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Old 04-22-2003, 07:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Contact Lens

Are they any good? yes i know they're convenient but are they bad for your eyes?

I dunno, i just kindof wondered
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Old 04-22-2003, 07:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I had them, but then I went back to glasses.

In the summer when I would sweat, the sweat would go into my eyes and burn the hell out of them.

They were nice, but I ended up going back to glasses, and don't mind them really.

I would consider getting contacts again, but right now I am perfectly content to just wear glasses.

As long as you clean them regularly, and don't fall asleep with them in, you should be ok. One of the big factors is how your eyes react to them. Some people can't take them (even soft lenses), others can.

They are worth checking out, and maybe your eye doctor can give you a "demo" pair to see how your eyes react to them.
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Old 04-22-2003, 07:27 PM   #3 (permalink)
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i'm paranoid.

i cant even imagine putting things in my eye!

and i dont need glasses all the time, so i can take off glasses for the majority of the time.

i dont think i can do that w/ contacts.
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Old 04-22-2003, 07:49 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I could never put something on my eye personally. Aside for that, I like glasses because I think they add character and there're so many different types of frames, each can say something about you.

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Old 04-22-2003, 09:13 PM   #5 (permalink)
it takes some getting used to in order to put them in your eye, but after that, I've found them pretty easy and convenient
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Old 04-22-2003, 09:26 PM   #6 (permalink)
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i'm facing a point in my life where i seriously need to get to the eye doctor and get my eyes checked; i'm the only one in three direct generations of my family who dosen't have some form of corrective lenses yet...

now with that in mind, i don't want contacts. first off is the squeamish but ever-popular "i can't touch my eyes" - a sad truth for me as well. beyond that, i've seen the daily rituals that wearers go through... from teh mundane rinsing with solution to the wonderfully bazzare (of which i won't discuss at this point). all have afected my desicion that i'll simply spring for the second set of eyes and get glasses... who knows... one day you'll pull up 'phred of the day' and find me in spectacles... i know you're all on the edge of yoru seats now.
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Old 04-22-2003, 10:10 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I had the same problem of I couldn't touch my eyes, after I put them in a few times I got the hang of it. I have now had laser eye surgery and have near 20/20 vision (I should have better but I don't ever go back to the guy to get them checked, I'm lazy and it costs $90) so i don't have to worry anymore. It's great and I'm so glad I don't have to deal with it anymore. Also soft contacts (the ones you can throw away) are really nice.
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Old 04-22-2003, 10:29 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Well, I'm strange, since I not only contacts, but I wear hard contacts. I'm VERY used to them by this point, so it's kind of a special case. I like them a lot more than glasses. No fogging up. No slipping down your nose. No having to pick a style. None of that. Throw 'em in, forget 'em, take 'em out at night. Wash, rinse, repeat. They can take a bit of getting used to, but are much cheaper than laser surgery, which is nice and don't have any serious side effects I know of.
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Old 04-22-2003, 10:29 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Old 04-22-2003, 10:32 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I've been wearing contacts since I was 15, and I'm 35 now..... contacts are great, when I first started wearing them they were a pain in the ass, you had to clean them with a special soap then rinse them with saline and put another solution in the cleaning case and plug it in.... then they came out with another setup, you had to clean them with the special soap, rinse them with saline and put them in a different case with a special cleaning solution... but you didn't have to plug it in.... nowdays it's really easy, I buy a years supply of daily wear throw away contacts.... you open a pack each day, wear them and at night toss them out! All you need is saline solution to wet your eyes before putting them in and taking them out... I know what everybody means about touching your eyes but once you get used to it, you can't feel contacts at all.....they become part of you
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Old 04-22-2003, 10:50 PM   #11 (permalink)
Location: Portland
I just got my new perscription today! yipeeee
I love my contacts... I've had them since I was 16, and haven't worn glasses since... HOWEVER... I just bought a pair of glasses today as well because, if you're like me, it's PAIN IN THE ASS to have contacts and do anything where significant amounts of dirt are present. Me, I like to go camping. and camping and contacts is like a recycling bin in the White House - the concepts just do not work well together.
So now I have both... contacts for daily wear so I can be cool and convenient.... glasses for being hardcore (and I get to look all emo punk too... how trendy!)

