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jacob29
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Hey...here's my problem:

Ive been wearing glasses for years now, and I've pretty much grown used to them. They are kinda a pain (I brake them a lot and I really don't like the look), so Ive been wanting to get contacts for quite some time.

I went to the eye doctor for my yearly checkup and he suggested I update my prescription. I told him I would rather switch to contacts, and he escorted me into the room. I was pretty exited, and not too scared to try them on for the first time.

The lady tried to put one of the test contacts in my eyes, and my damn eye wouldn't stay open. I was sitting there, trying not to move my body, but my eye lid was uncontrollable. She finally gave up, and 2 other nurses and the doctor tried...no luck. I even tried, still no luck. The nurses blamed it on me, but I tried, and I'm the one who wanted these things!

Anyway, back to my question. I declined the new glasses, and I want to go back to the eye doctor in a couple of weeks to try to get contacts again. Until then, is there anything I can do to stop the reflexes in my eyes? All the people Ive talked to with contacts say they're "used to it", and it "doesn't bother them", and they can touch their eyes with no problem. Everytime I try, even when I look away, my eyes just close.

Please, any suggestions to get over this reflex would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!


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gloworm
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hi jacob

i've been wearing contacts for almost 10 years now and it's interesting that you posted this because i've been wearing the same brandof lenses for 10 years and i'm going to the eye doctor for a check up next week and i'm gonna ask to switch to one of the newer brands that lets in more oxygen.

anyway, when i first went to get contacts, i also had a difficult time keeping my eye open. you can't sneak up on that thing! it just took patience and trying to stay calm. yes, after all this time, i am mostly used to shoving the lenses in my eyes, but it takes lots of practice and patience. i was afraid to take my contacts out after i first got them because i was afraid i would never get them back in.

did you ask the doctor if you could try to put the lenses in yourself? that might work out better since your brain is subconsciously sending the message that something is about the poke your eye, and a stranger at that. i don't know, maybe just knowing that it is you who is in control of how fast the lens goes in, etc will help you relax enough to get it in.

again, it just takes lots of patience and lots of practice. i'm sure that it will get easier and you will be wearing those lenses in no time. and you are certainly not the first person your doctor (or any eye doctor) has seen who had difficulty getting the lenses in for the first time.

[This message has been edited by gloworm (edited 01-28-2005).]


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jacob29
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Thanks for your reply!

The doctor did let me try it with no success. Before I went back, I wanted to see if theres anything I can do before I went to the doctor again. Maybe its simple as, every morning trying to open my eye and poke it without flinching (of course not hurting myself in the process), but I dont want to go back there and leave empty handed.

I really want these things, and Im not going to let a stupid reflex get in my way! lol


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faifai
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I wear contacts also, after wearing glasses for about 9 years. The first time I had to put them in, our eyedoctor had us do "training"--learning how to tell which side of the contact is the correct side, and how to keep them clean, which solution to buy, how to put the contact in, how to take it out.

I think the most important thing was that they made us do it ourselves--a lot of people will flinch if someone else's fingers are nearing their eyeball. Ask them to teach you how to put it in yourself.

Personally, I found it easier at first to look up, pull my lower lid down with my middle finger and put the contact in with my index finger.

Contacts have their pros and cons just like glasses do, and I continue to wear both, depending. It definitely does get easier to put contacts in, until it's just routine--and the initial giant-eyelash-in-my-eye feeling quickly goes away.

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Are you able to touch your eye when not trying to put contacts in? If not, then thats just a reflex and I'm not sure how that could be changed.

However, if you can touch your eye you should be able to put a contact (with some practice). Obviously your eyelids will go crazy, but the actual act of putting the contact on the eyelid only takes a split second--adjusting it may take a few more. It doesn't involve pressing on your eye for a long time, so if you can touch it for just a split second you should be able to put the contact in.

For me, if I'm putting the contact in my right eye i will hold my top lid open with my left index finger, and bottom lid with my left middle finger. Then, I get really close to the mirror to watch my aiming, and place the tip of my right index finger (with my contact on it), right in my eye.

The first two weeks or so are really hard--I had to get up about 20 minutes earlier for school. Unless you have abnormally "good" reflexes, I think it really just comes down to getting your eye used to having something being put in it. The trick is really keeping your eye open enough to keep your finger from bumping into it, which will cause your eye to blink.

Hope I was able to help.

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y'know, i never understood just how strong my eyelid muscles were until i tried to get contact lenses.

two unsuccessful hours of trying to pry my eyes open to stick th lens in resulted in no Rx, and the doctor sending me home with a tube of goo.

The optometrist gave me a tube of sterile, inert ointment to use while practicing touching my eye. I was instructed to put a tiny dab of ointment (felt like lube, actually. but don't use lube in your eye!!!) on my fingertip, and practicing touching the outside corner of my eye, on the white part, not near the iris. When i was able ot do that comfortably, I went back to the eye doctor and tried on real lenses. I got a Rx for disposables and have been relatively satisfied.

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(Jacob: you also might really want to consider still getting your glasses, too. For a lot of people, ALWAYS wearing contacts can be really hard on the eyes, and just isn't always practical.

I've had both for years and years now, and I can't imagine only having contact lenses. Even getting up in the morning would be a pain for me, as I couldn't just grab my glasses and SEE straightaway. Personally, I very rarely wear my contacts, because I find glasses to be much easier to deal with.)


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jacob29
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Thanks for all your replies!

I never was able to touch my eye, even before contacts. Its pretty hard to hold them open, and as soon as something gets close (like my finger), but eye lids just close.

A susbstance like that sterile sounds like the remedy. I wanted to practice touching the corner of my eye (without contacts) before I go to the doctor so I can try to get over the reflex. Should I just pop in and ask if he has some? I assume it numbs my eye lids so they don't close, but I can still see properly?

Thanks again for all your help!


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jacob29
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any thoughts on sterile?

will my doctor just give this stuff to me??


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Gumdrop Girl
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ask your doctor if he or she can give you a sterile ointment or solution that will help you practice touching your eyes so you can be fitted for contacts.

i'd have said this sooner, but i didn't think you were asking a question. anyway, it's good not to touch your eye with just your finger 'cause fingers are dirty. wash your hands with soap, and rinse *thoroughly* before practicing.

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I had this problem when I first started with contacts- I think most of us have.

My trick is to not look AT the contact. I stand in front of a mirror and I look at the mirror- I focus on something in front of me, somewhat distant, rather than on the contact lens RIGHT UP AGAINST MY EYE OMIGOD.

Just try it; I don't even consciously think about it now, I just do it.

I also hold my eyelashes back with my fingers, otherwise I can't get the lens in.

Any good eye doctor will give you some time with the lens. Some doctors will put it in FOR you the first time. And they should dfinitely have a mirror you can look in to see what you are doing.


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