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tereshkova2001
12-22-2010, 01:18 PM
As requested by Etoile-sama, and hopefully of use to other costumers as well!

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs251.snc4/39894_419485289204_604354204_4872961_3384614_n.jpg

These are my Avatar contact lenses from 9mm SFX. They are 18mm scleral lenses, custom painted and custom made to my prescription (-10.0 and -8.0 correction). I adore them.

Comfort: The lenses are very large and very thick. You can definitely feel them in your eyes, especially right away. However, after a few minutes, they become less noticeable. After a full day of wearing them (16 hours), your eyes get tired and dry. Overall, I would rate them at an 8, if 10 = ordinary contact lenses.

Vision: My vision was a little restricted; you're looking out of a smaller space than normal. I found it less obvious in bright light and worse at night. I was able to function and navigate just fine. I might not want to drive wearing them, but I didn't try.

Customer Service: The folks at 9mm SFX were extremely helpful. I emailed them to ask about my prescription, which is higher than they usually sell. They had the lenses made up without any problems. Here's a timeline of the ordering process:
I ordered on March 1st. My eye doctor refused to confirm the prescription online, so I arranged with him and with 9mm SFX to have the clear scleral lenses shipped directly to the doctor. They arrived from the manufacturer (Coastal Contacts) one week later, on March 8. I went in to the doctor's office and had them fitted. The doctor asked me to wear them for a week and come back, just as he would for ordinary lenses. By the end of the fitting process, it was March 16th and I shipped the lenses back to 9mm SFX. By March 22, the online status said "payment received" and I assumed that meant they had received the lenses and thus charged my credit card. The final painted contacts arrived at my house on April 2nd.
So the total process took one month. That included manufacturing the lenses specifically to my prescription and the fitting process with my eye doctor. Your turnaround time may be faster.

Costume Effect: I love them. They really look alien and they add the perfect finishing touch to the Na'vi costume. They're less noticeable from a distance, but any close-up photo shows them off wonderfully. And even at a reasonable distance, you can tell my eyes are yellow. So yes, I would absolutely wear them again, for this costume and for any other yellow-eyed character (Desire from Sandman, for example).

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4082/4855731607_f5a4ae3b03.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/kightp/4855731607/)
Faerieworlds - Bad Fairy Day (http://www.flickr.com/photos/kightp/4855731607/) by kightp (http://www.flickr.com/people/kightp/), on Flickr

Here you can see the lenses without the body paint, giving you a better sense of how big they are:
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4071/4518896993_72d4b6152d_m.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/21077670@N02/4518896993/)
IMGP4246 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/21077670@N02/4518896993/) by tereshkova2001 (http://www.flickr.com/people/21077670@N02/), on Flickr

I hope that's helpful! Feel free to reply or PM me with questions.

ZeasonaL
01-07-2011, 01:14 PM
wow~it's really beautiful!
thank you for review~

WanderingPyrate
01-23-2011, 04:27 PM
Very helpful review. I've been debating on getting their blue sclera and may be the red cat eyes here soon.

glitter bomb
01-23-2011, 04:48 PM
thanks for the review. I reeeeeeeeeeeally want a pair of 9mm scleras someday.

Na'vi wannabe
01-26-2011, 04:30 AM
I think I have to buy these...

RoseHanabira
01-30-2011, 12:15 PM
Question, how good is their customer service? I'm considering contacting them for a commission on a single opaque pink sclera lens for a future cosplay (still a couple years off at least), did you find them to be good people to buy from?

tereshkova2001
01-31-2011, 07:40 PM
Their customer service was lovely. They were very nice to deal with on the phone, and they took care of shipping things all over the place with no problems. For that alone, I highly recommend them.

RoseHanabira
02-01-2011, 10:40 PM
Marvelous! Thanks so much!

Nutcracker
03-25-2011, 08:32 PM
Those contacts are so crazy! I heard they're painful too but they look awesome!

Na'vi wannabe
03-28-2011, 03:53 AM
I'm wearing these lenses right now! Initially they were uncomfortable but after 1/2 hour they are settling in quite nicely.

tereshkova2001
03-29-2011, 01:15 AM
Excellent! I'd love to see photos of your costume with the lenses in.

Etoile-sama
04-04-2011, 11:09 AM
Thank you so much for posting this review. The contacts look amazing and you did a great job on your costume.

I'm definitely going to have to order a pair of sclera lenses. I'm glad to hear that their customer service was so good. It makes forking over $300+ for contacts a little less terrifying when you know that the company will do whatever is in their power to ensure your satisfaction.

Again, thank you.

naruto_kh_fan
06-03-2011, 10:11 PM
My eyes are kind of dark, so will these lenses work with them?

tereshkova2001
06-08-2011, 09:51 PM
Absolutely. The colored part is completely opaque; only the small pupil hole in the center is transparent. The lenses entirely hide your natural eye color.

