WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A British woman consulted an eye doctor regarding her aching and swelling left eyelid.
- When surgeons operated on the cyst that was detected by an MRI scan, they discovered a contact lens inside.
- It turned out, the contact lens moved under the eyelid after a minor accident when the patient was 14 years old, and that was 28 years ago.
There isn’t anything more annoying than losing your contact lens without your knowing where it went. This is a common occurrence though, for people who wear them. Usually, your contact lenses may land or get “lost” somewhere on your face or body. However, it’s rare for the body to encapsulate them as foreign objects.
Nevertheless, BMJ Case Reports Journal relates a case of a 42-year old woman who went to an ophthalmologist to have her persistent swelling and drooping left eyelid checked. Feeling a small lump under the skin of her eyelid, an MRI scan was done where it revealed a cyst. During the operation, doctors made a shocking discovery—a rigid contact lens in a fully intact condition. It was found to be wrapped in the cyst and enfolded in the eyelid’s soft tissue. It got chipped when doctors removed it during surgery.
The Forgotten Accident
The patient was reported to have no recollection of how the lens could have gotten there, but her mother did. She told CNN that 28 years ago, the patient who was then 14 years old, had an accident during a badminton game. A shuttlecock hit her in the left eye. She thought she lost her contact lens during that time.
After the incident, she never wore those type of contacts again.
Dundee-based doctors and report authors Sirjhun Patel, Lai-Ling Tan and Helen Murgatroyd deduced that the lens apparently migrated into the eyelid after trauma from the accident nearly three decades ago.
Even though the pea-shaped cyst settled beneath her left brow for 28 years, CNN reported that the woman had never experienced scratchy pain, redness or sensitivity connected with “foreign bodies” like stuck lenses.
A related case reported by BMJ Journal last year, tells about a woman who had a “bluish mass” of 27 contact lenses found in her eye while prepping for cataract surgery.