Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A Confession and A Solution

I have a really bad habit. Well, I probably have a hundred bad habits, but this one seems to get the most attention. Eye doctors: don't read further.

I never take out my contact lenses. Like, ever. I pop them in, and leave them in for months on end: 24-7. I think my record was 6 months. I probably could locate a contact case and solution somewhere in our bathroom, but I just don't take my contacts out, so they collect dust.

Here's the thing: I honestly have no reaction to leaving my lenses in for months on end. AND it's like magic! It's as if I have perfect vision! All the time! I wake up in the morning and I can see - my eyes aren't dry and scratchy; they feel completely normal. I regularly forget I have horrible vision because I can always see just fine - all day, every day.

However, I can admit that this is probably a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad habit. My eye doctor tells me I could get a hernia in my eye or cause other sorts of damage. This has been going on for about 10 years, and no damage yet. But, I should know better.

Sometimes I do wear my glasses.

You know, circa 2001, when tube tops were a great fashion choice.

Or that one day in 2009.

Why the aversion to glasses or taking proper care of my eyes? I'm not entirely sure. Sometimes I genuinely forget, other times I remember I have contacts in, but decide to go to bed anyway. I notice when I get consistent about taking my contacts out they get weird and wear out sooner. I'll occasionally force myself to wear my glasses but my face feels all slimey, and I wind up with a migraine from the pressure the put on my head. My glasses are so mangled and stretched out (in an effort to keep them from touching my head) they fall off if I tilt my head slightly downward. ANNOYING!

So, the point of this rambling post is that I have decided that being a responsible adult is likely in my best interest as I approach 30. I am purchasing myself a new pair of glasses (plus my vision plan is great, so they'll be just about free) and I am setting a goal of wearing them 1-2 times per week to give my eyes a rest and some much needed fresh air. I think I'll have to add that one to my 30 before 30 list.

I did an at-home try on through Warby Parker (which was SUPER cool!) but I'm not convinced they'll act any differently than my existing frames (plastic, sweaty feeling, heavy, head pressure). So, I'm looking into my options at SEE.


I'll report back on final decisions soon. Any fellow non-contact removers out there?

36 comments:

  1. I humbly admit that I'm in your camp as well... but I switch out my contacts for glasses every month for a week straight. I ADORE my DIOR frames... plastic, super light and they don't pinch at all.

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  2. I bought my last two pairs of glasses at Costco and they're awesome! One pair was Polo and my current pair is 7 for All Mankind.

    Also, if you like to leave contacts in for long periods of time, maybe you should ask your doctor about the monthly lenses that are designed for you to leave in.

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  3. @ Ellie: Yes! I bought my last pair at Costco and they're super cute (just the heavy/head hurting problem). But they're Fendi and look really awesome. And thanks for the montly recommendation - I've requested them before but I need toric lenses. LAME!

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  4. I used to leave mine in for two week at a time in college, but a pre-med I knew commented on how the whites of my eyes were getting more and more broken capillaries. I may have a weaker eye than some, but I started to take them out every night after that. I still wear them way longer the disposables say, throw them in the no wash solution, etc. - but I also finally got a pair of glasses I love, so it's nice to take a break sometimes.

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  5. PS - I have a broad face or big head or something and often got glasses head aches before. I specifically asked the next time for wider framed recommendations from the consultant and chose among those.

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  6. @ Melinda: That reminds me! I did have some broken capillaries in one eye that my eye doctor noticed. Apparently that didn't deter me. Stupid on my part.

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  7. My eyes get so dry when I wear my contacts longer than 12 hours, i can't wait to take them out at night! But the hubs leaves his in ALL THE TIME and he never has any problems, just like you! I'm not sure what toric lenses are, but can you get them in daily disposables? so you can just toss them out at the end of every day?

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  8. @ Katie: I WISH! Toric lenses are slightly weighted so that they remain at the same angle, even after blinking (I think!). I have an astigmatism in both eyes, so if the lens shifts left or right I lose focus. There are only 2 brands of toric lenses on the market that I'm aware of - and they're only the standard 2 week throw-aways.

