(Closed) I got contacts today…

posted 8 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
Hostess
18646 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

It always feels weird when you first start wearing them.  You need to wear them a bit before they become comfortable.  But as for the looking weird thing, if you are a glasses girl, maybe you should just wear your glasses on your wedding day so you stay ‘yourself’.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

It could just be that you arent used to wearing them, or it could be the brand you purchased. I wear Acuvue Oasays and man, they are awesome.

My new glasses are coming in next week 🙂 Its a toss up what I am more excited for- shiny new glasses or comfy new contacts.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Just make sure you really do the 2 hours, 3 hours, 4 hours, 5 hours, etc. thing and build up wearing time! I used to work for an eye doc and so many people just pop ’em in and over wear them at first! You don’t want an infection on the big day!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I’m getting contacts for our wedding too, and I’m SO nervous. I have a total eye phobia (can’t even do eyedrops), and only wear my glasses for driving and tv watching.  Since I don’t wear them all the time, I don’t like the way I look in them, but I want to be able to actually SEE my fiance when I’m coming down the aisle. So contacts it is!  I just have to make sure I don’t put it off too long…

Post # 7
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2767 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

wear them a couple weeks and if you still don’t like them you might need to change brands.  I’ve found that some brands just don’t work for me at all.  Oasys didn’t work for me.  Proclear does, and AirOptix feels nice on my eyes too.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

ugh, yeah, I can sympathize with the contacts issue.  I SHOULD be wearing my contacts more, but the pollen count and dust where I work is horrible.  I start out just fine, then end up with bloodshot eyes before the days over!

definitely do as the dr says and gradually break them in.  Take excellent care and follow the directions with ’em.  Otherwise, you’ll be in misery.  (been there, done that, and I have the HARD contacts… trust me, they are 10x’s worse than soft if something goes wrong with ’em.) 

your eyes will adjust and you might eventually get to where you prefer the contacts to glasses (I do!). 

oh, and if you have allergies or sinus problems, remember to NOT rub your eyes and to take plenty of eye drops for contacts (NOT Visine, unless it’s specifically for contacts!).  Crying can also make them move from your eye to the sides, which is, to say the least, painful and annoying.

If you have any questions, feel free to message me!  I’ve been wearing contacts since I was a teen and have dealt with infections, broken contacts, and everything in between, I think!

Post # 10
Hostess
18646 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Seven hours is more than enough for someone just starting to wear them!

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

make sure to keep your follow up appointment and wear them to the follow up appointment.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

The biggest thing about contacts is that your eyes are not used to a foreign object on them that depletes how much oxygen your eyes get.  You need to wear them to get used to them, yes, but you have work up your tolerance and therefore how long you can wear them for.  I was started at 4 hours for the first day, adding an hour to how long I wore them each subsequent day….then I stayed at about 8 hours a day for a while until my eyes were comfortable with them.  Once my eyes could tolerate the contacts for 8 hours without getting sore or drying out, I wore them longer.  I can wear my contacts for 14 or more hours some days, though I usually keep it under 12 hours most days.  You definitely have to wear contacts on a regular basis to keep your tolerance up so that you can wear them for extended periods of time.

I’m glad you took them out for today…slowly work your way up into wearing them and they shouldn’t hurt you.  If they do irritate or you have any other problems, I would go back to your doctor and see about trying a different brand.  Good luck!  Contacts really are not that bad!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I had a week of trial contacts before going back to get checked out again.  I think that is enough time, as long as you are wearing them everyday, and working up from your 4 hours a day to 8 hours a day during the period of adjustment.  At your appointment, they will look at your eyes to make sure they are getting enough oxygen and check the fit of the lenses.  Make sure you wear the lenses for 4 hours or so before you go to your appointment so they can get a good idea about the fit and if they are negatively affecting your eyes.  

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I got contacts this week!  Like Leprechan, I didn’t wear glasses all the time but wanted to be able to see everything on my wedding day.  I started wearing them on Monday – did 2 hrs that day, then 4 hrs Tuesday, and kept increasing by 2 hrs everyday.  Yesterday I wore them for 10 hours and it felt fine.  In the beginning of the week I had a hard time getting them IN my eyes, but that’s gotten much better already, and I seriously am loving them!  Being able to see everything far away is so fun for me.  I guess if you were already wearing glasses all the time though then you won’t see the improvement in vision like I did (it almost feels like a new toy!  I can’t believe how much I can see!).  But I’m sure wearing them will feel better as you get used to it! But if glasses are part of your look, I bet you’d look awesome in them for your wedding if you’d rather do that too.

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