Imagine going to the eye doctor because your upper eyelid is swollen and painful. The doctor tells you it's a cyst and operates. Inside the blister, the surgeon finds a contact lens: a rigid gas-permeable one.
The woman, from Dundee, told her doctor her eyelid had been drooping but her vision was unaffected.
Except, it hadn't. Until her surgery, the lens had been lodged in her eyelid for for nearly three decades.
Starting as a pea-sized lump just below her left eyebrow, the cyst grew over a six-month period until it was visible on an MRI.
A woman who lost a contact lens as a 14-year-old playing badminton has found it again in her eye - 28 years later. In the process of removing it, the contact was cracked and chipped. The woman couldn't recall how the lens would have gotten there, the station reported, but her mother did: A mishap during a badminton game 28 years prior resulted in the woman "losing' her contact lens as a teenager".
"The patient never wore RGP lenses following this incident". But that wasn't news to the woman - she'd had a heavy lid for a while and was used to it.
I repeat: A WHOLE CONTACT LENS.
"The patient assumed the lens fell out and was lost; however, it can be inferred that the lens migrated into the eyelid and resided there".
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.
A 42-year-old British woman went to eye doctor because her left eyelid started to swell and ache. The case was also reported in BMJ Case Reports.
The only story that one ups this nightmare is the time surgeons in the United Kingdom found a staggering 27 contact lenses balled up inside a patient's eye during what was supposed to be a routine cataract surgery.
If you wear contacts, just.check you eyes every now and then.