Glasses or Contacts

  • bismark1993

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    Jan 10, 2011 7:07 AM GMT
    Has anyone made the jump from glasses to contacts and noticed a difference in their game? Playing sports with glasses is aggravating period. Playing tennis is no different, especially if you're sweating a lot. I struggle with contacts because my eyes dry out really fast. Just looking for feedback on this.
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    Jan 10, 2011 7:30 AM GMT
    I wore contacts in the 1960s for sports, including tennis. They were hard lenses then (soft not available yet, which I first got in 1972), and my only complaint was I couldn't play soccer, because a head butt could dislodge a lens. But my vision was improved, especially peripherally. No vision cut-off where the eyeglass frame ended, nor eyeglass slip down my nose.

    With age I also now have a dry-eye problem, which is typical. Your eye specialist can advise you about rewetting agents to use. Or tell you if you're simply not a good candidate for contacts, as some people aren't.

    I've had daily disposables for years now, and they're much easier to wear. They seem to stay wetter longer, and are more comfortable, always being fresh from the sealed container. And when I find they've become unpleasant, despite rewetting fluid, I simply throw them away. You only wear them for a day anyway, and if the day ends early, I really don't care.
  • brskee76

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    Jan 10, 2011 1:15 PM GMT
    I started wearing contacts about 2 years ago, I initially thought I couldn't have them because I have astigmatism but a friend told me that's not the case. I use Acuvue Oasys, the optometrist prescribed these so I don't know any different but they are really good at keeping your eyes moist. I did have trouble at first with them but I use them with Opti Fresh Replenish and this combo works a treat. I play futsal (indoor soccer) and I couldn't do this with glasses, plus I always found the rims of my glasses obstructed my view or distracted me. I have played without any visual aids, I find my reaction is slower mainly because I'm trying to figure out what's happening on the court! I'd say go see your optometrist to get a few free samples and see how you go.

    I will mention that my contacts are fortnightly so I have to clean them every night, that's a bit of a pain in the arse! If you do get fortnightly's, make sure you give them a good overnight soak and they should be fine.
  • mybud

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    Jan 10, 2011 1:30 PM GMT
    I think guys in glasses are hot....not wearin em isn't gonna change "your game"...either it got it or ya don't......BUD
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    Jan 10, 2011 1:30 PM GMT
    agree -- if you're eyes are drying out you should talk to the doctor about switching to a different lens. My contacts used to dry out really really fast (I could only wear them for about 4 hours and then I was uncomfortably blinking like an idiot). When I switched lenses to something more porous it made all the difference. I wear them all day and play football and tennis in them and don't have any problems.
  • calibro

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    Jan 10, 2011 3:54 PM GMT
    i did back when i was a dancer because you couldn't dance with glasses on stage, and obviously there aren't glasses when your swimming. water polo isn't a valid option either. so because of those things, i needed contacts. it was great when i could actually see whom i was throwing the ball to.
  • Grimlock

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    Jan 10, 2011 9:38 PM GMT
    After breaking so many lenses and frames in basketball, I had invested in a pair of recreation goggles, but I eventually switched to contacts because the county fire department allowed soft contacts but not glasses.There was a huge difference especially when it came to peripheral vision.

    If your eyes are drying out, you might want to check out Acuvue's Oasys brand. They're really comfortable, and sometimes I forget they're even on.
  • barriehomeboy

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    Jan 11, 2011 1:33 AM GMT
    Most people interpret glasses frames as an indication of intelligence. Remember the Professor on Gilligan's Island? Did he need vision correction? Probably not. It's all image.
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    Jan 11, 2011 1:48 AM GMT
    I switched to contacts about 6 years ago because wearing glasses affected the way I played sports as well. Dry eyes can be associated with a couple different things. Make sure you're changing them when you're supposed too. If it's not that, then try a different brand. I use Acuvue and love them. Keep drops with you to lubricate your lenses as well.
  • bismark1993

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    Jan 21, 2011 1:28 AM GMT
    Good advice all-around, thanks. Acuvue seems to be getting the best reviews herein. On the suggestion from "cold" on TrueEye... anyone else tried this? I'm much more attracted to the idea of one-days HOWEVER I've heard that one-a-day disposable lenses are the same contacts packaged in higher qualities for more money. Is this true?

    Having my peripheral vision back would be great when it comes to tennis and other more running-oriented sports.

    An unrelated followup, I'm not really concerned with the correlation to intelligence. I'd rather people not assume I'm more likely to be smart right off the bat so I'm not constantly being put on the spot. I like stimulating convo but not at the bus stop and everywhere in between. And I'm definitely not comsumed by my external image as much as lot of people I know.
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    Jan 21, 2011 2:04 AM GMT
    mh2023 saidAfter breaking so many lenses and frames in basketball, I had invested in a pair of recreation goggles, but I eventually switched to contacts because the county fire department allowed soft contacts but not glasses.There was a huge difference especially when it came to peripheral vision.

    If your eyes are drying out, you might want to check out Acuvue's Oasys brand. They're really comfortable, and sometimes I forget they're even on.

    Currently I'm wearing Focus Dailies - TORIC by Ciba Vision. The toric refers to their ability to handle mild astigmatism, which limits lens choices among daily disposables. Having had all kinds of lenses, I'll now have nothing but disposables for ease of use and wearing, but I must also have toric for my astigmatism, or else my vision is not properly corrected.

    These lenses are 69% water by content, which is fairly good for comfort and longer wear. But equally important is gas permeability. And then of course there's visual acuity. All these and more are factors that can distinguish lenses between brands and within brands, and influence your own satisfaction with them.

    I always take advantage of complimentary samples that optometrists can dispense for free, trying them for a while. I've been wearing contacts over 45 years now, so I know what to expect and can tell pretty quickly & confidently what I like and what I don't, and what to ask for at the outset, to more easily sort through the maze that's out there to select.

    Try to create a selection matrix, starting with any optical prescription imperatives first, like astigmatism. Highest comfort and length of wear are usually next. Price is a consideration, dailies potentially being higher. But I find the trade-offs regarding the added cost of daily cleaning & storage solutions, comfort, convenience, and the value of my own time to somewhat level the playing field.

    The last thing I want is another device (a lens container) I always have to carry in my pocket, another thing with expensive contents in it I may lose. Whereas with disposables I throw them in the nearest trash can. And do take advantage of those free samples.
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    Jan 21, 2011 2:14 AM GMT
    honestly, i've been told i look better with my glasses on, but when i go bicycling, dancing, swimming, or other forms of exercise, they tend to slip off or get knocked off, etc., so contacts are my preference when working out and recreational sports. the last pair of glasses fell off while i was riding my bike and got ran over. icon_confused.gif