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    Don't know if I need to make an initial post here before I reply/post pics. I do have a quick-ish question. I once was fitted for prescription contact lenses.....and failed. They hurt so I just kept wearing glasses. Are color lenses "thinner" if they aren't corrective or is that the only way to get them?
    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clairemonet View Post
    Don't know if I need to make an initial post here before I reply/post pics. I do have a quick-ish question. I once was fitted for prescription contact lenses.....and failed. They hurt so I just kept wearing glasses. Are color lenses "thinner" if they aren't corrective or is that the only way to get them?
    Thanks.
    Welcome, clairemonet! I don't think colored lenses are any thicker than non-colored, but different brands of lenses in general have varying thicknesses. You can get colored lenses with or without prescription strength, and the color shouldn't affect the comfort.

    I don't know how long ago you tried contacts, but there are a lot of options available now: daily disposables, weeklies, monthlies, 3-months, and some annual lenses on the international market. It's hard to say which would be the most comfortable for you, but I will say this. Some of us have to put up with a brief period of discomfort (but not actual pain) while our eyes get used to having lenses in them. They felt really funny in my eyes when I first started with contacts, and now I can barely tell I'm wearing them. It can help to wear the contacts only for short periods during the first couple of weeks, gradually increasing the time while you develop a tolerance. The strange thing is, it's not always about the thickness of the lens. I know people who can't tolerate the thin daily disposable lenses, but do fine with a thicker, annual colored lens. It seems like there would be more comfort issues with the thicker lens, but that's not always the case. What kind of lenses did you try before?

    I'm glad you found this forum. It's a wonderful source of information and opinions.

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    Thanks for the quick response. It was about 10 years ago that I was trying to be fitted for corrective lenses. The optometrist tried many different ones on me, 6 or 7. I supposedly have slight astigmatism in my right eye, dry eyes and allergies. I don't recall the brands they used on me sorry. I'm wanting some real green contacts that I would only wear every now and then, like to the movies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clairemonet View Post
    Thanks for the quick response. It was about 10 years ago that I was trying to be fitted for corrective lenses. The optometrist tried many different ones on me, 6 or 7. I supposedly have slight astigmatism in my right eye, dry eyes and allergies. I don't recall the brands they used on me sorry. I'm wanting some real green contacts that I would only wear every now and then, like to the movies.
    Contact lenses have come a long, long way in the last ten years. If you haven't done so already, I encourage you to give them another try. There are a lot of different options for soft lenses now and I think you'll be able to find something you'll like.

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