In case you need a distraction from the Sunday Scaries, here’s a little horror story for you. Ophthalmologist Rupal Morjaria, who practices at the Solihull Hospital in the UK, went in for what should’ve been a routine cataract surgery on a 67-year-old woman and got a little more than she bargained for. When she and her team went in to begin work, they discovered a bluish mass that was “like nothing they’d ever seen before” — and it ended up being 17 contact lenses, stuck together in the patient’s eye.
She told Optometry Today, “It was such a large mass. All the 17 contact lenses were stuck together. We were really surprised that the patient didn’t notice it because it would cause quite a lot of irritation while it was sitting there.” The patient apparently thought that her discomfort was simply due to old age and dry eye. The team later found 10 more lenses in other parts of the eye.
Due to the discovery, the cataract surgery was postponed due to increased risk of infection. Dr. Morjaria said, “She was quite shocked. When she was seen two weeks after I removed the lenses she said her eyes felt a lot more comfortable.” This is quite understandable, and the best reminder we’ve ever heard to take out your lenses and give your eyes room to breathe.
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