"I want to share a cautionary tale with you guys. I make light of it, but it’s a very serious issue we don’t really think about until it’s too late. Until this year, I actually really never cared about getting accurate eye colors for my cosplays. I’ve been wearing prescription lenses since around 2003. But this year I decided to start getting some SFX contact lenses. I even got a contact lens sponsorship that I abused. However. I thoroughly regret it now. I suffered a huge injury all because I didn’t get contact lenses from my doctor. In cosplay, it’s very tempting to buy from these SFX contact sellers because it’s convenient and it’s relatively more cost friendly. (I say relatively because the medical bills from this injury have amounted to many times more than the costs I’ve spent on lenses.) After wearing some lenses on Saturday of SDCC, my eye suffered a 90% corneal abrasion. That number is very high and abnormal for just a contact lens. It’s usually from a more violent trauma. At first, the guess was that I was wearing the wrong size. (The diameter isn’t the only important measurement when getting properly fitted lenses.) I saw 4 different doctors and after some time it was determined that it was the quality of the lenses. My lens provided almost no oxygen to my eye, it melded, and when I took out my lens, it took out 90% of my cornea with it. They were concerned that the damage was so severe I might actually go blind from it.
It was extremely painful and ugly and just awful. At one point I was trying so hard to force myself not to cry and scream because it hurt so bad but the doctors didn’t know what was wrong with me and that was so frustrating.
I couldn’t even open my right eye, because it hurt to squeeze my left eye even the slightest bit. It took over a week and a half to heal the abrasion. Now I’m left with scarring and clouding which is causing blindness. I’m legally blind in my left eye right now which is to say I can “see” but it’s beyond blurry. If I stay this way, it means this eye will never have a prescription that will provide me with any visual accuracy in that eye. I’ve been upgraded to steroids. The clouding has reduced a very low percentage, but I haven’t regained any of my vision. The doctors are hopeful, but it’s not certain I’ll regain my vision. The process takes over a month to heal. Some people have it worse from this injury and lose ALL eyesight. I’m very lucky.
So moral of this story? I really hope I motivate at least one cosplayer never to order contact lenses from sources outside of your optometrist or websites that are recommended by/require prescriptions from optometrists. I know colored contacts are so tempting for accuracy, and a fun look, but if they do not come from trusted sources, you are just risking your safety and health for cheap, harmful quality.
This photo is from last Thursday and Friday. After a whole week I was finally able to open my eye.
Something I didn’t know is that purchasing contact lenses outside of your doctor is actually ILLEGAL in some states. It’s illegal in California. Do some research on your states laws before you buy them too!
*** I’m seeing these comments and getting messages with a bunch of incorrect facts.***
- Corneal abrasions are NOT rare. Corneal abrasions from contact lenses are the top reason for most corneal abrasions. Not all cases are as extreme as mine. And mine wasn’t even the most extreme case.
- Some people said I would’ve felt it immediately and taken my contact lens out. FALSE. I wore my contact lenses for close to 8 hours with out a single sign of pain or discomfort. The injury occurred when I was taking my lenses out.
- This was NOT the first time I wore SFX lenses. And this was NOT the first time I wore contact lenses. I’ve been wearing lenses for 10 years.
- This was NOT a matter of incorrect sizing, but a matter of QUALITY OF PRODUCT. I was using Pinky Paradise lenses. If you’ve been using Pinky Paradise, good for you. So was I. If you want to continue to use them, good. for. you. I am merely sharing my story as it could happen to ANY ONE even if they’ve been wearing a certain brand for a long time, LIKE ME.
I am choosing not to risk quality of product to save a few bucks any more. I don’t even know if I’ll regain vision in my eye so saving $10 and a few doctors visit was NOT worth it to me.”
I haven’t seen this around tumblr yet but knowing that pinkyparadise is a popular contact lens provider for the cosplay community, I had to share this here. Please, please be careful when it comes to contact lenses you guys.
Boost this like crazy.
