Lastly, if you can not retrieve the lens or if the eye is bothersome, you should call and schedule an appointment to see your ophthalmologist as soon as possible.
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.
It appears the woman had lost the contacts under her eyelid, where they had lodged in the "upper fornix" - the part where the upper eyelid connects to the eyeball.
That mass was a clump of 17 lenses. 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".
So you would think if you had a contact lens stuck in your eye you would surely notice, right? She was not aware that the contact lenses were stuck in her eyes and did not report any symptoms during the assessment prior to her cataract surgery. It's unclear why she never sought help to remove the lenses. "Most patients would experience significant discomfort and redness, and be at risk of eye infections". She had originally chalked her discomfort up to dry eye and her advanced age, but as it turned out, 17 contact lenses were found in the affected eye at first.
However, the 67-year-old woman's cataract surgery has been postponed.
"After removing your contact lenses, it's essential you disinfect them as this prevents harmful organisms building up on the lens".
Dr. Morjaria wrote that this case highlights how important it is to monitor people who wear contact lenses on a regular basis.