It was in reality a cluster of 17 lenses, agglutinated by the mucus. The team of surgeons were understandably startled by the discovery, seeing as the woman had been checked in for a different eye-related appointment. The surgeons have never seen anything quite like it. The patient claimed that she didn't notice and was unaware that the lenses were missing.
As for the surgery that had been planned - it was postponed, in part to allow bacteria that had accumulated to clear from the area of the eye.
"None of us have ever seen this before", Morjaria told Optometry Today. It turned out that the woman in the eye left lens 27, and she did not even know about them.
Morjaria said they took the decision to publish the case as the clinicians previously believed it was not possible to retain so many contact lenses without presenting symptoms.
At first the ophthalmologists discovered 17 lenses but a further detailed examination revealed that another 10 lenses were stuck in the eye.
However, the senior citizen brushed it off as she thought it was due to her dry eyes, and her old age.
A 67-year-old woman thought that her eye discomfort was due to dry eye and old age.
The U.K's Association of Optometrists clinical and regulatory officer Henry Leonard told Optometry Today that most patients in a similar situation would be at a serious risk for an eye infection.
The paper says the patient had "deep set eyes" which might explain how the "unusually large" number of contacts could have been stuck.
Contact lenses have made life easier but this news will surely shock you. The contact lens can fall out of the eye and it may be assumed that it has merely moved under the eyelid.
Both optometrists and ophthalmologists stressed the importance of having regular check-ups with professionals.
If you are using contact lenses, you ought to be extra careful regarding the taking them off before you sleep.