This is my story on my problems wearing contact lenses! If you want to get to the good part you can just skip to the end, cause I do tell you my whole experience.
I also have no problem with PinkyParadise or the other provider! I know people who have purchased countless contacts from them and have never had an issue. The true problem arose from my birth control not the contact lenses themselves (to my knowledge).
Last wear I purchased a pair of circle lenses from PinkyParadise. I was super excited cause I think colored lenses /circle lenses really enhance any cosplay. Before they arrived I studied how to take care of contact lenses online and watch countless tutorials on how to put them in, since I never used contact lenses before. I was starting to feel confident that I knew what I was doing.
As soon as they came in, I put them in the cleaning solution and left them in the cleaner case overnight. The next day I made sure to take all the precautions and went through the steps of washing my hands with unsented soap and using a towel with the least lint I could find then inspected my hands for lint after they were dry. I admit I was very nervous about putting anything into my eyes (as I assume anyone would be who’s never done this before).
It took me a while but finally I got them in. They were uncomfortable at first but I was told by everyone “you have to get used to it”. I tried not to think about the discomfort and was soon too distracted with excitement to think about it. I put on my wig and took pictures of myself but soon the discomfort turned into pain about 5 minutes later. I didn’t think much of it and took them out, cleaned them and put them away. I only planned on using these lenses for cosplay purpose anyway so I thought “well they don’t need to be THAT comfortable if I’m only going to wear them maybe 1-2 times a month”.
Above: the pics I took on that day. Contacts are EOS Dolly in Grey.
The next time I put my contact lenses in the pain was worse. No matter what I did, it felt like there was sand in between my eye and the contact. I would meticulously look on my hands to make sure they were clean and put more drops in my eyes but nothing seemed to be working.
Disheartened but not giving up, I ordered another pair of contact lenses (this time mirror lenses) from a provider in the UK. I thought to myself maybe it’s just that circle lenses are more uncomfortable and these would be better, I was sadly mistaken.
I took even more precautions with this pair, making sure I was taking my time and watched more “how to” videos online. I tried this pair and I could not wear them for more than 10 minutes. I thought “maybe they are inside out” but that was not the case. They were more uncomfortable and I spent the whole time looking in the mirror and at the contacts to see if I would spot what was causing the pain like an eyelash, dirt, or lint and I couldn’t find anything. I even looked at the contact itself to see if I could see any imperfections in the contact itself and still nothing.
I only had them in my eyes for about 10 min and my vision was starting to get blurry. I knew something was wrong. I took them out as quick as I could and my vision only got worse after I took them out. I was panicking. The light in my house (which is very dim) was too bright for my eyes and I was stumbling around getting a cold wash cloth to put over my eyes. I sat in a dark room for a good 30 minutes before my vision started to go back to normal. Obviously this was not ok.
I should have done this before I purchased contacted lenses but I didn’t. Please visit the eye doctor before trying out contact lenses!!!
Now I really really needed to visit the eye doctor. I made an appointment as soon as I could and everything seemed perfectly fine (other than a remark one of the girls made about my eyes being sensitive when she puffed the air thing in my eye.. which i didn’t think much of). My thinking was maybe the base curve was wrong in the contact lenses I purchased and that’s what cause my severe discomfort to contacts. My vision was perfect and then I continued on the contact lens fitting. I couldn’t even get the contact into my eye. It didn’t help that I was now scared to put in lenses and my eyes were also dilated at the time.
I went home and check my base curve to what my contact were and they should have been fine. I was starting to think that maybe my eyes are just “dumb” (for lack of better words) and that I just CAN’T wear lenses. I started to accept this fate. I mean wearing contacts for cosplay is NOT worth the health of my eyes.
NOW TO THE IMPORTANT PARTTT!!!
Yesterday I got switched to another birth control. (I was taking Loryna but now I’m taking Ortho tri Cyclen). I started reading the side effect and read this..”Difficultly wearing contact lenses” I was shocked! I never heard of anyone ever having this side effect before! But after looking up this side effect online and reading the experiences from other women and see how similar they are I’m relieved that this might actually be the problem I’m having. I’m going to give it a while and see if maybe I can actually try wearing contacts again.
The purpose of this story is to maybe reach some other girl who is having the same problem I was and letting her know she is not alone! If you believe you are having this problem please contact your doctor/eye doctor because only they can tell you for sure!
Just remember that looking cool for a cosplay or just in general is NEVER WORTH the health of your eyes!! Please don’t risk it! Don’t try to fight it or work through it! YOU ONLY HAVE ONE PAIR OF EYES!
Thanks for reading and I will keep you guys updated on my progress!<3