What happens in a box, stays in a box…..

I’ve been wearing contacts since I was ten years old. Yes, I know! What were my parents thinking? Surely I lost them. Why yes I did, thankyouverymuch, luckily my smart step dad took out insurance.

I had contacts back in the days of using enzyme cleaner in distilled water. Did I just date myself? You had four different solutions. A soaking solution, a rinsing solution, and a cleaning solution. Then the distilled water with enzyme tablets. You had to have a near science degree just to WEAR contacts back then. At least they were soft contacts, those hard ones always looked painful.

Fast forward to today, my gosh, look at all the available contact options. You can get three month wear, six month wear, bi-weekly wear, colored, even bi-focal contacts. Seriously! They have come a long way. I can’t wear the extended wear. I tried and my eyes watered, constantly. It was 3-D blurred vision – I was not happy.

“Why?” asked the doctor your eyes are getting MORE oxygen with these. Um, gee doc, I don’t know. Apparently, I see better with oxygen deprived eyes. Go ahead smother them!

They put me back in the same bi-weekly lenses I had been wearing for many years, until this last visit. This doctor based on medical issues [cough] allergies [cough] recommended daily wear contacts. You wear them ONE day and toss them. A fresh new pair every day for those with dry allergy ridden eyes.

Now, I struggled a bit with the whole waste thing, how much more trash was I creating? Was I killing the planet? How lond did they take to decompose? They are not recyclable, nor environmental friendly. In the end, I tried them for seven days – comfort – blessed comfort – won out.

For the first time in 27 years, my contacts were cozy. My eyes were content. Not just day one or two, but all day even late into the night. To a long time contact wearer (and nightowl), that is incredible. They cost a bit more but I don’t have to buy solution either. The pleasant wearing experience was worth every penny (and more).

I have used 1-800-CONTACTS for a quite a while. They are very convenient, not to mention top notch customer service. I was in such desperate need of contacts after my eye appointment in May, I went online Saturday night to order them. Thing is, I kinda forgot the brand. No worries, there were only TWO daily wear lenses. I picked the one I thought it was. I figured they’d verify with the office and get the right one anyhow (forgetting it was Sunday the next day and the office was closed).

The contacts arrived within the week, oh happy day, I HATE wearing glasses. I can’t see. I never feel awake. I had gotten so irritated that week, I had dug out an OLD, OLD pair of contacts to wear. Yuk! Major eye disturbance.

So here they were, fresh and brand new, I immediately put my lenses in…..and couldn’t SEE a thing! I thought, maybe I got a bad lens. I tried another pair, STILL couldn’t see. Ahhhh!

I was bummed. I went to work wearing glasses and called them. As I’m speaking to a rep, I notice the box is + not – like my prescription. Ooops. Yeah, my bad. I tell them, it’s the wrong prescription, I admit it’s my fault. They tell me according to the doctor’s office it’s the wrong brand too. Wow.

Not only do they fix it and ship it right away, they do not even charge me the extra money for the different brand which was more expensive. AND they didn’t laugh at me for my major flub! (wearing contacts for 27 years? HA)

Three months later, it came time to re-order again. I jump online, no problems. My prescription is there and verified, no chance of getting it wrong. I actually ordered six months worth of contacts, because you know, time flies.

The box came yesterday and I open it right up, CONTACTS! My CONTACTS are here. Here is what I find……

Inside the box.

One of the boxes.

What’s left inside the box after the boxes are removed.

83 contacts

Now either someone had a really bad day in shipping and took it out on a mean ole box of contacts, or the contact boxes had some major issues with each other when the box closed. *You’re in my space. Move over. Get your elbow off me. Stop wheezing! Are you looking at me? You want some of this. Why I outta…*

One box was completely ripped open – all the contacts broken apart and loose. Two other boxes were opened but not spilling contacts, the third box looked a little inflated but was fine, not opened anyway. I would have been okay if they were all there, but no, one box was short seven contacts. I had to call them and let them know. What a trip! (heh, literally!)

Apparently, those seven escaped during shipping or were kicked out of box club for talking about box club. Or maybe the shipping guy had a problem with them. You seven? You’re OUTTA here! What happens in the box stays in the box….no questions, right?

Rogue contacts, only me….

33 thoughts on “What happens in a box, stays in a box…..

  1. Kambria

    Ha, great story!
    I love 1-800-Contacts. Always had great luck with them, although at least they fixed your problems, two things in a row trumps some times.
    They have even overnight contacts because I forgot to order them far enough in advance before I went on vacation.


  2. Um…I don’t wear contacts. I can’t deal with eye stuff. Eeew. And I only recently started needing reading glasses anyway. I love my glasses. Mostly because I don’t get headaches anymore. And it’s amazing the things I can see now.

    I’m slightly concerned about the infighting in your boxes. Those are some pretty aggressive contacts you have there. You better watch that. I mean, they’re right there by your eyes and all…if they start fighting, innocent bystanders (namely YOU) could get hurt. I think they warrant a stern talking to if nothing else.

