adjusting to RGP contact lenses
May 21, 2006 7:12 PM Subscribe
Adjusting to RGP contact lenses
posted by needs more cowbell to health & fitness (17 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I got RGP (rigid gas permeable) lenses about a week and a half ago after wearing soft contacts for a few years. At first every blink drove me crazy (and I was blinking a lot), but I got used to the overall sensation of hard lenses within two days or so.
Now, though, I have a different problem: there are intermittent periods where one lens or the other feels okay, but a lot (at least 50%) of the time one lens or the other will feel pretty uncomfortable. The sensation is different from what I experienced when I first got the lenses--it feels a bit like having a piece of dirt or sand in my eye (with no contacts). Putting eye drops in doesn't seem to help. Taking the lenses out for a bit and putting them back helps most of the time, but obviously I can't spend all day doing that in the long term.
-What is this? Did this happen to other people and does it go away?
-Is it a piece of dirt trapped under the lens or can RGP lenses give that feeling for other reasons? It seems hard to believe that I could be getting dirt trapped under the lenses so often.
-Is it possible this is only happening because I'm living in a dusty house right now? Do other RGP wearers have this happen only in dusty places? (I'm kind of hoping this is it, but it's hard to believe that something as tiny as a piece of dust could be doing this.)
I'll be seeing my optometrist on Wednesday for a checkup, but I'd like to get a sense beforehand whether this is something that will get better if I can stick with it or if I'll have to look into other options.
I'd really like for these to work--I've worn soft lenses--disposable toric, nondisposable aspheric, disposable aspheric--and none of them has really given me good enough vision. Glasses annoy me because of the distortion and lack of peripheral vision...