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BERRY4 SparkPoints: (204,432)
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6/13/14 9:59 P

Glasses now - used to be contacts. My eyes were too dry, and it seemed that if I were tired, it aggravated the whole thing. But then I don't wear glasses 24 / 7.

SUNSHINE99999 Posts: 11,473
6/13/14 9:29 A

tried contacts but my eyes were always red and the doctor said I didn't have enough natural tears although they seemed to flow freely when my sister's baby died at three days old.

KITTY20 Posts: 7,634
6/13/14 7:56 A

prefer my contacts.

PENNYSAVER2 SparkPoints: (120,702)
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6/12/14 10:34 A

I prefer glasses.

HMBROWN1 Posts: 9,400
6/12/14 10:09 A


NSKYLINE115 SparkPoints: (44,934)
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6/12/14 9:27 A

HAHA MAMABEAR too funny!!

MAMABEAR372 SparkPoints: (38,769)
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6/12/14 9:25 A

I wear glasses but LOVE contacts. Contacts make me feel like God placed a miracle on me and made my blindness to see!

LMCNAIR3 SparkPoints: (11,419)
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6/12/14 8:47 A

I wear both contacts and glasses. I've never had problems with my contacts when I wear them. Also, I have several different glasses that I wear when I don't want to use the contacts. It would be best to discuss your options with your doctor to determine what is best for eyes.

EXOTEC Posts: 3,327
6/12/14 8:22 A

I wear contacts, and have done for several years. I wear the AcuVue Oasis brand, which is gas-permeable. I've had no troubles with them. They've never "fallen off" - the way these disposables are made, they mostly adhere to your eyes with surface tension. I have no idea how they'd "fall off". The permanent glass ones may have done, but the new ones don't, so far as I know.

Yes, contacts can be had in bifocal. Another option is that you may wear one of a different prescription in different eyes. Your eyes evidently can "choose" which one to weight depending on how you're trying to focus. I tried that, but didn't like the way it worked. Now I wear my standard prescription and use "readers" over them for closer work.

The older, hard, lenses were tougher on your eyes. The new disposables, not so much. I NEVER wear mine every hour of the day. They always come off and in their solution overnight.

When you get your exam, your ophthalmologist or optometrist will likely recommend which brand to use. You can get them online through various marketers with a prescription, which will save you a fair amount, even over places like Sam's or WalMart. Check them out.

SUZIEQUE77 SparkPoints: (9,260)
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6/12/14 8:08 A

Many self-proclaimed experts will tell you their opinion on whether contacts are good for you over time. I will say they have been around a long time and I don't think there is much convincing evidence they are bad for most people, though I know some people can't wear them, or the eyes change and they can't wear them as long or whatever.

As for me, I always hated wearing glasses and was so thrilled when I got my first contacts. But then when I heard about Lasik, not having to worry about wearing glasses, or to bother carrying contact cases, cleaning solutions, etc, especially when traveling, that seemed great to me. So I got Lasik. At first I was thrilled with it. But my eyes kept progressively getting more near sighted until I needed an "enhancement." I actually had a couple of enhancements but the last time I decided was the last time. It does not seem healthy for my eyes to keep doing that forever. If it is not permanent, or may not last more than a few years, then it is not worth it to me. But you won't know the long term results until some years pass.

So now, I have accepted wearing glasses for the most part. I do still have contacts and wear them when I go out, or on occasions when I just want to. But I also have bifocal needs at this point in my life, and the contacts, even bifocals don't work well for me when reading or looking at a computer screen. I don't need any glasses or contacts at that distance, but then if I need to get away from the computer, go outside, drive, or anything, I need corrective vision for distance so usually I just throw the glasses on. I still don't like wearing them but I accept them as a necessity in my life now.

Edited by: SUZIEQUE77 at: 6/12/2014 (08:12)
DUBLINROSE Posts: 2,157
6/12/14 6:06 A

glasses day to day, contacts on a night out

TENNISJIM Posts: 11,750
6/12/14 6:05 A

neither - Lasik surgery

THROOPER62 Posts: 24,605
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6/12/14 5:47 A

glasses (for reading and PC work only)

6/12/14 4:19 A

wore contacts for many years, but 10 years ago had a clear lens extraction - best thing I ever did - I'm too short sighted for laser - now I'm like a normal person, excpet I need reading glases like everyone my age....

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6/12/14 2:17 A


Edited by: ROXYCARIN at: 6/12/2014 (02:17)
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6/11/14 9:26 P


ETHELMERZ SparkPoints: (162,095)
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6/11/14 9:21 P

I have very allergic eyes, so wasn't allowed to wear them, my son used to wear them, had several eye issues with them, so has been much happier with glasses. If it worries you enough to ask on a forum about how other's like them, I'd take that to mean I'm really not comfortable with getting them.

