In news that has us shuddering in fear, a U.K. ophthalmologist made a shocking discovery while carrying out a routine surgery on a patient’s eye.
Dr. Rupal Morjaria, a U.K.-based specialist, happened upon a “blueish mass” while a 67-year-old woman sat to have her cataract removed. Upon closer inspection, the curious blob was found to be not one, not two, but 17 contact lenses “bound together by mucus."
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Shocked, Dr. Morjaria examined her patient under a microscope, where a further 10 were found.
“None of us have ever seen this before. It was such a large mass. All the 17 contact lenses were stuck together,” the specialist trainee ophthalmologist told Optometry Today. “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.”
Though one might assume the mass to be extremely hindering, the woman, who had worn disposable contacts for the last four decades, assumed her irritation was caused by old age and dryness.
Naturally, her surgery was postponed due to the fear that “she would have had a lot of bacteria around her conjunctiva,” Morjaria said.
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The ophthalmologist speaks of this case in a bid to highlight the importance of responsible practice and hygiene for contact wearers.
“In this day and age, when it is so easy to purchase contact lenses online, people become lax about having regular check-ups,” Morjaria said. “Contact lenses are used all the time, but if they are not appropriately monitored, we see people with serious eye infections that can cause them to lose their sight."
Let this be a warning to us all. If you wear contacts, never forget to remove them at the appropriate time, whether they are meant for daily use or extended wear. Otherwise, you could end up with a much bigger (and grosser!) problem.
This post was written by Katie Skelly. For more, check out our sister site Now To Love.
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