While prepping a 67-year-old female patient for routine cataract surgery at England’s Solihull Hospital, physicians noticed a strange bluish blob in one of her eyes. On closer look, the blob turned out to be 17 contact lenses stuck together. Another 10 lenses were subsequently discovered in the same eye. The surgeons have never seen anything quite like it.
As reported in the British Medical Journal , the unnamed patient was unaware that the contact lenses were missing. Incredibly, the 27 lost lenses, which had drifted behind her upper eyelid, weren’t causing her any serious distress. She figured her dry eyes and periodic discomfort were just a product of old age.
“None of us have ever seen this before,” noted surgeon Rupal Marjaria, who filed the BMJ report, in Optometry Today. “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.”
The Solihull Hospital surgical team decided to postpone the cataract surgery due to the increased risk of endophthalmitis—inflammation of the inner eye. This condition can lead to vision loss and even loss of the eye itself, and is a rare complication of cataract surgeries. The surgeons were concerned that a build-up of bacteria in the clump might trigger it.
The patient had been using monthly disposable contact lenses for about 35 years, but hadn’t visited her optometrist in quite some time. What’s more, she didn’t mention any symptoms during her pre-operative assessment. Marjaria thought it important to write a case report about the incident, showing that it’s possible for a person to retain lots of contact lenses without experiencing too much discomfort.
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Benchmark Capital, one of Uber’s largest investors, is trying to explain its legal feud with former CEO Travis Kalanick to the ride-sharing company’s employees. Benchmark sued Kalanick for fraud last week, adding another controversy to the company’s already disastrous summer.
In an open letter to Uber employees, Benchmark slammed Kalanick’s leadership of the company and said that he was purposely hindering the board’s search for a replacement CEO. The firm also criticized Uber’s slow response to the a report compiled by Eric Holder and Tammy Albarrán on harassment within Uber, and the stagnant search for a chief financial officer that has dragged on for more than two years.
“It has appeared at times as if the search was being manipulated to deter candidates and create a power vacuum in which Travis could return,” the unsigned letter reads.
Other Uber shareholders led by Shervin Pishevar of Sherpa Capital have vehemently opposed Benchmark’s lawsuit. Pishevar and his supporters have argued that Benchmark’s actions are destroying the value of their investments in Uber. Benchmark’s lawsuit aims to force Kalanick off the board of the company he founded.
“It’s easy to reduce this situation to a battle of personalities. But this isn’t about Benchmark versus Travis. It’s about ensuring that Uber can reach its full potential as a company. And that will only happen if we get rid of the roadblocks and distractions that have plagued Uber, and its board, for far too long,” Benchmark wrote in its letter. “Failing to act would have meant endorsing behavior that was utterly unacceptable in any company, let alone a company of Uber’s size and importance.”
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