In third or fourth grade, we were given an eye test at school. That test would be the first test I ever failed in my school career. After several years of nagging by my parents, and a progressive increase in the severity of my astigmatism, I eventually got to a point where I needed to wear glasses full time.
Being a girl going through the usual growing pains and changes growing up, I of course didn’t want to wear nerdy glasses all the time! I never liked the concept of wearing a foreign object on my eyeball, but hey – don’t knock contacts ’til you try ‘em. So I tried them.
I failed miserably at using contacts. At the time, contacts for astigmatism were large and weighted. My eyes are quite small and set back in my sockets, making it very difficult to pull my eyelids open comfortably. The doctor had to help me get the contacts into my eyes both separate attempts; getting them out wasn’t too bad, but putting them in was the challenge. On both occasions, I got so frustrated trying to put them in on my own I wouldn’t bother with them again.
Fast forward to today, a little over 10 years later. I went in for a usual eye exam and thought, “You know what? It’s time to try again!” The doctor held my hand in putting them in myself at the office, which went surprisingly well. I went so far as to wear the contacts all day, but naturally, my eyes dried out terribly since they weren’t used to it. My eyes were itching like I’d never felt before. I got home in the evening, about 9-10 hours into wearing them, and I couldn’t wait to get them out.
… except I couldn’t get them out. My eyes were so dry, I couldn’t get a good grip on the lens. Thankfully my roommate (who wears contacts regularly) had eye drops to soothe my dry, itchy, tired eyes. The eye drops also served to loosen up the lens! I was able to get them both out easily within ten minutes of using eye drops.
Will I continue to try out the contacts? I think so. They’ll be incredibly convenient for my active days: the gym, hiking, running, or the beach. I’m definitely going to give my eyes a rest tomorrow though and try again over the weekend.
Wish me luck!