Like removing your makeup before going to bed or drinking water throughout the day, taking out your contact lenses should be a part of any lens-wearer's daily routine.
The case, which was published July 5 in the British Medical Journal, has made global headlines after the ophthalmologist responsible for extracting the stack of contacts spoke to the media recently.
She told Optometry Today: "It was such a large mass". She had not reported any symptoms that could be linked to the missing lenses.
She told Optometry Today, "It was such a large mass".
Further investigation by the doctors revealed a further 10 contact lenses behind then woman's eye. How?! Why?!
The woman had been wearing contact lenses for the past 35 years, but did not get regular check ups. "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", Rupal Morjaria, a specialist trainee ophthalmologist, was quoted by the journal as saying.
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The discovery of the 27 lenses in the eye came as a shock to the woman as well.
Morjaria said she hopes the episode, which occurred last winter, raises awareness for patients who wear contacts but might go long periods without getting an eye exam - perhaps because they order them online rather than in person.
According to the publication, ophthalmologists, which were to remove cataracts the woman, admitted that none of them over the years, the practice has not encountered such a thing. She did mention that there was "some discomfort" but thought that it was due to old age and dry eyes.
She said: "She was quite shocked".
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. Said Dr. Rupal Morjaria It important to take out the lenses and let the eyes breathe.
Experts believe that there's a lesson to be learned in the "27 contact lens" patient's case - people should not take optometrist appointments for granted.