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Feb. 12th, 2006 @ 09:05 pm upon putting on contact lenses for the first time in one and a half years
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I do not recognize the face in the mirror, but I know who he is.
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From:judgewargrave
Date:February 13th, 2006 04:42 am (UTC)
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What are they like? I'm thinking about getting contacts.
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From:erf_
Date:February 13th, 2006 06:18 am (UTC)
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Your experience will probably differ from mine, considering that my lenses are corrective (and therefore have to be the hard, uncomfortable, expensive kind), but it's a little trippy. It's like watching Family Matters reruns on a 30" HDTV after years of watching it on a dusty twenty-year-old set. The weight on your nose and ears is gone, and the reception is crystal-sharp--no more blind spots from smudges on the lens--but there's a dry, plasticky sensation on your irises that makes you blink and tear up if you're not used to it. Your brain finds it difficult to accomodate all the objects in your field of vision--some things get bigger, some get smaller. The world becomes very large and very real. Small haloes glimmer from every light source. You find yourself feeling younger, less intellectual. You find it hard not to stare at people's beards, for you can see every individual strand of hair. You look into the mirror and a stranger stares back.

And yet, every now and then, you forget they are there. And your self-esteem goes through the roof, because you suddenly remember you are an ass-kicking Main Character and not the bespectacled Supporting Cast. You remember you have eyes, and what color they are, and you stare into other people's eyes to startle them, because the windows to your soul are now open, and they can finally see who you are.
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From:cougarfang
Date:February 13th, 2006 10:56 am (UTC)
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Mmf. That's the second reason why I don't get contact lenses - the first being that I'm uncomfortable with the thought of sticking *anything* in my eyes. I hide behind my glasses, because my bangs are too long to hide behind anymore. Keeps the world (or the people in it, at least) at a safe distance.
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From:erf_
Date:February 13th, 2006 04:44 pm (UTC)
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Interesting. I started wearing contacts again because I was tired of hiding behind my glasses.

I was squeamish about that, too. I got over it only because I was told I'd go blind by the time I was 20 if I didn't get them. (Turns out I was lied to.)
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From:user_undefined
Date:February 13th, 2006 05:03 pm (UTC)
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It sounds like they haven't fitted your lenses well. I've gone through a number of different brands, and the kind I'm currently using are very comfortable to wear. The plasticky feeling went away when I switched brands.

It also sounds like maybe your glasses prescription is different from your lens prescription... or maybe not different enough. Haloing means the lenses are probably too strong, in my experience.

Also, very, very few people still need hard lenses - virtually none. What optometrist do you go to? It's strange that they'd make you get the rigid lenses.

The best thing about contacts is not accidentally knocking them off my face when I go to push back my hair. That, and the lack of "vision zone vs. blind zone" (like above and around the glasses frames).
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From:erf_
Date:February 13th, 2006 05:07 pm (UTC)
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Taiwan.

Also, I have phenomenally fucked up eyes. As in, borderline blind. I don't know what brand my lenses are because they are custom made--lenses for my prescription are not mass-produced, because my eyes are that bad.
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From:user_undefined
Date:February 13th, 2006 05:19 pm (UTC)
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Well, damn. I guess it's good you can still get them, even if they have to be the hard kind.