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Old 04-22-2003, 10:58 PM   #12 (permalink)
Location: Boston
i've never need them or glasses, but today i saw an ad on tv how they made a contact lense that can stay in your eye for 30days with out being removed. Yes you can even shower or whatever. They kept saying something bout the special polymer used lets in 300% more oxygen to the eye, therefore enabling a person to wear it longer without irritation
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Old 04-23-2003, 12:57 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Sticking something in my eye... ?

No... I'll stick to glasses.
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Old 04-23-2003, 04:34 AM   #14 (permalink)
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I wear Rigid Semi-Permiable contacts. I don't wear them near as often now which means they feel more uncomfortable. I quit wearing them when I was in the hospital and then recovering from C-Section. Now I can't wear them often because I'm on the pill (one side effect is that it drys your eyes out some). I love the Rigid ones. I just have to take the time to get use to them again. Every Optomitrist I see seems to think I'm nuts because they aren't as comfortable as soft contacts. Here's why I chose them. 1. Rigid contacts are $40 per lens and can, with proper care, last up to 10 years. I have had mine for 4. 2. Soft Toric lenses (for astigmatism which is what my correction is for mainly) are much more depending on the make and supplier. They run about $65 per lens up to $110 or so. Now if you don't need the Toric lenses it will be significantly cheaper. 3. Rigid lenses, according to the Consumer reports, are credited with minutely improving vision over a long period of use. The last two times I saw an optomitrist (the last two years) my eyes had improved both times. They don't require chemical washes. You rub them in one solution for 10 seconds and then put them in the case with the soaking solution. The solutions (last I checked) were about $15 altogether and last me for about 4-5 months. I do now that the soft contacts are getting cheaper and cheaper and are more comfortable to wear than ever before but I'm a cheapo and like my Rigid Contacts. Also you don't ever have to touch your eye. It does take about 2 weeks to become FULLY accoustomed to them. Once you are though you really dont' notice them anymore. When I put them in I set them on the inside of my bottom lid and them let go of the lid. To take them out I pull my eyelids tight and blink hard (I can't get this method to work but it's what they usually teach you) or I put my bottom lid up underneath the contact and it slips out onto my eyelid. Never touch my eye with my finger. I have been thankful for them once in a while. They seem to keep my eyes from getting hurt somewhat. Once I even saw a bug fly into my eye, hit my contact and fly away and I never felt it. Wierd but I was glad for my contact. lol Just the information that helped me decide what to choose.
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Old 04-23-2003, 04:56 AM   #15 (permalink)
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It's all the stuff you have to carry around that I don't like. Imagine never being able to go on vacation without taking your lens cases and your solution and your tube of glop and your sterilizer and your bottle of goo....

That and, I think I look pretty good in my glasses.

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Old 04-23-2003, 07:19 AM   #16 (permalink)
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I dont like them at all. But I also have a fear of something that close or touching my eyes. I do wear glasses but I only need them for reading and driving so I don't feel like I really need contacts.
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Old 04-23-2003, 07:21 AM   #17 (permalink)
I find contacts to be extremely inconvenient, as I need my case and some solution before I can go to bed. I've tried sleeping with them in, and I'd rather not repeat the experience.

That being said, I really like contacts. Cheaper than surgery, and no glasses to worry about throughout the day.
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Old 04-23-2003, 07:24 AM   #18 (permalink)
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the thought of sticking them in my eyes freaks me out.

i don't wear glasses though. so never even tried wearing them.
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Old 04-23-2003, 08:18 AM   #19 (permalink)
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Don't know -- have never had glasses...but if I needed them I think contacts would be the route I'd take.
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Old 04-23-2003, 08:36 AM   #20 (permalink)
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i'm paranoid.

i cant even imagine putting things in my eye!
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Old 04-23-2003, 08:48 AM   #21 (permalink)
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I've been wearing my softlens 66 torics for 3 years now. I wear each pair for a month, then throw them out and open a new pair.
Each night I take them out, rinse them with a multipurpose cleaning/rinsing/protien removal solution. Then they get soaked overnight. In the morning I take them out, rub 'em a little, rinse them and pop them in. Now I don't have to worry about it for the rest of the day. Glasses are so much more of a pain I can't believe people wear them.

