Review: 9mm SFX Sclera Contact Lenses

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#1 tereshkova2001 on 8 years ago

As requested by Etoile-sama, and hopefully of use to other costumers as well!

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These are my Avatar contact lenses from 9mm SFX. They are 18mm scleral lenses, custom painted and custom made to my prescription (-10.0 and -8.0 correction). I adore them.

Comfort: The lenses are very large and very thick. You can definitely feel them in your eyes, especially right away. However, after a few minutes, they become less noticeable. After a full day of wearing them (16 hours), your eyes get tired and dry. Overall, I would rate them at an 8, if 10 = ordinary contact lenses.

Vision: My vision was a little restricted; you're looking out of a smaller space than normal. I found it less obvious in bright light and worse at night. I was able to function and navigate just fine. I might not want to drive wearing them, but I didn't try.

Customer Service: The folks at 9mm SFX were extremely helpful. I emailed them to ask about my prescription, which is higher than they usually sell. They had the lenses made up without any problems. Here's a timeline of the ordering process:
I ordered on March 1st. My eye doctor refused to confirm the prescription online, so I arranged with him and with 9mm SFX to have the clear scleral lenses shipped directly to the doctor. They arrived from the manufacturer (Coastal Contacts) one week later, on March 8. I went in to the doctor's office and had them fitted. The doctor asked me to wear them for a week and come back, just as he would for ordinary lenses. By the end of the fitting process, it was March 16th and I shipped the lenses back to 9mm SFX. By March 22, the online status said "payment received" and I assumed that meant they had received the lenses and thus charged my credit card. The final painted contacts arrived at my house on April 2nd.
So the total process took one month. That included manufacturing the lenses specifically to my prescription and the fitting process with my eye doctor. Your turnaround time may be faster.

Costume Effect: I love them. They really look alien and they add the perfect finishing touch to the Na'vi costume. They're less noticeable from a distance, but any close-up photo shows them off wonderfully. And even at a reasonable distance, you can tell my eyes are yellow. So yes, I would absolutely wear them again, for this costume and for any other yellow-eyed character (Desire from Sandman, for example).

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[url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/kightp/4855731607/]Faerieworlds - Bad Fairy Day[/url] by [url=http://www.flickr.com/people/kightp/]kightp[/url], on Flickr

Here you can see the lenses without the body paint, giving you a better sense of how big they are:
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[url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4518896993/]IMGP4246[/url] by [url=http://www.flickr.com/people/[email protected]/]tereshkova2001[/url], on Flickr

I hope that's helpful! Feel free to reply or PM me with questions.

#2 ZeasonaL on 8 years ago

wow~it's really beautiful!
thank you for review~

#3 WanderingPyrate on 8 years ago

Very helpful review. I've been debating on getting their blue sclera and may be the red cat eyes here soon.

#4 glitter bomb on 8 years ago

thanks for the review. I reeeeeeeeeeeally want a pair of 9mm scleras someday.

#5 Na'vi wannabe on 8 years ago

I think I have to buy these...

#6 RoseHanabira on 8 years ago

Question, how good is their customer service? I'm considering contacting them for a commission on a single opaque pink sclera lens for a future cosplay (still a couple years off at least), did you find them to be good people to buy from?

#7 tereshkova2001 on 8 years ago

Their customer service was lovely. They were very nice to deal with on the phone, and they took care of shipping things all over the place with no problems. For that alone, I highly recommend them.

#8 RoseHanabira on 8 years ago

Marvelous! Thanks so much!

#9 Nutcracker on 8 years ago

Those contacts are so crazy! I heard they're painful too but they look awesome!

#10 Na'vi wannabe on 8 years ago

I'm wearing these lenses right now! Initially they were uncomfortable but after 1/2 hour they are settling in quite nicely.

#11 tereshkova2001 on 8 years ago

Excellent! I'd love to see photos of your costume with the lenses in.

#12 naruto_kh_fan on 8 years ago

My eyes are kind of dark, so will these lenses work with them?

#13 tereshkova2001 on 8 years ago

Absolutely. The colored part is completely opaque; only the small pupil hole in the center is transparent. The lenses entirely hide your natural eye color.

#14 Tem-Tem on 7 years ago

Great review, thank you. I often wonder about sclera lenses

#15 Peroperosq2 on 7 years ago

woah!! awesum!!

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