17 of the lenses had stuck together to form a ‘blueish mass’ which none of the operating team had experienced before.
The cataract operation was postponed as the mass of lenses may well have harboured bacteria resulting in an increased risk of endophthalmitis. When seen two weeks after, the lenses had been removed, the patient said her eyes felt a lot more comfortable.
Although it is often the case with new contact lens users that they do sometimes get a lens stuck under their upper eyelid, it is extremely rare for such a number of lenses to go undetected for such a period of time. It highlights dangers that the patient readily admitted to. She purchased batches of contact lenses online and rarely attended check-ups at her opticians.
The lesson? Be very careful when putting lenses in and attend regular eye examinations.
Quite clearly it makes sense.