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    I'm getting contact lenses (monthlies) for the first time at the end of the month and I'd just like some information.

    1. Are they uncomfortable when you first start using them/for sometime after you start using them?

    2. I have long nails. Is this going to be a problem with putting them in and taking them out?

    3. How long can I leave them in for? If I get home drunk and fall asleep before taking them out am I in danger of damaging my eyes?

    4. Am I in danger or damaging my eyes just by using contact lenses?

    And any other helpful information contact lens wearers can give me.

    Thanks
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    You'll need to cut your nails down. When I went for my trial I ended up losing my forefinger and middle nails because it was impossible to not poke my eye with my nail.

    I can't really say if they're uncomfortable or not, as I'm not the most ideal candidate for contacts (astigmatism) so for me, yes, they're extremely uncomfortable. But for a normal prescription, you shouldn't notice you're wearing them.

    Length of time, well... you wouldn't want to fall asleep in dailies. You should be responsible, so ideally you will take your lenses out before you flop into bed, drunk or not. That's just my opinion though.
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    I always used to have a little bit of discomfort after putting in mine and I don't have astigmatism or anything.
    Sometimes the discomfort was so bad and my eye was twitching so badly that I couldn't get the lense out.
    I have, however, perfected my technique and I've found it alot easier now.

    You have to build up your wearing time from a couple of hours to maybe 4/5/6 so that it's comfortable and you're use to wearing them for a long time if you want to. Otherwise your eyes get really skanky and start to feel gross. You also have to drink ALOT and not get dehydrated because you can really feel it in your eyes with lenses.

    Also, don't fall asleep with them in because your eyes roll back and the lense can get lost on the other side. It can't always be retrieved

    Oh and another thing - I used to have nails about 2 cms or more long and I found that I could put the lenses in fine. However I was already experienced with putting them in by that time so I was just using the pad of my finger and not the tip as many people do. It's all about technique really.
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    (Original post by Ilora-Danon)
    Length of time, well... you wouldn't want to fall asleep in dailies. You should be responsible, so ideally you will take your lenses out before you flop into bed, drunk or not. That's just my opinion though.
    I'm getting monthlys :yes:
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    (Original post by Maquillage)

    You have to build up your wearing time from a couple of hours to maybe 4/5/6 so that it's comfortable and you're use to wearing them for a long time if you want to. Otherwise your eyes get really skanky and start to feel gross. You also have to drink ALOT and not get dehydrated because you can really feel it in your eyes with lenses.

    Also, don't fall asleep with them in because your eyes roll back and the lense can get lost on the other side. It can't always be retrieved
    I drink loads of water anyway so that shouldn't be a problem.

    I heard that the whole losing lenses in your eye thing was a myth and it is impossible for them to get behind your eye
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    (Original post by Princesschickenbelly)
    I drink loads of water anyway so that shouldn't be a problem.

    I heard that the whole losing lenses in your eye thing was a myth and it is impossible for them to get behind your eye
    Well it's not a myth because I witnessed it in french class in year eleven lol. I honestly thought it was too but having seen someone poking in their own eye, whilst looking down for a contact lense, has made me think otherwise. I doubt she would have gone through all that trouble just to fake it.
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    (Original post by Princesschickenbelly)
    I'm getting monthlys :yes:
    Okay then, change what I said to monthlies. The point stays the same! You just don't fall asleep in them. It'll be very uncomfortable when you wake up.
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    (Original post by Princesschickenbelly)
    I'm getting contact lenses for the first time at the end of the month and I'd just like some information.

    1. Are they uncomfortable when you first start using them/for sometime after you start using them?

    2. I have long nails. Is this going to be a problem with putting them in and taking them out?

    3. How long can I leave them in for? If I get home drunk and fall asleep before taking them out am I in danger of damaging my eyes?

    4. Am I in danger or damaging my eyes just by using contact lenses?

    And any other helpful information contact lens wearers can give me.

    Thanks
    They are very comfortable - most of the time you dont realise you wear them. Only time they get a little uncomfy is when you rub your eyes or they start to dry out due to air conditioning that. IF they do dry out a bit just blink your eyes a few time sand maybe close them for a minute.

    If you get dailies, falling asleep whilst wearing them is okay once in while but dont make a habit of it. Max time you can wear them usually for dailies is 12 to 13 hours. Wearing them above that is quite unsafe.

    I've noticed if you switch from glasses to contacts everyday your vision is a little blurred for about half an hour since your eyes are adjusting.

    You normally shouldnt have long nails to get them out but... there is an indirect way of getting them out without needing to have short nails - you can push your eyelid and bottom part of the eye inwards and 'pop' out the contact lense I do it a lot not because i have nails but because im scared of rolling my finger about on my eyes.

    Once and only once out fo the 7 months I've been wearing them has one of the contact lense randomly just came off my eyes - I think it might have been because they were drying out, not sure though.

