Doctors find contact lens lost for 28 years in woman's eye

The woman lost her contact lens in a sporting accident when she was 14

The woman lost her contact lens in a sporting accident when she was 14

It has now been removed by surgeons, who reported the case in the BMJ.

"The woman, 42, visited an ophthalmologist after swelling had persisted for about six months, according to Dallas" CBS 11.

After an MRI scan, doctors were able to see a lump had formed under the woman's eyelid.

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. Doctors found one clump of 17 disposable contacts in a "blue mass" in her right eye; then they found another clump of 10.

Doctors removed a cyst and found a hardened contact lens inside.

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Almost three decades after a woman lost one of her contact lenses, doctors from the United Kingdom were able to retrieve it during a surgical procedure.

CNN reports that the unnamed woman was bewildered and had no idea how the lens got there - until her mother remembered an incident from when she was just 14-years-old. The foreign body was extremely fragile on removal and handling.

Of course, the woman couldn't immediately recall how the contact lens got there or how long it had been there. She hasn't worn those type of lenses since she was 14-years-old.

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. It turns out the woman doesn't wear RGP contacts anymore. When she took the hit in the eye, she lost her contact and it was never found. When she was struck, the lens slid up into the upper part of her eyelid. Though her left eye had always drooped slightly, the aforementioned symptoms had only begun occurring recently. The doctors still aren't sure why, out of the blue, her eyelid started to swell, but luckily everything is fine now.

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