Nearly everyone who wears contacts has fallen asleep with their lenses in at one point or another, but very few people can say they've done so for almost 30 years straight. Enter a 42-year-old woman from the UK, who, since one long-ago day when she was 14, had a contact lens lodged under the lid of her left upper eyelid without even knowing it. BuzzFeed reports on the odd case described in BMJ Case Reports, an event the journal describes as a "28-year trauma." CBS Dallas-Fort Worth reports the woman had experienced a swollen and droopy eyelid for about six months, and when she finally went to get it checked out, an MRI scan revealed a cyst just above her left eye.
Doctors went in to remove the cyst, and what was inside it puzzled them: There was a rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lens embedded, a type of hard contact lens that predates the softer ones most people use today. As everyone scratched their heads as to why she would have this type of lens in her eye, her mother remembered that when her daughter was 14, she'd been slammed in the eye by a badminton birdie while wearing her contacts and suffered minor injuries that fully healed. They all just figured her lost contact had popped out and dropped to the ground when the birdie hit her face, and CNN notes she never wore RGP contacts again. Since the lens has been removed, the woman's more recent eye problems have dissipated. (This woman had 27 contact lenses stuck in one eye.)