First thing I did when I arrived in Holland was order contact lenses. You may or not remember an old blog post from 2014 where I stated that I did some research on Lasik eye surgery or contact lens implants. Both were advised not to do so, as they would not work for me. However they did advise me to try hybrid contact lenses. Hybrid contact lenses are a blend between hard contact lenses and soft contact lenses. Since I have very bad eyes I can’t (or couldn’t) get soft contact lenses when I first tried contacts back in 2004. I got subscribed hard lenses and I simply never could get used to them.

After I booked my trip to Holland for this year I went on Google and searched for places in Holland where I could purchase them. I eventually mailed a supplier of these special contact lenses here in Holland and they referred me to an optician, as they do not deliver directly to customers.

The day after I arrived I had my appointment. The supplier of the contacts also came with his kit full of contacts. Together with the optician they checked my eyes and finally decided upon the best solution. Not a cheap one, but I wanted them.

These contacts are custom made in the US and would arrive within 1-2 weeks from the day they were ordered. Well they actually arrived 4 weeks later on the very last day in Holland.

After my dramatic last day – read the previous blog – I went to pick them up.

And…. OMG it’s an entire new world.

I can see much better with them. And I will definitely order more. They can be used for 6 months so I will have to save up.

Putting them in was a bit stressful, but as soon as I figured out the tricks it went okay. The best part is that I don’t feel anything, which was exactly my issue with the hard contacts.

That set of gorgeous sparkling blue eyes that guided me to put them in was also a nice comfort when I got frustrated when I couldn’t get them in immediately.

The first time I was supposed to keep the contacts in for 3 hours and build up each day with an hour more. I had them in for 4 hours and I was busy walking the streets of Amsterdam, but cannot wait to put them in again back home.