I've been wearing eyeglasses for the past 20 years or so, and I'm tired of them. However, I'm on the fence about getting contacts – any tips or thoughts would be appreciated. [more inside]
Two weeks ago I went to the UC Berkeley eye clinic for my annual eye exam and decided to be fitted for contacts because it turns out there are contacts that don't require solution. I didn't know! But it feels like I'm being railroaded into buying the most expensive kind of lenses; am I? [more inside]
You are not my ophthalmologist. I'll see my doc again in a couple of months. I am asking (pretty please) for experiences/advice with wearing multifocal disposable contact lenses. Did they work for you? This might seem like a dumb question, but I am trying to figure out if I need a different Rx, or if these kinds of contacts just won't work for me. The threads I found on multifocal contacts are a few years old, and perhaps technology has changed, so here goes (super-sensitive-skin snowflakes follow): [more inside]
How do you, my fellow glasses/contacts wearers, handle swimming in pools? [more inside]
I am moderately nearsighted and currently wear glasses with a prescription of roughly -3 in each eye. I take my glasses off to read, and always have. This is not because writing appears blurry with my glasses on, but because reading with my glasses on causes my eyes to strain, or feels like it does, and it has always just felt more comfortable to take them off. Does this make me a bad candidate for contacts or corrective surgery? Do I just need to get used to reading with my vision corrected? Is this something bifocals/bifocal contacts can address?
I'm trying to find a place to purchase some special effects contact lenses like the type here. Due to the proximity to Halloween I'd ideally like to purchase them locally in San Francisco. I tried calling Kryolan and asking for leads, but they had none. Neither did my optometrist's office. I'd also happily look at an online retailer that offers expedited shipping.
What allergy eyedrops do you use? [more inside]
One of my rigid gas permeable contact lenses just broke. I would like to get it replaced (and should probably get an eye exam while I'm about it, so no internet-only options, please). Does anyone have a recommendation for a good optometrist in NYC who will do this and who won't try to persuade me to switch to soft lenses?
I have scarring on my cornea from a herpes attack to the eye 6 years ago. My eye is stable but very sensitive to wind. Is it safe to wear contact lenses to shield the eye? If so, is there a recommended type of lens?
All my life, I've had perfect vision. I'm 44, and finally starting to feel like I need vision correction of some sort. Glasses? Contacts? Unlock these mysteries for me, please. [more inside]
I've been trying to locate some "white out"-style special effect contact lenses (the kind that make your iris and pupil a milky white, like Storm in the X-Men films when she uses her powers), but I've been having a hard time finding something that fits my prescription. Does anyone know of a reputable store that sells these kinds of SFX lenses with corrective power? [more inside]
I'm a new contact-lense wearer. A couple of weeks ago, I got the Acuvue Moist daily contact lenses from an optometrist. I was told to wear them daily for a week to get used to them. I wore them for about 4 days (5 hours/day) and then I quit wearing them because I had to do a lot of driving on those days and the contact lenses made my eyes feel dry and uncomfortable. So now I'm trying to wear them again but they still feel as uncomfortable as they did when I first began wearing them. I don't have blurry vision when wearing them. They just feel uncomfortable and I know that they are in my eyes. I don't know if it's because I'm still not used to them or that my eyes just can't handle contact lenses. How long did it take you to get used to your contact lenses at first and how did it feel for you?
I've worn contacts for over 30 years now but have recently considered getting Lasik. I have heavy astigmatism and have been wearing toric lenses, which work most of the time but still tend to drift making my vision poor at any distance. I signed up for a Lasik seminar, attended and was interested in continuing. I stopped wearing my contacts over two weeks before my preop exam but apparently my eyes still haven't settled to a consistent shape because they couldn't get consistent results when measuring them. I have another exam scheduled in two weeks but I'm beginning to wonder if it's even worth it. Should I just accept defeat or go back and try again?
I'm looking at getting some yellow contact lenses for a costume and would like to know what brands of unusual lenses people have found comfortable and effective - not too vision obscuring, not -ridiculously- unnatural looking, so on. [more inside]
Tell me about buying hard (rigid gas permeable) contacts online [more inside]
Best use of vision insurance-glasses or contacts? [more inside]
What's a good replacement for Acuvue 2 contact lenses (non-Oasys/non-silicone) that I can get in a hurry? [more inside]
Save me from my glasses! I'd like to find the perfect contacts. [more inside]
What makes contact solution "no rub"? [more inside]
Make me look like Sterling Archer for Halloween. I want to look just like the "animated" version of him. I don't just want to wear a tux and color my hair. Need tips on "animating" a suit, painting my face, getting contact lenses, and getting my hair just right. [more inside]
I am considering changing from contact lenses that last one month to daily disposable lenses. Is there anything that I should know? Looking for pros and cons, particularly from anyone who has made this switch. [more inside]
I decided to try gas permeable contacts today, but now I've read previous questions on mefi, I am having serious concerns over my choice. Does anyone like their RGP contacts, especially after years of soft contact lens wear? [more inside]
My annual eye exam is coming up. I've had a years-long string of not-quite-right corrective lenses. What can I do to get an accurate prescription this time? [more inside]
I'm looking for a place online where I can get a bunch of non-prescription soft contact lenses that I could use to practice putting stuff into my eye.
