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Does it matter what diameter contacts you get?

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Old 05-09-2010, 09:01 PM
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Default Does it matter what diameter contacts you get?

I want to try some color contacts, the FreshLook Dimensions ones. But the diameter is 14.5 and my prescription is 13.8 in diameter.

The base curve is the same as my prescription but the diameter is bigger, is it okay to buy them or will it effect my eyes?
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Old 05-10-2010, 05:12 AM
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it doesnt really matter if it's smaller i guess, but i bought my Solotica hidrocors which are the ones with no limbal ring and my diameter is i guess a little bigger so it looks more like the solotica nc or hidrocharme
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Old 05-10-2010, 10:16 AM
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I want to try some color contacts, the freshlook dimensions ones. But the diameter is 14.5 and my prescription is 13.8 in diameter.

The base curve is the same as my prescription but the diameter is bigger, is it okay to buy them or will it effect my eyes?
If you order these contacts from a reputable vendor such as Lens.com. they will ask you to send them a copy of your prescription. When they see that your prescription is for 13.8 diameter lenses, they will call your doctor and ask if it's okay for them to sell you the contacts. Your doctor will most likely say no. If your prescription was for a diameter of 14.3 or something, he or she would probably give the okay.

I checked lens.com and FreshLook One Day contacts come in a base curve of 8.6 and a diameter of 13.8. The color choices are Blue, Green, Gray, and Pure Hazel.

Check them out here: http://www.lens.com/contact-lenses/lens423.asp

If those don't suit you, look around lens.com a little. I saw a few color contacts that come in a diameter of 14.0, which may work for you. Let me know if you find anything you like, okay?
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Old 05-14-2010, 02:25 PM
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lens diameter really is a personal issue. Most colored lenses come in a standard diameter for that color and color line. So if Acuvue has them in 13.8, they are smaller than 14.5 that Freshlooks have, so personally when I wear the Acuvue, they just dont enhance my eyes as Freshlook does. Freshlooks cover the whole eye and make my eyes look bigger and I like more. So for me 13.8 doesn't work well.
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Old 05-17-2010, 12:14 PM
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lens diameter really is a personal issue. Most colored lenses come in a standard diameter for that color and color line. So if Acuvue has them in 13.8, they are smaller than 14.5 that Freshlooks have, so personally when I wear the Acuvue, they just dont enhance my eyes as Freshlook does. Freshlooks cover the whole eye and make my eyes look bigger and I like more. So for me 13.8 doesn't work well.
As it was stated above, you need a prescription for any kind of contact lenses, and it's unlikely that your eye doctor would give you a prescription for a size that isn't available.

It's more that a "personal issue." It's fit issue. You couldn't wear the wrong size contact lens any more than you could wear the wrong sized shoes. If you wear a size 5 and a certain brand of shoes only came in sizes 7-10, you would either have to have a pair specially made or find a different brand.
That or schlep around in the wrong size.
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