Very first contact lenses

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    Sep 18, 2011 10:37 PM GMT
    I've been wearing glasses for over 15 years and am finally ready to try contact lenses. I was wondering if dry eyes are a huge problem when wearing contacts. Would getting 'moist' lenses be a better choice for a novice (like me) or are they just a hype (they are definitely more expensive)? Would appreciate if some of you could share your experiences.
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    Sep 18, 2011 10:46 PM GMT
    Only wear contacts if your eyes are moist enough, that is my non-pro advice. I scratched my corneas in the dry California air.
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    Sep 18, 2011 10:58 PM GMT
    I've been wearing contacts for 8+ years with no problem. It took a little getting use to but now I don't even realize that they are in most of the time. Just make sure that you have glasses as well because wearing contacts can wear out your eyes. Wear the glasses sometimes to give them a break.
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    Sep 19, 2011 2:18 AM GMT
    If you tend to have dry eyes as it is then I would recomend getting the moist ones or none at all however if they dont seam to dry out that easy then just go with a medium road. Also starting out its good to have a pair that you can sleep in from time to time and not hurt your eyes in the morning, just in case you happen to forget to take them out. Last thing ask your Optomotrist (sorry if that is not how it is spelled) if once you finish the eye exam if it would be alright to try a couple of different kinds befor you order them so you can get a better idea of which ones you would like to get.
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    Sep 19, 2011 2:21 AM GMT
    Mine only seem to dry out if I've been wearing them for more than a month or so. Other than that just make sure you don't wear them overnight, and soak em. You should be fine.
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    Sep 19, 2011 2:35 AM GMT
    sweetyork saidI've been wearing glasses for over 15 years and am finally ready to try contact lenses. I was wondering if dry eyes are a huge problem when wearing contacts. Would getting 'moist' lenses be a better choice for a novice (like me) or are they just a hype (they are definitely more expensive)? Would appreciate if some of you could share your experiences.

    I've been wearing contact lenses since 1965, which were hard plastic at that time. Got my first soft lenses in 1972. Still wear soft lenses, but only socially now, since I then need to use separate reading glasses with them, it's easier to just wear progressive bifocals if I've gotta use eyeglasses anyway.

    Dry eye usually only happens to older people. An eye care professional can advise you better than any of us here, since each person is different.

    I've been using daily disposables for years now. No hassle with daily cleaning & storage, you just throw them away at the end of the day. And I find them the most comfortable, and least likely to cause me dry eye, which I do get.

    Most eye doctors will give you a free sample to try, after an eye exam. Just make an appointment and discuss what is best for you. I'm a big fan of daily disposables, but let a professional evaluate you and help you to make that decision.
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    Sep 19, 2011 2:39 AM GMT
    I get so weireded out by the idea of putting lenses in. Thank god all i need are reading glasses for a really weak prescription.
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    Sep 19, 2011 2:44 AM GMT
    Dallasfan824 saidI get so weireded out by the idea of putting lenses in. Thank god all i need are reading glasses for a really weak prescription.

    Putting them in is easy -- pulling out soft lenses can be icky for some people. You basically gotta go in there and pinch your eyeball, something we would never do. But once you've done it, and realize you didn't hurt yourself, it's quite easy. Just don't have really long nails!
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    Sep 19, 2011 5:29 AM GMT
    Trollileo said
    Dallasfan824 saidI get so weireded out by the idea of putting lenses in. Thank god all i need are reading glasses for a really weak prescription.
    20/15 vision here. I love it.


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    But anyway, to OP, why not try the cheaper ones first but get a bottle of eye drops. The ones that are small and can fit in your pocket. So if your eyes ever feel dry, just drop some solution in them. That's what I do icon_smile.gif
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    Sep 19, 2011 5:31 AM GMT
    I wear Acuvue Advance for Astigmatism (my main vision problem) and find them quite comfortable. I've been wearing this brand for 5 years and have had no complaints. They stay in place and remain moist for as long as I wear them.

    I'll admit that putting in contacts for the first time is quite an experience. It's both frustrating and hilarious. When I first got my contacts at 17, I spent like 20 minutes trying to get them in, haha! Fortunately I got better with practice. However, I still can't put them in without a mirror! I have to see my eyeball or else I completely fuck up the lense.
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    Sep 19, 2011 8:06 AM GMT
    sweetyork saidI've been wearing glasses for over 15 years and am finally ready to try contact lenses. I was wondering if dry eyes are a huge problem when wearing contacts. Would getting 'moist' lenses be a better choice for a novice (like me) or are they just a hype (they are definitely more expensive)? Would appreciate if some of you could share your experiences.


