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17 Jan 2011 - 20:2248494
Contact Lenses Resource Thread
I've been using the search forum on tihs website to look for help with Contact Lenses for cosplays, and it tends to be intergrated within threads, thus quite hard to locate and get information from.

I then thought it might be a good idea to have a resource page? I'm sure there are cosplayers on here who have had experience with them. Any tips for wearing them? Websites to get good deals on? Or good quality ones? (websites was what I had in mind) Or anyones to AVOID?

This way, people will be able find information about contacts from fellow cosplayers a little easier (at least... I thought so).

So.... upon creating this thread.... I actually hae nothing to contribute to it.

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17 Jan 2011 - 21:2248499
Hm, I have yet to buy any, I mean I have my own precription lenses, but they're just normal ones from my opticians so that's no use...

But soon I will purchase some and when I do I'll update with a review Probably buy some after my birthday (which is in 12 days).


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17 Jan 2011 - 22:3848508
This is the shop I bought the coloured contacts for my Darth Maul cosplay. No trouble at all, I paid online and they arrived just a couple days later.

http://www.bodyjewelleryshop.com/online_store/flame-contact-lens-complete-set.cfm

As you wil see I bought not just a pair of lenses but the Starter kit - ideal for first time users, which includes a bottle of cleaning solution and storage container to clean and keep the lenses in, and the two glass bottles which contain the two lenses.
Next time I buy lenses I will only need to buy the lenses so the cost will be a lot lower.


One thing I discovered, being my first time, the instructions say to pour away the liquid they arrive in and then soak the lenses in cleaning solution for about two hours before wearing the first time. So, just a warning in case you were thinking of breaking open the glass bottles and putting the lenses immediately in at an event. Put it this way..I didnt have 2 hours to wait so I opened the bottles and poured the liquid out, gave the lenses a quick rinse with the cleaning solution then put them straight in. I cant be sure but I think this is why my eyes were stinging like hell and watered for a while!


My tip for putting these coloured lenses in - if you have never done it before it is really difficult because of the reflex action to blink whenever something is coming towards your eye. The way I finally managed to put them in successfully is to look to the side and place the lense down on the white of the eye first, then gently slide it over onto the coloured iris part of the eye. This caused no discomfort and no blinking.

Hope that helps folks.


17 Jan 2011 - 23:0348511
Great idea for a thread!

I think it should be said that one of the common misconceptions about contact lenses - especially costume lenses - is that one size fits all. That's not true.
Contect lenses aren't supposed to hurt - you're barely supposed to feel them. If they are irritating you or hurting you, you're wearing the wrong size lenses. You need to see an optician to get measured. As far as I remember, the diameter only really affects the lenses in a cosmetic sense (as in if it's too little you'll be able to see your iris) so you have leeway with that, but the base curve is related to the shape of your eye. If you get that wrong, they won't fit right and not only could it hurt, but the lenses may slip and it just won't look right.

Contact lenses are one thing you cannot cheap out on. It's not worth risking your health. And you have to keep your hands clean when you're working with them. I ended up spending hours in casualty once because of the tiniest bit of grit in my eye when I wasn't wearing my lenses...a friend of the family was wearing contact lenses and got a little bit of grit in her eye (from what I heard, it was trapped behind her contact or something) and ended up with a serious eye infection.
I'd also say that if you wear lenses for cosplay often, you need to see your optician anyway. Some people simply can't wear contacts. Trust me, I used to be one of those people ¬¬. Yay for advances in optometry. Boo for eyes that will only take the most expensive brand .

I've just had so many problems with contacts in the past that it really makes me want to say something when I read about people having trouble with them, heh. Because I know how awfully horrible they can be .


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17 Jan 2011 - 23:1548512
Quote Ranma1-2:
One thing I discovered, being my first time, the instructions say to pour away the liquid they arrive in and then soak the lenses in cleaning solution for about two hours before wearing the first time. So, just a warning in case you were thinking of breaking open the glass bottles and putting the lenses immediately in at an event. Put it this way..I didnt have 2 hours to wait so I opened the bottles and poured the liquid out, gave the lenses a quick rinse with the cleaning solution then put them straight in. I cant be sure but I think this is why my eyes were stinging like hell and watered for a while!


Yeah this is a big no no, I'm pretty sure it's preservative/disinfectant that the lenses come in so sticking them straight in your eye could lead to serious eye issues. Always rinse them throughly before using them by following the instructions.

