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Tuesday, July 7th, 2009
1:17 pm
New community!
I started up a new community because this one lies largely abandoned and full of spam.
The original mod here is MIA, so the spammers can't be banned, and no one can take over modly duties.
The new one is see2020, and is broader in focus. Comments and questions on any vision care or correction method are welcome. Rate your eye glasses, contacts, lens solution or tell your experience with RK or LASIK. Share a contact lens FAIL! story. Post an informative link or site on the topic, or just join and lurk around!
10:21 am
I was trying to figure out how to delete the spam posts and add tags, and I noticed that
the only mod for this community has deleted their account.
On the lj FAQ's the suggestion was to start a new community.
Would any of you follow over if I started a new one?
That way we could delete and ban spammers.
Would anyone want to co-mod?

Current Mood: curious
9:34 am
*waves* Intro and a poll
Hi all,
Neat to find this community. There really is a comm for everything on live journal!
I've been wearing contacts for just over 2 decades. I missed the hard lenses, but I do remember the "old days" of having to "cook" my lenses in saline either in a pot of water or a plug-in device. Sometimes I miss that, what with all of the new solution recalls. (I was using the AMO one that caused the big infection scare 2 years ago!)
After that I switched to a hydrogen peroxide one, but gave up on that after little black fuzzy blobs began to appear in the lens cup! :O

I'm pretty bad, a -7 and -7.5 so I need my contacts to find my glasses and vice versa!

Am I the last person on earth who was using the one-year-lenses? This month my dr tried me in Acuvue Oasys. They didn't get stuck to my eyes at the end of the day like my old traditional ones did, (I have dry eyes now) and my eyes were happy and white at the end of the day, but I couldn't focus on reading, typing or paperwork well, and my night vision was full of halos, starbursts and smears. Driving or watching tv was right out. :(

Now I'm in the middle of a one week trial of the Bausch & lomb PureVision. So far so good with the vision, it's as crisp and clear as promised on the web page. I noticed one strange thing- I have a little trouble getting them out at night. My old technique of sliding it to the side until it comes off doesn't work, I need to do some serious pinching to get it off. I'm using the Ciba Vision Aquify solution with it.

So my 3 questions are:
• What is your preferred technique to get your lenses out?
• What kind are you wearing?
• What solution are you using?

Current Mood: curious
Tuesday, August 19th, 2008
6:05 pm
Hi! I'm new here but I have a question. I'd like to start off saying that I would discourage anyone thinking about ordering contacts from www.lens.com, they sent me the wrong contacts even AFTER I faxed them my RX. I didn't realize that it was the wrong RX until after I opened the box so now I'm stuck with 4 Acuvue 2, -3.50 contacts I can't wear and I'm looking for a new home for them. Let me know if you're interested!
Sunday, March 23rd, 2008
1:41 am
getting contacts for the first time
What's involved in the contact lenses exam? More precisely, how much eye touching goes on by people who aren't you? I used to hear about a mythical "cone" that they would put on your eye.

The reason behind this is my tolerance for all things eye has changed over the years, and I'm thinking about getting contacts (part time basis only, I love my glasses!). On the eye touching end of things, I can handle a tonometer and the corneal thickness test (can't remember the name). Shine all of the lights you want to into my eyes, blow all of the air you want and we're good.

A "cone," however....eek. Is it true?
Tuesday, December 18th, 2007
12:26 am
New contacts!
These beauties came in last week! Took almost a month to get them, but I finally got them.

Friday, December 7th, 2007
2:49 pm
New Contacts

I went to the optomoetrist today, and he gave me the following pairs of contacts to try out (and.. I might mention... FOR FREE! :D):

on 1800contacts.com, it says 
"PureVision contact lenses are designed to be worn as an extended wear lens for up to 30 days of continuous wear. However, only your eye care provider can determine if these lenses are right for you and how many days and nights you can wear them. It is important that you follow your eye care provider’s wearing instructions."

--it says "CIBA Vision" on the little package, but I think its O2 Optix--
1800contacts.com says...
"O2 Optix contacts are so breathable, you can nap in them or even sleep in them for up to six nights extended wear."

And... last but not least...

--Acuvue Oasys--
Who should wear ACUVUE® OASYS™ with HYDRACLEAR™ Plus

  • People who experienced discomfort due to dryness when wearing contact lenses. (check)
  • People who are involved in activities where their eyes feel uncomfortable or irritated while wearing their contact lenses.  (check)
  • People who use rewetting drops on a frequent basis. (double check)
  • People who stopped wearing contacts because their lenses felt dry on their eyes.

    Lens Type:
    1-2 week disposable soft contact lenses
  • Thursday, August 30th, 2007
    10:23 pm
    Generic Lenses for those with Astigmatism
    Hey there!!

    I have astigmatism and do not habitually wear contact lenses. I've been fitted for them in the past, but never really followed through.

