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so had a trial with contacts today, brilliant things see the contact lens specialist discuss my needs etc he puts them on me and sends me off for a walkabout fantastic things can't beleive iwas so scared of them 20 mins later back to the shop to learn how to put them in on my own and I can't f***ing do it my eyes just blink like i'm having a fit. Going back on wednesday to try again after i've spent a couple of minutes each day pulling my eyelids apart and touching the whites to desensitise me from it :oops:

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I tried it once, wasn't too keen on it. How did you find the time walking around? For me, they felt really uncomfortable and my eyes wouldn't stop watering the whole time.

Getting them in was a nightmare, I've got quite small eyes and a strong reflex, so it was a pain to get them in.

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I have a keratoconus in one eye (conical cornea).


It can only be corrected with a hard contact lense or by an operation.


I tried contacts for a while. No problem putting them in and taking them out, but because they are hard they just werent comfortable. The defective eye produces a blurred double image. However my brain figures out which image is right and filters out the blurring and double image. So as long as I don't close my good eye I can see perfectly well.

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I've used them for 2 years now, much prefer them over specs. I go to the opticians for eye tests and the occasional check but I get my contacts online, much cheaper. The brand I use is daysoft, and costs me something like £5 for a box of 32 (may be a little more with the VAT rise, not ordered any this year yet!)




Which reminds me to go order some, on my last box!

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I tried it once, wasn't too keen on it. How did you find the time walking around? For me, they felt really uncomfortable and my eyes wouldn't stop watering the whole time.

Getting them in was a nightmare, I've got quite small eyes and a strong reflex, so it was a pain to get them in.

 

the time walking round with them was fine, they were daily disposables and the middle of the range for price, after the initial feeling of them being fitted by the optician i couldn't really tell they were there. I found my vision to be better than using my glasses but that may just be in my head.

I also have a strong reflex so putting them in myself was a disaster, they've sent me off to practice holding my eyes open and touching the whites to 'desensitise' me.


Any of the contact wearers can give me any tips on getting over the reflex please let me know them

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I've worn them since my teens, progressed from hard ones to the soft monthly ones you can get now (modern ones are WAY more comfortable!). Mine let more oxygen to the eye so you can wear them for longer periods.


You will get used to them if you persevere, it sounds like you are just a bit squeamish about anything touching your eye at the moment. I don't touch any part of my eye when I put them in - I rest the lens on my thumb and forefinger, put a drop of saline in to moisten it and kind of flip it in, it's a bit hard to explain! It's a simple technique, but no doubt you will develop your own :D . It's just the reflex of blinking you will have to overcome, then it's easy. If they fit correctly you won't know they are there and they do give you better vision than glasses. How are you with eye drops? Maybe try practising with that.


I can't bear wearing glasses for anything active as I horse ride as well, and glasses would be a liability. The only thing that can be a nuisance is if you get grit or something under the lens, that can be very uncomfortable and you have to be careful if for example you go to a sandy beach where it's also windy - sand under lenses is one of the worst things!


But I think they are brilliant, wouldn't be without them :)

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the funny thing is when i took the ones out that the optician put in i had no trouble finger on eye slide it down oput they pop so you would think that putting them in would be just as easy except for the blinking like my eyes are having a fit, just can't seem to control the blink. i did feel a little pressured in the shop to get them in and didn't get long to do it would have prefered for them to let me just keep trying on my own but going back wednesday afternoon on my own with no kids or mrs there to distract me :roll:

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Did you hear about the bloke who was trying to peel out his contact lense but it was stuck?

he persevered but it became too painful, he went to the optician who told him he was peeling off his cornea....true!

:stupid:

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I've had them as an occasional alternative to glasses.


The only suggestion I can make regarding putting them in is to try not to look at what you're doing, if that makes sense! Try sort of staring beyond them, like you were trying to stare someone out. Don't do it infront of a mirror either - you don't really need to see where you're putting them & they should settle in the right place once they're in.

