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I started wearing contacts - What do you wear, or what would you recommend?

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Not that I use contacts but gel > drops.
 

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I'm getting my very first set of contact lenses today. I don't really know what to expect - I only got my glasses yesterday. I had an infection in my right eye last week and had it checked out. The optometrist did a full eye exam and it turns out that I need glasses. Well, not need them, but would benefit from them.

I don't see myself wearing the glasses full time. Firstly, I look like a ___ with any glasses. Secondly, the glasses irritate me more (frame/edge in vision; don't like the feeling of something resting on my ears and nose) than they benefit my sight. I hardly ever wear sunglasses because of the reasons given above.
Of course I still need to get used to them and will probably get used to the way I look with them, but if I can tolerate contacts, I'd much rather do that. Otherwise, I'll probably just wear the glasses while working on the PC for extended periods or watching TV.

I may pop in for some advice or recommendations. Oddly enough, I don't have any friends that wear contacts.

Have a good weekend everyone :geek:
 

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So, I've picked up my contacts and had a training session on how to care for them and put them in and take them out.

I haven't felt like such a moron in a long time - I struggled to put them in and especially to take them out. Took me several attempts and I fear that I still haven't mastered it (not even close). I dread having to take them out later today! The optometrist was very patient and she assured me that I'm doing well, which was kind of her to say, but I was digging in my eyes like a drunk hobo through a trash can, so I knew she was just saying it to make me feel better.
Once they're in, they feel fine - I'm hardly aware of them at all - so I'll see how it goes.

I do feel a little disheartened at the moment. I'm sure it will get easier, but I wasn't expecting it to be such a mission.
 

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So, I've picked up my contacts and had a training session on how to care for them and put them in and take them out.

I haven't felt like such a moron in a long time - I struggled to put them in and especially to take them out. Took me several attempts and I fear that I still haven't mastered it (not even close). I dread having to take them out later today! The optometrist was very patient and she assured me that I'm doing well, which was kind of her to say, but I was digging in my eyes like a drunk hobo through a trash can, so I knew she was just saying it to make me feel better.
Once they're in, they feel fine - I'm hardly aware of them at all - so I'll see how it goes.

I do feel a little disheartened at the moment. I'm sure it will get easier, but I wasn't expecting it to be such a mission.
I'm sure you've already heard this, but It gets much easier, you'll desensitise after a week of poking yourself in the eye. Usually takes me a few seconds to pop my lenses in.

One thing that might make it easier: place them on the whites of your eyes and blink or slide them into position. Look up/down/sideways/etc., you'll eventually come up with a technique that works best for you.
 

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Thanks C cairbre
Putting them in is much easier than taking them out. Had one hell of an ordeal getting the left one out this afternoon. So much so that I started panicking and at one stage didn't know if it was still in or if I'd lost it already. My eyes look like I've been binge drinking for days after this adventure. I expected it to be 'not easy', but after today, I'll have to put a knife to my throat as part of the routine to get myself to put them in (and take them out again in the PM) tomorrow.
Not giving up on it just yet though. I'm just thankful that I don't *have* to wear them (or the glasses) to function at this stage.
 
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Putting them in is much easier than taking them out. Had one hell of an ordeal getting the left one out this afternoon. So much so that I started panicking and at one stage didn't know if it was still in or if I'd lost it already. My eyes look like I've been binge drinking for days af this adventure. I expected it to be 'not easy', but after today, I'll have to put a knife to my throat as part of the routine to get me to put them in (and take them out again n the PM) tomorrow.
Not giving up on it just yet though. I'm just thankful that I don't *have* to wear them (or the glasses) to function at this stage.
You guys/girls have my utmost respect for your daily bravery after today...
Sometimes new lenses can be a bitch to take out since they're so slippery. Might help to dump a bunch of contact lens solution in your eyes to get them to lift, then slide them to the side of your eye where they the curves don't match and pinch them off.
 

