For some, those little bits of plastic mean beauty and a greater feeling of confidence and acceptance. For others, they serve as a window to seeing the world. To the person wearing them, contact lenses are something to be valued and taken care of.
Ever since contact lenses first appeared on the scene, they’ve been sparking some serious fashion trends. Even when there are mishaps, the person wearing them still remains a fan. However, with these little bits of plastic comes a sense of responsibility and ownership. Here are some awful moments that people who wear contacts have probably experienced.
1. You have to spend an extra 30 minutes getting dressed
With wearing contact lenses comes the need to be more patient while getting dressed for an occasion. When they’re being fickle, it can take 15 to 20 minutes extra to put in your contact lenses. You really need to set it right, and this can really test your patience.
2. You know that getting invaders out of your eye can be a pain
Lenses do not help when something gets in your eye. It is nearly impossible to get anything out when you’re wearing your lenses. You’ll find that you start becoming more conscious of your environment in order to prevent this.
3. You go through hell wearing those contact lenses inside out
This may not happen often, but when it does, it hurts.
4. You feel nervous when you can’t find those transparent dots
The panic and anxiety that comes with dropping the transparent thing and realizing that it’s lost for good can be overwhelming. The other problem is figuring out if you actually dropped it or if it’s still in your eye somewhere.
5. You start looking different with your specs on
People are so used to seeing you wear contact lenses that when you wear your specs people act like it’s the first time they’ve seen you. You can always expect a few comments.
6. You start losing interest in swimming
Wearing lenses in water can be a horrible thing. Water rides and swimming become terrible activities to engage in. You never really feel safe in the water when wearing your lenses.
7. You have got to cry sometimes
The tears may be streaming down your face, but you’re not sad. Those lenses just aren’t cooperating.
8. You have got to adjust your lenses sometimes
People freak out when they see you trying to adjust your contacts in public. Apparently sticking your finger in your eye isn’t the most appealing activity to most. Sometimes, you’ve just got to do it and deal with the reactions.
9. You know your eyes are shielded with something
No matter how comfortable you are, you are constantly aware that something is in your eyes. Just pretend it’s all cool and go about your day.
10. You feel terrible because you forgot to take out your contacts before going to bed
You forgot to remove your contacts before heading to bed and now you have to stumble around in the dark to take them out at 3 am — no matter how sleepy you are.
11. You are often reminded of how injurious lenses can be
People seem to know a lot more about contact lenses than you do, and they won’t shy away from telling you. You have to endure the torture of listening to people lecturing you on how terrible wearing contact lenses can be.
12. You have something extra to carry
You’ve always got to carry around lens solution, a contact case, and your glasses — just in case.
13. You have to be careful with your nails
Contact lenses and nails don’t go together. Once you start wearing lenses, you may have to say goodbye to those long nails.
14. You have to deal with the dry eyes
Staying out past 3 am can be difficult when the air conditioning and smoke machines are turned on.
15. You know how tough it is to fix a contact that has folded in half
When your contact lenses get folded, you really need to blink to save those eyes. It may not always work, but you’ve got to try.
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