A report in the British Medical Journal detailed how the woman "had no previous ocular complaints" prior to the surgery. Rupal Morjaria, a specialist trainee ophthalmologist who dealt with the patient at Solihull Hospital near Birmingham, said, "None of us have ever seen this before". Part of their surprise, she said, was because the patient hadn't complained of any irritation. "When she was seen two weeks after, I removed the lenses".
Initially, the eye specialists found a mass of 17 lenses stuck together by mucus.
Morjaria said her team made a decision to publish a report about the case to raise public awareness about the need for regular eye exams.
The patient allegedly did not know that she was wearing that many lenses, despite using disposable lenses for the last 35 years.
According to Time, the patient had "deep set eyes" which may explain how she was able to deal with the irritation of the large mass of lenses.
Later, 10 more lens were found in the eye of the 67-year-old woman.
The UK's Association of Optometrists offers these quick tips for avoiding infection when wearing contact lenses.
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. Doctors didn't find the clump of lenses until they were injecting anesthesia into her eye in preparation for the medical procedure. It is important to note also that the contact lens can only go as far as the crease in the conjunctiva under the upper eyelids and it cannot go behind your eye.
"While serious complications of contact lens wear are rare, regular eye examinations are a good insurance policy". Are you careful with hygiene and removal?