    Anyhow, there's this place in my city that sells non-prescription Fresh Look Lenses for a small fee ($25 CAD). I'm wondering, since I've got astigmatism and I should technically be wearing Toric lenses but I'm wondering if it would be safe to wear these NON toric, non fitted , non prescription lenses a few times every now and again. (I'm talking like once ever three months if and when I want to have blue eyes or a different shade of green)

    Friday, June 1st, 2007
    12:56 am


    (MARKHAM, ON), May 28, 2007 – In response to information received Friday, May 25, 2007,
    from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding eye infections from
    Acanthamoeba, a naturally occurring water-borne organism which can contribute to serious
    corneal infections, with our parent company Advanced Medical Optics (AMO), AMO Canada is
    immediately and voluntarily recalling all lots of Complete® All-In-One MoisturePlus™ contact
    lens solution. CDC data was made available to AMO on Friday, May 25th showing that it had
    completed interviews with 46 patients who had developed Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK) since
    January 2005. A total of 39 of these patients were soft contact lens wearers, 21 of whom
    reported using Complete® All-In-One MoisturePlusTM contact lens solution. The CDC estimates
    a risk of at least seven times greater for those who used Complete® All-In-One MoisturePLUSTM
    solution versus those who did not.
    While AMO continues to work with the CDC, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and
    Health Canada to further assess the data, it is acting with an abundance of caution to voluntarily
    recall Complete® All-In-One MoisturePlusTM from the market. There is no evidence to suggest
    that today’s voluntary recall is related to a product contamination issue and this does not impact
    any of AMO’s other contact lens care products. As patient safety is paramount to AMO, the
    company is taking decisive action to stop shipments, recall product from the marketplace, and
    encourage consumers to discontinue the use of AMO Complete® All-In-One MoisturePlusTM until
    further information is available.
    Given the potential seriousness of the reported Acanthamoeba
    infections, AMO is working in close partnership with the CDC, the FDA and Health Canada to
    make sure consumers are aware of the need for proper contact lens disinfection and proper
    lens handling. There is no available Canadian data at this time.
    Acanthamoeba is a microorganism commonly found in water, soil, sewage systems, cooling
    towers, and heating/ventilation/air conditioning (HVAC) systems. Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK)
    is a rare, but serious, infection of the cornea. AK is usually found among individuals who
    improperly store/handle/disinfect their lenses (e.g., use tap water or homemade solutions for
    cleaning), swim/use hot tubs/shower while wearing lenses, come in contact with contaminated
    water, have minor damage to their corneas, or have previous corneal trauma. The incidence of
    AK in the United States has been estimated by CDC at approximately one to two cases per
    million contact lens users.
    Contact lens wearers should consult with their eye doctor if they have any of the following
    symptoms: eye pain, eye redness, blurred vision, sensitivity to light, sensation of something in
    the eye, and excessive tearing. The symptoms, which can last several weeks to months, are
    not the same for everybody. Early in the infection, the symptoms of AK can be very similar to
    the symptoms of other more common eye infections but AK may eventually cause severe pain
    and possible vision loss with some patients requiring a corneal transplant if untreated.

    Consumers who believe they are in possession of the recalled product should discontinue use
    immediately and call 1-866-492-6019. The company has contacted retailers, customers and
    distributors regarding return and replacement instructions. Retailers may also call this number

    for more information.
    Forward-Looking Statements
    This press release contains forward-looking statements about AMO, including those relating to
    the product, AMO’s investigation, AMO’s corrective actions, and other statements of AMO’s
    current beliefs. All forward-looking statements in this press release are based on estimates and
    assumptions and represent AMO’s judgment only as of the date of this press release. Actual
    results may differ from current expectations based on a number of factors including but not
    limited to AMO’s ongoing investigation, interactions with global regulatory authorities, and
    unforeseen health and safety issues. Therefore, the reader is cautioned not to rely on these
    forward-looking statements. AMO disclaims any intent or obligation to update these forwardlooking

    Additional information concerning these and other risk factors may be found in previous financial
    press releases issued by AMO and AMO's public periodic filings with the Securities and
    Exchange Commission, including the discussion under the heading "Risk Factors" in AMO's
    2006 Form 10-K filed in March 2007 and quarterly report on Form 10-Q filed in March 2007.
    Copies of press releases and additional information about AMO are available at www.amoinc.
    com, or by contacting AMO's Investor Relations Department by calling 714-247-8290.

    Katie Clark
    Edelman Public Relations
    (416) 979-1120, ext. 231
    Josee Beliveau
    Edelman Public Relations
    (514) 844-6665, ext. 241

    Current Mood: annoyed
    Monday, April 23rd, 2007
    11:03 pm
    Hey there!
    I'm an eyecare professional. I was curious to see my interest in contact lenses actually had a community. I'm from BC and I'm a licensed optician and soon to be licensed contact lens fitter. I currently work for an optometrist. I thought maybe I can provide some FAQ with you guys, or scold you for not rubbing your lenses both sides when cleaning. :P

    Current Mood: amused
    Sunday, February 18th, 2007
    10:13 pm
    Thursday, August 17th, 2006
    4:06 pm
    for sale
    Ok I have a pair of beautiful black sclera contacts lenses for sale. Yes I know its a weird thing to be selling but I bought these a couple months ago and finally went into the eye doctor today to learn to put them in. He opened one of the vials pulled out the contact and observed by its size it would be too big for my lil eyes. With that he put it back in the vial, resealed in professionally and handed them back to me. So now I'm stuck with a pair of $300 lenses I can't even wear.

