LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A 67-year-old woman in Britain is recovering after doctors removed 27 contacts stuck in her eye.
A picture from the eye doctor shows the lenses actually stuck together. She told the doctor her eye was hurting, but she just chalked it up to dry eyes and aging.
Apparently, the woman went in for routine cataract surgery when an anesthetist found the first cluster of 17 contacts in a "blue mass" under her right eyelid. The other ten lenses were found in a second exam. No lenses were found in her left eye.
The woman said she had been wearing monthly disposable contact lenses for the past 35 years. But she told surgeons that when she couldn't find a contact, she just figured she just dropped it somewhere.
The surgeons said they wrote an article for the British Medical Journal to raise awareness about the consequences of wearing contacts without having regular doctor appointments.
Warning signs of a trapped contact lens include sharp or scratchy pain, light sensitivity and redness.
After waiting two weeks, the woman said her eye felt "so much better," and she was able to have the surgery she had come in for in the first place.
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