Soft contacts: tools of the devil.
November 29, 2011 4:02 PM Subscribe
There must be a trick to wearing and removing soft contacts that I have not discovered. Please share it. Snowflake detail: I've been wearing hard contacts since I was twelve.
posted by artemisia to health & fitness (60 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I have worn hard contacts since I was in seventh grade. Yes, they're continuously, mildly painful, and occasionally EXTRAORDINARILY painful when the smallest speck of dust/debris/your own eyelash falls into your eye and sends jabbing hot pokers of pain through your eye.
But they are extremely easy to care for, and extremely easy to remove. They're also damned inconvenient when you live in a dusty place like I work in.
So, a doctor convinced me recently to switch to soft contacts, which until recently could not correct my major astigmatism. Okay, so the vision they offer is not quite as clear as the hard contacts. And okay, so they feel like someone has wrapped my eye in a suffocating layer of saran wrap, my eyes are so fucking dry (I'm talking rewetting drops every five minutes). All of this is okay. What really bothers me is GETTING THEM OUT OF MY EYE.
I have worn contacts since I was twelve. I do not have a problem with touching my eyes. But whatever I am supposed to do to remove these things -- I have watched countless youtube videos, and it does not work. After over a MONTH of wearing these things it still takes me over 15 minutes each night (AND EACH EYE) to get them out, and usually it only happens after I have a) gouged my cornea, b) out of desperation, finally do something "wrong" like scraping the bottom edge of the lens OFF my cornea with my thumbnail.
The whole "pinch it off" thing DOES NOT WORK. I mean, what does this even mean? Am i supposed to pinch the edges up from the eyeball? If I do that I scratch my cornea, so I don't think that can be right. Instead I try to pinch the surface of the contact itself. That does NOT work.
So. Soft contact wearers. Is this a sign that I should try a different brand of soft contact? Or is it a sign that soft contacts in general do not work for me? I really wanted to escape the predictable low-level, and occasionally agonizing pain of wearing hard contacts. But if that's what it'll take not to need to regularly scratch and pinch at my cornea, I'll go back to them, I guess.