn't believe that the women had so many lenses lost in her eyes.

The doctor says the case highlights how important it is to monitor people with contact lenses.

The woman was due to have a cataract surgery, reports said.

She said: "She was quite shocked".

Both optometrists and ophthalmologists stressed the importance of having regular check-ups with professionals. "Because she had harboured these contact lenses in her eye for an unknown length of time, if we had operated she would have had a lot of bacteria around her conjunctiva".

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