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Unread 11-13-2011, 07:52 PM   #1
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About contacts, glasses, etc

Hey guys

Don't know where else this would go, figured it could come into here
Just wondering, how do short-sighted people deal with cosplaying characters without glasses?
I go to cons without my glasses, it is horrible. Can't see anything, draw anything, etc. I cosplayed a Hetalia Spain lately and it was really stupid because I had to get out my glasses to "see Romano's hair curl properly to touch it"

I know people are going to say contacts, well, I'm not allowed contacts. My parents say that they are harmful to the eyes and they don't want my eyes getting more damaged then they are already. They're eye doctors, they would now.

Anybody find being short-sighted a pain in the arse?
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Unread 11-13-2011, 08:02 PM   #2
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First of all *are your parents eye doctors? Or are you saying you want to ask your doctor*. If they aren't and you want contacts ask your doctor. Contacts are only really harmful if you don't take care of your contact lens/ sometimes contacts can rip inside the eye if you have sharp nails so you have to be really careful when using them.
They are perfectly safe and MUCH better for your eyes as opposed squinting to see through a con all weekend.
Coming from someone who's gone from glasses all my life to contacts just a little over a year ago, it's very convenient.
If they still say no or insurance won't cover it than consider just taking them off for photos.
Not being able to see would suck. It would not be fun and it would totally take away the experience of a fun weekend. Not to mention the awesome cosplays you could spot from across the hall.
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Unread 11-13-2011, 08:23 PM   #3
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Aww yes! I tried wearing them once just for a photoshoot but ended up leaving them on for the rest of the day... it was embarassing XD

No, my parents are eyedoctors, so I don't have one beyond them XD I guess I have a phobia for contacts too, they look really painful when my friends put them on, and I can't get my head around how to take them out without poking myself in the eye -shot-

I really want to try contacts... ughh. I've been told that they rub against your eyeballs especially if it's dry and stuff. Is it true? Do they hurt after a while?
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Unread 11-13-2011, 08:57 PM   #4
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Aww yes! I tried wearing them once just for a photoshoot but ended up leaving them on for the rest of the day... it was embarassing XD

No, my parents are eyedoctors, so I don't have one beyond them XD I guess I have a phobia for contacts too, they look really painful when my friends put them on, and I can't get my head around how to take them out without poking myself in the eye -shot-

I really want to try contacts... ughh. I've been told that they rub against your eyeballs especially if it's dry and stuff. Is it true? Do they hurt after a while?
It's not painful at all. It doesn't even matter if you touch your eye while they're in, because you'll be touching the contact, so you won't get hurt.

They won't get dry if you care for them properly. Store them in their case, change the solution when you're supposed to, don't sleep in them, and don't take a shower with them on. They do not hurt as long as you follow instructions, and the contacts should have a recommended amount of time to wear them. Some are around 8 hours, but there are a lot of contacts that you can wear for longer than that. I wear contacts daily, and my eye doctor tells me I can even wear them for 16 hours straight, and I've worn mine for 15 hours straight with no problems. : )
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Unread 11-13-2011, 09:18 PM   #5
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^^^^ That as well.
I know it might look painful but taking out a contact is really easy. Putting them in was hard for me at first but the trick is just to look away from it.

-and about leaving them in for a long time, I've left them in for awhile too but not without getting a headache. Although that could be from wearing a tight wig ^_^
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Unread 11-13-2011, 10:02 PM   #6
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I've been using contacts since I was nine and I can vouch that they aren't bad for my eyes. All you really have to do is follow the proper instructions for them. It seems that your parents just don't want you to wear contacts and are pulling the "I'm a doctor I know better than you" card.

Wandering around blind in a crowded place is what's dangerous. Seriously, just wear your glasses. Take them off for photos.
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Unread 11-13-2011, 10:14 PM   #7
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Started using contacts a little over a year ago here, too. And yeah, I thought doctors were supposed to give unbiased information, whether or not to their kids. Because when taken care of properly and fitted to your eye, contacts almost never cause harm to your eye(s). Unless you went through some kind of serious eye injury or disease that permanently caused irreparable damage, you ought to be just fine in contacts.

And yeah, never going back to glasses with my wigs on. It flipping sucked and made the sides of my head hurt from the pressure on the arms. I LOVE having contacts when I cosplay. And for a lot of other things.
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Unread 11-13-2011, 10:24 PM   #8
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It seems that your parents just don't want you to wear contacts and are pulling the "I'm a doctor I know better than you" card.
This.

Now, it is possible that they simply think you are not responsible enough to take care of contacts (I'm not judging, I'm suggesting their POV) so the idea is more "they are dangerous if used like YOU would take care of them"

Honestly I cant think of a single instance where contacts are bad for a person's eye if used properly (well except RGP lenses, but virtually nobody wears those these days).

There's also the chance they're simply trying to sway you away from cosplaying. I know a LOT of people feel their costume has to be absolutely PERFECT, and if your one of them, then maybe this is a sneaky way of your parents trying to force you to do something "more normal" (just a thought)

In whatever case, I'd suggest just going to another eye-doctor. Most Wallyworlds have them, if your in the USA and I think its $80 for the exam, fitting, and 1 pair of lenses.
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Unread 11-13-2011, 10:42 PM   #9
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Just take your glasses off for photo's. Sometimes you forget but that is okay, its a con. If people get mad at you for not wearing contacts then there is something wrong with them. Glasses and contacts are due to a health problem and someone questioning you on it should question themselves.