    I prefer moist lenses as I find them more comfortable over longer durations, but I don't wear contacts everyday, only when needed. Otherwise, you'd need to get some eye drops to help keep them moist if your eyes dry out quickly (which is why I don't use them while working on a computer screen). The soft lenses are also easier to manage and it allows me to remove them easier like this:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTUaVfmgl_I
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    Sep 19, 2011 9:27 AM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    Dallasfan824 saidI get so weireded out by the idea of putting lenses in. Thank god all i need are reading glasses for a really weak prescription.

    Putting them in is easy -- pulling out soft lenses can be icky for some people. You basically gotta go in there and pinch your eyeball, something we would never do. But once you've done it, and realize you didn't hurt yourself, it's quite easy. Just don't have really long nails!


    I took 2 hours to remove them the 1st time I wore them (soft lenses).
    I couldn't keep my eyes open as my fingers approached them.

    I was a guinea pig (tester) for extended wear lenses years ago & couldn't get on with them.
    Later my optometrist wanted me to be one of the guinea pigs for Orthokeratology - you wear a hard lens overnight that reshapes the cornea for a day. But I'd have to wear progressively stronger lenses over a few months, correcting it a bit at a time - would I need to get progessively weaker glasses at the same time.
    He did say the ultimate aim for these was an enzyme that softened the cornea whilst you wore these that was washed away by your tears, resulting in a permanently re-shaped corrected eye.
    He also wanted to know who was going to be mad enough to try that out!
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    Sep 19, 2011 9:38 AM GMT
    If you have dry eyes definitely go for the more hydrating contact lenses. I was told by my optometrist that I have pretty dry eyes, and that contact lenses might be annoying to wear. She was righticon_sad.gif. After wearing my contact lenses for more than 5 or 6 hours it starts to dry out, and get irritating to see sometimes. Unfortunately, glasses aren't an option for me, so I have to put up with contact lenses on a daily basis. I wear Acuvue Oasys if that makes any difference. lol
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    Sep 19, 2011 12:42 PM GMT
    Contact lens wearer since 1973 here. Started out like Art Deco with rigid lenses and stayed. Too many people were getting eye infections with soft lenses then and now that they have gas-permeable, I never bothered to change from rigid.
    Easier to put in the eye, waaay easier to take out. You simply squint and tug at the corner of your eyelid with one finger like you're trying to imitate "Chinese" eyes (Sorry! No offense meant.) and pop it out into the palm of your other hand. Works anywhere, not just at home. Rinse under clean water if needed---say for dust in your eye---and pop back in if you're not done for the day.
    BTW: I was having prescription changes every year with glasses and after contacts? 4 changes since 1973! Much like the guy above (kewl1) talking about the rigid lenses that re-shape your eye, mine were 'stopped' at the shape they were in, basically, and never changed much over the years.

    Have you looked into Lasik? NOT one of those $299 specials, either! A good Lasik procedure from a competent eye physician will still cost in the thousands. Notice I said "good".
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    Sep 19, 2011 1:12 PM GMT
    If you have a competent optometrist she will let you trial several types/brands. I recently switched to a daily to deal with an infection--and found them amazing, but way out of my budget. The moist ones are nice, but not necessary. I've been wearing contacts for 15+ years and have few problems. Its not hard to carry a re-wetting drop in your pocket, keep in your car, etc. to keep your eyes moist. I wear mine from 5:30am-10pm and generally have issues only during allergy season.

    Good luck!
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    Sep 19, 2011 1:14 PM GMT
    pocketnico saidI wear Acuvue Advance for Astigmatism (my main vision problem) and find them quite comfortable. I've been wearing this brand for 5 years and have had no complaints. They stay in place and remain moist for as long as I wear them.

    I'll admit that putting in contacts for the first time is quite an experience. It's both frustrating and hilarious. When I first got my contacts at 17, I spent like 20 minutes trying to get them in, haha! Fortunately I got better with practice. However, I still can't put them in without a mirror! I have to see my eyeball or else I completely fuck up the lense.

    Over the years I've had soft contacts from most of the major makers. Some are more comfortable than others, and that's a personal thing, different for each person, so you experiment with the free samples you can get.

    I have a mild astigmatism, for which I have Focus Toric Dailies, one of the few disposables available for that condition. I can't tell you how much I love disposables.

