#TFCBeautyTalk: Contact Lenses

Hello!

I am introducing a new series on my blog called The Fruit Compote’s Beauty Talk (#TFCBeautyTalk) where I’ll choose a topic and tell you what I think about it. It’s going to be more of a story-telling, chit-chatty, an opinion type of post. So yes, expect something long and be ready to spend the extra minutes.

I haven’t figured out where this is going yet, but I think it’d be nice to share some of my thoughts about certain things :)

The first topic for this series is Contact Lenses, the colored one specifically.

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 9.08.34 PMScreenshot from Google.com

This is a trend that has been going on for the past few years. It’s very popular among Asians. The lenses can give an illusion of bigger eyes, or ultimately to achieve that dolly look. To the extreme, some of the designs are quite outrageous; things like cat’s eyes, alien eyes, and others that look downright creepy.

Many of them come with a prescription, so I can see the appeal why it’s easy to put these on a daily basis.

On the other hand, I can’t wear these anymore.

I have been wearing prescription glasses since I was in elementary school. Although as time passed by, I don’t wear them all the time, only when I need them e.g. while driving, watching movies, or anything that needs clear vision.

Long time ago, when I was in high school, I decided to try contact lenses, a colored one. To be honest, it was very hard from the beginning. Inserting a strange object into my eyes wasn’t an easy thing to do. I teared up many, many times before I get used to it. Even so, the process of putting them on and taking them out was always a nerve-wracking moment for me.

I remember my eyes being extremely uncomfortable as days went by. I knew it was because of the contacts, but I thought it was normal to feel like such. “I’ll get used to it“, I used to say to myself. My eyes became really dry and blurry. People had recommended me to use eye drops to add hydration. And I became that person who carried eye drops everywhere, reapplying in every few hours. I also took really good care of the contacts. I followed every instruction about proper cleansing, care and storage as well as never forget to take them off when I go to sleep. It was seared to my brain when one of my teachers told me a story about someone underwent a surgery because he/she forgot to take the contacts off when sleeping, they slide to the back of the eyeballs and the rest is history (a.k.a. surgery). So yes, with that in mind, I was very diligent about them. After all of these efforts, still, it wasn’t enough.

My eyes started to turn red and irritated. I didn’t exactly remember the time frame, but it was quite progressive, so I had to go to the optometrist. By the time I got there, the doctor didn’t say much. He just observed my eyes and knew right away what was the problem. He said it could’ve been worse had I not come sooner. The diagnosis was evident, I had an eye infection. Because of the contacts.

After some medications, he advised me not to wear contacts again at least until I’m 17 years old. But by then, I knew I’d probably never wear them again.

The whole fiasco had left me with a permanent scar. By scar, I mean, a dark spot on the white of my left eye:

TFC-Beauty-Talk-Contact-Lenses-1Wait for it.

TFC-Beauty-Talk-Contact-Lenses-2See it there?

TFC-Beauty-Talk-Contact-Lenses-3There you go.

For some people who noticed and asked about it, they thought it was a birthmark. They cringed when they hear the grim story behind that spot. So what happened? Apparently one of the blood vessels in my left eye ruptured and bleed. As my eyes were treated and got better, I noticed that there’s this spot that turned out never fade away. It is there, forever.

Fast forward today, more than 10 years later, there were several times where I was tempted in trying them out again. The technology has improved, I thought. There are so many cute designs, colors and sizes. I thought it might be fun to experiment with them. Or even just the plain one with a larger diameter, to give the illusion of bigger eyes. I’ve seen magical results these contacts can do to one’s eyes. You can really fool someone with these, like you’re some exotic human being. In short, I was tempted. I wanted to look pretty too, who doesn’t?

But every time, every damn time I reminisce that horrific incident and that SPOT, I chickened out. I close up that thought immediately and sometimes beat myself to it for having the slightest bit of temptation. Why on earth would I risk it? Because I want to look pretty, or different? At the cost of losing my eyes in the process? HELL NAW.

I do believe I was lucky that day. And I’m not about to test that luck again. Once is enough. So yeah, I’m just going to stick to my glasses and my eye makeup. And more over, accept the fact that my eyes are not big and they’re just plain. So be it.

At least I still have my vision, and that’s already a blessing on its own :)

6 comments

  1. Yes, please stay away from contacts if possible! It’s a huge risk factor for all sorts of eye infections and irritarions that can lead to vision impairment for real. Seriously so many patients that come with eye infections are contacts wearer, and these cases are growing in number bcs teens who want to wear colored lenses that make their eyes look bigger. Try googling “contact lens keratitis”. Glasses ftw!

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    1. Indeed! I obviously underestimated the risk of wearing contacts and ultimately had to pay the price. It’s one of my biggest regrets, but it’s an invaluable learning experience.

      You’re right, glasses FTW! :D

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  2. I’m sorry to hear that you’ve had such a terrible experience with contacts. That was a battle scar that you’d never forget :(

    Coloured contacts really do make a huge difference to how one’s eyes look, hence it is extremely tempting to jump in on the trend. However, speaking from experience, not only are they poorly made in terms of material and curvature, they’re also very drying and uncomfortable, that I can never stand wearing them for more than a few hours at a time. And when I brace myself to endure, say for a special occasion, my eyes water and turn red from the dryness and irritation. Frankly I fail to see how these contacts are making me prettier and more confident when I can hardly keep my eyes open. Plus my long term eye health is more important so I give up on them for good.

    Having said that, I’ve been wearing prescription contacts for years now (initially Bausch and Lomb until they’re discontinued, and more recently Ciba Vision Air Optix Aqua) and I have to say that these brands, because they have a higher moisture retaining capability, are so comfortable that I feel like I’m not wearing anything at all. On the downside, I can’t go back to glasses even though I know that it’s best to let your eyes breathe from time to time.

    I’ve enjoyed reading your posts as I’m slowly but steadily gaining interests in make up, and I have happily taken some of your recommendations as well (Givenchy Le Rouge, I picked Brun Createur. Verdict: no regrets at all :)

    New fan,
    Mely

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    1. Hi Mely!

      Thank you so much for sharing!

      I’m glad that you share the sentiment with me, that it’s not worth to go through all of that trouble just because we want to be part of the trend.
      It’s a good thing that you’ve found your perfect contacts though!

      At the end of the day, it’s people’s own choice and decision whether they want to use contacts or not. But I hope by sharing the risks (and aftermath, in my case), it can really be an eye opener for others. These risks DO exist. It’s not some kind of cynic post just because I can’t wear contacts. Again, I choose health over anything else.

      AHA! Glad you find Givenchy Le Rouge is serving you well. Be careful though, this lipstick line might make you crave for more :p

      P.S. Are you by any chance my high school friend? ;)

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