Putting on contact lenses may seem uncomfortable to some, so imagine putting 23 on top of each other. It’s good though with 23 disposable contact lenses a 70-year-old lady presented to her eye doctor in California complaining of blurry vision. She also explains to her ophthalmologist, Doctor Katerina Kurteeva, feel something strange in his right eye.
As explained by the Insider, the doctor then began to remove the first lenses, when she realized that she had a large number on the retina, stacked “like a stack of pancakes”, she explains to the American media. She then asks her assistant to film the intervention, thinking “this could be my moment in the Guinness Book of World Records”, she explains.
But no, as impressive as this number may seem, 23 is not the record number of lenses found in an eye. The Guardian reports that in 2017, a 67-year-old British woman had to undergo cataract surgery, when doctors found 27 lenses in his eye.
Without going to such extremes, this kind of event is “not so rare”, explains to the Guardian Dr. Thomas Steinemann, spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Indeed, some people, after years of wearing contact lenses, have less sensitive eyes and “the cavity of the upper eyelid becomes very deep”, explains Katerina Kurteeva.