    A few times they've got teared whilst in my eye when ive tried taking them out - this can be painful as the pieces roll to the top of the eyeball or slightly behind it, but after a few rinses with water and rubbing the eyelid the pieces come out.

    Monthlies arent as comfortable as dailies because they tend to more thicker to be more durable. You probably will need to have short nails pretty much all the time with monthlies as you have to clean them.
    Overall contacts are very good and they give me confidence
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    They are fine.

    And dailies FTW, yuk I couldn't possibly clean them and put them back in again!
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    (Original post by Ilora-Danon)
    You'll need to cut your nails down. When I went for my trial I ended up losing my forefinger and middle nails because it was impossible to not poke my eye with my nail.

    I can't really say if they're uncomfortable or not, as I'm not the most ideal candidate for contacts (astigmatism) so for me, yes, they're extremely uncomfortable. But for a normal prescription, you shouldn't notice you're wearing them.

    Length of time, well... you wouldn't want to fall asleep in dailies. You should be responsible, so ideally you will take your lenses out before you flop into bed, drunk or not. That's just my opinion though.
    I've got astigmatism too, and they're not uncomfortable for me - do you use the ones specialised for people with astigmatism?

    To the OP - just be sensible with them. Build up the amount of time you use them so you're eyes become acustom to them, if they start to irritate you, or make your eyes feel tired - take them out. Oh, and try to give your eyes a rest from time to time and not wear them for a day or so
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    Oh and please note that with dailies, get premium or elite because you notice the difference. :yep:
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    (Original post by Princesschickenbelly)
    1. Are they uncomfortable when you first start using them/for sometime after you start using them?
    Not in my experience.

    (Original post by Princesschickenbelly)
    2. I have long nails. Is this going to be a problem with putting them in and taking them out?
    I wouldn't know. I imagine you would have to be very careful though.

    (Original post by Princesschickenbelly)
    3. How long can I leave them in for? If I get home drunk and fall asleep before taking them out am I in danger of damaging my eyes?
    Leave them in as long as your optician advises, no longer. I have had problems in the past by leaving them in too long. The odd occassion, however, won't hurt. Just don't sleep in them every night etc.

    (Original post by Princesschickenbelly)
    4. Am I in danger or damaging my eyes just by using contact lenses?
    Make sure you clean your lenses properly and clean your hands before using them. Throw them away when you should and don't wear them for longer than you have been advised. Then, you should be totally fine.
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    (Original post by Princesschickenbelly)
    I heard that the whole losing lenses in your eye thing was a myth and it is impossible for them to get behind your eye
    I did this once (in four years of contact lens wearing). I slipped and basically shoved my finger in my eye. I then convinced myself my contact lens must've fallen and searched on the floor for ages. I then rechecked my eye, and it mustve been literally round the back of my eyeball. A lot of painful prodding ensued. Anyway, not to put you off contact lens wearing, they're great, honest.
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    1. Are they uncomfortable when you first start using them/for sometime after you start using them?

    Admittedly, it took me a while to get used to putting them in; that was the only uncomfortable part for me. It's not painful - but putting your finger in your eye goes against natural instinct and that's the only reason I found it a bit weird. But as for wearing them - it's fantastic, I love it. I found taking them out was a lot easier than putting them in as well. I've only had contact lenses for about a month and a half, and I've not experienced any discomfort. If they are uncomfortable, it is probably because the lens is inside out, or dirty or something, which can be easily sorted.

    2. I have long nails. Is this going to be a problem with putting them in and taking them out?

    I have very short nails, and when I was having a teach, the optician told me that I can just pinch them out of my eyes (basically just taking them out without having to slide them out of your eye - not as horrible as it sounds, and not at all painful). However, the optician conducting the teach had extremely long nails, and I asked her how she managed, and she basically told me that with long nails you just have to be a bit more careful when putting them in, and when taking them out you need to slide them to the bottom of your eye and then take them out.

    3. How long can I leave them in for? If I get home drunk and fall asleep before taking them out am I in danger of damaging my eyes?
    This really depends on your eyes and individual prescription. Your optician will tell you how long to wear them for and how many days a week. For example, I can wear my contacts for 10 hours a day for 5 days a week. It takes a while to build up wearing time. As for sleeping in your contacts, you'll have to ask your optician, but I don't think it is recommended as I'm pretty sure there would be a problem to do with moisture in your eyes - but I'm not sure.

    4. Am I in danger or damaging my eyes just by using contact lenses?

    There are no dangers as long as you follow the instructions by your optician and don't exceed wearing time etc.
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    When I first got my contact lenses it'd take me anywhere up to 15 minutes just to get them in - then I realised I wasn't holding my eyes open wide enough and that time got cut down to about...20 seconds :p: I have incredibly short nails anyway so I can't answer the second question. If you do end up accidental sleeping with them in, just make sure the next morning you do not attempt to take them out straight away. Wait a few hours - your eyes do not produces tears when asleep, the lense will be dry and get attached to your eye and could cause permanent damage, and it will hurt.