I know it might seem “frustrating” if a company won’t take your money without a current prescription- been there done that. But trust me- you do NOT want to mess around with medical devices. Contact lenses, like prescription medicine, should only be used WITH a prescription specific to you.
You are not LEGALLY allowed to purchase contact lenses without a prescription, EVEN if you do not need CORRECTIVE lenses (i.e., you want purely decorative lenses). THIS IS WHY. THE CHEAP, UNPRESCRIBED CONTACTS YOU BUY AT CONS OR ONLINE CAN CAUSE EXTREMELY SERIOUS EYE PROBLEMS, such as this person has experienced. YOU CAN STILL BUY DECORATIVE LENSES FROM A LICENSED RETAILER. They’re more expensive, but, you know, YOU WON’T BE AT RISK OF GOING BLIND.
So i was speaking to my sister and she told me to draw a reverse centaur and this is what i pictured but i don’t think she pictured this
There is just. SO MUCH to love about this doll. She’s amazing. I had a few trepidations when I saw her in the store, I guess the box+bad lighting made her face look kind of flat and her blue eyeshadow disappeared, but once I got her home she looked fine, and as soon as she was out of the box I fell hard in love. Her makeup is killer, I love the contrast of the powder blue lips and blue/yellow eye shadow against her black skin. Her head has a bit of a sparkle to it in the right lighting and it’s amazing. Her extra eyes aren’t just stamped onto her head, there’s sculpting there, not just for the eyes, but for extra brows as well.
The attention to detail is stunning, no wonder the doll is so expensive outside of that sale. Look at those tiny, detailed spiderweb earrings. Look at the web stitching on her boots — and the spiderweb spurs spin as well. Her main dress is printed with tiny Power Ghouls covers and panels. Each one of her hands is a different mold. They didn’t have to do that, but they did, and it’s great. One is even doing the Spider-Man web-sling! And check out all those bracelets.
I only have three VERY minor quibbles about the doll; 1) I wish her hair were style a bit differently, so her ponytail fell to the sides a little, like NS Gigi’s does. I feel it would look a little fuller and give her more personality. 2) I wish she had a black widow hourglass on her stomach! 3) I wish she came with the triangular earrings on her box art. But two out of three of those are things I can probably do myself (the hair and hourglass) soooo I might tinker with that at some point.
bogleech I know you like Monster High, check out the rad as fuck spider lady they’ve recently added
The best part of this though is tiny Earthworm Jim looking confused and angry to be surrounded by teenage monster girls who are like two stories tall.
Come on Jim that ain’t even the weirdest situation you been in you were a cave salamander in a space colon once
I’ve noticed that the way cr1tikal talks kind of resembles an Aperture Science Personality Core
I GLaDOS-ified his voice from this video and I have to say I think it works (aside from my own lazy editing)
sci you are a beautiful fucking human being
Just when you thought a cat intensely chasing a laser pointer couldn’t get anymore engrossing, along comes an adorable toddler trying to help the cat get that pesky red dot. Prepare for the implosion of the entire Internet.
The human caretaker of the cat and child posted video of the encounter to YouTube. “His name is Phineas (2.5 years), the Cat is Muon (about 1 year),” the poster explained. “Phin had never seen the pointer before, and neither had Muon….My child and cat are on the same wavelength.”
If that’s what helps you sleep at night.
Police officers in Ferguson, Missouri, have begun wearing body cameras after weeks of unrest over the shooting death of an unarmed black teen by a white officer and sharply differing accounts of the incident, officials said on Sunday.
Michael Brown, 18, was shot multiple times by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9, sparking nearly three weeks of angry protests in the St. Louis suburb and drawing global attention to race relations in the United States.
Law enforcement and witnesses gave differing accounts of what transpired before Brown was shot, with police saying the teen had struggled with the officer. Witnesses say Brown held up his hands and was surrendering when he was shot multiple times in the head and chest.
The discrepancy has revived calls for officers across the county to be outfitted with body cameras to help capture an accurate record of police-involved incidents.