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Tips for wearing contacts?
Posted 2/11/14

hystabbia wrote:

Help! I really want to wear contacts (or circle lenses), but my eyes just won't allow me.


Contacts and completely different from circle lenses. Contacts improve your vision without the need for glasses. Some contacts come in different colors to change the iris color.

Circle lenses make the eyes look bigger, because the iris portion of the circle-lense is larger than a real human iris.

Two completely different things.
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Posted 2/11/14

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hystabbia wrote:

Help! I really want to wear contacts (or circle lenses), but my eyes just won't allow me.


Contacts and completely different from circle lenses. Contacts improve your vision without the need for glasses. Some contacts come in different colors to change the iris color.

Circle lenses make the eyes look bigger, because the iris portion of the circle-lense is larger than a real human iris.

Two completely different things.



I know the difference, SoldierSangria, but they are both applied directly on the eye, which resumes to the same problem.
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Posted 2/11/14 , edited 2/11/14
Just touch your eyeball (with clean fingers). Poke at it enough to be able to realize that it doesn't hurt.

When it actually comes to using the contacts, firmly hold your upper lid with one hand, put the contact on the index finger of your other hand, pull the lower lid area down with your middle finger while placing the contact onto your eyeball with the index. If you have this weird blinking thing, you just aren't holding them down well enough.
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Posted 2/11/14
Drink a LOT of water to keep your body hydrated. Without water you can't produce enough eyeball juice to keep the contacts from irritating your eyeballs..
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Posted 2/11/14 , edited 2/11/14
Contacts make me uncomfortable.

I hate anything going into my eyes and to have a piece of hair in my eye makes me go insane. I'm still fearful of the eye doctor. Sadly, I rather get laser eye surgery. I also have an astigmatism.
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Posted 2/11/14
Trial and error as well as practice, you will get used to putting them in and taking them out. Don't judge just by your first time. Nobody knows how to ride a bike at first right?

Me personally I wore contacts for about 3 years, middle school through freshman year of highschool. But then my prescription changed, or insurance or something, and we couldn't afford to go buying them anymore. So I went and got a new pair of glasses, got some compliments about having glasses since I have a fairly longer face so having something to break it up or whatever made me look better. Don't think I have tried to wear contacts since.

Wouldn't be against eye surgery though to fix it all together. I am seriously jealous of my friends who don't have to wear contacts or glasses, just being able to see in the morning when waking up would be something new for me. (Have been wearing glasses since I was in the 3rd grade.)
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Posted 2/11/14 , edited 2/11/14

hystabbia wrote:
So, is there any way to train your eyes not to blink as much when you bring your fingers there?

Yes, you need to practice putting in eye drops until you can do so without flinching. Buy rewetting eye drops such as Blink Lubricating Drops, which you can put in as many times a day as you want. After a few weeks of practice with the eye drops you will have a much easier time with the contact lenses. Good luck!

(P.S. I love my contacts. If you have irritation after you get the contacts, and you have hydrophilic lenses, look into the Clear Care lens cleaning system, it helped me.)
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Posted 2/11/14
I don't know if this is safe, but the night before I first went to the optometrist to get contacts put in, i held my eyes open with one hand and poked it repeatedly with the other until I got used to the sensation. I did it for a good hour or so to both eyes and the next morning, I tried putting in contacts for the first time and managed to get them in in about 5 minutes.

Make sure your hands are clean though. My optometrist said I looked like I had been wearing contacts for a while since I put them on so fast! That was 2 years ago and now it takes me less than 1 second to put them in/out. Try what I did! It may help.
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Posted 2/11/14 , edited 2/12/14
This is how I put in SOFT 2-week lenses on a daily basis very quickly.

