Update 22 January: Cantor and Nissel have just said they are sending me two sample lenses to try from their new range: Cantor Cosmetics.
Interested to see what they are like compared to Fabula and Bellina.
In this image (looking left AT the photo) I am wearing my pupil-only lens (from Cantor & Nissel) plus a FreshLook Green.
This effect is the best so far but I could not wear these for more than one day as the lenses stick to each other, break down and have to be thrown out.
I had asked Cantor & Nissel (UK) if they could make a lens as above but they said no, due to the backing that has to go onto coloured lenses.
I have had painted lenses from them but the colour was not a good match (see previous post); worse, my existing right pupil would try to enlarge greatly, thinking it was dark; whilst my left pupil was wanting to stay small, as they do in normal light.
Recently I had to order more pupil lenses; I found the company has merged with Cooper Vision.
They sent me the catalogue which contained this:
But I could not tell if these lenses were clear or solid; I asked Cantor & Nissel and they sent me the images below which shows the lenss are more see-through than their solid coloured lenses (further down post):
Bellina Leaf Green
Fabula Moss Green
These new lenses from Cantor & Nissel are similar to the FreshLook cosmetic lenses in above pic.
BUT – I can get these lenses with my 3.5 mm pupil added!
For now I have ordered 4 Leaf Green and 1 Moss Green as you need to see them in situ to really gauge the effect.
This is fantastic news as this will give me an even better result, since my distorted right pupil will be blocked out.
Importantly, these new lenses from Cantor & Nissel are hardier than the cosmetic lenses and should last three months.
My pupil-only lenses tend to last a bit longer than that but I can continue to use both options, ie, some days I don’t put in a lens at all.
It depends on where I am/what I am doing.
(I still have some pupil-only lenses left that I have worn but they still have some life in them.)
I can just get away with a pupil-only lens since my right iris is quite intact:
Looking to the left of the photo above, the false pupil is blacker than my real pupil (looking to the right of this photo). \
That is because the false pupil is on the front of the lens, whereas our real pupils are at the back of the eye.
However, this is miles better than than what my right eye really looks like:
Since getting the pupil-only lenses, my confidence has increased dramatically and I am happy to have photos taken now.
I can look people in the eye rather than hiding behind a long fringe which was what I did for most of my adult life.
The Bellina Leaf Green has brown specs which fits with my eye-colour as seen below (my left eye):
I am very excited about getting these lenses after years of searching for the best solution.
Cantor & Nissel have solid-coloured lenses too; an example below:
These are okay if you have no ‘working pupil’ as you will not suffer the terrible feeling of the pupils trying to act against each other (our eyes work in concert).
I will post a photo of me with the new lens in a couple of weeks; the lenses have to be made to my eye specifications and then travel (very carefully!) from UK to New Zealand.