I also find if you need to move the lense about your eye, close your eyes first and then feel the lense under your eyelid and adjust it that way, stops unnessesary smudging of the lense and eye closing reactions. When I put lenses in I find I have to look away as well and stick it on a white bit and adjust it.

Another tip, NEVER EVER wash a lense with water or spit, if you drop it anywhere, e.g. even in the sink etc rinse it in the cleaning solution. Water etc contains bacteria that can totally mess up your eyes if it gets stuck behind the lenses as the bateria multiplies blah blah etc.


17 Jan 2011 - 23:3248514
I was PETRIFIED when i put contact lenses in for the first time!! But I'm so glad i did, I really think they can just add that little extra something to a costume, and I was DETERMINED not to let my phobia of eyes stop me! lol.

Of course it is always important to follow the instructions to the T! Because eyes are too important to get it wrong!! lol.

As far as my experience goes.. The thing that worried me was that fact they moved about.. I had no idea this was going to happen, or that it was normal.. and its scared the crap out of me! the amount of times i screamed "BUT WHAT IF THEY SLIDE TO THE BACK OF MY EEEYYEEEE!!!" lol, and of course this didn't happen, but it took some getting used to.

I must admit I didn't do the whole 'wear them for two hours more each day to get used to them' thing.. I just wore them every now and again, and somehow I managed to last 2 whole days in them at expo! although I wouldn't have been able to do this if it wasn't for blessed eye drops!! my god I would NOT have been able to last without them.. and I highly recommend that anyone who is thinking of wearing lenses to a long event to do the same, and take a bottle with you! Any time I stood outside in the wind It just felt like it dried my eyes right out... it felt pretty grim, but one drop in each eye would make that go away!

so yeah.. I'd say to anyone if you can definitely give it a go I know I'll be using them again for my next costume!


17 Jan 2011 - 23:5948516
Quote Alyx:
I just wore them every now and again, and somehow I managed to last 2 whole days in them at expo! although I wouldn't have been able to do this if it wasn't for blessed eye drops!!


Yep I'm with Alyx! definitely eye drops are an excellent idea, the optician said to me that my eyes are quite dry so I find that putting drops in straight away after putting my contacts in make them much more comfortable to wear. They say contacts should be no more uncomfortable than as if you have an eyelash in your eye but you soon get used to it.

Also if you don't want to carry a bottle of eye drops about with you you can get these which are single use eye drops that are a bit more expensive than a bottle but tiny, making them much easier to carry around.


18 Jan 2011 - 00:1548517
Quote Kata-san:

Yep I'm with Alyx! definitely eye drops are an excellent idea, the optician said to me that my eyes are quite dry so I find that putting drops in straight away after putting my contacts in make them much more comfortable to wear. They say contacts should be no more uncomfortable than as if you have an eyelash in your eye but you soon get used to it.

Also if you don't want to carry a bottle of eye drops about with you you can get these which are single use eye drops that are a bit more expensive than a bottle but tiny, making them much easier to carry around.


Eyedrops are a Godsend ^_^. My optometrist told me that it can sometimes help to put eyedrops onto the lenses before you put them in your eyes (not sure if she was talking about a specific type of drops).
I like Murine drops, they haven't failed me yet.


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18 Jan 2011 - 03:1148524
Quote:

One thing I discovered, being my first time, the instructions say to pour away the liquid they arrive in and then soak the lenses in cleaning solution for about two hours before wearing the first time. So, just a warning in case you were thinking of breaking open the glass bottles and putting the lenses immediately in at an event. Put it this way..I didnt have 2 hours to wait so I opened the bottles and poured the liquid out, gave the lenses a quick rinse with the cleaning solution then put them straight in. I cant be sure but I think this is why my eyes were stinging like hell and watered for a while!


I put the same ones you bought only cat eye ones. I finally got them in but my eye wouldn't stop blinking and hurt so much, my eyes started watering etc. So i had to take it out. I don't understand this though? =/ made me think if i'll be able to wear contacts again D:


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18 Jan 2011 - 11:3648529
Quote SachikoYumi:
Quote:

One thing I discovered, being my first time, the instructions say to pour away the liquid they arrive in and then soak the lenses in cleaning solution for about two hours before wearing the first time. So, just a warning in case you were thinking of breaking open the glass bottles and putting the lenses immediately in at an event. Put it this way..I didnt have 2 hours to wait so I opened the bottles and poured the liquid out, gave the lenses a quick rinse with the cleaning solution then put them straight in. I cant be sure but I think this is why my eyes were stinging like hell and watered for a while!


