Lost contact found in woman's eyelid 28 years later

A contact lens was embedded in woman's eyelid

That would be no big deal if she hadn't found it 28 years later-in her eyelid.

According to Dundee-based doctors Sirjhun Patel, Lai-Ling Tan and Helen Murgatroyd, who authored the report, the lens apparently migrated into the eyelid after the injury almost three decades earlier.

It's not like the woman was looking for it the entire time, though.

The 42-year-old woman from the United Kingdom had gone to see a doctor about a swollen eye and drooping eyelid, but when doctors took an MRI, they found something surprising.

The woman, 42, went to the ophthalmologist for what she believed was an unrelated medical problem.

An MRI revealed a "well-defined" cyst, measuring 8 by 4 by 6 millimeters (0.31 by 0.16 by 0.24 inches), just above her left eye.

The MRI had revealed a cyst, which doctors surgically removed.

Contact lens visible on an MRI
Contact lens visible on an MRI

Doctors removed a cyst and found a hardened contact lens inside. The red arrows indicate the cyst.

A team of doctors in Britain performed surgery on a woman with a swollen eyelid and found the cause - a contact lens that had been in her eye for 28 years.

Of course, the woman couldn't immediately recall how the contact lens got there or how long it had been there. It took her mother remembering that she was hit with that shuttlecock 28 years ago, during a game of badminton, to refresh her memory.

Here's some backstory that will probably make you scream: According to Health, the report says that the contact was "a rigid gas permeable (RGP)" lens which the woman hadn't worn since she was a teenager. After that injury, the girl stopped wearing hard lenses. There were no "elicited triggers" that could've caused the symptoms to start, they wrote.

The woman, from Dundee, told her doctor her eyelid had been drooping but her vision was unaffected.

Calling all contact lens users: Do not panic.


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