A lump that had just popped up on the eyelid of a 42-year-old British woman turned out to be the contact lens she had lost almost 30 years earlier when she was hit with a badminton birdie.
The odd finding was reported last week in the British Medical Journal’s Case Reports.
The woman told her ophthalmologist that her left eyelid had been droopy for a long time, but only in the past six months had it begun to swell and cause her discomfort. An MRI found a cyst about a quarter-inch across.
While it was being surgically removed, the cyst broke open, revealing a brittle contact lens.
The woman said she had last worn contact lenses at the age of 14. She stopped wearing them after she lost one when she was hit in the left eye with a shuttlecock during a badminton game.
The medical report’s authors said it could be inferred “that the lens migrated into the patient’s left upper eyelid at the time of trauma and resided there … for the last 28 years.”
They said there was no obvious reason that it had suddenly started bothering her.
At least it was just one lens. Last year, the British Medical Journal reported the case of a woman who was found to have 27 disposable contact lenses stuck under her upper eyelid.