My contacts are a touch more expensive because they are toric, to correct for my astigmatism (in each eye). I ordered two new boxes from Sears yesterday. Sears, by the way, price matched what I found from online contact sellers, but Sears didn't make me pay shipping. WOW!
They were 31.95/box. Each box has 6 contacts in it, and I need one box per eye. So 6 months worth was 64 dollars. Not too bad.
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Old 04-23-2003, 08:56 AM   #22 (permalink)
I actually went down to the eye doctor and tried for an hour to put those damn things in. I don't really care anyway. I've worn glasses for so long, it would be wierd without them.
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Old 04-23-2003, 10:10 AM   #23 (permalink)
Location: BC, Canada
My eyesight isn't THAT bad but it was getting to the point where seeing a small black puck on the far side of the ice was very difficult. So I made the decision a couple of years ago to get some contacts for sports. It was the best decision I made. It took a bit to get the hang of putting them in but after you get used to that...no difficulty.

I wear my glasses most of the time but if I go for a run or play sports or just want to wear a pair of regular sunglasses I pop in my contacts. I have monthly contacts that you are supposed to throw out after a month or so but I generally stretch them a couple of months at least as I don't really wear them much. If my eyes start getting itchy or they feel scratchy I throw them away. The solution's these days are rub free so you just rinse them and then store them in their container for the night.

The 2 years I had them I didnt' even have the correct prescription for the contacts (astigmatism caused problems) but it was better than it was. Now, I have a much better prescription and would probably wear them more but at nights glasses are so much nicer to wear cause you can easily take them off and fall asleep.

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Old 04-23-2003, 10:57 AM   #24 (permalink)
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I've been wearing contacts for at least 15 years. Couldn't live without them. I don't even own glasses. One day I'll get Lasik and get rid of the contacts.
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Old 04-23-2003, 11:40 AM   #25 (permalink)
I got my first pair of glasses when I was in the second grade. Then, I got my first pair of contacts in the ninth grade and that was 13 years ago. I HATE glasses, will never wear them again. Just trying to save up now to get Lasik so that I don't have to wear either ever again.
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Old 04-23-2003, 11:44 AM   #26 (permalink)
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I've got glasses now, which I don't mind. Actually, they've saved my eyes a few times... Impact resistant lenses and flexon frame... can't go wrong.

That said, I'd like to try contacts. Sometimes glasses just get really annoying. Besides, sometimes I'd like to wear sunglasses, and I don't like the clip on things. Talk about the screwy reasoning behind that... I want contacts so I can wear glasses... go figure.
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Old 04-23-2003, 12:14 PM   #27 (permalink)
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I like my glasses, its amazing how sometimes you can just forget you're wearing them. I can get away with not wearing them when I'm walking around outside (my astigmatic eyes "cancel" each other out so to speak) so I can go out and buy non-prescription sunglasses for outdoors stuff. It only really becomes a problem when I'm in front of a computer screen or reading for hours on end.

