Contact lenses....help

Discussion in 'Other Equipment' started by guitarplayer, Aug 31, 2013.

  1. guitarplayer

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    Ok guys, it's been about 20 years since I've had contacts. Tired of messing with glasses to play tennis. I am nearsighted so I would want single vision distance correcting lenses.

    Since I am nearsighted I will only be using the contacts for tennis. Therefore, I assume I would not want the daily disposables as I would just pop them in before I play and take them out when done.

    So, and advice or knowledge before I check them out next week?
     
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  2. dkmura

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    Talk with your optometrist before trying to use contacts only for tennis. They've made many improvements that might allow you to use them longer. I'm extremely nearsighted as well, and I think you'd have a difficult time adapting to contacts for just playing.
     
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  3. Chas Tennis

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    have your eyes tested with the new contacts!

    About 3 years ago I was given a new prescription and told to try these contacts to see if they were 'OK'. I did not expect any astigmatism improvement so I knew it was not going to be prefect. I accepted used them and used that prescription for 3 years.

    This year a new prescription hardly had changed (+1/4 diopter) and I was again told to try the newly prescribed contacts. They were an improvement but I was not entirely sure ...... so I decided to ask the optometrist to test my eyes with the new contacts - not the routine procedure. It took one minute to test. The new contacts were clearly off. I was lucky to find out. Another prescription and contacts were supplied and my vision was much better. Since my old ones were not too different I wondered what I had been wearing for the last 3 years!! I did not receive a clear explanation.

    Have your eyes checked with your new contacts. You might even request 2 or 3 pairs of slightly different prescriptions to try out. They are cheap.

    My new ones also have better oxygen transmission, an essential point for wearing contacts for a more prolonged time.

    I am confused about how long to use the lenses before discarding them. They last much longer than claimed. This was not an issue for my earlier focusing issue, since newly opened lenses had the same degree of blurriness.
     
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  4. SwankPeRFection

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    I wear nothing but contacts. I hate glasses. I wear extended wear contacts every day and take them out at night while I sleep. No issues with my eyes for over 10 years of doing this. My eyes get the rest they need during the night. AcuVue Oasys are really nice. Of course you may need something different, but once you find the right contacts, you won't go back.
     
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  5. Jay_The_Nomad

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    If you are using it only for tennis, you should get daily disposables.
    More hygienic and cheaper if you are using it 2-3 times a week. The long term ones like the fortnightly and monthly are cheaper if you use them everyday, but then you have to discard them after 2 weeks or 4 weeks regardless of how often you use them. If you get dailies you can stretch your supply out to last you for a longer period without having to restock.

    As for adjusting to contacts, I also use them just for tennis. For day to day activities I don't use visual aids except for driving and when i need to read something in the distance. There is a little bit of adjustment initially but after a while it becomes automatic. If you practice with contact lens, you will learn how to see the court and play the game with contact lens vision.
     
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  6. LeftyRighty

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    I use contacts all day: Air Optix.

    The air pretty blows right thru them and it makes you forget they are there, and feels nice.

    They make daily versions too I think.

    Contacts have changed a lot since the last time you used them. You may find the time it takes to clean up and put them in, it's more worth it to keep them in the whole day. Plus only using them for a few hrs at a time wont allow you much time to get used to them. Might also give you headaches, might not.

    You know that weird fisheyed vision you get when adjusting to new glasses...that will happen back and forth if you don't leave them in.

    Once your eyes get used to them, you'll be taking them right out, and have to adjust to not having them in all over again...

    It's not gonna be fun. Wear them all day at least on the days you plan to play.
     
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  7. Ramon

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    I'm nearsighted also. I prefer no lenses for most of the day so I can read easily and use corrective lenses for tennis. Until recently, I usually wore glasses, but the humidity in my area makes it annoying to constantly wipe my glasses. Now I'm using soft daily disposable contact lenses. I use Ciba lenses with a catalytic hydrogen peroxide cleaner. I reuse them for 2-3 matches before throwing them away, and I can probably get away with using them longer.
     
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  8. Cindysphinx

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    I would suggest going to a good eye doc and doing what she suggests. As others say, you might find it easiest just to wear them all day if you can. Once you are sure you are seeing well with them, you can back off some. I wouldn't expect awesome vision as a newbie if you only use them for tennis.

    I've worn contacts for almost 40 years. My experience has been that it is important to get someone really good to fit you. I go to an ophthalmologist, even thought the fellow at Costco could fit me. I have astigmatism, though, so I have to have Touric lenses (which are contoured to fit my eyes and weighted to stay positioned).

    My doc measures me and fits me, etc., but he also gives me a free trial pair of lenses. If those don't work, another free trial pair until we get it right. Then I take the prescription and fill it at Costco.

    In other words, if you decide to do this, do not cheap out. You get the expertise you pay for, and if your lenses don't fit right you have thrown your money away.
     
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  9. SwankPeRFection

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    Why does it have to be a she?
     
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  10. Jay_The_Nomad

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    The same reason why some people refer to women as womyn.
     
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  11. robbo1970

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    I use dailys. Much thinner and more comfortable.
     
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  12. Chotobaka

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    I use extended wear disposables on a daily wear basis. According to my ophthalmologist this is the next healthiest approach to daily wear disposables. Much more economical than daily wear lenses. FWIW, I usually wear lenses with a mono-vision Rx -- emphasis on one eye for distance and the other for reading and closer distances. However, I prefer to wear my distance prescription in both eyes when playing tennis. One of the huge benefits of contacts over glasses is the peripheral vision they provide.
     
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  13. Chas Tennis

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    Lasik with one eye for reading - my friend's experience.

    Several years ago a friend of mine had Lasik. He had one eye corrected for infinity and the other for reading. He is very pleased and has a confident, deadly, heavy paced, forehand.

    Possibly tennis correction might be best with one eye for distance and the other eye for the distance to the ball when struck, say, 5 feet. ??? [Reading correction is for focus at about 16", much closer than a struck ball and blurring the rest of the court.]

    For tennis contacts I discussed with my optometrist adding +1/4 or +1/2 diopter to bring my focus slightly closer than infinity - within the tennis court. He was highly opposed. Perhaps he was concerned that I would drive and the correction would blur more than was good...?
     
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  14. vintagefan

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    Do you guys always carry your glasses with you just in case you have a contact lens malfunction?
     
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  15. Power Player

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    Exact same situation here.
     
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  16. purple-n-gold

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    Another vote for Acuvue Oasys, tried the daily lenses and they were too thin for me.
     
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  17. Chotobaka

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    I carry an extra pair of lenses, some sanitizing wipes and a tiny bottle of re-wettng solution. I could not play (or drive a car) with glasses at this stage of the game.
     
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  18. guitarplayer

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    Well guys, I ended up going with some prescription Oakleys. FlakJackets.

    Really happy with them.

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  19. Fedinkum

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    Acuvue Oasys, soft disposable contact lens. One pair last anywhere between 2-4 weeks, relatively cheap. Lose one is not the end of the world. Easy to buy. I comfortably wear mine for about 8 to 10hrs a day. Easy to look after with one disinfectant solution.
     
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  20. donnygg

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    +1 to Acuvue Oasys. My eyes are slightly dry and I've never been really comfortable with contact lenses, especially when I start sweating and get dehydrated. I've tried many brands and finally settled for Acuvue Oasys. It's silicone-based and therefore has higher oxygen permeability. It's water content is low too, therefore it doesn't absorb much moisture from my eyes, unlike hydrogels with high water content. They are the most comfortable contact lenses for my dry eyes.
     
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