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17th Aug 2018

‘Lost’ contact lens removed from woman’s eye after 28 years

Alan Loughnane

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Oh my God…

A 42-year-old British woman went to see an eye doctor because her left eyelid started to swell and ache.

Doctors investigated and noticed her eyelid was drooping somewhat but the woman wasn’t worried about this, saying she had a heavy lid for a while and that wasn’t anything to worry about.

A recent British Medical Journal report outlined that the doctors ordered an MRI and discovered that a lump has formed on her eyelid.

She underwent surgery to have the lump removed and when they ruptured the cyst that had formed, they found a contact lens inside.

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Image via BMJ

Sirjhun Patel, Lai-Ling Tan, and Helen Murgatroyd were the doctors who handled the case, and were initially stumped as to how the contact lens could have ended up there.

Dr Patel and colleagues wrote in the report: “On further questioning, the patient’s mother recalled that the patient had a history of blunt trauma to the upper left eyelid as a child.

“The patient was hit in the left eye with a shuttlecock while playing badminton at the age of 14.

“The patient was wearing an RGP (Rigid Gas Permeable) contact lens at the time, which was never found.

“It was assumed that the contact lens dislodged out of the eye and was lost.”

The study stated: “It can be inferred that the lens migrated into the eyelid and resided there asymptomatically for 28 years.”

We feel ill…