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Well, I have contact lenses. And it's really nice not seeing the scratches in my glasses... and I think I like them in general, so far. Here's hoping I can learn to put them in and take them out as quickly as people say it's possible. I don't seem to have any really really bad reactions to stuff in my eyes, at least.

Anyone got any hints?

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chenoameg
Dec. 9th, 2006 07:13 pm (UTC)
No hints. Just wanted to say "that's neat!"
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crs
Dec. 9th, 2006 07:38 pm (UTC)
Since this is new from this morning's adventures... no, I didn't ;-)
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fyfer
Dec. 9th, 2006 08:44 pm (UTC)
Wear them consistently for the first few weeks; don't give into temptation to switch back to glasses a lot. I never got in the habit of wearing mine, since I only needed them for fife performances, so it's been years and I stil hate using them. (Ok, that's partly because at the time, they couldn't correct my prescription all the way.)
crs
Dec. 12th, 2006 01:23 pm (UTC)
I may have trouble with this when my new glasses come in, and I want to see what people's reactions to them are. :)
honeyartichoke
Dec. 10th, 2006 03:50 pm (UTC)
Good luck with the contact lenses!

When still getting used to wearing contacts, they had me start with a few hours the first day, then 2 hours more the next day, and increasing the time gradually, to let the eyelids adjust. Have eyedrops at hand (if your eyes feel dry, put drops in). As for being able to put them in and take out quickly - that takes practice, and you get more comfortable touching your eyes over time. As someone already said, clean hands are very important. General impression - sleeping with contacts in is not a great idea.
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crs
Dec. 12th, 2006 01:22 pm (UTC)
have them out for a few waking hours a day to let your eye "breathe"
Yeah, after keeping them in right until bedtime Saturday, this seems like especially good advice. There are contacts they claim are safe to keep the eye in while sleeping, but those aren't what I have.

Step 7 is an interesting idea - I wonder if doing that would reduce my blink reflex enough that I could start doing this on the first try. I think the curvature of the eye is actually different on the white though, and it stick less, since it's less of a match to the lens? I'll experiment sometime.
whiteflowergirl
Dec. 11th, 2006 03:21 am (UTC)
long time no contact (feel free to groan) :)

i mean that both in the sense of contact between me and you -- hope you remember me :)

and in the sense of it being a long time since i last used contact lenses. prob. about 5 years.

i recommend the habit of closing things nearby -- like sink drains, toilet lids, etc. -- before doing anything with your lenses.

miss you. :):):)
crs
Dec. 12th, 2006 01:14 pm (UTC)
Hey! How've you been doing? Will contact you off LJ...
yandros
Dec. 11th, 2006 08:03 pm (UTC)
some Contact Lens advice
Some time when you're not putting in your contacts, probably some time in the middle of your day, find a big mirror, wash your hands, and pry open your eyelids and move around the contacts. First-thing-in-the-morning can be a bad time for people to get used to a relaxed opening of the eyelid.

Spend some time learning what your contacts look like when they're inverted. Putting them in inverted isn't the end of the world, but (depending on the type), they will feel funny and are likely to pop out or fold. A folded contact under an eyelid is pretty much the worst-case scenario for contact-related eye comfort, I believe.

Experiment with washing your face or not before putting in the contacts -- some people find that recently wet-and-dreid skin is easier to manipulate; others find it harder. I assume that this is variation in skin type (dry, oily, whatever).

If you can manage it, go back in time until your 14 or so, and start wearing eye make up. When I first got contacts, putting them in was painful and slow. When my stepsister first got hers, after applying mascara for a few years, she popped them right in.

One last thing: Eyeglasses put lenses around 1-2 cm away from your own natural lenses. Contacts don't. The optics here are not the same, and cannot be the same, so expect some unease as your change the primary way your brain experiences the external world. Don't be afraid to switch back and forth as you adjust.
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