According to the article, a California woman who was overdue for a checkup was dealing with blurry vision and pain in her right eye. For this reason, she went to see her ophthalmologist, Dr. Katerina Kurteeva, who practices in Newport Beach, telling her that it felt like there was something in her eye that she was unable to remove.
The doctor took a look in her eye, suspecting perhaps a bit of a broken contact lens, an eyelash, makeup debris, or even a cornea scratch as the culprit. What she discovered was completely unexpected: nearly two dozen contacts stuffed into the woman's eye!
By employing an anesthetic and a yellow stain to help her spot scratches or foreign bodies, Dr. Kurteeva did not initially see any problems on the cornea. But eventually, after asking her patient to look down, she spotted what appeared to be the edges of a couple of contacts stuck to each other.
Naturally, she began pulling them out. Soon, she encountered so many that it appeared as if a blob was stuck to the eye – so much so that it almost looked like a second pupil. Intrigued, she kept pulling as the contacts came out in a chain.
The doctor was reported as having said: “There were a lot of contact lenses—I thought this could be my Guinness Book of World Record moment.” She was so struck by what she encountered that she then posted a video of the lenses on her office Instagram account.
It turns out that the patient is in her mid-70s and has been wearing contacts for more than thirty years. The doctor said that the corneal nerve endings can become less sensitive over such a lengthy period of time, which would explain how the patient could not feel the 22 extra lenses.
A follow up appointment a month later found that the patient is now doing well. She is also wearing contacts again, though only after having taken a break as recommended by the ophthalmologist.
The good news is that, given that so many other possible outcomes were possible, including an infection, loss of vision, or cornea scratch, all seems to have turned out well. As for the video, it has now gone viral and is being used by optometrists the world over to remind patients of the importance of removing their contacts every single night.
For my part, I have been blessed with reasonably good vision. As a result, I have never had to wear contacts; and accordingly, I have never run the risk of winding up with a blob of them in my eye. Of course, I can still relate to having gotten something in my eye on occasion. At some point, we all have.
Jesus once cautioned about checking our eyes for foreign objects. He did so in His famed Sermon on the Mount found in the New Testament Gospel of Matthew (chapter 7, verses 1-5):
“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?
You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”
How right Jesus was here; for just as we have all periodically gotten some small irritant in our physical eye, so have we all on occasion gotten a plank in our spiritual eye! As bad as I hate to admit it, I know I have. Perhaps you have as well.
Of course, the good news is that when this befalls us, we have Someone Who can help us get it out. His name is Jesus; and as the divine Physician, He is uniquely qualified to restore proper spiritual sight to anyone who seeks His help.
It is entirely possible to go through life for lengthy periods of time without knowing we have such a problem. But eventually, the matter will manifest itself. And once it does, the discomfiture will invariably be such that some resolution will be needed. The next time you face such a situation, remember the words of Jesus.