One-A-Day Contact Lenses

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Corrective technology that enhance my deteriorating vision. Soft, thin pieces of plastic that I push into and pinch out of my eyes on a nearly daily basis. Plus the cases of saline solution to keep them moist.

Where and how is it used?

I use it on my body and everywhere I go. I have to use a mirror to insert them correctly into my eye. Often I get it wrong and scratch my retina or put them on inside out. It augments my current natural facilities, making my phenonemal experience of my surroundings more crisp. I use them to ride a bike and drive a car. I use them to make eye contact, to identify faces, to read the train times.

What did you or someone else pay for it?

£9 per month

Why do you want to add it to the museum?

I think this illustrates the commoditisation of body enhancements in it's early phase. How will this be perceived in the future if myopia is eradicated through genetic modifications or more advanced medical techniques. Also what will be the legacy of the aggregated environmental impact of the estimated 125 million people worldwide who use contact lenses and their associated packaging.


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Is made in a factory

Is farmed

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Is produced by local cottage industry

Is made to particular specifications

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Materials & Making

Who made or produced your commodity?

Specsavers

Who was paid to make it?

I did

What skills does it take to make it?

A manufacturing process involving whirling liquid silicone in a revolving mold at high speed.

Where was it made?

Not answered yet

What does it cost to make it?

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What is it made from?

1. Plastic Lens:

The thin, soft plastic lens that sits on my eye

2. Disposal plastic casing:

The casing that safely transports my lenses

3. Saline solution:

This keeps my lenses moist

Buying & Owning

Who decides how much it costs?

Specsavers

Who or what assesses its quality?

It has

Where is it sold?

Not answered yet

Who or what sells it?

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How did this thing arrive from where it was made to where you got it?

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Where is it used?

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Where is it kept?

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How and by whom is it cared for?

Not answered yet

How long will it last?

Not answered yet

Where will it go when it's finished with?

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What is it worth?

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Question: Are the lenses or packaging recyclable?

Answers:

Hello,

My name is Alice and I’m your commodity consultant for today.

“The short answer is simply no. Contact lenses are made out of a specific kind of breathable plastic that absorbs water and transmits oxygen, helping to keep your eye moist and healthy. There are no places that specifically take and recycle these lenses, although there are a number of interesting home project ideas for what to use them for or make them into.

The contact lens casing will usually be recyclable, displaying a plastic identification recycling code, and can be added to your other plastic recycling.

Some eye doctors, manufacturers or retailers may take unused contact lenses back to be reused or recycled, but to what degree they are recycled is not known or advertised. The best thing would be to send them back to where they came from, or find a place that you can donate them to, like:

http://neweyesfortheneedy.org/

http://www.goodwill.org/

The next best thing to do would be to throw the lenses away (if they are used), and recycle the packaging/container.”

Source: Can contact lenses be recycled?
http://green24experts.blogspot.co.uk/2011/07/can-you-recycle-contact-lenses.html

If you fancy being creative, how about reusing them in on of the following ways:

1. “Glue two lenses together, after placing an itsy-bitsy image or an object inside. Can use as decor or for a necklace, ring or bracelet.
2. Makes a necklace. The earrings can be made by the same principle.
3. Glue it onto a button for a little décor
4. Glue onto a picture frame in mosaic like pattern
5. Make a bowl or a sink for doll’s miniature house.
6. Collect and put into a fish bowl, add water and watch your contact lenses float.
7. Place a seed and a drop of water and watch it grow.
8. Squeeze in into a small hole in a wall before plastering.
9. Use for Halloween makeover. Glue to your face and cover with make up.
10. Use for dolls or puppet eyes
11. Decorate small boxes and other crafts”

Source: Top 11 Ways to Reuse Contact Lens
http://www.theopticalvisionsite.com/greening-your-office/top-11-ways-to-reuse-repurpose-contact-lenses/

by MoCCconsultant on May 21st at 10:28am

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