Patient had 23 contact lenses removed after complaining of blurry vision – The Irish Times


An ophthalmologist in California says an elderly patient who complained of blurry vision ended up having 23 disposable contact lenses in her eye.

“To this day, she herself does not understand how it happened,” said Dr. Katerina Kurteeva, an ophthalmologist in Newport Beach, south of Los Angeles. told a local news channel. “She’s still baffled by it all.”

Photographs and a video of a cascade of contact lenses being removed from a woman’s eye have since gone viral on Kurteeva’s Instagram page and sparked a flurry of horrified media coverage.

The patient, who is 70, was avoiding regular visits to her eye doctor because she was afraid of being infected with Covid-19, Kurteeva told the Today Show. When she finally entered Kurteeva’s office in early September, the woman said she felt something strange in her right eye.

After retrieving a few contact lenses from her eye and spotting others, Kurteeva asked her assistant to record the removal on her phone. “I thought this might be my Guinness Book of World Records moment,” the doctor said. told

Finding a patient with 23 disposable contact lenses in one eye is not a record number, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology. In 2017, doctors preparing a 67-year-old British woman for cataract surgery discovered 27 contact lenses in his eye.

Dr. Thomas Steinemann of the American Academy of Ophthalmology says patients with multiple contact lenses in their eyes are “actually not that rare” and may experience a burning sensation “like dry eye”.

Dr. Thomas Steinemann, clinical spokesperson for the academy, called the situation “actually not that rare” and said patients wearing contact lenses in their eyes might experience a burning sensation “like an eye dry”.

Decades of contact lens wear can desensitize the eyes, making it less likely for people to experience missing contact lenses, even if they’re trapped inside the eye, Kurteeva said.

Also, as people get older, “the upper eyelid cavity gets very deep,” Kurteeva told ABC7. “In her case, all those contact lenses could hide like a stack of pancakes very deep inside, in the least sensitive part of the eye.”

Kurteeva told the media that her patient wanted to remain anonymous but had returned for a follow-up visit and had already started wearing her contact lenses again, despite the doctor’s suggestion that she try to give his eyes a break. “She was really lucky in that situation,” Kurteeva told ABC7. “It doesn’t always end so well.” His message? “Don’t sleep in your contact lenses!” – Guardian


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