(I do the take-glasses-off-for-pictures method for Con's and photoshoots... no one ever said anything about Russia running around with glasses on. lol)
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Unread 11-13-2011, 11:13 PM   #10
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@ Everybody: thank you all so much for the feedback! You guys are so respectful and thank you for sharing all of your experiences with me! I think I'll definitely try to use contacts instead of wearing glasses next time I go to a convention.

So basically, as long as I follow the instructions, don't wear them for too long/inappropriate, I'll be fine? That's what I got out of everybody, or that I should just wear my glasses. Anyway you're all awesome, and thank you for being so nice to an idiot like me XD
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Unread 11-13-2011, 11:42 PM   #11
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The rules you need to follow depend entirely on what kind of contacts you get.

Myself, I wear toric lenses due to my astigmatism, which have some added difficulties in wearing. I have to align the lenses in my eye correctly. Orientation does matter with this type. There's an index mark on the lens at 12 and 6, and I need to get that in the proper place on my eye. (You can't see the mark when they're on). If its off kilter too much, its like wearing lower power glasses. With circular lenses, you don't have this issue.

How long you can wear them also differs with types. I have soft lenses that need to be put in and taken out daily. But they're good for between 14-16 hours, sometimes longer if I have re-wetting drops.

Most people with contacts have the initial worry about putting them in and taking them out. You get better at it with practice.

You'll hear all this advice from a specialist when you get your first pair, but I'll just toss it out here.

Make sure your hands are super clean. -
We are putting things in your eye here. Wash them with plain soap. soaps with aloe or moisturizers can leave a film on the lenses so I keep a plain antibacterial soap in my bathroom just for when I put in my contacts.

Close the drain -
Make sure you close the drain stopper or put a washcloth down over the drain in the sink. Yes, they will fall into the sink occasionally if you blink one out, or drop one off your finger. Rinse it off well and try again.

Practice -
Wear them around normally for a while to get used to them. My specialist made me wear mine for 2 weeks before I could go back to wearing my glasses. (I tend to wear my glasses for most daily tasks because my contacts are slightly underpowered.)

Keep them clean -
Make sure your lenses have time to soak. the lens solution cleans off proteins from your eyes and rehydrates the lenses. Hydroactive lenses need to soak for a certain period of time to reabsorb some of the liquid (its what makes them not dry out as fast during the day). Make sure you use the right solution for your lenses.


Don't worry -
You will get used to putting them in, and develop your own technique that works for you.
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Unread 11-13-2011, 11:51 PM   #12
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I have been wearing glasses since I was 2nd grade. I never really interest of getting contacts. I am either lazy or find it troublesome to take care of them. Anyway, just like some of them already mention....just wear your glasses while attending and just take them off during photoshoots.
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Unread 11-14-2011, 12:41 AM   #13
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@Keiichi969: What is the difference between a soft and hard contact lens? I heard that soft ones do not cost as much damage, but if that's the case then why do people still wear the hard ones?

Also, do you prefer contact lens or glasses overall in daily duties?
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Unread 11-14-2011, 01:36 AM   #14
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Soft contacts are the kind you normally take out daily. They're a soft flexible material like sillicone hydrogel. These soft lenses are much more confortable as they take the shape of the users eye. Soft lenses can also breath easier than some hard lenses.

Hard lenses are made of a rigid gas permeable material. They are better at correcting some vision problems as the hard lens provides a better shape to the correction portion of the lens. They do require some time to become fully comfortable. The rigidness of the lens allows for a circular lens to fix astigmatism, however.

Hard lenses will not tear like soft ones can, so for daily wear (and nightly removal) they tend to be a bit more durable.

I wear Acu-vue Oasys with Hydroclear plus. They're daily wear lenses, so I take them out at night. I started with soft lenses so I never really understood why some people prefer hard lenses. Mainly its just personal preference I guess.

The more important question is daily or extended wear. If you just plan on doing this for cosplay and occasional wear like I do, daily wear might be your best bet.

if you want to wear them daily, extended or continuous wear are better options.

Personally I normally wear my glasses because my contacts are slightly understrength. The problem with contacts is that they're produced in certain increments of normal powers. so if your actual required strength lies between powers, you have to deal with slightly off vision.

Its not a problem unless I'm trying to read things very far away. I've quite happily worn my contacts for weeks at a time with no issues. The other thing being my insurance doesn't cover contacts, so I buy them myself, wearing glasses most of the times means a single order lasts me a long time, because I'm not opening a new box every 30 days. I get 30 days of wear out of a pair.

I'll link my manufactures site here because they have a nice section that answers a lot of questions about contact wearing, and howtos on inserting and removing them.
http://www.acuvue.com/
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Unread 11-14-2011, 01:42 AM   #15
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I've never understood the hard vs soft lense debate myself, mainly because I've always used soft lenses.

Soft ones conform better to the eye, and the disposal cycle makes them more hygienic than hard lenses. however hard lenses are better for certain types of correction. Circular hard lenses can correct astigmatism, for example, while circular soft lenses cant, because they form-fit to your eye. (thus the need for Toric lenses)

however, this form-fitting makes soft lenses more comfortable. I don't even feel mine on my eye until it gets down to the last hour. (Mine are good for 16 hours of daily wear. at about 16 and a half hours I can start to feel them getting dry).

I prefer wearing my glasses daily because I see slightly better with them, when they make eyeglass lenses they can polish them to smaller tolerances than contacts are made to.

Contact lenses are mass produced in incremental strengths, so the doctor gives you the best match.

My contacts work great, and I wear them whenever I feel like it with no problems. I just have a bit clearer vision at very long distances with my glasses. Its more my personal preference than anything. My cousin wears contacts as much as possible and hates to wear his glasses.

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