I'm looking for a place online where I can get a bunch of non-prescription soft contact lenses that I could use to practice putting stuff into my eye. I went for my first contact lens fitting about a year ago, and it took me a good 30 minutes of trying to get them in. At the end of this torture my eyes were red and teary and I had to keep blowing my nose. Things got busy and I never ended going back after the 3rd fitting (I have a crazy astigmatism that requires toric lenses and is apparently hard to fit). I also never got the hang of putting the lenses in without sitting in front of a mirror for a long, long time. Before going back, I'd like to get the hang of it. That's where you come in. Since I don't have a prescription, I'd like to use lenses that don't correct vision. Maybe color lenses -- would that work? I'd imagine they're all pretty similar, or no? Are color contacts soft? Is there maybe a site that gives away samples lenses with no prescription somewhere?
Should I try contact lenses again? What brand/style? [more inside]
Is there any way to make my eyes glow? [more inside]
Does saline solution in an aerosol can still exist anymore? Can I just not find it anywhere? [more inside]
After a bad experience I am finally ready to wear contact lenses again... but this time I want to be absolutely, totally, 100% safe and sterile about it. What steps should I take to minimize my chances of infection? [more inside]
Can I get contacts if I have presbyopia (needing progressives) AND astigmatism? [more inside]
Help! My contact lenses are killing my eyes. I'd like recommendations for a less irritating routine. [more inside]
My contact lens prescription has expired. I can still see just fine, my current contacts are comfortable, and I don't have a lot of extra cash right now, so I'd rather not pay $90 for an eye exam in addition to the not cheap contacts. Is there some business that you think will be willing to look the other way with respect to expiration issue and just sell me the contacts anyway? [more inside]
I'd like to buy contact lenses online, but the optometrist threw in a new twist. Astigmatism. [more inside]
I rushed while putting in my disposable contacts this morning, and one of them had that irritating something-is-caught-in-it sensation that I ignored, thinking it will eventually go away. Instead it's been bugging me for the last four hours. Having no contact solution with me at the office, I took it out and gave it a one-second rinse in tap water before putting it back in. The irritation is gone and I feel great, but now I'm sort of paranoid that this short tap-water-bath is going to ruin my eyesight. (Thanks, Yahoo answers!) Is the risk bad enough that I should just take them both out and go contact-less today? [more inside]
I have a big, noticeable blood vessel cluster in my eye that won't go away, and I would like your advice on reducing or eliminating it. [more inside]
Can anyone recommend an optometrist in Columbus, Ohio? [more inside]
After giving up on contacts about 5 years ago, I'm curious about any new types of contacts that are out now that would be easy on my eyes. [more inside]
Should I stick with my current contact lenses, or go with one of two other brands? [more inside]
I'm considering wearing contact lenses again in lieu of eyeglasses to make working with camera viewfinders easier. I've worn glasses since i was a kid. Got the usual array of problems: Nearsightedness, astigmatism, presbyopia. Currently wear progressive lenses in my glasses. However, I find reading with my progressive lenses is unpleasant, so I usually take them off. I use a separate pair of glasses for computer work. I was fitted with a test pair of soft monovision lenses last week. They're not going to work. Close vision -- within arm's reach -- is unacceptable. I told the clinician I wanted contacts to provide vision correction at least as good as my glasses. I want any contacts I wear to work at distance vision, close vision, reading, driving, computer work, etc. She replied that I wouldn't get that with contacts. Is she right?
Why do my right contact lenses keep ripping? [more inside]
Can I donate unused contact lenses? [more inside]
Where's the right place to buy contact lenses online? Is this a bad idea for any reason? [more inside]
Need to order contact lenses. Where? [more inside]
When I wear contact lenses, I get bags under my eyes within about fifteen minutes. I wear toric lenses, if that matters. Is there anything I can do about this, or should I continue to stick to glasses?
I'm looking for the most comfortable, hassle-free approach to wearing contact lenses. [more inside]
Does Illinois have a law requiring vision professionals (optometrists in particular) to release spectacles (glasses) prescriptions to the patient? Contact lens prescriptions? [more inside]
I'm looking to hear from people who have both astigmatism and myopia and have successfully transitioned to contact lenses. Also, if your eye doc is in Manhattan, can I have his/her number? [more inside]
Is there a way to get a contact lens prescription without the machine where you pick 1 or 2? [more inside]
I bought B&L Soflens 59 contact lenses online and they don't seem to hold moisture. Is it me or the contacts? [more inside]
What's the best site to order contact lenses from in Canada? [more inside]
I just bought 90 days worth of daily disposable contact lenses, but I intend to wear each pair for a week at a time, taking them out every evening and cleaning them in OptiFree. I occasionally get eye infections, so I no longer want to use even a well-cleaned set of lenses longer than a week. Am I pushing safety levels by using dailies as weeklies? [more inside]
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