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User currently offlineAf773atmsp From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2696 posts, RR: 1
Posted (6 years 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1355 times:

Today I went to eye doctor and got contacts because my left eye muscle crapped out on me (in other words the muscle is a little goofed up so I don't have good eye vision and it will probably get worse). I need contacts is I want to get a drivers license. I also need them to see words on the white board at school (although the white boards are pretty big so the teachers could write the words bigger).I didn't want glasses because I think I look weird with them. I need help on how to put contacts in. I tried a few times today but my eye twitches and the contact won't go in. And I'm kind of depressed and stressed because now I have to do another during the night and morning before school and I wish my dumb eye muscle wasn't goofed up.


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User currently offlineFlyDeltaJets87 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (6 years 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1342 times:



Quoting Af773atmsp (Thread starter):
Today I went to eye doctor and got contacts because my left eye muscle crapped out on me (in other words the muscle is a little goofed up so I don't have good eye vision and it will probably get worse). I need contacts is I want to get a drivers license. I also need them to see words on the white board at school (although the white boards are pretty big so the teachers could write the words bigger).I didn't want glasses because I think I look weird with them. I need help on how to put contacts in. I tried a few times today but my eye twitches and the contact won't go in. And I'm kind of depressed and stressed because now I have to do another during the night and morning before school and I wish my dumb eye muscle wasn't goofed up.

That's natural. It took me several days of learning to put them in. You get used to it butgetting used to it doesn't happen over night. There are still days where I wake up and have problems putting them in too, usually if I didnt sleep well or if my eyes are just dry. Just allow a few extra minutes when you get up these first few days and soon it will be second nature.


User currently offlinePilotNTrng From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 897 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (6 years 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1318 times:



Quoting FlyDeltaJets87 (Reply 1):

Exactly. At first it is very very insane. Your eyes don't want them in there. The best bet is to hold your eyelid open and make sure the contact lens is on the tip of your index finger. Eventually your eyes will get used to it, and it will be second nature.



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User currently offlineFLY2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (6 years 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1311 times:

Almost all of my friends with vision problems switched to glasses after all the hassle, cost and heavy maintenance of having contacts. As for me, I've had nothing but glasses. Just wipe em off every once in a while. My current pair has lasted 5 years. Everybody thinks they look weird with glasses at first. Now I think I look weird without them.

User currently offlineAjd1992 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (6 years 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1301 times:

I'm the same, except i just have plan awful vision Big grin

If your left handed (i am so this is how i do it), put your right hand over your head and pull up your left upper eye lid, have your contact on your left index finger. Use your middle finger to pull the other lid down, then just SLOWLY put it in, and hold it there for a few seconds. If you don't, it won't take and it'll just stay on your finger, inside out. After it's in, blink a few times, then close your eye and gently rub so it gets all the air out of the contact, then just move it over your pupil. Repeat for the other eye Big grin This is just how I personally do it, it might not work for you. I know the way i was shown in the opticians just didn't work for me. Took me 2 hours in the shop to do it. Came home, did it my own way in 10 minutes  Silly now I'm down to (literally) 20 seconds an eye.

If you're right handed, swap the hands around obviously.

Hope this helps.


User currently offlineShyFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (6 years 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1296 times:



Quoting Af773atmsp (Thread starter):
I need help on how to put contacts in.

My doctor wouldn't let me leave his office without demonstrating that I could put them and and take them out successfully.

Quoting PilotNTrng (Reply 2):
Eventually your eyes will get used to it, and it will be second nature.

 checkmark  I found that using Visine for Contacts helped during the adjustment. For the first week or so I'd put a drop in each eye after putting in the lenses.

Quoting Ajd1992 (Reply 4):
This is just how I personally do it, it might not work for you.

That's the method I use and it was the one I was taught to me by my doctor.


User currently offlineWunala From Australia, joined Mar 2005, 950 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (6 years 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1278 times:

When I first got contacts I had gas perm ones. Well, that put me off, they hurt. But that was 15-20 years ago. I hated the cleaning, and care for them. gave up. Then I wanted to go scuba diving, and yes you can wear glasses, but I was convinced to get daily disposables, and haven't looked back since.

Pop them in the morning, and pop them out at night. No cleaning, no looking after them, a fresh pair every day. At first it was taking a while to get them in, but it easier at home, where there is less pressure to know how to do it. No, it takes about 10 seconds from opening the drawer to popping both in.

I will wear glasses on long haul flight, but wear contacts for the airport. They can be bright places, and I still need shades for that.