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i have been wearing them for a few years now and i struggled for months getting them in and out. what i have done thoguh is do what you are doing now, and then when putting them in look towards your nose and put the lens one the white, then shut eye and look the other way so that the lens then gets where it should be. thats all i can suggest really but you will slowly learn how to do it.

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Off to the opticians on friday to get my trial pair of contact lenses...any tips on how to put em in? lol as when I get eye drops etc my eyes really flinch so worred they wont work and I wont wear my glasses as i dont suit glasses lool


Bloody annoyed though! I was told £16 a month, he then tested my eyes and said I had dry eyes so now my mum has to pay £30 a month and as its doubled a tenners coming out my allowance and im alreayd paying her back for stuff lol and the rest im saving for me bike! Got no money haha

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Bloody annoyed though! I was told £16 a month, he then tested my eyes and said I had dry eyes so now my mum has to pay £30 a month and as its doubled a tenners coming out my allowance and im alreayd paying her back for stuff lol and the rest im saving for me bike! Got no money haha

 


Thats a bit harsh!

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Bloody annoyed though! I was told £16 a month, he then tested my eyes and said I had dry eyes so now my mum has to pay £30 a month and as its doubled a tenners coming out my allowance and im alreayd paying her back for stuff lol and the rest im saving for me bike! Got no money haha

 


Thats a bit harsh!

 

Aye but her reasoning for making me pay is i could wear glasses, contacts aren't needed, but I really want em lol so looks like im paying for em :P but oh well thats life, I mean I can always try the cheaper ones and see how they work out :)

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its putting them in that caused me the problems thats why i have to keep holding my eye wide open and gently touch the white bit apparently it desensitises the eyes and reduces the blink reflex, it works i can do it much easier now. just hope i can put the damn things in when i go back on wednesday maybe then they'll actually let me bring some home.

£30 is that because they have to be extra soft for dry eyes??

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its putting them in that caused me the problems thats why i have to keep holding my eye wide open and gently touch the white bit apparently it desensitises the eyes and reduces the blink reflex, it works i can do it much easier now. just hope i can put the damn things in when i go back on wednesday maybe then they'll actually let me bring some home.

£30 is that because they have to be extra soft for dry eyes??

 

Yeah I think so and more moist I guess otherwise they'd go dry fairly quickly on my eyes im guessing :/ annoying thought but they gave me eye drops to use until I get them so may have helpped but I guess that's just short term :/

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i used to pay £30 a month, but that also included the after care and money off glasses, but because i dont wear lenses all the time i managed to colect about a years worth so cancelled the contract and just going thru what i got now.


my brother however goes online and he gets them alot cheaper so have a look online and see what you can find. i would give it 6 months under the opticians though till your confident with it all

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Three things:

1. make sure your fingers are dry so you can get a good grip on your eyelids. left middle finger on top lid, right middle finger on bottom lid. Do not let go.


2. Use a mirror, but focus on the image in the mirror, not on the lens coming towards your eye. Keep the other eye open.


3. Make sure the lens is making good contact with your eye before you pull away. That way it will stick and not get flipped out.


I use monthly disposables. They stay in for 30 days at a time. They're wonderful as I hate poking myself in the eyes.

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I use monthly disposables. They stay in for 30 days at a time. They're wonderful as I hate poking myself in the eyes.

Same as me. Funny thing is I wanted to check how long I can wear them without changing... Its now my 6th month and they are still perfect. I can't feel them, I can still see perfectly and my eyes doesn't hurt or anything. I used to wear them for 2-3 months instead of 1 so I also managed to save some spare ones :)

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been back again this afternoon sat down at the table with the woman, took lenses out of packet held eye open put em straight in first attempt no blinking then took em straight out no problem.....I'd say the technique of touching your eye works to desensitise and make it easier :D :cheers:

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Three things:

1. make sure your fingers are dry so you can get a good grip on your eyelids. left middle finger on top lid, right middle finger on bottom lid. Do not let go.


