Contact lenses can be troublesome when left inside in your eyelid for too long, but a 67-year-old woman in the United Kingdom seems to be impervious to the infection-prone consequences of that problem: right before a routine cataract operation, a team of physicians at Solihull Hospital removed 27 contact lenses from her eye. The lenses had all been wedged in a single eye, and were “bound together by mucus” in bundles of 10 and 17, according to a report in the British Medical Journal.
The woman had “no previous ocular complaints” after using contact lenses for 35 years, and is described in the article as having “deep set eyes, which might have contributed to the unusually large number of retained foreign bodies.” Needless to say, the doctors were amazed. Rupal Morjaria, a specialist trainee ophthalmologist told Optometry Today: “None of us have ever seen this before... It was such a large mass. All the 17 contact lenses were stuck together. 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.”
Here's what they looked like after the fact: