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PartisanEntity
April 30th, 2007, 10:20 AM
I have been struggling to get used to my contacts for at least a year now. I try to wear them for a while, then I give up and go back to my glasses. I have done this on and off at least 3-4 times now.

Anyone else here wear contacts? How long did it take for you to get used to them?

g8m
April 30th, 2007, 10:30 AM
Same experience here. But I never got used to them. My eyes went dry and it hurt. So I'm back to glasses for good now, thinking about lasering.

total wormage
April 30th, 2007, 10:34 AM
what type do you wear, or rather try to wear?

i wasn't very happy with the contacts from the local store, but those from my optician are good.
those took me a week to get comfortable with

karellen
April 30th, 2007, 11:14 AM
no, I wear glasses since seventeen and I'm ok with them :)

Sammi
April 30th, 2007, 11:32 AM
I used contacts for about 3 years and I had constant red eyes even though I tried about 10 different brands and types of lenses. Sometimes it even hurt a bit when I put them in in the morning.

But then I found a new pair of glasses that I am really happy with and I almost only use contacts in the weekend now. I guess we could call it weekend vanity :D

jiminycricket
April 30th, 2007, 11:53 AM
I'm with all of you-- contacts are a complete pain. I can wear them maybe 2 days in a row and then it just seems like my eyes have to heal from scratches or something. I just wear small glasses these days.

I've never tried those oxygen contact lenses though, so maybe someone has had luck with them.

maniacmusician
April 30th, 2007, 01:50 PM
I wear contacts and they're fine for me as long as I wear them correctly. I have the Acuvue Oasys contact lenses, which are really comfortable. I can also wear them for one week at a time without having to take them off at night or during showers. The only requirement is that I take them off for one night every week, and switch to a new contact lens every 2 weeks.

Before this, I used to have regular contacts that I took off and put on every day. I had trouble with those just like some of you. I believe much of the irritation comes from putting them on and taking them off. Not only do the lenses get put under more stress that way, there's also the possiblility of your eyes getting irritiated if they're sensitive to touch.

So that's why I switched to the Oasys lenses. They're a better and more comfortable choice than wearing glasses, without the hassles of one day lenses. Of course, contact lenses are not for everyone and you may never be able to comfortably use them. Best thing to do is consult your optometrist.

PartisanEntity
April 30th, 2007, 02:09 PM
I'm using the SoftLens from Rausch & Lomb. My eye doctor informed some time ago that there are newer lenses with better oxygen intake and they may be more comfortable to wear, so I guess I should pass by some time.

slimdog360
April 30th, 2007, 02:10 PM
Ive never wore contacts, I prefer my glasses, but then again I don't wear them all the time. I think many people look heaps better with glasses then without.

finer recliner
April 30th, 2007, 02:17 PM
i switched optomitrists recently and he recommened some no name brand to me saying they were "more confortable and allow more oxygen". These ended up being the worst contacts ever; i could only wear them about an hour at a time before my eyes went dry and i couldnt see lol. needless to say, i switched back quickly.

my doctor is probably given a lot of money to recommend that awful brand to his patients. the moral of the story is let your doctor measure your eyesight, but chose which brand of contacts you want based on what YOU feel is most confortable.

PartisanEntity
April 30th, 2007, 02:28 PM
Luckily in my case my eye doctor is a long time friend of the family, and wile I have no doubt that he gets 'presents' from companies to push their products he doesn't give us that treatment due to the family friendship.

Dragonbite
April 30th, 2007, 02:43 PM
I've had glasses since age 8 or 9. What a pain.

I got soft contacts at age 14 (going into high school).. much better, I was very happy with them although I was always paranoid when I was doing any sort of water sport (canoe).

I stopped using contacts because I worked in an office that was so dry and dusty my contacts bothered me.

Last year I tried Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT) (http://www.paragoncrt.com/).


You wear a special prescription hard contact lens at night and it reshapes the surface of your eye. While you are wearing them they are prescription (they aren't the most comfortable but you're asleep for most of the time), so if you get up in the middle of the night to pee, you can see.

In the morning, you take them out and your eye maintains the shape for most of the day (hours in the beginning, it quickly works up to days) giving you glasses/contact free vision.

I will say it is rather freaky the first time you take out your lenses and can still read the clock across the room, or after a few days I could see well enough and long enough to drive without needing anything.

Although I believed it would have been different, it never panned out to be as "crisp" or "clear" as things are with contacts and the dryness has caused a bit of discomfort.

Oh, for the record my eyesight is 20/425 with astigmatism.

Oh, and my whole family has a long, happy relationship with our eye doctor and I went to school with his son, so I do not believe he would ever steer us in any direction other than what is best for us. He's up on what's new with technology (one thing I like : gadgets!) but he's told us to stay away from some of the newer stuff because it wouldn't work well in our specific cases.

fuscia
April 30th, 2007, 03:05 PM
i have no idea how anyone can put something in their eye. everyone i've ever known who wears contacts looks like they have something in their eye. why? because they do! i can't even put eye drops in my eyes.

tbroderick
April 30th, 2007, 05:41 PM
I wear contacts and I don't look like I have something in my eye.

fuscia
April 30th, 2007, 06:02 PM
I wear contacts and I don't look like I have something in my eye.

i can't see you from here.

Rush_898
April 30th, 2007, 06:06 PM
one thing I will say is if you use the disposable, please only use them for recommended durations. I used to leave my two week throw away ones in for longer and over night, etc, and eventually my eye started to grow blood vessels towards the cornea just trying to get some oxygen to it. My eye doc said it can get extremely bad and cause all kinds of serious problems.

Sunflower1970
April 30th, 2007, 06:32 PM
Been wearing contacts since I was 15-16. Recently I got the ones where they can be worn 24/7 for 30 days

Never had a problem. I do take them out once a week to let my eyes have a rest & breathe.

Only once did I have a contact break in half in my eye after I rubbed it a bit too hard. That was a fun day trying to get the other half of the contact out of my eye. ;)

fuscia
April 30th, 2007, 06:34 PM
Only once did I have a contact break in half in my eye after I rubbed it a bit too hard. That was a fun day trying to get the other half of the contact out of my eye. ;)

my toes just puked.

Soarer
April 30th, 2007, 07:05 PM
I used the disposable type of contact lenses for about 12 years. My doctor also found an increase in blood vessels, small but something to watch.

Then about 15 years ago I had laser eye surgery. This was the early kind, where the laser just burned off the front of your cornea to shape it properly. It's much more civilised now.

It hurt like hell - like someone was poking me in the eye, hard, with a piece of broken glass. Gradually went away over a week or so (I eventually found frozen peas provided immediate and long lasting relief :)).

After 6 months they did the other one, which was not nearly so bad.

I now think it's one of the best decisions I ever made. No more glasses (except sunglasses :)) no lenses and I can see first thing in the morning. At age 51 I still don't need reading glasses, though I can see that coming. I would recommend it to anyone :)

Dragonbite
April 30th, 2007, 07:12 PM
Only once did I have a contact break in half in my eye after I rubbed it a bit too hard. That was a fun day trying to get the other half of the contact out of my eye. ;)In the first month of using soft contact lenses I accidentally used the daily cleaning soap instead of saline and was successful at getting the lenses in. Needless to say, it took a while to get them out again because the soap made them very slippery!

mips
April 30th, 2007, 07:22 PM
I started off with the hard plstic lenses, almost as hard as glass and they were a real pain. I then moved on to disposable lenses which were ok but they still scratch with dust & when the air is dry. Also could not surf with any lenses.

I eventually had enough and had LASIK surgery more than 10yrs ago. It was the BEST thing I ever did. No glasses, no contects, just good vision. The thing is it is not even expensive. Price of frames & lenses per year was 17% of what I paid for the LASIK surgery. I actually did not pay a single cent as my medical aid covered the cost. At the current exchange rate it cost about US$1700, Euro1250, GBP860 which is really cheap.

Go LASIK, you won't regret it. Just make sure your eyes have settled and arent getting weaker, not recommended for younger people though.

Btw. I had the later one where they cut a flap from your eye, flip it over and apply the laser and then flip the flap back. I had ZERO pain/discomfort. The only slightly negative thing was you could smell the burning flesh when they activated the laser but that only lasted a few seconds.

ThinkBuntu
April 30th, 2007, 07:22 PM
No

PartisanEntity
April 30th, 2007, 07:26 PM
I used the disposable type of contact lenses for about 12 years. My doctor also found an increase in blood vessels, small but something to watch.

Then about 15 years ago I had laser eye surgery. This was the early kind, where the laser just burned off the front of your cornea to shape it properly. It's much more civilised now.

It hurt like hell - like someone was poking me in the eye, hard, with a piece of broken glass. Gradually went away over a week or so (I eventually found frozen peas provided immediate and long lasting relief :)).

After 6 months they did the other one, which was not nearly so bad.

I now think it's one of the best decisions I ever made. No more glasses (except sunglasses :)) no lenses and I can see first thing in the morning. At age 51 I still don't need reading glasses, though I can see that coming. I would recommend it to anyone :)

I am actually interested in laser correction but I am also a little scared of it. I also have astigmatism and I am not sure how that affects the success of the laser surgery. My eye doc recommended that we should wait before going ahead with laser surgery until more knowledge and experience is gathered about it.

mips
April 30th, 2007, 07:57 PM
I am actually interested in laser correction but I am also a little scared of it. I also have astigmatism and I am not sure how that affects the success of the laser surgery. My eye doc recommended that we should wait before going ahead with laser surgery until more knowledge and experience is gathered about it.

