People lose contact lenses in their eyes all the time, but generally speaking, they make sure they find it and remove it from their eye within a day or two. That’s most people. However, one woman lost her contact lens and it was in her eye for 28 years. Let me repeat: A whole contact lens in her eye for 28 YEARS.
A 42-year-old British woman was experiencing painful swelling in her upper eyelid for six months. She visited her ophthalmologist and they discovered a cyst that caused a lump in her eyelid. You’ll never guess what was causing the cyst? If you said a lost contact lens give yourself a cookie because you’re right!
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Doctors conducted an MRI and discovered a cyst in her drooping eyelid. The woman underwent surgery and during the procedure, the cyst popped.
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Inside the popped cyst surgeons found a “bluish mass” that was actually an entire contact lens. You might say that she didn’t see that coming.
The doctors determined that the contact was a rigid gas permeable (RGP) lens that the woman hadn’t used since she was a teenager. The woman recounted that when she was 14-years-old, she was hit in the eye during a badminton game. She assumed that the lens had fallen out of her eye. I guess you could say that badmitton is a… contact sport.
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“The patient never wore RGP lenses following this incident,” according to the journal BMJ Case Reports. “We can infer that the RGP lens migrated into the patient’s left upper eyelid at the time of trauma and had been in situ for the last 28 years.”
The 2018 Hide & Seek Champion goes to this contact lens. Congrats.
This story is horrific, but it pales in comparison with the medical journal about a UK woman who lost 27 contact lenses in her eye. What is up with these British women and their contact lenses? Everyone will be wearing eyeglasses for the next few weeks.