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Journal BandwidthHog's Journal: Contact High 14

    I can see clearly now!

I got contact lenses Tuesday morning. Today’s the third day and they’re still driving me nuts. It’s really cool to be able to see details off in the distance, but I’ve spent entirely too much time lately blinking at my monitor. Sometimes I can actually see the edges of them. I know that shouldn’t be possible, but they are triggering some sort of perception in my peripheral vision; sometimes I turn my head to see what I sense beside me, and others I’m just certain there’s a hair hanging down between my eyes.

Any of y’all have any insight (har har) into dealing with contacts as a heavy computer user? Or tips for putting them in without being late for work? (Today I had to give up and go to work, then fight with them for twenty minutes once I got here.)

Almost forgot... in other news this week, it seems that my town recently started printing the names of the streets on those green things on the poles. Good to see that they’re finally using my tax dollars wisely.

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  • I hardly remember what it was like at first, but for getting them in keep your fingertips wet otherwise the lenses tend to stick to your fingers more than your eyeballs.
    • My optometrist told me to wipe excess water (solution, whatever) off of that finger, as the lens will adhere to whichever surface is wetter (which, hopefully, is your eye).

      • hmm, maybe my lenses are aquaphobic? Well, practice makes perfect, you'll find out what works best for you.
      • I've never had any experience with solution on my fingers causing a problem. Just out of curiosity, what kind/brand of/type of lenses are you using?
        • As a 14yr contact vet, I have to say, I have never had any I like bettern than my CIBA Night and Days []. Really comfortable; though I am up in thr -5+ range so I have to wear them all the time.

          And as Some Woman pointed out, you will get that stabbing feeling at somepoint, the contact will eventually decide to take a vacation on the fir side of your eyeball, it will come back eventually though. I once played most of a soccer game with one eye, as the other one had floated around the back side, pain in the ass.
          • Oh, I should mention I am in my 3rd year with the Night and Days, tried various accuvues, and other brands, some not even on the market anymore, and have never ahd any I liked better than these.
        • Acuvue Advance. Wasn’t sure when you first asked; they’d simply sent me out into the world with little plastic flaps in my eyes and a little case to put them when I delensed. For all I knew they’d sold me (well, primarily my insurance company) homemade contacts that they’d been purchasing in lots of eight to ten from some smelly old Lithuanian emu keeper.

          I guess it’s good to know that these are from a trusted major multinational corporation and not reclaimed from that squishy c
          • Ah. Okay. I have Acuvue Advance for Astigmatism in my left eye, and Acuvue 2 for my right eye. I didn't really care for the Acuvue Advance in my right eye, because I could feel it for some reason. I like the Acuvue ones, but I've never really looked into anything else, so they could in fact be dirty bits of plastic from the dumpster out back to which my eyes have just become accustomed.
  • When I started wearing a contact 13 years ago, my optometrist told me to start wearing it gradually. I started out with 1 hour per day, and added an hour each day until I could wear them for the full day. It was probably a week before the contact started to feel like a normal part of my eye.

    I don't remember having as much of an adjustment period when I added a second contact 5 years ago, though.
    • Wow, never heard of anybody starting off with one, but I suppose it makes sense. My right eye is slightly worse than my left, and the prescription of the lens in it still isn’t quite right yet.

      I wore mine for five hours the first day and then fourteen hours yesterday. There were a few times last night when I really couldn’t feel either lens and was sure I had lost them somehow. I had to look at something off in the distance to convince myself they were still there. It seems to be just the first
      • Yeah, until my right eye decided to crap out, my optometrist always remarked that I was an absolutely ideal candidate for lasik. They never even considered having me wear glasses, because they didn't think that pre-teen me would bother with them.

        Warning: Long and Boring eyesight details below

        I don't know for long long I had poor vision in my left eye, because I could see perfectly. I had 20/20 vision in my right eye. At my first visit to an eye doctor when I was 12, the power for the contact for my left
  • A guy's pulled over in Texas for speeding...

    Officer: Sez here you need to be wearin' glasses? We're yer glasses boy?
    Contacts? I don't give a shit who you know, you gotta wear your damn glasses!

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