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Old 05-11-10, 07:01 PM
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Got My First Pair Of Contacts... Darn These Buggers Are Difficult!

Well, I'm 23, and have been wearing glasses for the past 10 years or so. I've wanted to get contacts for a while now, and finally decided to take the plunge. I picked up some monthly wear soft contacts, which my Dr. recommended, and let me tell you... I had a pretty interesting experience at the eye shop. Basically, I was able to insert the contacts well, but removing them was very difficult. By the time I finished, my eyes were blood shot; mainly due to 20 minutes of stabbing myself in the eye trying to take the ####ers out. . I'm watching some youtube videos on how to remove them; but my biggest issue is that I can't stop blinking. It's a difficult reflex to control. *sigh* I've got my contacts on my desk now; I'm thinking tomorrow I'll give them another try. Kind of pisses me off that I'm having so many issues with them, the young teenagers on youtube seem to be so proficient at it.

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Old 05-11-10, 07:14 PM
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I know how you feel. When I first got contacts back in college, I had a tough time the first couple of days just trying to get them on and then back out again. It will take some getting used to. What may help is to try touching the edge of your contacts with two fingers (or one finger and a thumb) while they are in your eye and gently try to bring your fingers closer together. This tends to make the contact lens buckle outward and pop out of your eye.

There are a few other factors that come into play as well. Lenses come in different sizes, some are larger than others or have a slightly different shape which may make them more or less comfortable depending on the wearer. They also have different moisture contents as well which can affect how they feel in your eye. If you try these for a week and they still bother you, ask your eye doctor to let you try a different type of lens. Most places like Lenscrafters will let you try as many lenses as you want during the first 30 days until you find something that works.

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Old 05-11-10, 07:32 PM
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Eventually you will get used to poking yourself in the eye.

I found soft contact lenses to be a bit like Saran Wrap on my eye. I had to pinch the lens and pull it off, like Snicklefritz recommends above.
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Old 05-11-10, 07:37 PM
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it's not that hard once you get used to it.

best of all, sometimes they'll give you more than 20/20 vision.

once you get used to all the eyelashes and cat hair entering your eyes, like I do, contacts are easy as pie.
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Quit your complaining! I started out with hard contacts. Ugh
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Had contacts... got laser surgery. Problem solved.
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Removing contacts was never really a problem. Could never really get them in, however, which sort of defeated the purpose.
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I feel your pain. I'm 33 and have just got contacts after wearing glasses for about 15 years. I've got dailies. getting the blasted things in is more of an issue for me. I use the pinch the lens method to get them off.

I think that I will only use mine for cycling & tramping due to my dry eyes and the horrific price.
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Quit your complaining! I started out with hard contacts. Ugh
I started with hard contacts. I used to be able to hold the corner of my eye and blink, and they'd shoot out across the room.
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I went through that last year, and oh boy, was it a pain. I had a bit of a phobia about things getting in my eye, and I was crying at the optometrist's office. Good thing they were so nice and patient with me.

Now I wear my colored lenses (and I have many colors!) whenever the heck I feel like wearing them, although I still prefer my glasses. My face just feels like it isn't complete without my glasses, since I've lived with them for so long.
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Originally Posted by CbadRider View Post
I started with hard contacts. I used to be able to hold the corner of my eye and blink, and they'd shoot out across the room.
Remember blinking wrong and getting them stuck in the corner of your eye? Ouch
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Remember blinking wrong and getting them stuck in the corner of your eye? Ouch
The worst for me was blinking wrong and having them migrate up under my eyelid. I usually had to get someone else to help hold my eyelid open so I could fish it out.
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Had them for a while, but gave them up. The benefit of being able to wear whatever sunglasses I wanted wasn't worth the annoyance and price.
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Why would anyone want contact lenses instead of glasses? I have seriously wanted glasses my entire life, unfortunately I was cursed with 20/20 vision, but I'm holding out hope that if I read enough I will at least need reading glasses one of these days. Glasses are so distinguished-looking, and they make girls look smoking HAWT. Why would you want to ruin that with contacts?
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Originally Posted by KrisPistofferson View Post
Why would anyone want contact lenses instead of glasses? I have seriously wanted glasses my entire life, unfortunately I was cursed with 20/20 vision, but I'm holding out hope that if I read enough I will at least need reading glasses one of these days. Glasses are so distinguished-looking, and they make girls look smoking HAWT. Why would you want to ruin that with contacts?
You can always get 0 power lenses if you want to perch a pair of spectacles on your nose....
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Why would anyone want contact lenses instead of glasses? I have seriously wanted glasses my entire life, unfortunately I was cursed with 20/20 vision, but I'm holding out hope that if I read enough I will at least need reading glasses one of these days. Glasses are so distinguished-looking, and they make girls look smoking HAWT. Why would you want to ruin that with contacts?

