Indian-origin doctor finds 27 contact lenses in woman's eye in UK

Indian-origin doctor finds 27 contact lenses in woman's eye in UK

Ophthalmologist Rupal Morjaria, who practices at the Solihull Hospital in the United Kingdom, 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.

SFGate quoted Rupal Morjaria, a specialist trainee ophthalmologist as saying, "It was such a large mass - all the 17 contact lenses were stuck together".

Dr. Morjaria said it was like nothing she had ever seen before.

She told Optometry Today: "It was such a large mass". All of the 17 contact lenses were stuck together.

The woman had been wearing contact lenses for the past 35 years, but did not get regular check ups. However, the 67-year-old woman acknowledged that she didn't pay much attention to the health of her eye, and she didn't take care of the lenses.

The case happened last November.

The discovery of the 27 lenses in the eye came as a shock to the woman as well.

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After the finding, her cataract operation was postponed. She claimed that she was unaware that the lenses were missing.

She wanted a simple cataract removal surgery but as she visited the doctor, she received the shock of her life.

Optometry Australia encourages contact lens wearers to have eye examinations every 12 months to detect and correct any potential eye problems due to contact lens wear early.

Morjaria said she decided to make the case public to raise awareness of the importance of regular check-ups with optometrists. She didn't report symptoms that could be linked to the lost lenses.

Luckily for the woman, she appears to have been relatively unharmed by the contact lenses and says her eyes feel a lot better now they are out.

Morjaria believes that the main takeaway of this case, where a patient has as many as 27 contact lenses stuck in one eye alone, is that it's important for people not to be lax about optometrist appointments. "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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