Here is one of the strangest medical cases from 2018. A woman lost a contact lens and it was found 28 years later … inside of a cyst in her eyelid. It was successfully removed with surgery and her problems went away.
When a woman in the United Kingdom lost her contact lens while playing badminton, she didn’t think much of it. But nearly three decades later, doctors found the contact lens embedded in her eyelid.
The 42-year-old woman went to the eye doctor after her left eyelid became swollen and started to droop. Tests revealed she had a cyst in her eyelid, which was surgically removed. But inside the cyst was the missing contact lens. The woman had lost the lens when she was 14 years old, after she was hit in the eye with a shuttlecock during a badminton game. It appears that the trauma caused the lens to migrate into her left eyelid, her doctors said.
A report of the woman’s case was published Aug. 10 in the journal BMJ Case Reports.
Once the cyst and the lens were removed from the woman’s eyes, her peepers went back to normal.
This isn’t the only bizarre eye injury that’s hard to stomach.
In late 2016, a 67-year-old British woman went in for cataracts surgery only to discover the “blueish mass” in one of her eyes was actually 27 contact lenses.
To have a contact lens in your eyelid for 28 years is pretty amazing, but so is having a collection of 27 contact lenses! That may be hard to believe, but it happened:
As bad as it sounds to have 17 lenses stuck together in your eye, specialist trainee ophthalmologist Rupal Morjaria told the website that doctors eventually found an additional 10 individual contact lenses in the same eye. All of the lenses were monthly disposable contacts that the woman had forgotten about, Optometry Today reported.
“We were really surprised that the patient didn’t notice it because it would cause quite a lot of irritation while it was sitting there,” Morjaria said.
The cataract surgery was postponed after the discovery to avoid increased risk of eye infection due to the bacteria around the patient’s conjunctiva.
Amazingly, there was no obvious infection in the eye. The woman had been wearing monthly disposable contact lenses for some 35 years, according to NPR.com.
One physician remarked in the comments section of the British Medical Journal article that “It does make one wonder about the appropriateness and completeness of the examination of the referring clinician!” …
If you ever get the chance to see inside your own head with an MRI, by the way, it is quite interesting. I had one once for medical curiosity’s sake. Most of my brain was in there when we looked. The experience in the 3 Tesla MRI I had was a bit claustrophobic and very loud, but it was worth it to my brain to have a look at itself. Quite amazing. I’d get an MRI instead of a CAT scan if given a choice because the MRI (without contrast dye) uses no ionizing radiation. Most medical imaging places in California will, even today, tell you that there is no such thing as a full body MRI, but I found a place doing that in another state.
On the topic of strange medical cases, there was once a woman who functioned without a cerebellum, which is very suprising. Cases like these show that other parts of the brain can take over when one is missing.
Here is one of the most amazing cases ever, a man with almost no brain. He was healthy and fully functioning so these scans were extremely surprising.
The man’s medical history showed that he had to get a shunt inserted into his head as an infant to get rid of the buildup of fluid on the brain, known as hydrocephalus. The shunt was eventually removed when at age 14, he complained of left leg weakness and some unsteadiness. The man went on to live a normal life and he got married and had two children. Tests showed that he had an IQ of 75 which, though below the average of 100, is not considered a mental disability.
“What I find amazing to this day is how the brain can deal with something which you think should not be compatible with life,” Dr. Max Muenke, from the National Human Genome Research Institute, told Reuters.
Earlier last year, IFLScience reported on the ninth known case of someone living without a cerebellum. This is the part of the brain that controls a number of important functions such as balance, motor movements and motor learning.
The “we only use 10% of our brain” thing is an urban legend, just a myth, but it does appear to me that guy has about 10% of the material in average brain. You can see why missing a little bit of your brain is no cause for concern, most likely. Other parts fill in when needed, to an amazing degree.