I would only consider "learning" to use contacts so I could have a go with those gimmicky demon eye lenses - problem is, I've heard those things can be pretty damn bad for eye health, so forget it.
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Old 04-23-2003, 12:46 PM   #28 (permalink)
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I have been wearing contacts since I was a kid...I love them.They can be a pain sometimes though.If I have them in for too long during one day and I'm tired my eyes get irritated.If you get a speck of dirt on them they will drive you insane.I would wear them over glasses anyday.I like the fact I can wear a normal pair of shades also.That's probably the main reason I still wear them....That and the honest fact that I think I look better without the glasses.My vain side showing.
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Old 04-23-2003, 01:12 PM   #29 (permalink)
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I had contacts all throughout my teenage years... I didn't mind them, but they had a tendency to fall out of my eyes alot and get lost... or I'd drop them while trying to put them in and step on them... plus I hated doing all the cleaning shit. They also cost $70 a pair... and my eyes produce an abnormal amount of protein so no matter how much I cleaned them I'd still have to get them replaced at least twice a year. The disposable kind are waaay too expensive. I'm just sticking with glasses now. Helluva lot cheaper and easier, and I look better with them.
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Old 04-23-2003, 02:03 PM   #30 (permalink)
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i'm with the contacts folks.. i love them... i have glasses for back up.
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Old 04-23-2003, 03:54 PM   #31 (permalink)
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I used to wear contacts 14 hours a day....but that's really not good for you. I finally got some glasses so I only wear contacts four days of the week and when I do, only for 10 hours. They're nice, especially when you're swimming or in situations where glasses would get fogged up. However, they do hurt like hell when I put them in for the first month I had them.
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Old 04-23-2003, 03:54 PM   #32 (permalink)
I've worn contacts for a long time, it's great I'm so non-squeamish about the eye thing. I'm at the point where I can place or remove the contact lens without even holding my eyelid open. I don't care. Eyelash in my eye? Sand? I just dig it out. My optometrist got a new assistant, the one who helps first-timers with contacts, and she freaked when I did that. "I'm jaded".
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Old 04-23-2003, 04:20 PM   #33 (permalink)
I too thought I could never touch my eyes, but I got contacts about a year ago and got used to it pretty quickly. I like them, but I do generally take my contacts out at the end of the day and put my glasses on -- they get a little uncomfortable after being in for 12+ hours, but other than that I don't even notice them.

One tip I got from the optometrist that's really helped me is to put a couple of drops of solution inside them before putting them in...mine are a lot more comfortable when I do that.
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Old 04-23-2003, 04:28 PM   #34 (permalink)
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I could never get used to contacts. I have strange hours and I could never get used to the feel. I never minded the glasses, but it was a pain not to be able to see the time and shaving blind was getting old. They would get in the way during the occaisional social interaction.

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Old 04-23-2003, 05:36 PM   #35 (permalink)
contacts are the great.... it's one less thing to worry about breaking when you're doing something.
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Old 04-23-2003, 06:45 PM   #36 (permalink)
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i love my contacts, been wearing them for a year or so. When i first thought about getting them i didnt think i could touch my eye, but it doesnt last past putting them in twice. Just dont fall asleep with them, and your good.
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Old 04-23-2003, 08:06 PM   #37 (permalink)
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my little thing about contacts... if I could wear glasses that rested on the bridge of my nose and didn't extend past my eyes, I would, but alas, they dont make them like that. So, just so I can lay down on my side and watch TV with my head on a pillow, I wear contacts.

They sometimes slip up to the edges of my eyes, and I blink a bit to get them situated. I rub my eyes a lot more, and sometimes they come out when I do it. However, I like being able to see with complete peripheral vision. The plusses of contacts outweigh the minuses. You can wear neat looking shades with contacts too. I've never heard about polarized eye glasses, so the shades are a real bonus if you drive home against the sun.

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Old 04-23-2003, 11:27 PM   #38 (permalink)
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I work at an optometrists office. Contacts are great if you get a good fitting and don't have terribly sensative eyes. Glasses are cool too, but whatever you do, don't get the surgery!
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Old 04-24-2003, 12:08 AM   #39 (permalink)
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Originally posted by Spanky Johnson
I too thought I could never touch my eyes, but I got contacts about a year ago and got used to it pretty quickly. I like them, but I do generally take my contacts out at the end of the day and put my glasses on -- they get a little uncomfortable after being in for 12+ hours, but other than that I don't even notice them.

One tip I got from the optometrist that's really helped me is to put a couple of drops of solution inside them before putting them in...mine are a lot more comfortable when I do that.
Very true..... I have always had a pair of glasses for backup, Contacts are great but after a night of drinking the first thing you do when you get home is take them out and put on your glasses.... what really sucks is if you lay down and go to sleep with your contacts on, you wake up all sticky eyed and say.... WTF? then you figure out that ypu have gone to sleep with your contacts on....... I wear daily's so I just toss them and go back to sleep, then grab a new pair when I wake up.......
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Old 04-24-2003, 01:39 AM   #40 (permalink)
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Glasses make me look more respectable.

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