Tem-Tem
07-29-2011, 07:03 PM
Great review, thank you. I often wonder about sclera lenses

Peroperosq2
08-05-2011, 06:31 PM
woah!! awesum!!

darkleafar
09-27-2011, 09:39 PM
As requested by Etoile-sama, and hopefully of use to other costumers as well!

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs251.snc4/39894_419485289204_604354204_4872961_3384614_n.jpg

These are my Avatar contact lenses from 9mm SFX. They are 18mm scleral lenses, custom painted and custom made to my prescription (-10.0 and -8.0 correction). I adore them.

Comfort: The lenses are very large and very thick. You can definitely feel them in your eyes, especially right away. However, after a few minutes, they become less noticeable. After a full day of wearing them (16 hours), your eyes get tired and dry. Overall, I would rate them at an 8, if 10 = ordinary contact lenses.

Vision: My vision was a little restricted; you're looking out of a smaller space than normal. I found it less obvious in bright light and worse at night. I was able to function and navigate just fine. I might not want to drive wearing them, but I didn't try.

Customer Service: The folks at 9mm SFX were extremely helpful. I emailed them to ask about my prescription, which is higher than they usually sell. They had the lenses made up without any problems. Here's a timeline of the ordering process:
I ordered on March 1st. My eye doctor refused to confirm the prescription online, so I arranged with him and with 9mm SFX to have the clear scleral lenses shipped directly to the doctor. They arrived from the manufacturer (Coastal Contacts) one week later, on March 8. I went in to the doctor's office and had them fitted. The doctor asked me to wear them for a week and come back, just as he would for ordinary lenses. By the end of the fitting process, it was March 16th and I shipped the lenses back to 9mm SFX. By March 22, the online status said "payment received" and I assumed that meant they had received the lenses and thus charged my credit card. The final painted contacts arrived at my house on April 2nd.
So the total process took one month. That included manufacturing the lenses specifically to my prescription and the fitting process with my eye doctor. Your turnaround time may be faster.

Costume Effect: I love them. They really look alien and they add the perfect finishing touch to the Na'vi costume. They're less noticeable from a distance, but any close-up photo shows them off wonderfully. And even at a reasonable distance, you can tell my eyes are yellow. So yes, I would absolutely wear them again, for this costume and for any other yellow-eyed character (Desire from Sandman, for example).

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4082/4855731607_f5a4ae3b03.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/kightp/4855731607/)
Faerieworlds - Bad Fairy Day (http://www.flickr.com/photos/kightp/4855731607/) by kightp (http://www.flickr.com/people/kightp/), on Flickr

Here you can see the lenses without the body paint, giving you a better sense of how big they are:
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4071/4518896993_72d4b6152d_m.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/21077670@N02/4518896993/)
IMGP4246 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/21077670@N02/4518896993/) by tereshkova2001 (http://www.flickr.com/people/21077670@N02/), on Flickr

I hope that's helpful! Feel free to reply or PM me with questions.

Do you know if contacts like the Sharingan contacts will also give you tunnel vision? Or does this only apply to Sclera?

tereshkova2001
11-08-2011, 08:29 PM
Darkleafar, I don't know for certain, but I'd imagine that any opaque lens that has only a small pupil opening will restrict your vision slightly.

Darien1629
09-29-2012, 03:25 PM
Just ordered My 9mm sclera lenses

ladderowl
02-03-2013, 04:39 PM
Woah they look great! I've heard bigger lenses were pretty uncomfortable, but after reading this, it obviously wasn't true. :D

Great cosplay by the way. Thanks for the review!

bindilover
06-02-2013, 04:29 PM
I really want to do a custom order from them, for my Gamzee and Karkat cosplays. The only thing that is a problem for me is the price and getting my eye measures and all that...

Darien1629
06-02-2013, 07:51 PM
eye measurements are hard. I'd suggest seeing an eye doctor see if you can get them. and then have your eye doctor talk to 9mm sfx.

ayusuits
06-16-2013, 04:36 AM
Wow thanks for this review. I am still thinking wht to order. There are a lot of good designs from Phantasee (http://www.uniqso.com/crazy-halloween-anime-lenses/brand-phantasee) / Sclera (http://www.uniqso.com/crazy-halloween-anime-lenses/sclera-crazy-lenses).

My best pick would be Phantasee Red Sclera lens Cyclop (http://www.uniqso.com/crazy-halloween-anime-lenses/sclera-crazy-lenses/phantasee-red-sclera-lens-cyclop). I think that is really cool!

rainbowxfishy
06-29-2013, 05:39 PM
um so what is the name of the site?

tereshkova2001
06-30-2013, 01:56 PM
The company is called 9mm SFX, short for Special Effects. You can find them at www.9mmsfx.net.

GrumpyCat
03-05-2014, 12:44 PM
I love my sclera lenses. I'm not bothered by them at all really. Quite comfy, and scare the crap out of people.