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Yesterday morning: 13 minutes to put in both contacts.

Yesterday afternoon: took the left out, swished it around in some solution for a moment, and put it back in, in about 3 minutes, I think. A nice big friendly bathroom countertop at work with huuuuge mirror helped a lot. At home I have a tiny mirror on a small surface to work with (I'll take a photo sometime in the next couple days).

Thanks, everyone, for all the advice. It seems to be coming together. Getting the contacts out yesterday evening was already pretty easy.

I still seem to find it a lot easier to put them in when my finger is relatively dry, still, since when it's wet, the contact really likes to invert and stick to the finger. Maybe as my aim gets better it'll be easier to put them in wetter, and then I can get one extra final rinse in before putting them in. For now, I just have to notice if it's irritated when I put it in, and be willing to take it back out, clean it off, and try again. Or close my eye, push down to hold the contact in place under the lid, and move my eye around, to get stuff out from under the lens. Actually, at this point, I bet I could do that without closing my eye... I wonder how bad an idea that is (with the eye open or closed).

So far I've been doing marathon sessions — 10am Saturday to midnight, 10am Sunday to 10pm, 9am yesterday to 10pm — and my eyes themselves don't seem to have any problems. Like I said, yesterday I had some irritation mid-day that I cleaned out, but other than that... it seems fine so far. For the people that suggested starting slowly, with short stints each day, is there anything that I should worry about that I wouldn't notice firsthand?

In a short while I'll be trying to put them in again. I'm hoping to shatter yesterday's 13 minute time with a newfound ease that comes from the practice I've been getting. I'll report more later. :)



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Dec. 12th, 2006 05:57 pm (UTC)
Grr! You people with adaptive tear ducts!

I'd love to wear contacts, except my eyes dry out so badly that after 6 hours, I want to claw my eyes out.

G'luck. It does get easier. At least for me, I hit this breakpoint of *poik* "Oh, that was easy. Let's try the other one." *poik* "Wait, this was hard once?"
Dec. 12th, 2006 06:39 pm (UTC)
definitely, seconded. I also found that when I started wearing contact lenses (holy crap, 17 years ago!) my eye doctor told me to wear them for a few hours a day until I got used to them. So I'd wear them for 1 hour at night, then 2 hours, then up to 4 hours at night, for a month or two. Don't know if that'd help.
Dec. 12th, 2006 07:22 pm (UTC)
I seem to remember that a barely damp, but definitely not wet finger, made a huge difference. I would have the contact on one hand that was still wet from rinsing, and then come up from below with a shaken dry finger on the other hand and transfer the lens to that before putting it in my eye. The contact seems to want to stick to the driest thing sometimes. But regardless, it'll become second nature and you'll be able to do it in the middle of nowhere, on a train, with no mirror. :)
Dec. 12th, 2006 10:34 pm (UTC)
Oh, another tip i was given once, was - always start with the same side (either right first or left first) - that way you never mix them up. This was important for me since my eyes are fairly different prescriptions.
Dec. 14th, 2006 04:16 am (UTC)
I've always dealt with my lenses in my room. It doesn't actually require a sink. And you won't need a mirror after much longer.
Dec. 14th, 2006 05:17 am (UTC)
Where do you throw the old solution out? I keep walking it to the bathroom sink...
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