    You're always putting a fresh, pristine lens onto your eye, right from the sealed factory container. You don't have to worry about storing them, cleaning them, sanitizing them, nothing. They can't develop deposits on them, and are highly unlikely to cause an infection. And I find them very comfortable, and less likely to cause dry eye, at least for me.
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    Sep 19, 2011 1:34 PM GMT
    I they killed me! My eyes stayed blood-shot! They constantly itched...I never made it past the fitting. My doctor kept saying give it time and my eyes would adjust. I told him my eyes will never adjust to this. What kind of sadist are you! No Sir remove them now! LOL! They were only in for about eh not even a couple minutes.
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    Sep 19, 2011 1:39 PM GMT
    If you have eye dryness, you may have some problems, but there are a ton of different products out there.

    I have been wearing daily disposables for years. I can't use any solutions, I always got eye infections or irritation. The only downfall to the daily disposables are the cost. I can't stand wearing glasses 24/7 so I have no other option really.
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    Sep 19, 2011 1:46 PM GMT
    I've been wearing reading glasses since my early 40s, but when it got to the point that labels were impossible to read without glasses, I got some progressive lenses that I can just leave on when I'm in town. It turns out that I also have a slight astigmatism, and it was interesting to see how much crisper my distance vision is with those glasses.

    As for contact lenses, it freaks me out just thinking about using them. Thankfully, my lenses are very thin plastic, and with these light weight Ray-Ban titanium frames, they're very comfortable.
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    Sep 19, 2011 1:52 PM GMT
    i have dry eyes, and my optometrist sold me Acuvue Oasys . Supposed to throw them away every 2 weeks but i found i could use them over a month without any problems.
    However, she also recommended i never wear them for longer than 5-6 hours , which i never do since i only put them on for mtbiking, trail running or skiing.

    It's an ordeal the first few times you stick them in your eyes. Takes a while to get over the idea of putting something on your eye.

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    Sep 19, 2011 1:55 PM GMT
    please get those made of the silicon hydrogel. It is slightly more expensive but definitely worth the money. Unless you want to get neovascularisation, which would quite effectively put you further from the possibility of LASIC in the future if you so desire.

    In addition to the comfort, it is also geared towards longer wear for up to 14 hours a day I believe.

    Now I just sound like a spokesperson -.-
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    Sep 19, 2011 4:00 PM GMT
    The last time I wore contacts were in 2007...I didn't wear them after because of one incidence thanks to my brother....However I just bought six months worth of contacts as I'll be returning back to Toronto and its slightly cheaper here..


    I also hate things going near my eyes but I've since gotten use to the notion of contact lenses...

    @Deco....They had lenses in 1965?! I didn't know that!!
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    Sep 19, 2011 4:02 PM GMT
    Get LASIK.

    kthxbai.
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    Sep 19, 2011 6:39 PM GMT
    Fivealive said@Deco....They had lenses in 1965?! I didn't know that!!

    Yes, the hard plastic kind. Soft lenses didn't become widely available until a few years later, and I got my first pair of those in 1972.

    It was quite the process to own soft lenses, besides daily cleaning you had to sterilize them each day in a small electric autoclave aseptor. Later all-chemical cold methods were developed, but many of these contained a mercury solution (thimirasol) that caused eye irritation, as they did to me, and has been blamed for other health problems.

    But the hard lenses were more difficult to wear. Any jolt to the head could dislodge them, so they'd slip onto the white of the eye, and if they went under your upper eyelid it could be a hassle to get them out. For that reason I rarely wore them during high school gym class. In fact, they could even pop right out of your eye.

    Plus they were normally tinted grey, because due to some optical property that I don't understand the lenses would make the eyes more sensitive to light. But that meant your eyes appeared a bit darker, and people could see the tinted lens on your eye.
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    Sep 19, 2011 6:50 PM GMT
    TheChrisGuy saidplease get those made of the silicon hydrogel. It is slightly more expensive but definitely worth the money. Unless you want to get neovascularisation, which would quite effectively put you further from the possibility of LASIC in the future if you so desire.

    In addition to the comfort, it is also geared towards longer wear for up to 14 hours a day I believe.


    I agree with this, this is the current state of the art in soft contacts.

    There is no "best" brand, just make sure that your eye care provider works with you to find a brand that works for you, which may take a little effort. For example, to avoid reading glasses I recently switched to multifocal contacts. I got the best vision with Air Optix Multifocal, but they irritated my eyes terribly in a way that I couldn't get used to so I settled for slightly less crisp vision with Acuvue Oasys for Presbyopia. It took a few weeks to figure this all out.

    Make sure that you comply with your cleaning and disinfection regime religiously and do NOT wear the lenses overnight, even if they're "approved" for overnight wear. You'll have a significantly increased risk of serious problems if you wear them overnight.