Contact lens found in woman’s eye after 28 years

JULY 2018- A 28 year-old contact lens was extracted from a woman's eyelid when she complained to doctors of swelling

The woman said she assumed that the lens fell out and was lost, however it lodged and has been embedded in her eyelid for the last 28 years.

The unnamed 42-year-old went to her GP in Dundee complaining of swelling around her left eye and was referred for an examination by eye specialists at Ninewells hospital.

The woman had been struck in the eye by a shuttlecock when she was 14, and it had been assumed the lens had been knocked out by the impact.

Anyone who wears contact lenses knows how tricky they are to find if you drop them.

One mystery remains - doctors couldn't work out exactly why the patient's eye became inflamed when it did, after 28 years without trouble. The doctors who examined it in the ophthalmology department found something unusual, as a contact lens was found in the bladder created at the top of the left eye!

The "BMJ" paper explains the woman, whose identity is being withheld, suffered swelling to her eye after the incident but that inflammation was successfully treated by her GP.

'However, it can be inferred that the lens migrated into the eyelid and resided there. When they extracted the cyst, its outer tissue ruptured and revealed an "extremely fragile" hard contact lens, which was cracked and damaged, BMJ reports. It was later confirmed that this was an RGP lens. But the contact lens had lodged itself into her eyelid and stayed there for nearly thirty years.

The team added: 'The migration of a lens into the eyelid is a rare cause of eyelid swelling.

"This case report exhibits the longest time between traumatic RGP lens migration into the eyelid and presentation of eyelid swelling", said the authors of the case report.

The woman has since made a full recovery.

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