1. Look up with your chin facing slightly downward so you can use gravity to help you keep the lens on your index finger until you've applied the lens.
2. Place contact on eye with the correct side facing the eyeball (you can tell as you can see the third face/edge of the lens when the lens is facing the right direction) on the white of the eye.
3. While holding the contact lens in place, look forward and slightly downward.
4. Let go of the contact and move your eye around a bit in a circle so it can automatically adjust to the right position on your eyeball (there's a mechanism of some sort that attracts the lens to your iris in particular. I know hydrophilic lenses stay on your eyes due to them being attracted to moisture, but I'm still not sure what exactly attracts them to iris in particular. Nevertheless, effectively by doing this your allowing it to lock into the right position).
5. Repeat for your other eye or take out the lens and redo the process if you feel any discomforting (but not unusual) sensation for more than 30 seconds. Replace or clean the lens with saline as necessary in that case.

Otherwise, I recommend you use clear care or an equivalent generic peroxide solution to store the lenses at night or whenever you're not using them, rather than the typical saline (unless you need to put your contacts back in less than 6 hours, then you'll need to use the typical saline). It's better on your eyes.

Oh and taking off is the reverse procedure, basically.

1. Place finger firmly on the contact lens on the iris..
2. Look up to disengage the lens from the iris, then pull down and the lens should fold, allowing you to pinch it and remove it from your eye. If necessary can pinch lightly if the lens doesn't fold easily (the lens will stick to your eyes somewhat if they're dried out, thus requiring more force to remove).
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Posted 2/12/14
remember never to sleep with them on its dangerous because the lens can dry and try to keep them moist when you put them on everyday because when i used them in the beginning i would always just put them on and i would forget to take them on and it would get stuck on my eye and lucky me it never got permanently stuck. i also advise not relying on your contacts all the time because they do irritate your eyes because they start to dry and can make your eyes red. i also think when your at home or using the computer just rely on your glasses it is more comfortable just use your contacts for going out. i just used them because i played sports and i couldn't play with glasses.
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Posted 2/14/14
honestly OP, try first with putting eye drops in your eyes. some people freak out about anything touching their eye so they automatically blink when an object approaches their eye. I've been wearing contacts for about 8 years now, and I have astigmatism as well. they have contacts for astigmatism, and I too have the monthly contacts.

I had to help a friend who got purple contacts but he didn't know how to put them on (impulse buy for him, told the kid he was an idiot for doing so). so do the following always:
-wash your hands thoroughly, make sure there is no soap residue or it will sting your eye like a mofo
-rinse the contact with multi-purpose contact solution (don't care if its fresh out of the package, do it anyways to get yourself into the habit)
-wet fingertips in new solution, then put contact on tip of your index finger
-use your thumb and middle finger to open your eye. sometimes control your breathing can help you calm down. you can look into a mirror to guide yourself if needed
-pop contact in

when you take them out:
-wash hands (again, make sure there is no soap residue or it'll burn your eye)
-rinse contact lens case and fill with new contact solution
-wet fingertips with solution, and gently pinch the contact out of your eye
-place in contact case

make sure to change your contact case every month. always inspect your contacts for any tears or chips on the edge. I wore contacts that had a tear in the middle of where my pupil is, and I tore my cornea and had to wear glasses for 2 months :/ another thing to be careful about is if you wake up and your eyes are slightly swollen, don't wear contacts. that can cause the contact to keep the infected bacteria in the eyeball saliva and make your eye worse.

good luck!!!
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Don't wear one unless necessay/have to
Posted 2/28/14
I had a problem wearing contacts before, it takes me 1 hour to put one haha. Took a while, I just keep trying till I get use to it.
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Posted 2/28/14
We meet again Hystabbia. Most people already beat me to the tips I was going to give you, except one:

Don't dry your fingertips before you put the solution on them for cleaning/applying the lens. Doing this adds little tiny fibers to your fingers almost regardless of what you do and will make the lenses uncomfortable/burn when you put them in.
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Posted 3/2/14
I use to put contact on the tip of my index, hold my eye open with both middle fingers (lent is on the hand holding the bottom part) and just keep my eye open that way...try touching you eye maybe to get use to the feeling and learn how to control your reflex
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