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Eye, eye, cap'n... [Jun. 13th, 2004|02:32 pm]
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Yesterday we went to get our Contact Lens assessments done in Doncaster.

Caroline went first, although I was allowed to be there at the same time.

The first thing the optician did was put some orange dye in Caroline's eye. Then, he pulled her eyelid up so that he could see the underside, then looked inside her eyes with a blue and then a white light.

Then, the lenses went in... slowly. Caroline's eyes wouldn't let the lens go in, so it took a couple of attempts to go in. Once they were in, though, they were the right lenses for her, so she kept them in for a while.

My turn came, and the lenses went in second time. I had some trouble with my reflexes but I just fought them.

However, because of the level of astigmatism in my eyes, I need Toric lenses... which are almost twice the price! But, my eyes are important, so I'm willing to pay the extra. Because they didn't have those lenses in stock, the optician took out the ones that I was wearing. That was quiet hard going too, but they came out first time.

So, Caroline was set. All she needed to do now, was take them out herself, and then put them in again, twice, and that was it. However, it took almost an hour for her to realise that she couldn't do it. Ok, one of the lenses did fall out, and she managed to put it back in ok, but unfortunately that didn't count.

So, we both need to go back in a fortnight. Me, to get my special lenses, and self-fit them, and Caroline, so that she can try her self-fitting again.

In the meantime, we both have homework, to practice touching our eyes, so that we get used to it.

[User Picture]From: misspotsitt
2004-06-13 01:36 pm (UTC)
I used to wear contact lenses but I never really got on with them. Plus my opticians had a policy of not allowing NHS appoitnemtns at the weekends. I was at uni at the time living in Southampton with my Optician in Reading, so this caused problems. When one broke I was given the wrong prescription replacement but it was such an arse trying to get an appointment I just gave up.

I may get some disposable ones next time I get my eyes tested just for special occassions and dancing.
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[User Picture]From: novemberbug
2004-06-13 01:48 pm (UTC)
I tried contacts and hated them, but I'm quite used to touching the whites of my eyes, after trying them. James wears contacts and gets on really well with them, he's even spoken about having laser treatment on his eyes in the future. But for now, I have a bit of a game with him sometimes, where I look into his eyes and try to see where the edges of his lenses are. It usually ends up with some kind of kissing, once I'm that close, though ;-)

Oh and if I can catch up with you two later, I wondered if I might have a word about something?

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[User Picture]From: blujewel
2004-06-13 01:57 pm (UTC)
wow when I went to my optician he just put them in for me and left them there... he didn't go through all the steps you mentioned. That's so professional. I guess healthcare in Malta still has a long way to go
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[User Picture]From: brainlag
2004-06-13 02:13 pm (UTC)
easy way of removing them (left eye, reverse for right):

right hand in middle of forehead, edge of palm between thumb and wrist resting on hairline. forefinger held flat reaches down to middle of eye, pulls eyelid up and applies pressure to the top of the eye (just past the lens) through the edge of the eyelid. left hand palm edge nearest wrist rests on chin. forefinger reaches up to the bottom of eye and applies upwards pressure. lens should flip onto its side and be half sticking out your now-closed eye.

getting the things in i used to aim for getting them underneath the pupil and then manouvering them into position. in several years of wearing the things i could never put them straight in.
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[User Picture]From: moosical
2004-06-13 08:16 pm (UTC)
After trying to recreate that without actually poking myself in eye as I have no lense in there I think i'll give that a try.. sounds quite logical. I'd tried the pinching the contact lense, but I couldn't pinch it.. I could move my thumb and first finger together but just wasn't picking it up.. Also tried the brushing the contact lense to the side bit boo but yours sounds quite possible.

How much pressure should you use - does it take much?
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[User Picture]From: stephaniewalker
2004-06-13 06:05 pm (UTC)
I have oval eyes which meant that I needed to get toric lenses too.

I didn't find them that much more expensive tho'. How much are you being charged for them? Which ones are you going for? daily or 30 day?

There's definitely a technique for getting them in and out. You soon get used to it. It used to take me ages to get them in and out but it's definitely true that practise makes perfect!
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[User Picture]From: jena
2004-06-13 06:47 pm (UTC)
It took me quite a while to get used to it, too, but it's worth it. :)
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