I put the same ones you bought only cat eye ones. I finally got them in but my eye wouldn't stop blinking and hurt so much, my eyes started watering etc. So i had to take it out. I don't understand this though? =/ made me think if i'll be able to wear contacts again D:


I wear normal prescription contacts everyday (only for about 3/4 months) and this happens to me on occasion. Usually it's because there's some bit of dirt or something on the lens. If it causes that much to happen it's probably big enough to see, so take out the contact wipe off the dirt (with a finger, they should be clean as you should have washed them) and then I rinse it in solution before I put it back in again.
Sometimes if you just wiggle the lens around on your eye you can blink away dirt, but that doesn't always work.

As for putting them in, I found after about 2 weeks I was completely fine with them, I mean after 1 week I no longer had a reflex to blink.
In fact, I found when I did it myself I didn't have the reflex so much. When the optician first put them in I blinked like mad. I think part of it is because you're not expecting it. I always put mine in in front of a mirror. Then again, that's more because obviously you can't see what your doing xD
The point of the paragraph was going to be practising putting them in and taking them out. Once will not suffice. Do it over and over. I wouldn't advise taking them in and out lots of times and then wearing them all day, that's probably not a good idea, but practise every few days. I find they're easy enough to wear, I don't notice them unless I get something in my eye. Occasionally I still go to push my glasses up. I'm not sure how that one works, think I'm just so used to doing that in the past xD But yes, practice. When I first got mine I was made to take them in and out 3 times to show I could do it. Each one got a little better and now it takes seconds.

I've never found I needed eye drops, I think only about 2 times since I started wearing them have they felt a little dry when I took them out, but never to cause a problem. But hey, maybe I'm just lucky.


18 Jan 2011 - 11:4148530
Quote SachikoYumi:
I put the same ones you bought only cat eye ones. I finally got them in but my eye wouldn't stop blinking and hurt so much, my eyes started watering etc. So i had to take it out. I don't understand this though? =/ made me think if i'll be able to wear contacts again D:

Hi SachikoYumi, did you take your lenses straight out the little glass bottles and put them into your eyes? The liquid in the glass bottles has chemicals which will sting if it gets in your eyes - that is why the instruction sheet says to pour away that liquid and soak the lenses in special soft contact lense cleaning solution first for at least two hours before you put them in.

I fear lots of people are buying just the coloured lenses - and put them straight in to their eyes on the day of the event.. This will cause stinging and eyes watering - That liquid which the lenses arrive in is not friendly to your eyes. Thats why I recommend the starter kit for the first time you buy lenses. It gives you the proper cleaning solution to wash the lenses in before you wear them.
Also once those glass bottles are opened you cannot use them to store your lenses in afterwards, because the lid on them is not a screw cap - it is a tear off seal type ..it will not re-seal. Here again the starter set gives you a proper container with screw cap lids and seperate compartments for each lense. You can clean the lenses in there and store them in there for next time.


18 Jan 2011 - 15:5448540
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I wear normal prescription contacts everyday (only for about 3/4 months) and this happens to me on occasion. Usually it's because there's some bit of dirt or something on the lens. If it causes that much to happen it's probably big enough to see, so take out the contact wipe off the dirt (with a finger, they should be clean as you should have washed them) and then I rinse it in solution before I put it back in again. Sometimes if you just wiggle the lens around on your eye you can blink away dirt, but that doesn't always work.


I'll definitely have to have another try of them, i think there might of been dirt on them. Kinda stayed away from them since though, i love my eyes (as you do) and i really didn't want to risk losing or damaging them. Thank you for the advice :3


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Hi SachikoYumi, did you take your lenses straight out the little glass bottles and put them into your eyes? The liquid in the glass bottles has chemicals which will sting if it gets in your eyes - that is why the instruction sheet says to pour away that liquid and soak the lenses in special soft contact lense cleaning solution first for at least two hours before you put them in.


I did all off that, i think i left it in for 1 hour and not 2 though, thats where i might of went wrong.
I know a friend of mine told me my eye shape might be different or something so that might of been why. But i think that the costume ones are for any eye/lence shape. Not so sure about that. I think people putting them in there eyes from the bottle straight away at an event is being far too impatient. With anything that involves something that could damage or harm any part of my body is worth reading into first.

Thank you for the help Ranma1-2 - i always find you've got a lot of knowledge and advice ^__^


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18 Jan 2011 - 17:2548545
Quote SachikoYumi:

I know a friend of mine told me my eye shape might be different or something so that might of been why. But i think that the costume ones are for any eye/lence shape. Not so sure about that. I think people putting them in there eyes from the bottle straight away at an event is being far too impatient. With anything that involves something that could damage or harm any part of my body is worth reading into first.


