contact-lens

anonymous asked:

NO NO NO NO PLEASE DON'T EVER RECOMMEND PINKY PARADISE. Just look up Jessica Lynn and her 90% corneal abrasion caused by Pinky Paradise contact lenses.

Here is the deal: ANY contact lens you buy that is not given to you by your  eye doctor or does not contact your eyedoctor to validate your prescription is generally not considered FDA approved in the US and can be unsafe for your eyes. ANY time you do not properly inspect, care for, insert or wear your lenses you have the risk of damaging your eyes. From my understanding, no circle lens is considered approved for the united states and are considered illegal because of that.  Corneal abrasions are commonly caused by wearing contacts. 


This site is dedicated to information about contact lens safety and I recommend every cosplayer read it: http://www.geteyesmart.org/eyesmart/glasses-contacts-lasik/colored-lenses.cfm

Anyone who is interested can read Jessica Lynn’s account here:
https://www.facebook.com/JessicaLynncosplay/photos/a.152259644919309.50662.152228541589086/514288478716422/?type=1&theater

Edit: Pinky sells brands of contact lenses, they don’t produce them. Even though they sold the lenses to Jessica I think it’s important to note that the BRAND was Vassen and that the brand is available through other sellers as well.

I suggest all cosplayers do their research on lenses before wearing them so they know what the risks are. Go to an eye doctor for your first pair, learn proper care/storage/wear/removal, understand why they aren’t FDA approved and check that if it’s a korean brand (EOS, GEO etc) are at least KFDA (Korean FDA) approved.

You’re sticking plastic in your eyes, be as safe as possible about it. 

The reasons I will suggest Pinky are: It’s very commonly used with few horror stories (that I have seen), Encourages you to talk with your optician for diameter / base sizing (FAQ section), Gives instructions for wear and removal, They support checking GEO codes for fake lenses, Has a New User guide which also encourages you to contact your optician. States that all their lenses are KFDA approved - this is not USA FDA approved. 

Edit: 

marshmallowfeferi said: Geo Medical is actually US FDA approved now so if you want to be save that’s the best bet

Just double checked this and they are! [source] [source]  and approved by Health Canada ;) 

Google Makes High-Tech Contacts for Diabetics

Brian Otis gingerly holds what looks like a typical contact lens on his index finger. Look closer. Sandwiched in this lens are two twinkling glitter-specks loaded with tens of thousands of miniaturized transistors. It’s ringed with a hair-thin antenna. Together these remarkable miniature electronics can monitor glucose levels in tears of diabetics and then wirelessly transmit them to a handheld device.

“It doesn’t look like much, but it was a crazy amount of work to get everything so very small,” he says.

Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/01/google-makes-high-tech-contacts-diabetics

youtube

This is literally the best contact guide I have seen ever. Really wish it came out before I got my first pair

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Hey guys! So I may be new to cosplay, but I’ve been dabbling in circle lenses since my high school days and I thought it wouldn’t hurt to share this easy method of opening the lens bottle!

Over the years I found this method to work well in removing the metal seal on the bottle safely, and also saves your nails from breaking! I’ve admittedly broken way too many before I started opening them this way, haha!

  1. Look for an embedded mark on the silver metal part underneath the upper white cap. This mark indicates where you should begin pulling off the white cap. Remove the white cap.

  2. Following step 1, continue to pull the lid away in the direction opposite of where the mark is, until the silver part on the reverse side of the cap is peeled all the way down.

  3. Use something thin and rigid, such as a nail clipper(pictured above) or tweezers. Wedge the object between the bottle and the metal part, and use the object to force the metal part away from the bottle.

  4. Continue the action from step 3 all the way around the bottle.

  5. Voilà! Now the seal is removed.

  6. Now invert your lens bottle upside down with a shake to dislodge the lens from the bottom, remove lid partially so that there is enough room for the solution to come out but not enough for the lens to fall out!

    If the lens is stuck at the bottom of the bottle after this step, pour some contact solution to dislodge the lens from the bottle and try again OR you may gently use a lens tweezer to get the lens out of the bottle.

  7. Hold and rinse your lens with a multi-purpose disinfecting solution for contact lenses, such as Opti-Free(pictured above) OR a fresh saline solution*. 
    Then, soak your lens in the solution for at LEAST 6 hours prior to wear. 

    This is a *very* important step, as the solution that comes inside the lens bottle is a saline solution intended for storage, and wearing your contacts straight from this solution may cause burning, irritation, and/or damage to your eyes. 

  8. Wear your circle lens, and look fabulous while doing it!


Feel free to let me know if there’s anything I should correct for clarity, and if you have any questions, fire away!

Also, stay tuned for another circle lens related post coming your way! I’m sure you guys know the basics, but I hope you guys will check that out ‘cause the way I see it, more knowledge is never a bad thing! :)

ETA:
* (thanks for the reminder, casketscratcher!) 

ladyphantomhive101 asked:

Guys! I heard something really bad about pinkyparadise, someone who bought contacts from there seriously damaged their eyes. I wouldn't trust them.

I covered this concern in this post.

Pinky paradise carries brands of lenses, the same brands that are carried by other retailers. If you are referring to the Jessica Lynn incident, the particular brand of lens was Vassen and it is carried by other retailers as well.

I suggest sticking to the Geo brand of lenses which is approved for use in the USA and Canada, other lenses are usually only approved for use in asia (usually korea) and you take a risk by using them. However, ALL contact lenses carry a risk. They are considered a medical device and can seriously harm your eyesight if used incorrectly. 

This is why it is very important that you

  • go to an eyedoctor before purchasing lenses
  • always do your research on a seller and brand
  • know about contact lens laws and FDA (or your country’s equivalent) approval.
  • purchase lenses that fit your eyes properly
  • know how to properly put in and remove lenses
  • know how to properly care and maintain your lenses  
  • know how to inspect your lenses for damage before wear
  • always listen to your body and remove the lenses when you experience pain or discomfort
  • know the risks