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August 18, 2018 GMT

There are extended-wear contact lenses, and then there’s this.

A woman in the U.K. was surprised to learn that the cause for her droopy, swollen eyelid was a contact lens she’d lost nearly three decades before, Live Science reports.

When the 42-year-old woman went to the ophthalmologist, they found a “well-defined” cyst just above her left eye, according to the report published in BMJ Case Reports. The doctors surgically removed the cyst and broke it open. Inside, they found a contact lens.

Initially, the woman didn’t know how a contact lens ended up lodged in her eye, but then her mother reminded her that at 14, she was hit in the eye while playing badminton. At the time, they couldn’t find her contact lens and assumed it had fallen out. They were wrong.

″[We can] infer that the [contact] lens migrated into the patient’s left upper eyelid at the time of trauma and [remained there] for the last 28 years,” the doctors wrote in their report.