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Without contact lenses I'd be far less confident.
Disposable Contact Lenses in General
Member Name: catrocks03
Disposable Contact Lenses in General
Advantages: alternative to glasses,makes life easier (no steaming up/being rained on), greater peripheral vision
Disadvantages: can be costly, not for everyone
I remember when I had to start wearing glasses, I was around 9 or 10. I hated them. I only really needed them to see the blackboard/whiteboard at the time but I was so self concious that 2 weeks on in parents evening when my parents mentioned my glasses the teacher had no idea what they were talking about! Thing is I was brought up with cartoons where the geeks wear glasses and get called "four eyes". I eventually wore them more often without caring as much but as I became a teenager I hated them.
Standing in the rain waiting for a bus was ridiculous as i had to keep wiping my glasses every 2 seconds, walking into a building when it was winter they would instantly steam up, not to mention when they broke I was screwed.
Some people suit glasses. I am not one of them. At all. Have you ever seen a film called the girl next door? Theres a geeky boy in it- kleedus I think hes called or something similar. Well that is what I looked like. Even my Dad told me I was ugly.
I was thrilled when I was 16 for my step mum to persuade my Dad to set up a direct debit for me to have contact lenses. My step mum said as soon as I got them I was a new person, I wouldnt look at the floor when I walked and I became more of a "leader" in my group of friends.
Things havent changed. Ive been with my boyfriend for 3 and a half years, he is yet to see me in glasses, I think I got put down so much when I got them they just make me feel completly ugly now.
That was a really long winded way to tell you how much my confidence changed. Ill get back to the review now!
I first got contact lenses 8 years ago so things may have changed a little now. I had a consultation where we discussed the best type of contact lense for me and covered putting them in and so on. I was given a free trial of them to see how I got on and then had to go back.
Putting them in for the first time was a bit of an issue for me. I had very long, sharp nails at the time and kept poking myself in the eye. Can i just stress its not normally as hard for most people! I just wasnt very good at things coming near my eye. I got there in the end but had to use a mirror for a few months!
After putting them in I had to go away for a little while then come back to see if they were still comfortable. As they were I started my trial.
BUT HOW DO I GET THEM IN MY EYE?
Starting out I had to use one hand to hold my eye open (top lid and bottom) and the other to place the lens in (whilst looking straight ahead). I had to use a mirror for this. Now i just need to pull my bottom lid down and stick them in no mirror needed so you do get used to it!
It does take a little practice, just like tying shoes or putting on mascara.
You can encounter a few problems with lenses especially when you first start wearing them. I had a couple occasions where upon taking them out Ive scratched my eye or my nail had caught my lense and theyve ripped in my eye. This isnt too serious you can usually get them out. A good tip if you're struggling is to get another contact lens (preferably if you're using dailies!) and stick it in your eye & then take it out. This helps make the contact stick.
TYPES OF DISPOSABLE
Daily disposable: This is the type of lens I tend to use now. As the name suggests they are just for one day. When you take them out you cannot store them away and put them back in later. Different brands have different suggested wear time. I tend to choose lenses that are more breathable, allowing wear for the majority of the day.
2 week disposable: These are contact lenses that you keep for... You guessed it 2 weeks. When you're done wearing them you clean them and put them in a pot of soloution. 2 weeks after opening them its time to get rid of them and move on to the next packet.
Monthly disposable: These are usually the cheaper option. Just like the 2 week disposables you clean them before and after use and leave them to soak in a cleaning soloution when not in use.
-Note: You can now get coloured lenses aswell. Ive seen dailies & monthlies of these. They come in a huge variety of colours from natural eye colours to strange effects (e.g. red/white/swirly).
WHICH CONTACT LENSES ARE FOR ME?
Anyone whos thinking of switching to contact lenses I strongly urge you to go to an optician. I now buy my lenses off the internet for ease and cheapness, it also means i can swap around what type I use when I want to (when my son was newborn I tried out continous wear lenses as I was up every couple of hours). I still do go for checkups and I only started doing this a couple of years ago.
Dailies for me are the most convinient. With long nails I have ripped the monthlies before and if thats my last pair I'm screwed! The downside to them is theyre a little expensive.
2 week disposable is probably more for someone who likes monthlies but thinks 4 weeks is a little long to use them.
Monthlies is the cheaper option usually but for me sometimes they were just too much effort! Especially after a night on the town.
Prices really do vary so shop around. Im currently going through a pack of DaySoft Dailies which cost 5.99 per pack of 32 lenses. These are very popular, it used to only cost 4.98 per pack.
Contactlenses.co.uk is where I go if I dont want to use Daysoft, theres tons on there.
If your starting out your local optician can advise you on the costs as they do vary from place to place.
I do apologise for my long review but this is a product I couldnt live without so I have a lot to say!
Summary: For me this were a huge confidence boost, without them I would probably be a shy hermit with 9 cats.
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