Doctors find 27 contact lenses hidden in 67-year-old woman’s eye

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The patient had come in for routine cataract surgery, but doctors soon found something quite remarkable in her right eye.

Contact lense (Getty Images/sergeyryzhov)

A 67-year-old patient who went for routine cataract surgery at a hospital in the West Midlands discovered she had 27 contact lenses lodged in her right eye.

A report in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) said experts at Solihull Hospital found “a bluish foreign body” during the procedure – which turned out to be “a hard mass of 17 contact lenses bound together by mucus”.

A further 10 were then found in the same eye under closer investigation.

Solihull Hospital
(Joe Giddens/PA)

“None of us have ever seen this before,” Rupal Morjaria, a specialist trainee in ophthalmology, 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.

“She was quite shocked. She thought her previous discomfort was just part of old age and dry eye.”

Stock photo of eye
(John Stillwell/PA)


“This really does highlight how important it is to have good contact lens hygiene and regular check-ups.

“If in doubt, or if you are experiencing dry eye or discomfort, always return to your optometrist for advice.”

Tips from the college include always replacing lenses as advised by a professional and seeking advice as soon as there are any problems.

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