Glasses or contacts (strong astigmatism) ??

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  1. jun

    jun Semi-Pro

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    My eyes are pretty bad. It's worse because my left eye has a severe case of astigmatism, and the different in two eyes are rather great. Even when I wear contacts, I will sometimes have trouble focusing on the the object, and start to see mutiples of them. And I ESPECIALLY have trouble focusing on close object after staring at distant object.

    My eyes now get somewhat irriated when I wear contacts for several hours..

    I want to get lasik surgery but I am a little scared and can't really afford good surgeon anyways. So if there was any other solution to my eye problem (other good contact lens besides RGP ?)? Or if wearing glasses would help?
     
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  2. PHSTennis

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    I herd lasik is bad and it can fail and stuff... Make it worst... possibly blindness... yeah you really want a good surgeon to mess with your eyes... they are very valuable, but one of my teachers got that done no problem... hes still wearing glasses though... he just fixed the astihmatism part ... My Bolle sunglasses has attachments for glasses lens... they are pretty nice tennis glasses... they dont fall off or anything.. the color is cool too... Im not that used to it yet though but getting there...
     
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  3. jun

    jun Semi-Pro

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    what bolle model do you have? I have seen one of those, and I am thinking of getting one.
     
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  4. Cypo

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    I have an astigmatism in my left eye as well. The contacts didn't work for me because when my eye moved rapidly (as for tennis) the weight wasn't enough to keep it vertical and everything went blurry for a moment. I use the Addias glasses with the clip in corrective lenses. They look kind of stupid with the clear outter lenses, but they are very comfortable to play in, have the darker outer lenses to switch to if you want sunglasses, and are also practical for skiing and bike riding. (BTW - an 18 year old told me recently that they were "laessig", which more or less means cool, which I think you call sick now...)
     
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  5. waterpro

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    I was in the same exact boat as you last October. Hated wearing contacts or glasses while playing tennis. So I decided to take the plunge. For the record, my Rx was -5.25 w/ -1.5 astigmatism in the left eye and -5.5 w/ -1.25 astigmatism in the right eye. There were a few other people that I work with that had it done the same day as me(7 in all, ranging from -1.5 to -9). All of us came out with and still have 20/25 or better in both eyes. If you have really bad astigmatism it may not be totally correctable. You should see someone. The one thing I do know is that Wavefront technology came out about 9 months ago and can remove astigmatism along with other 2nd order abnormalities in your eyes. My rx now is -.25 w/ no astigmatism in my left eye, and 0 w/ -.25 astigmatism in my right eye. Like I said all 7 of use are seeing 20/25 or better. My wife is 20/15 in both eyes.

    As for tennis, I feel like I have jump a level on my game. I can pick up on the ball faster and track it better. I had toric lenses for my astigmatism and if you shift your head the contact moves like a pendulum in your eye because the lenses are weighted. So for me, I am 100% happy I got it. It makes tennis so much more enjoyable. Even if it had no effect on my tennis, the sheer fact that I no longer have to take out, clean and put in contacts every day is worth it to me. I can't tell you the number of times, I have had to drive home from work with 1 contact in my eye and the other in the case because halfway through the day my eye got irritated and I had to take one out. I am so glad I got it. Just wish I had done it earlier.

    I would say if you can afford it do it.
     
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  6. rob61

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    You may need glasses then for reading

    I use glasses for distance, and don't really enjoy wearing glasses when playing tennis. However, I'm at the point where I can wear glasses for distance, but need to remove them for reading close up. I haven't gotten bifocals yet, as I can just take off my glasses.

    My optician said if I got lasik for distance, I'd probably have to wear "reading glasses" to magnify the printed page when reading. So if you are getting to where you wear them for distance but need to remove them for reading, or use bifocals, you might want to consider this before getting lasik.
     
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  7. jun

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    Do you guys hate wearing glasses for comfort reasons, or it didn't help much in picking up balls, and depth perception? If I can wear glass (instead of contacts) and can pick up balls better, then I would probably get Bolle with inside-clip-on.

    After lasik, can you still wear contacts? Or Do you have to resort to glasses?

    The thing that irritates me the most is incapability to quickly focus on objects in different distances. I am still in college, and if I have been staring at the board for some time, then it takes me a few seconds to be able to focus on my notes. And I am only 23.5 years old...
     
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  9. waterpro

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    I am currently 28, so I don't have to worry about my upclose vision for quiet a few years yet. From the research I did, the liquid in the lens starts to solidify around your early 40's, that is why you need reading glasses as you get older. This will happen to almost every person out there. If you are nearsighted(you can currently see near stuff but not far stuff) then this aging of the eye is less extreme. If you currently have perfect upclose and distance vision, when you hit your 40's you'll start to need reading glasses. If you are currently farsighted(see far but not up close) then your upclose vision will worsen as you get older. It's just a fact of life, it will happen to everyone.

    For me since I am at least 12 years away from needing reading glasses, lasik was definately the correct choice. One of the ladies that I work with got monovision done on her eyes. Meaning she had one done for distance and one for upclose. She loves it. She is in her mid 50's. I've been told that your brain will learn and adapt so that it uses the eye it needs to. I would think that for playing sports this would be an inconvenience though as your depth perception would be shot.

    Personally, when the time comes for me, I'm just going to get reading glasses. I do computer work so wearing glasses is no biggie when working. Other than work I am not an indoor person, so the distance vision without any lenses(contact or glasses) is a benifit for me.


    To answer the above question, yes, most people can wear contacts after lasik. Although because of your age and assuming a sucessful operation you won't need them. At least for some time to come. You are younger than me so after the op you won't have to worry about glasses for at least another 17 years.

    Also for me glasses were a pain in the but because of the limited area I could look through. I could see the stuff in the center clear but my perifial vision was all fubared. I had so many problems focusing on the ball because of this. Also not to mention teh added weight and heat that got trapped on my face. Another problem with contacts is that inevitably I always got sweat trapped inbetween my eye and my contact causing a very intense burning. I am so glad those days are behind me.

    Hope that helps!
     
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