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Absurd but True: 27 Contact Lenses Stuck in Woman’s Eye

Absurd but True: 27 Contact Lenses Stuck in Woman’s Eye

Twenty-seven contact lenses were stuck in a woman’s eye, and she didn’t even realise!

We double-checked if this baffling news was a hoax, but it was published in the British Medical Journal and was broadcasted over major news networks.

Doctors in Britain had to remove 27 contact lenses from the 67-year-old woman’s right eye after discovering them right before her scheduled cataract surgery.

They first retrieved 17 contact lenses melded in a “blue mass” from under her top eyelid. They removed another 10 after further examination.

A mass of 17 contact lenses bound together by mucus

How on Earth Did 27 Contact Lenses Go Unnoticed?

The woman had been wearing monthly disposables for 35 years but didn’t feel anything remarkable to complain about, just “some discomfort” which she thought was a normal part of aging or from dry eyes.

It’s not clear how long the contact lenses have been clustered in her eye.

She had told surgeons, “Sometimes when I would try to remove a contact from that eye, I couldn’t find it.”

She thought she might have just dropped it somewhere, but it was actually getting stuck in her eye with the others.

Never Let This Happen to You!

  1. Know where it is. When you remove a contact lens and can’t seem to find it (and it’s not on the sink or the floor), it’s bound to be somewhere; possibly lodged in your eyelid. Check for warning signs of a trapped contact lens: sharp or scratchy pain and dry eyes.
  2. Don’t wear contact lenses that haven’t been prescribed for you as it may cause discomfort and increase contact lens intolerance. Also, don’t take off eye makeup before removing contacts as all the rubbing can dislodge the lens.
  3. Have regular optometrist visits. A stuck contact lens is something your optometrist can easily detect through a comprehensive eye test. Your optometrist can also help choose the best type of contact lens for your visual and lifestyle needs.