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Reminder of important clinical lesson
Lost contact lens masquerading as an orbital mass
  1. Daniel S Morris,
  2. Peter J Dolman
  1. University of British Columbia, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, 2550 Willow Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V5Z 3N9, Canada
  1. Daniel S Morris, danielsmorris{at}


A 30-year-old woman presented to the orbital clinic with a 4-year history of a mass in her left upper eyelid of unknown aetiology. Eyelid eversion revealed an embedded hard contact lens, which was removed under local anaesthesia. The patient made a full recovery but this case highlights the need for a careful history in contact lens wearers and a full examination including double eversion of the upper eyelids.

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