Woman gets contact lens stuck in eye for 28 years

Woman makes disturbing discovery 28 years after losing contact lens

Doctors performed an MRI scan and noticed a pea-sized lump situated under her left eyebrow, which seemed to have grown over a six-month period. The case was highlighted in the August 10 online edition of BMJ Case Reports. But then, her mother remembered that the woman had been hit in the eye with a shuttlecock 28 years earlier, during a game of badminton, according to the report.

The drooping, doctors said, was due to the embedded contact lens.

She had the cyst surgically removed, which is when the doctors discovered something unusual, a contact lens. It was surgically removed, but when doctors took it off, the cyst broke uoen and revealed an extremely fragile hard contact lens inside.

Doctors during surgery found 42-year-old British women contact lens, I which she held for 28 years without even knowing it, reports the Chronicle.info with reference to Focus. She eventually went to see an eye doctor. Experts believe this is extremely rare as our eyes are created to prevent such foreign objects from being unknowingly trapped.

This kind of contact lens injury typically causes a sharp and a scratchy pain along with redness. Though her left eye had always drooped slightly, the aforementioned symptoms had only begun occurring recently. Then the lens had disappeared, it was never found: it probably has shifted and is stuck in the age of 28 years.

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Gas-permeable contact lenses are made of rigid, durable plastic that transmits oxygen, not to be confused with popular "soft" contacts or old-fashioned "hard" contacts.

Here's a suggestion from the doctors on this case: Tell your eye doctor about any past eye trauma, and if you have any swelling, ask the doc to check for wayward contacts.

While the patient has recovered since the surgical procedure, it is not known why she could not feel the sensation of the lens trapped in her eye for so long.

If something similar happens to you and you don't have almost three decades to wait for removal, Health.com suggests flipping your upper eyelid to see if it's hiding underneath, and using saline drops to flush it out.

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