Help a massive sissy get contact lenses
September 9, 2009 12:27 PM Subscribe
I'm a long-term glasses wearer who is going to try to make the leap to contacts. Problem: I have a really strong flinch reflex/phobia of things going into my eye. What to do about this?
posted by paultopia to health & fitness (35 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
I tend to freak out and pull away, e.g., during eye exams when they blow air into the eye or, worse, bring a microscope very close to my eye. The optometrist says I'll "maybe" be able to get contacts, and that he has seen worse (i.e., people fainting when the microscope gets close), but that I'm pretty bad.
I have a "training" appointment for contacts on Friday. What can I do to prepare for this? Does anyone else with a flinch reflex/eye phobia have any tips or stories about getting through this and getting comfortable with contacts?
(And should I have a couple drinks [etc.] beforehand, or is that a really stupid idea?)