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Unread 12-07-2012, 10:35 PM   #1
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Would you hate a cosplay because they don't have contacts?

Hi! I've always wanted contacts because I hate wearing glasses, but when I found out about Circle Lenses I wanted them like MAAAAD.

Then I found out about the Black Sclera contacts and wanted them, too.

But I've been to my eye doctor as well as my regular doctor and they said my eyes aren't good for contacts. I'm not exactly sure what this means, but apparently (on the inside) my eyes are shaped weird. I don't even know if this possible or not, but as much as I want contacts and lenses, according to them, it wouldn't be good for my eyes.

So I was just wondering, are contacts that big of a deal? I admit they enhance a cosplay but if I can't wear them I don't want to have a poopie costume just because of that.

But seriously just look at those omfg they're perfect
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Unread 12-08-2012, 03:02 AM   #2
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I'm one who doesn't care about if a cosplay contains contacts or not. Being able to see is much more important than having the character's eye color, that people probably won't notice unless they're two feet away.

I have a contact prescription, but I don't like wearing them. I prefer just walking around slightly blind when in cosplay, or wearing my glasses when I'm not.

If your doctors say not to wear contacts due to there being something wrong with your eyes, then don't wear contacts. By going against what your doctors say, you can cause serious damage to your eyes, so just learn to go without.

If you don't want a poopie costume, spend more time making the costume itself perfect.
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Unread 12-08-2012, 09:38 AM   #3
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Nah, it's not that big of a deal. My boyfriend can't wear contacts either.
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Unread 12-08-2012, 11:54 AM   #4
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I never cared for contacts, I don't think they're important at all.
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Unread 12-08-2012, 12:23 PM   #5
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I personally wear them because I think they can do wonders for photos and look more natural in them, but they aren't nessicary! Especially walking around a convention where no one is likely to see because they don't usually get so close and are most likely looking at the costume itself... We have a group of 5 people on a regular cosplay day, and 2 cant wear contacts because one has astigmatism and the other has a scratched cornea and can't wear lenses because of it... it never matters at an con, and in photos we just use photoshop to edit their eyes the right colour...
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Unread 12-08-2012, 02:34 PM   #6
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I agree with what everyone is saying. Contacts don't really matter. There are many reasons why a person cannot have them and they can't really be faulted for it. I, personally, as someone with 20/20 vision, am terrified of having anything in my eyes so there's no way I would wear contacts. For photoshoots, and such, there's always photoshop to get the eyes the right color.
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Unread 12-08-2012, 04:31 PM   #7
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Contacts enhance a cosplay, absolutely. But nothing in this hobby if ever "necessary". It's always a choice. If you can't wear or afford contacts, there's always photoshop!
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Unread 12-08-2012, 04:59 PM   #8
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It's perfectly understandable, in my opinion, if someone can't (or doesn't want to) use contacts. One, they can be expensive and a hassle to acquire properly, especially if you don't normally wear contacts. Two, there is the chance you can damage your eyes if you're not careful, if you buy from someone who isn't careful, or if you cut corners and don't consult someone who knows what they're doing.

If your doctors both say your eyes are a bad fit for contacts, you definitely shouldn't risk it, and I don't think anyone will judge you for it, either. Cosmetic lenses should be considered an added extra, not an extremely important component of a cosplay the same way wigs and outfits are. Especially if you're talking about theatrical scleral lenses like the ones you gave a picture of, because not only are those things bigger and far less comfortable than normal lenses, they're easier to accidentally screw up your eyes with.

Cosmetic lenses are nice things to have if you want the popping anime-eye effect, but they're not necessary, not everyone can use them even if they wanted to, and I definitely wouldn't fault anyone for not using them.
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Unread 12-08-2012, 06:19 PM   #9
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Thank you, everyone! I just wanted to make sure since I've never talked with other cosplayers until I signed up for this website.

And @ThakYuki, Haha of course! The costume itself is always my main priority : ) Thank you.

I appreciate it everyone, this had been bugging me for a while. Someone should invent coloured eye-drops, so when you put the drops in your eye it makes your irises change colour for like 24 hrs. or something.
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Unread 12-09-2012, 01:44 AM   #10
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Sounds like someone has an astigmatism! Its pretty common, and I know a lot of cosplayers that can't use contacts. Since this is the case, not having contacts is widely accepted and you shouldn't feel bad about not being able to wear contacts.

Now, they do sell color changing drops, but do not get them. Do not get them. DO NOT GET THEM. Your iris is a muscle, and any drop that promises to change your iris is a horrendous idea as far as safety goes.
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Unread 12-17-2012, 01:28 AM   #11
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Color changing drops... just the name alone sounds like it'll blind someone! Why do they even make those?

And as for the contacts, I agree with everyone else. I have 20/20 vision and I've tried contacts a few times for cosplays but they are unbearable on my eyes so I just gave up. If you can't wear them, then you can't wear them, so it's no biggie
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Unread 12-17-2012, 10:40 AM   #12
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I think contacts for cosplay look amazing for sincerely altered shapes and colour like red, Sclera, enlarged lenses (circle lens) and cat eyes.

Most of them time you don't notice the colour of a contact otherwise and they tend to get lost in the photo anyway unless they are an extreme colour.

I'm going to give contact one more go because I want Nehelenia cat eyes but you really need to practice wearing them months before a con as well to build up a tolerance to having them on.

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Unread 12-17-2012, 05:29 PM   #13
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I agree... contacts can enhance a cosplay, but they're by no means "required". (I use quotation marks, because really, nothing is actually required for cosplay... it's just a fun hobby after all).

I wear corrective lenses daily, so I'm comfortable wearing contacts. However, my eyesight is so terrible that they just do not make colored contacts in my prescription unless I have them custom-made. (And that can run me a few hundred dollars, which is really prohibitive for something I'll wear only once or twice).

So yeah... I've cosplayed as a blue-eyed Madam Red. It's pretty noticeable with her, since everything else about her is so very red. (Red hair, red hat, and red lipstick made my eyes really stand out). I received a number of compliments on the costume, and not one person commented on my eyes being the wrong color.
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Unread 12-17-2012, 06:27 PM   #14
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I think wigs are more important then contacts. Yeah contacts are the icing on the cake, but they don't hurt the costume if you can't get them.
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Unread 12-22-2012, 04:06 PM   #15
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They do enhance a cosplay, especially if the character you are cosplaying has an unnatural eye colour such as red or black. But personally I don't think they are necessary. They are damn hard to get used to putting on and taking off; they're not for everyone. I've tried them and I hate them, but that's because I dont like touching my eye. Some people can't wear them either, so it isn't really fair to say they're essential.
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