A specialist will tell you if astigmatism is an issue with the surgery. I know that they do a test to check the surface of your eye, if things are to much out of what they wont do the procedure. You basically look into this machine and it prints out a topographical map of the eye surface. Mine was good though.

How old are you and how long do you want to wait as the procedure has been around for some time now and been refined over the years.

If you wait long enough they will probably be able to transplant entire eye balls :)

Dragonbite
April 30th, 2007, 08:00 PM
A specialist will tell you if astigmatism is an issue with the surgery. I know that they do a test to check the surface of your eye, if things are to much out of what they wont do the procedure. You basically look into this machine and it prints out a topographical map of the eye surface. Mine was good though.

How old are you and how long do you want to wait as the procedure has been around for some time now and been refined over the years.

If you wait long enough they will probably be able to transplant entire eye balls :)They did that for me for the CRT. It was amazing.

My eye started off with topographical cross-section of a mountain right over my cornea. As I wore the CRT lenses, the mountain was slowly being squashed down and the portion through the "plateau" on top was where I could see 20/20.

Does Lasik need the area in front of the cornea to be flat, or to focus all of the vision-messing portion right there?

BuffaloX
April 30th, 2007, 08:27 PM
You should get used to them pretty fast.
I think it took me 2 days for them to be less irritating than glasses.
My experience is that you should go for brands that produce qualities that can last at least 6-9 months.
Then investigate if their 14 day / 1 month lenses actually are the same, and buy those.

Maybe you should try silicone based lenses, they should be pretty good.

Personally I use Bausch & Lomb Softlens 66.
They are made of a material that reject stuff from sticking to the surface.
This is a Very old product but still quite good, you can get newer and better ones, but more expensive. But I needed something that was cheap and of good quality last I bought.
So I did a little research on the internet first. :)

If your lenses feels like they are dropping, they don't fit properly.
If it feels a bit like having a tiny hair in the eye, they are worn or badly made or has a flaw.

mips
May 1st, 2007, 10:20 AM
Does Lasik need the area in front of the cornea to be flat, or to focus all of the vision-messing portion right there?

I have no idea to be honest.

PartisanEntity
April 15th, 2008, 10:33 AM
An update, my sister, who had worse eye site than myself had LASIK eye surgery last summer and here vision has improved and she no longer needs to wear glasses. So I hope to do the same at some time in the future.

I picked up a newer generation of lenses from my eye doc last week, Purevision I think they are called, and have been wearing them for the past 3-4 days without problems at all.

chewearn
April 15th, 2008, 10:47 AM
I do! :mrgreen: I do! :mrgreen:

What?? :confused: What?? :confused:

ComputerHermit
April 15th, 2008, 10:51 AM
no

red_five
April 16th, 2008, 03:43 AM
My first pair of contacts was extended daily-wear soft (non-disposable), and I loved them. But after a year, at the age of 15, it was determined that my prescription was changing far too much to continue wearing the soft. So I spent the next 15 years wearing gas-permeable, probably what some of you are calling the hard oxygen lenses or whatever. They're a really small lens that's smaller than the cornea and iris area; I could always tell when I had worn them for a really long time, as I could see and feel them slide around in my eye.

Now, for the last year, I've been wearing AcuVue Oasys, and they are pretty comfortable. They're soft "extended disposable" lenses, meaning under normal daily wear patterns, you wear them for a month, then toss 'em for a new pair. You can wear them for about 6 days straight, then toss the pair and rest a day or so, but I don't do that as it's a bit more expensive. I'm still trying out different conditioners and cleaners to see what I like most, but I've found a couple that keep the lenses pretty comfortable though long days.

I think that in a couple more years of having a stable prescription (and saving the money), I'll go in for laser surgery. Without correction, I can see about 4 inches in front of my nose before blurriness sets in; with my contacts in, I'm about 20/15. With glasses I'm barely 20/20, probably more like 20/25 or 20/30. My eye doctor actually told me that glasses are always going to be less clear than contacts, though I'm sure the degree depends on the strength of the prescription, and that soft lenses are always going to be less clear than more rigid contact lenses (since rigid lenses shape the cornea as much as they focus incoming light, and soft lenses can't).

After 15 years of hard pieces of plastic in my eyeballs, I was ready for the soft stuff. Really, though, I'm ready to get rid of it all and save the money I spend on solutions and stuff...

mips
April 16th, 2008, 12:44 PM
...So I spent the next 15 years wearing gas-permeable, probably what some of you are calling the hard oxygen lenses or whatever. They're a really small lens that's smaller than the cornea and iris area; I could always tell when I had worn them for a really long time, as I could see and feel them slide around in my eye.