Don't know if it the same as here, but you might need a pair of glasses if you are driving incase one falls out or something like that.

Good luck. It might seem impossible at first, but trust me, you will look back with wonder.


User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8455 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (6 years 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1267 times:
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I have had glasses for about 3 months now, the first time in my life I have had to wear them. I have seen the hassles my wife has had with contacts (she has worn them for all of the almost 30 years I have known her) and I decided I didn't need that. I have rimless multifocals and they are okay now after the initial couple of days getting used to them. I don't think they look weird on me, in fact I have received many compliments on how they suit me. Picking the right frame is vital.


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User currently offlineLincoln From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 3887 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (6 years 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1263 times:



Quoting FLY2HMO (Reply 3):
Almost all of my friends with vision problems switched to glasses after all the hassle, cost and heavy maintenance of having contacts.

Yep, I've also had medical complications (not major, and entirely my fault as I tend(ed) to leave them in longer than reccommended), so for now at least I've switched back to glasses. FWIW, glasses are a fashion statement right now and there are actually a healthy number of style obsessed folks with normal vision who are wearing glasses as a fashion statement.

Quoting Ajd1992 (Reply 4):
If your left handed (i am so this is how i do it), put your right hand over your head and pull up your left upper eye lid, have your contact on your left index finger. Use your middle finger to pull the other lid down, then just SLOWLY put it in, and hold it there for a few seconds. If you don't, it won't take and it'll just stay on your finger, inside out. After it's in, blink a few times, then close your eye and gently rub so it gets all the air out of the contact, then just move it over your pupil. Repeat for the other eye This is just how I personally do it, it might not work for you. I know the way i was shown in the opticians just didn't work for me

That's exactly how I do it when I'm wearing contacts (I'm also left handed) -- and for exactly the same reasons!

Remember, though, the eye's reflex is to try to get any foreign objects (including contacts) out, it takes a little bit of time, effort, and patience to defeat that reflex and convince the eye that it's OK.

Quoting ShyFlyer (Reply 5):
My doctor wouldn't let me leave his office without demonstrating that I could put them and and take them out successfully.

Ditto that in CA when I first got contacts (actually I remember the "putting in", I don't think they covered "taking out"; my Dr. in Ohio was like "You've had contacts before? Ok. We'll just mail you a sample set, let me know if they work for you."

Lincoln



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User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5519 posts, RR: 18
Reply 9, posted (6 years 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1243 times:

What Ajd1992 said...

It's VERY important that you DO NOT look at your finger as it approaches you eye. You should always be in front of a mirror looking at your eye. Only when you become a pro can you start putting them in without a mirror.


User currently offlineLincoln From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 3887 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (6 years 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1237 times:



Quoting Continental (Reply 9):
It's VERY important that you DO NOT look at your finger as it approaches you eye. You should always be in front of a mirror looking at your eye. Only when you become a pro can you start putting them in without a mirror.

Try it both ways... I absolutely could never get it in when looking at a mirror, especially at the beginning (now it's not such a big deal) but try not to focus on your finger as it approaches your eye.



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User currently offlineAjd1992 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (6 years 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1223 times:



Quoting Continental (Reply 9):
It's VERY important that you DO NOT look at your finger as it approaches you eye. You should always be in front of a mirror looking at your eye. Only when you become a pro can you start putting them in without a mirror.

 Confused  Confused

I look at my finger all the time. Helps me at least get it in my eye rather than up my nose or somewhere (I have awful aim/balance)

I do need a mirror though, because I flick between the mirror and my finger.


User currently offlineFlyDeltaJets87 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (6 years 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1202 times:



Quoting ShyFlyer (Reply 5):
I found that using Visine for Contacts helped during the adjustment. For the first week or so I'd put a drop in each eye after putting in the lenses.

I found putting a drop or two of rewetting solution into the contacts BEFORE putting them in your eye helped.

Quoting Continental (Reply 9):
It's VERY important that you DO NOT look at your finger as it approaches you eye. You should always be in front of a mirror looking at your eye. Only when you become a pro can you start putting them in without a mirror.

I've been using contacts for 5 years and still can't put them in without a mirror.


User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5519 posts, RR: 18
Reply 13, posted (6 years 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 1177 times:



Quoting Ajd1992 (Reply 11):
I look at my finger all the time. Helps me at least get it in my eye rather than up my nose or somewhere (I have awful aim/balance)

That's interesting. So you focus on your finger/contact as it approaches your eye? That would likely trigger a reflex in many individuals, resulting in a contact sitting on a dirty sink surface. I guess whatever works best!


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