I think it depends what type you buy. Most of the readily available costume lenses are the same power (0.00), but the ones I've looked at online come in different sizes. Not sure about buying them in stores :S. If the curve of the lense is too different from the curve of your eye, it can feel like the lense is inside out (like there's something in your eye).

Don't sweat it though. You're new to contacts and trust me, it's rarely easy at the beginning lol. I've yet to meet anyone who has had no problems with lenses from the get-go. You just need time to get used to them . After all, it is putting something in your eye lol. Some people just have sensitive eyes (*raises hand*).


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18 Jan 2011 - 17:5748548
I've only got two pairs, but I got both from http://www.coloured-contact-lens.co.uk/ they arrived super quickly and don't break the bank either. Um I don't really have any tips other then have test wearing periods, don't just shove them in and wear them all day the first time, I wore mine at home for an hour or so a couple of times before wearing them all day. I also tested to see if anything I did, i.e itching my eye, blinking too hard, would make them fall out or what would happen when I do that. That doesn't really make sense, but it helped me on the day I wore them all day as I knew what it felt like when they had been moved, okay I'm not making much sense now, but it's a good place to get them and I know other people who have got them from there too I'm getting my next pair somewhere else though, so I'll let you know if thats a decent place to get them from once I know


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18 Jan 2011 - 19:0048554
Oh! I don't really have any advice but I do have a question in realation to contact lens to!

I'm trying to find the type of lens that will completly black out your eye (making it look completely black, not iris no whites nuthin cept black), or a type of dye that would help mask the whites of the eye.

Any ideas as to where or what I should be looking for?


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18 Jan 2011 - 19:2748555
Quote GoldieNeko:
Oh! I don't really have any advice but I do have a question in realation to contact lens to!

I'm trying to find the type of lens that will completly black out your eye (making it look completely black, not iris no whites nuthin cept black), or a type of dye that would help mask the whites of the eye.

Any ideas as to where or what I should be looking for?


What you're looking for are called 'sclera lenses'. Like this.

They are...well to call them expensive would be a bit of an understatement. I really wanted to cosplay as Demon Meg Masters from Supernatural (season one Meg) but then I saw the price of the lenses and thought 'hells no'. The cheapest I could find them were over £100...each.

Quote Nachtangel:
I also tested to see if anything I did, i.e itching my eye, blinking too hard, would make them fall out or what would happen when I do that. That doesn't really make sense, but it helped me on the day I wore them all day as I knew what it felt like when they had been moved


Haha, trust me, lenses don't fall out easily (unless they are the wrong size). My friend went on pretty much every rollercoaster in Orlando, the big ones at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, lots of water slides, and went snorkelling and scuba diving whilst wearing her lenses and they never so much as budged . I was amazed ^_^.


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18 Jan 2011 - 19:5848556
Quote Quinzel:


What you're looking for are called 'sclera lenses'. Like this.

They are...well to call them expensive would be a bit of an understatement. I really wanted to cosplay as Demon Meg Masters from Supernatural (season one Meg) but then I saw the price of the lenses and thought 'hells no'. The cheapest I could find them were over £100...each.



D8 omg I see what you mean on price, major ouch. Okay time to find a plan B for Ifrits eyes. . .

Thankies for the info Quinzel! ^.^


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18 Jan 2011 - 20:4448560
Actually I do have a question...

Does anyone know anywhere online that sells coloured PRESCRIPTION contact lenses?

I've had a bit of a hunt but it hasn't gone well. >< Obviously i'd like somewhere reliable.

Also natural colours are no good, I need kind of a deep orangey colour...

If anyone knows anywhere that'll be amazing! ^_^


18 Jan 2011 - 21:0548562
Quote MoonLily:
Actually I do have a question...

Does anyone know anywhere online that sells coloured PRESCRIPTION contact lenses?

I've had a bit of a hunt but it hasn't gone well. >< Obviously i'd like somewhere reliable.

Also natural colours are no good, I need kind of a deep orangey colour...

If anyone knows anywhere that'll be amazing! ^_^


The only prescription lenses I've been able to find are on this site. Sadly, no orange . Just the Palpatine lenses, which are a little pricey.

If you do find anywhere else, let me know! I'm always looking for options.

I really need to stop posting on this thread -_-.