...

...

After 15 years of hard pieces of plastic in my eyeballs, I was ready for the soft stuff.

Those hard lenses are a real pita, it always felt like they were scraping my eyes. I also wore the one weak acuvues after that but I took them out every night to give my eyes a rest. LASIK is still the way to go though if you ask me and I could not be happier.

popch
April 16th, 2008, 01:21 PM
None of your stuff on my eyeballs with its daily demand for maintenance. Just plain old-fashioned glasses for good ol' pop here. Protects at the same time against debris and flies. Could protect against sun as well if I wanted.

chewearn
April 16th, 2008, 02:07 PM
I keep thinking one of these days, if Armageddon were to come, I will be stuck with blur vision. Probably won't be able to survive the zombies attack.

That's a good reason to get a lasik, get it fixed once and for all. :mrgreen:

Tomatz
April 16th, 2008, 02:11 PM
I have been struggling to get used to my contacts for at least a year now. I try to wear them for a while, then I give up and go back to my glasses. I have done this on and off at least 3-4 times now.

Anyone else here wear contacts? How long did it take for you to get used to them?

Yeah i have worn them everyday since i was 16. I'm 27 now and have had no problems.

From what i remember it took about a week to get used to putting them in and wearing them but after that i didn't notice them at all.

P.s You might want to check out the online retailers as you can get good quality branded lenses for a fraction of the cost. ;)

Dutchmaster
April 16th, 2008, 02:24 PM
I couldn't wear contacts myself - the Dr said they warped my eye.. I went back to glasses for 20+ years until Lasik freed me from them 8 yrs ago. It has been terrific.

Is Lasik a possibility?

aroth87
April 16th, 2008, 02:34 PM
I switched over to contacts wen I was 14 and have been using them for the past 7 years. I don't recall much of a break-in period for them, I just liked that I didn't have to worry about breaking them :).

I take my contacts out every night, but sometimes I'll use the same pair for a couple of months (I'm supposed to use new ones every month). My eye doctor (and family friend) tells me I'm an optometrist's nightmare. I once stretched a "6 month" supply of contacts out for a year and a half. Woops...

I have no qualms with contacts.

Adam

rickyjones
April 16th, 2008, 03:42 PM
I also wear contacts. Currently wearing Acuvue Advanced brand. Two week disposables, take them out every night and put them back in in the morning.

I think it took me a few months for my eyes to truly get used to wearing contacts (very sensitive and problematic eyes) but for the last few months I've been doing fine.

-Richard

DarthBagel
April 16th, 2008, 04:16 PM
I did for awhile, but like you I could never get used to them. I have mild astigmatism so that may be why, even though the doctor gave a prescription for lenses that fit my eye.

Me, I'm still using glasses... and they're great! :)

venator260
April 16th, 2008, 09:14 PM
I wear contacts. 2ClearSphere I believe. Stupid name, but they work rather well for the 14-16 hours a day that I wear them. I use Clear Care brand cleaning solution, and that has extended the time that I can comfortably wear my lenses quite a bit.

Saint Angeles
April 16th, 2008, 09:17 PM
my gf uses contacts. the other day, she tried to remove one and accidently ripped her cornea.

it was the freakiest thing i've ever seen. no eye should have a tear right in the middle of it.

if i lose my sight, i'll stick to glasses.

mips
April 16th, 2008, 09:59 PM
my gf uses contacts. the other day, she tried to remove one and accidently ripped her cornea.


How the hell do you rip your cornea?

Saint Angeles
April 16th, 2008, 10:03 PM
How the hell do you rip your cornea?
she grabbed what she though was a contact... it was her cornea. i think thats the right term. the layer of eye that goes above the eye.

she pulled and it ripped.

mips
April 16th, 2008, 10:12 PM
she grabbed what she though was a contact... it was her cornea. i think thats the right term. the layer of eye that goes above the eye.

she pulled and it ripped.

She must have pulled it really hard. I recall in my drunken state a few times trying to remove my contacts when they were not even on my eyes and no harm came to me. Just seems weird to me that you can rip your own corneas, must have required some force.

PartisanEntity
April 16th, 2008, 10:14 PM
She must have pulled it really hard. I recall in my drunken state a few times trying to remove my contacts when they were not even on my eyes and no harm came to me. Just seems weird to me that you can rip your own corneas, must have required some force.

Girls tend to have long fingernails.

But I must say thinking about this makes me cringe. Terrible visuals.

dashnak
April 16th, 2008, 11:24 PM
I wore contacts everyday for like 2 years, I now alternate between contacts and glasses. It took me 3 weeks to get used to them.

SomeGuyDude
April 16th, 2008, 11:43 PM
Accuvue contacts for the past 10 years with no issues.