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Case Reports and Small Case Series
November 1998

Eyelid Neuroma Associated With Swim Goggle Use

Arch Ophthalmol. 1998;116(11):1537-1538. doi:

The use of plastic swim goggles has been associated with several complications including supraorbital neuralgia, periorbital leukoderma, contact dermatitis, and even traumatic ruptured globe.1,2 Others have reported on the "competition swimmer's eyelid syndrome," a pseudobaggy eyelid localized to the medial part of the superior eyelid.3 The authors described 2 young, competitive swimmers with localized swelling of the upper eyelid related to their use of swim goggles. The report did not include microscopic analysis of the involved tissue, and the authors believed that the swelling was due to microtrauma from the rims of the plastic goggles.

We report our experience with the swimmer's eyelid syndrome as well as histopathologic analysis from one patient. It appears that traumatic neuroma is the cause of the mass effect in swimmer's eyelid.