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    Contact Lens Wearers--help!

    I feel like such a loser. I tried contacts once in 1990. The optometrist could not get them into my eye (I was his first failure in 11 years.) I managed to get them in once myself but they felt like cat hairs, so I took them out (at great trouble) and that was that. I've worn glasses ever since.

    So now I decide to give it one more try, 14 years later, thinking my blink reflexes are middle-aged now, I'm more relaxed, contact technology is better . . .now is the time. Once again, the optometrist could not get them in, so she had me do it. Half an hour later, the lense had been everywhere BUT in my eye. She sent me home to practice touching my eyeball.

    Am I really the only one who can't do this? I want to go try again, but my eye is so irritated from me trying to hold it open this afternoon that I'm not sure I want to make it any worse now.

    Anybody have any helpful advice? How can I get these blasted things into my eyes? Do I need a few margaritas first?

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    Have you considered laser surgery?

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    Do try - contact lenses are worth the effort. I too had a hard time as well. I make sure that there is a lot of liqud in the cusp.

    I also remember having a few drinks before I got the guts in the first place.
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    I was the same way when I got my contacts. I got mine 3 years ago when I was in the 6th grade. The technique I was taught was to look at my finger when the lense was on my fingertip. Looking at it helps you to place it right on the eyeball, causing less irritation. Hope this helps!
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    I remember getting contact lens and having a problem with this, too. Then, they sat me down calmly, demonstrated the procedure, asked me to try it, and my eye popped right out of its socket!

    No, of course, I'm kidding.

    I don't know what to tell you except I eventually did it, but it's the most unnatural feeling in the world, which is why it's probably so hard for you. I would compare it to falling forward without throwing your arms out--it's simply something you're not accustomed to doing to your body.

    Just go slowly and put it in your eye. Don't flinch away or blink it out. Good luck.

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    I'll stick to my nerdy glasses, thanks

    I'm accident prone. I tried on colored contacts (green, on naturally hazel eyes) and they hurt like hell, and my eyes looked yellow and that was that.
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    beerbelly's right - a lot of solution in the lens helps a lot. I don't look at the contact, though. I get close to the mirror, spread my lids with my left hand, and approach with my right pointer while looking at the eye in the mirror. With a lot of solution, you aren't actually touching the eye - the liquids sort of sucks it on. Always make sure your drain is closed!

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    Gutmutter, that sounds positively pornographic.

    Contacts suck, but I'm vain, so I wear 'em. Pam, some brands are more comfortable than others, and you get what you pay for. If your optometrist is giving you a cheapo brand like Acuvue, ask if he can dispense another brand.
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    Reading it back after your comment - you're right! heeheehee. Purely unintentional.

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    They had me trying one contact - I have great distance vision, but cant make out any letters in front of me.
    I can get it in okay, but that multi-day time frame and adjusting one eye to reading, and leaving one eye for distance just gave me huge headaches. Just not worth it, when I spend all my time at home anyhow.
    But I hate not being able to read ANYTHING without finding my reading glasses.

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