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Thanks. I've flooded my eye with eye drops (yes, contact lense friendly type) at one stage. Was tempted to just rinse my eye under a tap an call it it day at one stage out of desperation - was told that this was a big no-no.
I'm sure I'll eventually get the hang of it, although I may have to take up alcoholism to boost my bravery.
I am rather disappointed in myself at this stage.
That's tomorrow's problem though.

Have a good weekend all.
 

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Thanks. I've flooded my eye with eye drops (yes, contact lense friendly type) at one stage. Was tempted to just rinse my eye under a tap an call it it day at one stage out of desperation - was told that this was a big no-no.
I'm sure I'll eventually get the hang of it, although I may have to take up alcoholism to boost my bravery.
I am rather disappointed in myself at this stage.
That's tomorrow's problem though.

Have a good weekend all.
Good luck! The first few days really do suck.
 

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I need some advice, please. I hope megustav megustav doesn't see my posts as a thread hijack. Absolutely not my intention.

I've so far only worn them again on Saturday and today. Saturday was rather windy and I guess that might have played a role, but I wanted them out by 14:00. My eyes, especially the right one, seemed rather unhappy with them. It's also possible that I might have put one or both of them in inside out. I admit that I am struggling to tell the difference. They just don't look much different to me either way.
Putting them in was a bit easier, but it was still a combination of pure luck and trial and error to get them out again.
I just didn't feel like bothering yesterday so I left them.

Eventually got them in this morning, so I'm trying again and aiming for the entire day. So far so good, but I am aware of them. Not uncomfortable, but definitely blinking more and more "tearful".

I don't see myself wearing them every day - it just doesn't make that big of a difference to my daily life to justify the admin involved and, to a smaller extend, the cost. Wearing glasses full time isn't really something I'm considering at this stage either. The "frame vision" effect is more distracting than the actual benefit it provides with day to day tasks. It's only really when watching TV that I see a big improvement. Living at the coast does not help either. It seems like the moment I step outside of my house, the glasses are dirty. There isn't such a thing as a clean window where I live.
So, bottom line seems to be that daily contact lenses will work better for me? From what I've read, they require a lot less upkeep (almost none) and are less likely to cause problems (eye infections, etc.). So I'll just decide on whether I'm going to have a FHD day or UHD day and put in my lenses or not.

Now my Q's:
Seems like daily lenses are thinner than monthlies. Does that mean that they are harder to put in because they (presumably) fold easier?
Are they less or more comfortable compared to monthlies or is the difference negligible? Any other advantages / disadvantages that I might not have considered, apart from cost and maintenance?

I am prone to being a little obsessive and at times find myself wondering if they are still in, especially when I am (trying) to remove them. I've actually had to put on my glasses (while still wearing the lenses) to confirm the difference and reassure myself that they're still where they should be. I know how extremely silly this sounds, but that's my reality. I was thinking of getting coloured lenses to help me see them. It has nothing to do with vanity. I don't really care about my eye colour and my GM/GF said that she didn't care (not sure if I should be concerned about that statement...), but I think that it would reassure me if I could see them and help make it easier to remove. Any downsides to coloured lenses, apart from additional cost? Does it have any impact on vision (however slight) compared to normal lenses? Obviously not talking about ridiculous vampire/werewolf lookalike eyes, just something with a slight colour difference.

I usually shower late in the afternoon on weekdays after gym and sometimes again before I go to bed. Apparently showering while wearing contact lenses is a big no-no. With monthlies, I suppose I could take them out before and put them back in afterwards, but it seems like it's not a good idea with dailies? Is showering with swimming goggles an option? If not then, I guess that the afternoon shower would mean the end of the lenses for the day and I would have to either put in a new pair (seems wasteful and would double the expense of wearing dailies vs monthlies) after taking a shower or have to wear glasses, should I need them, after around 17:00 until I go to bed.

Sorry for the essay and loads of questions.
It's a rather big and surprising stressful change in my life and routine.
 