    Great post! Thanks for stopping by my blog today and leaving your comment! We’ll kick that NaNo’s butt, you wait and see!



    1. Spot,
      I’m not too worried. The outer casings make them much tougher (heh!). They are much mushier outside their shell and in the eye ball.

      You sound like my boyfriend, he can’t stand for people to touch eyeballs, of course that makes me touch mine all the time. HA.

      Great to see, I’ll find you on NaNo! Let’s get ready to ruuuuumble!


  3. “Apparently, those seven escaped during shipping or were kicked out of box club for talking about box club. Or maybe the shipping guy had a problem with them. You seven? You’re OUTTA here! What happens in the box stays in the box….no questions, right?”

    OMG! You are too funny. You gotta wonder though….where did those pesky seven go?


    1. —————————————————————————->
      That’s so great. I wish I felt that way about glasses, it’d be so much easier.

      That avatar is soooo silly! I swear I’ve changed my picture on here several times but a few days later…..

      She’s back! It makes me laugh now. God has a sense of humor!


  4. I am so glad I happened to check my blogcatalog.com discussion thread this evening because I stumbled upon your blog! And since you were so kind as to leave a response I felt it only polite to return the favor by taking a few minutes to peruse your site. And as I said, I’m so glad I did!

    I, too, know the joys and heartache of wearing the little bits of occular magic first described by Leonardo da Vinci…no I’m not anywhere near THAT old but I do recall my first pair when I was 14…let’s just say it was a rather Orwellian year…and what’s more…they were the ‘rigid gas-permeable’ contacts for those of us with lumpy eyes also known as astigmatism.

    Thankfully they now have soft contacts and I LOVE them…I see SO much better with them than my glasses but I hate having to take care of them! Oh, well, it’s a give and take I suppose!

    But all eyes aside, I really enjoyed this blog and plan on returning again to check out some of your other blog entries.

    Keep up the great work!

    L Avery Brown


    1. L Avery Brown,

      Thanks for stopping by! That’s the beauty of the dailies, I just wear and toss. No taking care of them and they are soooo comfortable. I don’t know if they make those in torque lenses though.

      I have a little astigmatism but not enough to worry about correcting.

      Thanks for the comment! Loved seeing you here.



  5. My little sis has contacts, I used to watch while she sorted through all the tonics she needed to make them clean – what a trip. Then one day she asked if I ‘d go with her to pick out some glasses… we shopped, and we conquered, we found 2 amazing pairs that made her look HOT! oh yeah, I know she HAS contacts but she never wears them… chicks in glasses rule πŸ™‚


    1. my,

      That they do! I wish I could wear them, but the blurry edges outside the rims really mess with my concentration!
      How do you get so lucky to avoid the bad eye genes?
      Let me guess…you ate more carrots? HA


  6. Man…you must have some BAD kharma if even your contacts are turning on you. That’s some serious mojo, there. I think that my contacts are turning on me too. I recently went to change them and I’m pretty darn sure at least 3 pairs have jumped ship. They’re probably alone and scared somewhere in the chaos I call my cupboard. They’ll show up some day when they realize that the ‘grass isn’t always greener’. Good luck with the NEXT shipment. =)


    1. Mindy,

      Why does the other side look so good? You’ll have to feed them extra because they will be hungry. And the emotional state ….geez!

      The next shipment was perfect! I still can’t believe it came the next afternoon.


  7. Wow! Sounds like they’ve come a long, long way with contacts since I wore them……..oh, back in the 60s. Yeah. Talk about dating myself, huh?!
    I love reading your stuff. Excellently put ‘on paper’.


  8. I was never lucky enough for contacts, I begged and pleaded but NO. I’ve worn glasses since jr high, I hated it at first but started liking them when I could pick them out for myself. My parents had the worst taste!

    Very funny post, escaped contacts! LOL


    1. Heather,
      Really? They would never let you? I still can’t believe they let me at age ten! I would love to see some old photos of the ones your parents picked out – I bet they are great!


  9. blissbait

    hopefully that stopped
    all your bad contact karma
    from this moment on!

    Okay. That’s just odd and funny! I hope they made good. I’ve had amazing experience with 1-800-CONTACTS!

    Good Luck and Cheers! πŸ™‚


  10. I couldn’t find a way to e-mail you! I just wanted to say thank you for the compliments and for stopping by my blog today…I should probably also point out that I’ve made quite a few of these items for older kids as well – especially the initials and monograms. Just something to keep in mind!


  11. suzicate

    Too funny…gotta love contacts. Last year, I got up one morning, put mine in and everything was a bit blurry. I thought I just wasn’t quite awake yet, but as the morning wore on, it got worse. I went to take them out and in each eye I had two contacts stuck together.(I had forgotten to take them out the night before!!!!!!)


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