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Old 04-01-2021, 04:17 AM
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Ok so had the ugh well lets just say I was WAY overdue for the visit to the eye doc by MANY years and I could use some new specs since I basically couldn't see shi*. Nothing special with glasses I've used aside from progressive lenses and when I first got those years ago, I nearly broke my ass trying to get use to them but that's a another story. I have never used contacts in my 60 years. Glasses have their pros and cons as I imagine contacts do. For those with experience with both,
what say you ?

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Old 04-01-2021, 04:31 AM
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I could not tolerate contacts and went with lasik.
Old 04-01-2021, 04:35 AM
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Originally Posted by Bfish View Post
I could not tolerate contacts and went with lasik.
Thanks, that's not much of an option for me so I'm at specs or contacts.
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Thirty years of wearing contacts, no issues at all. Change em out whenever, several months on a pair.
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I wear glasses in the morning and put in my contacts shortly there after. I like them however they will take a while to get used to.

I have progressive contacts.
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I can't really use contacts. I do short term while surfing, but other than that I can't. They throw off my depth perception especially when looking down. Also my eyes are too dry for them, and trying plugs sucked.
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Thanks much, I can related to getting use to. When I first got progressive lens glasses, Jesus I was falling down drunk.I was bound and determined and got use to them, but it was a bitch.
Old 04-01-2021, 05:21 AM
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wearing contacts for over 30 years exclusively. now days I do have a pair of glasses but very seldom wear them. I put my contacts in every morning even though I could leave them in. they are very comfortable and never bother me at all.

glasses tend to get cumbersome to me. fog over in the winter, get sweaty in the summer.

only thing would be getting used to putting contacts in and taking them out may take a few times for you.

I would recommend contacts over glasses but, you should also become much more regular at your eye doc if you go that route. I go in every two years.
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Got glasses for a little after road signs started becoming blurry at distances, hated the hassle and look of them. Was going go with Lasik but i have astigmatism so it wouldn't be a simple procedure. Switched to contacts couple years ago. The 1st week of putting them in is a hassle. Almost quit and went back to glasses but once you get the hang of it you will wonder why is was so hard to start. I put them in when i get up and take out before bed. New ones each month. You can do daily or weekly as well. Don't even realize they are in anymore. Try a couple different brands. I went through about 4 or 5 before finding the most comfortable.
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I've been using contacts for about 10 years. First tried the progressive, then switched to mono vision.

Some seasonal issues (allergies), and dust can be a problem in the garage but overall glad I switched over.

I looked at Lasik but the thought of having to use readers (I'm 53) didn't justify the cost.
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I've been wearing contacts for over thirty years and had no issues until the last year or two. Being almost fifty, I started having issues reading things up close and noticed I couldn't see too good at long distances (couldn't see the birds working in the distance). Made an appointment with my eye doctor and they prescribed me monovision lenses, one for up close and one for distance. This worked great for reading but still had trouble with long distances. I rarely wore my glasses but I scratched a cornea and wore my glasses for a few days and realized I see alot better with them. I have since had a pair of prescription Maui's made with progressive lenses and the difference when I'm fishing is incredible. I can see birds working at long distances, I can tie knots up close, very glad I did it. Still wear the contacts occassionaly but glasses more now.
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I have been wearing contact lenses since 1974. The contacts of today are much better than they have ever been in ease of use, comfort, and cost. I am nearsighted and have some astigmatism. I can read without glasses OK but could use a bit of help at times. I put my contacts in in the AM, and take them out at night before bed I have been doing the mono-vision thing, with one contact in my right eye, and nothing in the left. Sounds weird, but your body adapts to it very rapidly. This time I went with a lens that is multi-focal for nearsightedness, astigmatism, and to help with reading. It is OK but I probably will go back to the monovision thing next time. Should you do that you can always put a pair of cheaters over your contacts for reading.
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Contacts for at least 20 years, couldn’t do my outdoor life without them. I enjoy being able to have regular sunglasses around my neck at all times and not have to worry about them being prescription.

my contacts are zero issue for me to put on and take off...I don’t even think about it.

Unfortunately now, I have to have readers on top of my contacts but I’m getting used to it...my eyes have gotten a lot worse on the last couple years
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Have had glasses for about a year but have always been at a disadvantage with my non prescription sunglasses, especially when fishing and not seeing what others are pointing out. Made an appointment next week for contacts. What are some of the pros cons to different types of contacts ? I have read there are ones you can leave in for extended periods and ones you have to remove each night before bed.
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I switch between both. I have glasses for around the house, or days I don't feel like putting the contacts in. I have dailies so I don't have to worry about storing them or keeping them clean. Just one wear and toss em.

Typically I only wear them when I'm doing some outdoor activities or want to wear sunglasses.
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Used contacts exclusively 16-40 yo. Extended wear.

eventually eyes got allergic to deposits on lenses, built more deposits rapidly. Started taking out nightly and replacing often. Then stopped alltogether
Only glasses since. Glasses are less hassle once changed to daily wear.

I use contacts with diving mask, thats about it.

If i wore contacts, id need reading glasses now too. But i can look under my normal glasses, or take them off, and read fine. Since work at computer, id being wearing contacts and readers all day....vs nothing.


Wearing prescription sunglasses, not being able to read watch or phone is a pain.

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been wearing glasses since third grade. got contacts in 7th... I'm 40 now, so however long that is.

for the most part, I wear my glasses in the morning from the bedroom to the bathroom, put in the contacts and then bathroom to the bedroom at night when I take them out.

IMO, the key to successful contact lens wearing and comfort, aside from a proper fitting, is a high quality solution for when they're in the case.

I'd LOVE to get Lasik but the thought of lasers and sh!t in my eye terrifies me.
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I've had glasses, contacts and now LASIK. Glasses sucked. They fog. They get in the way. They fall and break. I would take contacts 7 ways to Sunday over them, which I wore for about 12-13 years. The problem with contacts is people are negligent with them. They leave them in at night, don't replace them as they should, don't clean them periodically. The downfalls to contacts are things like the wind blowing them out or sometimes, but rarely, they just fall out. I had a few times coming back from offshore on a beautiful day where the wind coming through the open front windshield hatch would blow one out. Then I would have to take the other out and go to glasses.

LASIK, well, if you're a candidate it's the best. Best thing I forgot I ever did. I was 20/200 in both eyes. After LASIK I've tested out at 20/15 to 20/20 for the last 10 years. Zero side effects a year post-op. No halos, no dry eyes. I go about my daily life with perfect vision.
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Good points, I can always get both. VA pays for my care so I can avoid the cost of prescription sunglasses. They damn sure won't pay for a set of Maui Jim Sunglasses LOL but they'll be more than happy to supply me with contacts, glasses and all the medical care I need until I wear out.
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Been wearing contacts for about 30 years as well. Pretty active, golf, fishing, coaching etc and am also kind of light sensitive, so I always have sunglasses on.

That being said, as soon as get home I pull my contacts out and put on my glasses. Also wear them on rainy days just to give my eyes a break.

I have two week contacts, so I toss them on the 15th and last day of each month and use fresh. Definitely can feel the difference with a fresh pair.

I also have readers now for when I'm wearing contacts. Bought real readers (not from Costco or Walgreens etc) as the cheap ones were giving me a headache.

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