27 contact lenses removed from British woman's eye

Surgeons from the Solihull Hospital in England have removed 27 contact lenses from a woman's eye.

Doctors discovered a "bluish foreign body" under her eyelid which turned out to be a "hard mass" of 17 lenses stuck together with mucus. Ten more lenses were later found.

The woman had apparently worn disposable monthly lenses for 35 years and complained only of a discomfort in her eye which she thought was due to old age.

Adam Gilchrest has more on this and other international stories.

She hadn't been disposing of them terribly thoroughly, in fact sometimes of course they disappeared and she just carried on sticking another one in and another one in....

Adam Gilchrest, international correspondent

The vision in her right eye had gone a little bit blurry, she thought that she needed a cataract operation and had been referred on that basis but removing 27 contact lenses from the eye appears to have negated the need.

Adam Gilchrest, international correspondent

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