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Now my Q's:
Seems like daily lenses are thinner than monthlies. Does that mean that they are harder to put in because they (presumably) fold easier?
Are they less or more comfortable compared to monthlies or is the difference negligible? Any other advantages / disadvantages that I might not have considered, apart from cost and maintenance?
In my experience, dailies can be significantly harder to put in due to the reason you mentioned. I've had them fold in half on my eyeball on the first blink... the result is NOT comfortable. I find them more comfortable to wear.

FYI, you can reuse dailies for limited periods of time. I typically use a single set of dailies on a weekend, but I only wear them for 6-12 hours at a time.

I am prone to being a little obsessive and at times find myself wondering if they are still in, especially when I am (trying) to remove them. I've actually had to put on my glasses (while still wearing the lenses) to confirm the difference and reassure myself that they're still where they should be. I know how extremely silly this sounds, but that's my reality. I was thinking of getting coloured lenses to help me see them. It has nothing to do with vanity. I don't really care about my eye colour and my GM/GF said that she didn't care (not sure if I should be concerned about that statement...), but I think that it would reassure me if I could see them and help make it easier to remove. Any downsides to coloured lenses, apart from additional cost? Does it have any impact on vision (however slight) compared to normal lenses? Obviously not talking about ridiculous vampire/werewolf lookalike eyes, just something with a slight colour difference.
I've never experimented with coloured lenses, so I have no idea. I'm not sure you'd even find your script in these lenses?
Contacts are all about trialing different lenses, and figuring out what's most comfortable for you. As for figuring out if the lens is still in, you'll get used to it, popping your glasses on to see if it blurs is one way to check, and this is my preferred method if I'm really struggling to pull a lens out. Another method is to just move the lens to the side of your eye with a finger, if it blurs up, the lens is still in; you'll need to get used to sticking your finger on your eyeball for this though.

I usually shower late in the afternoon on weekdays after gym and sometimes again before I go to bed. Apparently showering while wearing contact lenses is a big no-no. With monthlies, I suppose I could take them out before and put them back in afterwards, but it seems like it's not a good idea with dailies? Is showering with swimming goggles an option? If not then, I guess that the afternoon shower would mean the end of the lenses for the day and I would have to either put in a new pair (seems wasteful and would double the expense of wearing dailies vs monthlies) after taking a shower or have to wear glasses, should I need them, after around 17:00 until I go to bed.
I actually had to google this, since I've honestly never heard this warning. I've showered hundreds/thousands of times with my lenses in, without ever having an issue. I can't remember the last time I ended up with water/soap in my eye as an adult that showers at least once a day? Once you get used to it, it won't really be an issue to pop the lenses out/in for a shower.
 

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I didn't get a prescription from Torga. I was so overwhelmed by the whole process that I didn't even ask.
I didn't get the box in which the trial lenses came in either. The optometrist opened it and discarded it when we did the training.
Not sure if this is all of the info - it's on the invoice.

Right
-0.75
-0.25
105
0
31

Left
-0.25
-0.25
50
0
31

My right eye is weaker than my left, but in all honesty it doesn't really bother me. I in fact see better without the glasses close up. It's only when looking at things further away that the glasses/contacts make a notable difference. It doesn't really have a remarkable impact on my daily activities, not so much so that I'll wear glasses full time at this stage. The jury is still out on the contacts.
You have a pretty weak prescription, so every manufacturer will make lenses for this script. Just keep trialing till you find daily/monthly lenses that work for you.

That script might actually a bit tough to tell if it's inside out on thinner lenses. If it's inside out, it'll have a little lip around the edge that looks like it wants to curl back. I know for myself if I put my lenses inside out, it feels like I've just dumped a bunch of sand in my eye.
 

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Thanks C cairbre
I really appreciate your time and effort to respond to a complete stranger.
I've managed to wear the contacts for the entire day today and managed to get both out within a minute! Small victory, I know, but it gave me hope that I might be able to cope with wearing them after all. I'm still not sure it's worth it, but I'll give it a go an see how I feel in a week's time.
I might be able to cope with removing monthlies before showering/swimming and putting them back after all.
 

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