It's a fashion choice for me. Sometimes I like having my eye color match the rest of my outfit. Plus, cosplay!
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I love wearing glasses. I used to wish so hard that I would have to wear glasses, that in 3rd grade my wish came true!

Also, women in glasses are always hotter than women without, no exceptions, sorry!

I like the fashion of wearing glasses since for men fashion is more limited (plus my job has extremely strict dress codes so I can't be too creative there).

The only thing I don't like about glasses is that I can't see when I am swimming, so ever since I ran into a 12 year old girl in the pool because I didn't have my glasses on (and explaining to her dad that it really was an accident), I now wear my glasses while I swim, too.
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I love wearing glasses. I used to wish so hard that I would have to wear glasses, that in 3rd grade my wish came true!

Also, women in glasses are always hotter than women without, no exceptions, sorry!

I like the fashion of wearing glasses since for men fashion is more limited (plus my job has extremely strict dress codes so I can't be too creative there).

The only thing I don't like about glasses is that I can't see when I am swimming, so ever since I ran into a 12 year old girl in the pool because I didn't have my glasses on (and explaining to her dad that it really was an accident), I now wear my glasses while I swim, too.
Do you swim often enough to warrant prescription goggles? I had those when I was in varsity.
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Originally Posted by KrisPistofferson View Post
Why would anyone want contact lenses instead of glasses? I have seriously wanted glasses my entire life, unfortunately I was cursed with 20/20 vision, but I'm holding out hope that if I read enough I will at least need reading glasses one of these days. Glasses are so distinguished-looking, and they make girls look smoking HAWT. Why would you want to ruin that with contacts?
Playing sports is one reason. With contacts you don't need special goggles for swimming. And if the sport involves a ball, the ball will invariably hit the person with the glasses right in the face.

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Playing sports is one reason. With contacts you don't seen special goggles for swimming. And if the sport involves a ball, the ball will invariably hit the person with the glasses right in the face.
Too true.
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If you want impact resistant, or at least sports prescription shades or glasses, adiddas makes some decent stuff that breaks apart upon impact.
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My girl looks hot in glasses. However, I hate wearing glasses.
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I think I look awesome in my conti yellow hat and yellow transition lenses.
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Originally Posted by DataJunkie View Post
Remember blinking wrong and getting them stuck in the corner of your eye? Ouch
I do! And don't even talk about walking in a cross wind. I lost more 'tacts that way. Thank goodness for soft lenses.
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Originally Posted by KrisPistofferson View Post
Why would anyone want contact lenses instead of glasses? I have seriously wanted glasses my entire life, unfortunately I was cursed with 20/20 vision, but I'm holding out hope that if I read enough I will at least need reading glasses one of these days. Glasses are so distinguished-looking, and they make girls look smoking HAWT. Why would you want to ruin that with contacts?
Well, some us above a certain age need bifocal correction. And trust me, they are the worst invention since pantyhose (or so my wife tells me). I wear monovision corrected contacts- one eye for distance, the other for close vision. They work fabulously- I never know they are different corrections, and can focus equally well at 200 yards or 2 inches (or less). It's truly amazing what you can trick the brain into doing.
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