    And no, you cannot loose your contact lenses in your eye :rolleyes:, it can get stuck at the top where your skull meets the eye (the roof of your eye socket), it happened to me when I first got them - I didn't know they were in until I went to put in some new ones two days later and I found em up there. But no, they cannot actually get lost (fall into the back of your eye socket), basic biology...
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    (Original post by Princesschickenbelly)
    I'm getting contact lenses (monthlies) for the first time at the end of the month and I'd just like some information.

    1. Are they uncomfortable when you first start using them/for sometime after you start using them?

    2. I have long nails. Is this going to be a problem with putting them in and taking them out?

    3. How long can I leave them in for? If I get home drunk and fall asleep before taking them out am I in danger of damaging my eyes?

    4. Am I in danger or damaging my eyes just by using contact lenses?

    And any other helpful information contact lens wearers can give me.

    Thanks
    have you practised wearing them yet? if not try putting your finger on the white bit of your eye for ten seconds and make try rubbing your eye (white bit) a tiny bit as well this can help you be able to put contacts in. Trust me - it helped me loads in forcing my finger to move and put the contact lense in (my head would instinctly move away lol)
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    (Original post by jabed786)
    have you practised wearing them yet? if not try putting your finger on the white bit of your eye for ten seconds and make try rubbing your eye (white bit) a tiny bit as well this can help you be able to put contacts in. Trust me - it helped me loads in forcing my finger to move and put the contact lense in (my head would instinctly move away lol)
    I've not got them yet no.

    I've got no problem touching or rubbing the bottom white bit of my eye it's the touching my pupil or at least touching it through the lens that freaks me out a bit and the 'pinching' to get them out
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    (Original post by Maquillage)
    I always used to have a little bit of discomfort after putting in mine and I don't have astigmatism or anything.
    Sometimes the discomfort was so bad and my eye was twitching so badly that I couldn't get the lense out.
    I have, however, perfected my technique and I've found it alot easier now.

    You have to build up your wearing time from a couple of hours to maybe 4/5/6 so that it's comfortable and you're use to wearing them for a long time if you want to. Otherwise your eyes get really skanky and start to feel gross. You also have to drink ALOT and not get dehydrated because you can really feel it in your eyes with lenses.

    Also, don't fall asleep with them in because your eyes roll back and the lense can get lost on the other side. It can't always be retrieved

    Oh and another thing - I used to have nails about 2 cms or more long and I found that I could put the lenses in fine. However I was already experienced with putting them in by that time so I was just using the pad of my finger and not the tip as many people do. It's all about technique really.
    I can tell you this isn't possible ( I worked as an Opthalmic assistant for 2 years).
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    I've been wearing lenses for about 4 years now, I've had yearly, monthly and now i'm on dailies. Monthly ones aren't as bad as yearly as having to wear the same lenses for a year makes them really dirty and irritated my eyes a lot. Monthlys got quite dirty as well but maybe I just have sensitive eyes as things like perfume or walking into boots (because of all the perfumes) made my eyes quite sore.. Anyway at first you will feel them in your eye but its no huge discomfort and after a few weeks you won't notice them at all. I've had my lenses "roll to the back" before but it's quite easy to just push it back into place and it only happens when my eyes dry out. Long nails aren't ideal but i would say you should get them cut down a bit especially when your just starting to use them. I've fell asleep a few times with them in and I was fine but my friends dad fell asleep and the lenses dried out in his eye so he had to go to hospital. I wouldn't go in for a shower with them in as sometimes this really dries my eyes out. Apparently if you wear lenses too much it can cause damage to your eyes but I wear them basically every day and have done for 4 years and no problems so far
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    1. Are they uncomfortable when you first start using them/for sometime after you start using them?
    Depends if they are hard or soft contacts tbh. I've been on both and I find hard ones much better but thats over a long period of time. To begin with, yes I found them uncomfortable but I found that if you slowly increase the hours and use drops then they are fine.

    2. I have long nails. Is this going to be a problem with putting them in and taking them out?
    I'd suggest cutting them down. Your probably stab yourself in the eye or tear a contact lense.

    3. How long can I leave them in for? If I get home drunk and fall asleep before taking them out am I in danger of damaging my eyes?
    I wear mine up for 14 hours although they do get uncomfortable after a long period of time. For the love of pop-tarts don't fall asleep with them in. A friend of mine did so and was one of the unlucky ones. She fell asleep and the contact got trapped behind her top eyelid. I think she had to go hospital for it.

    4. Am I in danger or damaging my eyes just by using contact lenses?

    Not at all as long as you follow the iinstructions and keep them clean

    And any other helpful information contact lens wearers can give me.
    Don't wear them all the time. Have a day off once a week where you just wear your glasses. Just lets your eyes have a bit of a break or so I've found. Also, if you drop a contact lense on the floor and can't find it...go around with a hover with a pair of tights over the top. Many a time has this saved me from opening a new contact lense.
 
 
 
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