2. Use a mirror, but focus on the image in the mirror, not on the lens coming towards your eye. Keep the other eye open.


3. Make sure the lens is making good contact with your eye before you pull away. That way it will stick and not get flipped out.


I use monthly disposables. They stay in for 30 days at a time. They're wonderful as I hate poking myself in the eyes.

 

Thanks I used these tips today when I tried em and made it a lot easier even though it did take me like 20 minutes to get it down haha sooo hard to do it for me atm lol

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You will soon get used to putting them in and out,it just becomes natural. I wore lenses from teens through to early 20s. Started on soft lenses and then hard lenses. And trust me soft lenses are a walk in the park compared to hard lenses.

 

I have a keratoconus in one eye (conical cornea).


It can only be corrected with a hard contact lense or by an operation.


I tried contacts for a while. No problem putting them in and taking them out, but because they are hard they just werent comfortable. The defective eye produces a blurred double image. However my brain figures out which image is right and filters out the blurring and double image. So as long as I don't close my good eye I can see perfectly well.

 

Hardly know anyone else who has Keratoconus, I have it in both eyes, which is a bummer. As said above, used to wear lenses, then when got to around 5 years ago, the hard lenses just kept popping out because of how progressed the KC had got. So had a corneal transplant in my left eye, probs most pain ever had in my life, but now with glasses I have good vision, well same as you, my brain figures out my left is good and right is utter crap, lol.


I dont know about other people but when I did wear lenses, they would get proper irritated under my lid, due to warmth I guess. Even with glasses isnt perfect but prefer it.

 

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I use monthly disposables. They stay in for 30 days at a time. They're wonderful as I hate poking myself in the eyes.

Same as me. Funny thing is I wanted to check how long I can wear them without changing... Its now my 6th month and they are still perfect. I can't feel them, I can still see perfectly and my eyes doesn't hurt or anything. I used to wear them for 2-3 months instead of 1 so I also managed to save some spare ones :)

 

Surely they are monthly for a reason though? I know you can get soft lenses which are year round ones, as used to have them, have you thought of getting those? Only thinking as leaving monthly disposable ones in for 6 months might cause problems.

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Any idea what kind of problems? I've asked at my local Specsavers but they couldn't answer me that. So to be honest the only reason for them being "monthly" that I can see is they would sell much less if people knew they could wear them for longer :roll: As I really like my eyes I am visiting optician quite often for health checks and there are no problems. And as I can't feel anything wrong with my lenses I can't see any point of buying new ones... 8-)

DISCLAIMER: Don't try this at home lol

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Any idea what kind of problems? I've asked at my local Specsavers but they couldn't answer me that. So to be honest the only reason for them being "monthly" that I can see is they would sell much less if people knew they could wear them for longer :roll: As I really like my eyes I am visiting optician quite often for health checks and there are no problems. And as I can't feel anything wrong with my lenses I can't see any point of buying new ones... 8-)

DISCLAIMER: Don't try this at home lol

 

Am surprised the Optician hasnt advised you against wearing them beyond 30 days, but specsavers are pretty useless, better off asking a contact lenses specialist. Years of research goes into lenses, and the 30 day disposable ones are 30 days for a reason. Over the years I have listened to so many different people advising me about lenses and which ones I could try, im no Optician myself but have learnt some stuff along the way.


The 30 days ones are made to last that time period, so if worn for significantly longer, less oxygen starts to get through the lenses as they dont have the extended durability. It might feel ok, and vision fine, but longer leave it, could cause damage to the eye, reason it feels ok is because acts like a bandage, I had to ware a soft lens with no prescription in it after my transplant purely to protect the eye. Pretty sure also because the lenses has been kept in far beyond 30 days, the eyes are far more susceptible to infections as 30 day lenses are not made to endure that amount of wear. Anyway hope this helps explain why they are 30 day lenses.

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