(NEWPORT BEACH, CA) — This should give you another reason to remove your contacts before bed.
An ophthalmologist from Newport Beach removed 23 contact lenses jammed into an elderly woman’s eye.
Dr. Katerina Kurteeva documented the viral video of the patient, who claimed she developed increased pain and blurry vision in her eyes.
At first believing the cause was a scratch, an infection, or debris, Dr. Kurteeva used an eyelid speculum to examine the special case, but never expected the shocking truth: 23 contact lenses were lodged deep within the woman’s eye-sockets.
“They were coming out in a chain, drooping down her lid,” Dr. Kurteeva told Insider. “There were a lot of contact lenses. I thought this could be my Guinness Book of World Record moment.”
“So next thing I know, I’m pulling on this blob and it’s like a deck of cards. Basically, these contact lenses, they’re very thin and they’re very smooth. So over time, they just kind of created this kind of like a pancake of contacts, and they’re all congealed. But once I started going at them with a Q-Tip, it was kind of like doing a deck of cards. They were just all coming out one after the other,” she said.
The woman felt instant relief when the blob of contacts were extracted, and was prescribed anti-inflammatory eye drops.
Dr. Kurteeva said the woman is incredibly fortunate she didn’t lose her vision, and begged her to avoid wearing contact lenses to ‘give her eyes a break.’
The doctor claims optometrists from Europe, South America, and Mexico were using the bizarre viral video to raise awareness and educate people on the importance of removing contacts out of their eyes daily before bed.