    I'm asking for $200 plus shipping, You will recieve a pair of sealed lenses. A payment plan can be worked out if the buyer is interested. thanks!

    Friday, June 2nd, 2006
    3:47 pm
    question about ordering contacts online, prescription details
    Hi, I'm Brian, and I'm looking for a little info. So here's my deal: I just sat down to order contacts online (from 1800contacts). The first problem I encountered was that they didn't carry the brand I'm currently wearing (Easywear--I don't know why I wear Easywear, which 1800contacts apparenlty doesn't recognizing as existing...I think they were just on sale or something when I last had my prescription updated). That was no big deal: I used to wear Acuvue and, since my prescription details hadn't really changed, figured they'd be fine. My problem is this: Power in both eyes is -4.50; the boxes say the Dia (in both) is 14.2, the BC 8.9. I couldn't find ANY contacts on 1800contacts with that precise Diameter and BC. So here are my questions:

    1.) Is it generally ok to be close with the Diameter and BC? Within .2, say?
    2.) Does anyone know of any other contact lens sites?

    I'm so glad this community exists--it's amazing what you can find on LJ. Any advice would be greatly appreciated (I'm on my last pair of contacts and have been for, erm, a month--really against being hamstringed by Site For Sore Eyes, who annoyed me by refusing to release my prescription info to 1800contacts--bastards actually tried to tell me I was legally required to order from them).

    Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006
    7:28 pm
    I am in a mad cleaning frenzy. In cleaning out the black hole under my bathroom sink I came across a few pairs of CIBA Focus Dailies. Extra lenses are always a good thing but the ones I found expired on 8/2003 and 4/2004, respectively.

    They've never been opened. Would you think they are safe to wear?

    * * *

    I also found a box of CIBA FreshLook Colors (expiration of 5/2006). I had worn on set of these once, over three years ago, and still have that pair sitting in solution. Are those safe?
    Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006
    10:19 am
    ok i just got contacts about a week ago, thigns are fine, they are the soft lenes for an astagmatism *sp?*

    i was at work (nanny) and felt like somethign was under my contact so i took it out and cleand it, and my eye started to burn, so i dident put the contact in, and took out my other one, cleaned them both, no tears or anything, but my eye is still burning... only one though. i rinsed my eye and it still burns? what gives? also i put my contacts in just before 7am and dident have the fealing like anything was under it till about 10am...
    what should i do?

    Saturday, January 14th, 2006
    9:07 am
    I have a question.

    Does anyone else get red irritated eyes from their contacts?

    I have noticed the past couple of times that I have pulled out my contacts, In a matter of minutes at least one of my eyes will become pink and irritated.

    I might have done something to them, since I recently just STOPPED wearing a pair of two week disposables for 8 months (yes that was crazy of me)

    but I bought new ones and started wearing new ones so, cut me a break ;)

    I am also bad about just pulling the contacts out and putting them in without washing my hands, and I use a lot of moisturizer and bronzer so...I am sure those could be irritating.

    guess I have my own answers but, just wanted to see if anyone else has had this issue.
    Saturday, December 31st, 2005
    6:02 pm
    Okay, I have a question for all those hard contact lens wearers out there.
    How long did it take you to get used to them? My optician said it took a while, and especially would for me, since I've been wearing strong glasses since I was 7. But I've had the lenses for two and a half weeks now, and it's not getting any better. My prescription needs changed slightly, but that's not the problem – it's more that I feel like I'm looking through water all the time. Nikki (my optician) said that would go with time but as far as I can see it's not getting any better (although I could be being characteristically pessimistic). My mum thinks it's because my eyes are too dry, and that seems almost to be getting worse...and I swear every day I get worse at putting them in. According to Nikki, getting them in is the easy bit and it's hard getting them out. I can get them out in 5 seconds; getting them in takes me half an hour. My left eye used to be easy and it was just the right eye that was the problem...but now the left is just as difficult. I put it in and it ends up in the bottom of my eye...and the more times I try putting them in the more painful it gets...

    So, somebody help me! Please!
    Saturday, June 18th, 2005
    8:42 am

    What kind of COLORED CONTACTS does Lil' Kim wear? Like, what I mean is what brand? Does she have them custom made for her or what?

    Here's another one.
    Monday, May 23rd, 2005
    11:35 am
    black contact that cover the whole eye

    Current Mood: anxious
    Wednesday, November 24th, 2004
    4:49 pm
    Alright, so I'm kinda guessing this community is dead.

    The mod seems to have dissapeared off the face of the planet, her first and only entry was made just under a year ago.

    Of course, quite afew people have being dropping in for help and shiz. I've tried my best (despite, admittedly knowing jack all about most of the subjects) to help them.

    Pointless post, I just felt like ressurecting the place.

    But anyway, yeah, I was just wondering how many people still watch over this place?

    Current Mood: tired
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