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18 Jan 2011 - 23:2748567
Quote Stubbled Grapes:

Occasionally I still go to push my glasses up. I'm not sure how that one works, think I'm just so used to doing that in the past xD


Haha, as a mainly glasses wearer that sometimes wear contacts I do exactly the same, if I notice myself doing it I pretend I'm scratching my nose

Quote SachikoYumi:

I put the same ones you bought only cat eye ones. I finally got them in but my eye wouldn't stop blinking and hurt so much, my eyes started watering etc.


It could be that you're eyes aren't suited to the contact lenses you bought. As contact lenses are a special shape (to curve around your eye). For example these contact lenses have a Base Curve of 8.6mm and Diameter of 14.0mm (probably won't mean anything to you unless you wear prescription lenses) but these are just the commonest values rather than suitable for everyone, my eyes are 8.6mm base curve and a diameter of 13.8mm so these might not even be suitable for me.

My advice would be to go see an opticians e.g. Spec Savers and say you're wanting to wear cosmetic lenses and get them to do a contact lense test,they'll measure your eyes and give you a prescription that you can use to judge what lenses are suitable for you. AFAIK you don't have to actually have bad eyes to get this done. They'll also show you how to put them in and explain how to store them etc. Cosmetic lenses are just prescription contact lenses with a power of 0 really so all the same rules apply.


19 Jan 2011 - 00:0648568
I havent used coloured ones, but having been a contact lens wearer for a few years, I hope I can offer a lttle advice

Number one rule is to keep any contact lenses clean! Going to a little bit of effort to clean lenses after use is definately worth it.
I had a really bad eye infection last year because I didnt clean one of my lenses properly >.< Seriously, it was awful! It really hurt for months, and I had to use eye drops twice a day until it was completely healed (they gave me a really nasty taste in the back of my mouth each time *gag*)

So yeah, cleanliness is the key issue here!
Also, reading what other people have put about coloured lenses, definately ask around for which ones to get c:


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19 Jan 2011 - 00:2448569
I am a regular contacts wearer. Both coloured and prescription.

I defo recommend getting used to your lenses before a con. Practise is always a good idea. Follow the instructions carefully, If you are not sure always check with your optiction.

I used Eycasions and Wildeyez lenses. My regular lenses are Freshlook ones. I get them all locally in Manchester.

One site has been recommended to me by a friend is this site Fashion Contact Lenses. They are based in the UK and are reasonably quick.


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19 Jan 2011 - 00:3948570
I was really worried about putting contacts in for the first time but once I got some in, I loved them. Only problem was they were irritating, I could feel them every time I blinked, like I'd got a lash in my eye or something. I also got a weird fish eye lens type effect when wearing them.

I bought another pair for my Yuna cosplay and they were so. Damn. Big. Like, I literally could not fit one in my eye it was that big. And then to add to that, it sort of...crumbled into bits while sat in my fresh solution. D:
I got both pairs I tried from here - http://www.fashion-contactlenses.com/

Probably a dumb question, but if I wanted brown or green prescription contact lenses for a costume, could I buy these from say specsavers or something? I'd rather get them in person after having my eyes checked and what not. :3


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19 Jan 2011 - 13:1048609
Quote Member-XI:

Probably a dumb question, but if I wanted brown or green prescription contact lenses for a costume, could I buy these from say specsavers or something? I'd rather get them in person after having my eyes checked and what not. :3


Not a dumb question at all, I assume its natural colours you're wanting. The only ones I've seen are freshlooks. You get 2-3 kinds. Colour Blends which are a more intense colour change and suitable for dark eyes. They are monthly disposables and you get Freshlook One Day Colours which are daily disposables and give more of a subtle colour change and are daily disposables, but from my research of reviews and that the daily disposables don't make a huge difference if you've got dark eyes. I was going to try a box anyway and I have quite dark brown eyes, just haven't gotten around to getting them yet. (oh don't worry about the price from SpecSavers online, they force you to buy loads at a time where as in store you can buy individual boxes/packets etc by themselves)

They do a free trial http://www.freshlookcontacts.co.uk/html/freetrial_form.html where you print off a form and take it to your opticians and you give you 0 power lenses to put in to see how they look. So I'd recommend doing that and I think the free trials are available at Boots, Spec Savers, Optical Express etc etc.


19 Jan 2011 - 13:5948610
I get my contacts from this site http://www.eyesbright.com

Ive never had any problems with them, and they come super fast! I have almost black eyes, and have found they work perfectly, and have found that some can look really natural Theres a nice selection too!


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