Woman had 23 contact lenses stuck under her eyelid
A woman who felt like there was “something in her eye” actually had 23 daily disposable contact lenses stuck deep underneath her eyelid, her ophthalmologist, Dr. Katerina Kurteeva, reported.
“I was just amazed myself. I was like, this is kind of crazy. I’ve never seen this before,” Kurteeva said.
The patient, who is in her 70s, has been wearing contact lenses for 30 years.
“It was literally like a deck of cards,” Kurteeva recalled. “It formed a little chain link on her lid. Fortunately the woman didn’t have an infection — just mild irritation that was treated with anti-inflammatory drops — and is doing fine, Kurteeva said.
This is actually not the most extreme case.
In 2017, British doctors found 27 contact lenses in a 67-year-old woman’s eye who thought dry eye and aging caused her irritation.
The patient told Kurteeva she had no idea how this happened, but the doctor had some theories.
The woman probably thought she removed the lenses by sliding them off to the side, but actually didn’t take them out and they just kept hiding under the upper lid, she said.
In an older patient, the fornix becomes very deep, which is related to aging changes of the eye and the face, and the way the orbit atrophies, leading to sunken eyes, Kurteeva said.
The contact lenses were tucked away so deep and so far away from the cornea, the most sensitive part of the eye, that the woman didn’t feel the clump — until it became very big.
People who wear contacts for decades lose some of their corneal sensitivity, so that might be another reason she didn’t feel the blob, she added.