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  9. I do the same thing, except with daily disposables. And I usually leave in each pair for 2-3 days. Never had a problem here either.

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  10. I don't wear contacts/glasses, but I could totally see myself doing something like this if I did. I hope that you find some glasses that you love!

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  11. Oh man, if I fall asleep with my contacts in, I wake up and they are like glued to my eyeballs! So uncomfortable! I'd say you're lucky but I really think it's not good for your eyes. I think you need to let them get oxygen, and the contacts slow down the flow to your eye. At least that's what I have heard from my eye doctor. Good luck with this!

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  12. I NEVER take out my contacts, unless they like fall out because I was reading a book so intently that I forgot to blink for four hours. I could make my two-year supply last seven if my eyes didn't proceed to get worse. The sad thing is I have cute glasses, but I easily get a pressure ache behind my ear when I wear them, even with sunglasses. So, I only wear my glasses once every couple of months for three to four hours. I know it's horrible, but I feel no reason to stop. They don't hurt my eyes or my ear!

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  14. Ahhhh! My eyes hurt just thinking about that! I occasionally fall asleep with mine in by accident, and I usually end up waking up in the middle of the night screeching in pain. You must have tough eyeballs! (I wear toric, too, by the way -- isn't it such a shame how much it limits your options?! However, mine are definitely more than two-week throwaways. I think they're supposed to last at least a month -- though I wear them for at least two. I can look up the brand if you're interested!)

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  15. I gotta be real with you here, my friend: I have never heard of anyone doing this before, and it gave me the heebie jeebies. HEEBIE JEEBIES!!!!

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  16. I'm afraid to wear contacts...I don't know why, since I've never tried them. I used to wear my glasses occassionally, because I didn't like the feeling, but lately I've been wearing them everyday because I need them to drive and totally forget about them. I also used my bad vision to buy a super fancy pair of sunglasses, that I'd never purchase otherwise....yay for good insurance :)

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  17. I used to be the same way. I wore night and day lenses so sleeping in them was okay but I wouldn't change them regularly or even take them out to breath for awhile. Cut this this January and 7 eye infections later and we discovered that because I never removed the lenses I developed an allergy to the plastic they're made out of and now I can't wear contacts at all. Now I'm four eyes all day, every day. My advice..take the stupid things out. It's not worth it. This way you can still wear them when you want and not end up like me..banned for life.

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  18. I have CK glasses & they are wide and don't put any pressure on the sides of my head :)

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  19. OMG - I just went to the eye dr. (hadn't been in 2 years). I take out my contacts each night but wear the same pair for 3 - 6 months and only change them if they start to feel scratchy. My new dr. told me I have all these little bumps under my bottom lid which are caused by wearing contacts too long (too old). The only way to get rid of them is to stop wearing contacts while taking a course of steroids! She was surprised I wasn't in discomfort. I forget the technical term for this. Anyway - please try and break this habit ASAP! Your eye health is just as important as anything else! ~Lisa (Sunhat)

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  20. I don't know how you (and these other commenters) do it! If I fall asleep on the couch with my contacts in for like, 10 minutes, they are SO DRY and suctioned so tightly to my eyeballs that it takes me like 20 minutes to get out! I also wear my glasses a lot on the weekends to give my little eyeballs a break. I really want to try some Warby Parker frames, they;re so cute!

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  21. Ahhh! I don't know how you do it! Never take them out?!?!!? Does...not...compute. Haha! Perhaps it is the brand/type of contacts you use? I just know that mine are only supposed to be worn for 1 month. Sometimes I wear them a week past the mark because I forget, but I definitely can feel when it is time; they start drying out faster and such. But you are definitely not alone in your habit...every time I visit the eye doctor she tells me that I'm one of the very few patients that she doesn't have to scold about wearing her contacts all the time/too long!

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