JANIEWWJD SparkPoints: (374,232)
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6/11/14 9:09 P

I've always worn glasses. I really don't like contacts.

LUANN_IN_PA SparkPoints: (154,706)
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6/11/14 6:25 P

I have worn contacts for over 40 years.... and I was an optician for a while, specializing in contacts lenses.
I have never had one fall out while driving (sounds like an improper fit!).
The best brand is the one that fits YOUR corneas and corrects YOUR vision problems.

6/11/14 6:15 P

I did contacts for a long time. Never had one fall out while I was driving! The only time I had a problem was if I was rubbing my eyes really hard. My eyes changed after pregnancy and I went to glasses full time. I find for some things (roller coasters) glasses are a pain.

But a bigger pain for me was cleaning, buying solution, and replacing contacts.

I'd probably wear contacts again if they felt okay. But my eye doc was never able to get me a pair that didn't irritate me (I have allergies and dry eyes).

Personally, I'd get both.

UMBILICAL Posts: 12,786
6/11/14 5:38 P


BREWERFAN71 SparkPoints: (32,482)
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6/11/14 4:34 P

I've had contacts for almost 20 years. The only issues I ever had were 2 things-first, for me, it took me a while to get used to putting them in. Once you get used it tho it's a snap. The other was dry eye-for me, the Acuvue Oasys lenses solved that problem. Your doctor will be able to recommend something for your needs-for me, my eyes dried out because I am on a computer all day long.

I have glasses too but I only use them at night after I take the contacts out & in the morning before I put them in. Because that's all I use them for, I can go a long time between new lenses/frames.

Oh-and I think in the 20 years I've had them, I've had a lens pop out once. And it was because of something else, like rubbing my eye cuz there was an eyelash or something in it. For me, personally, I would never be able to work out with glasses-I sweat a LOT! :)

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6/11/14 4:29 P

I wore glasses for years then switched to contacts. I don't ever want to go back. I find that I can see a lot better with contacts and they aren't always getting in the way, slipping off of my face, fogging up, and so on.

They take a little getting used to, but with practice, they are the best thing since sliced bread

RIET69 SparkPoints: (47,087)
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6/11/14 3:45 P

For me, glasses for reading

GARDENDIVA2 Posts: 612
6/11/14 3:43 P

I have been wearing contact lenses for 30+ years. I have never had an infection or had a lens fall out at any time. I do have my eyes examined every year had my corneas are health. I do have a glasses that I wear at home. My script had not changed in about 10 years so I have the same pair of glasses.

I have one lens for distance and one for near and it works out pretty good. It is great for driving as you can wear over the counter sunglasses. However, as I get older and on the verge of bifocals, I do wear readers when doing close work.

ANARIE Posts: 12,982
6/11/14 3:03 P

My recommendation is to make an appointment specifically for a first-time contacts exam with an ophthalmologist, not an optometrist. Make sure they know before you even get there that you're considering contacts but you've never had them and don't know anything about them. The exam will probably cost more than if you just went to the cheap-o place in the mall, but you'll be much more likely to get the right information and prescription so you don't waste money on something that's not appropriate for your eyes. Buying contacts and then never getting used to them will cost you a lot more in the long run than getting an expensive but thorough exam.

For those asking about bifocals, same advice. What you can get will depend on your exact prescription. Most people who need bifocals would have to get contacts for distance vision and then also wear glasses for reading. Some, though, can get distance correction in one eye and near vision correction in the other. I think you have to have a very mild prescription for that to work, though.

I wore contacts when "extended wear" was the newest thing, but after a while I started getting terrible pain and redness right where the lenses covered the white part of the eye. The "eye doctor" I was going to just wasn't very interested in (or maybe not capable of) figuring out what the problem was-- he told me to switch cleaners, and when that didn't help he just sort of shrugged and gave up, so I went back to glasses. I found out years later that I was allergic to the plastic itself, and that that isn't particularly unusual. By then, though, I was happy enough wearing glasses that I didn't see any reason to go through the work of finding a different brand and material.

LOVE4KITTIES Posts: 4,618
6/11/14 2:57 P

First, I wore glasses. Then, I wore contact lenses for several years. Now, I wear glasses.

Your doctor will recommend a brand for you depending on your needs and your eyes. What brand is best depends on your individual eyes.

The pros of contacts IMO: You aren't looking through frames (better field of view) and you aren't wearing glasses (vanity).

The cons:
The contact lenses made my eyes feel dry and tired/heavy. I also got tired of fussing with them. You have to be very diligent about keeping them clean. Even the ones that say you can sleep in them (like the ones I had)--I would not recommend it and neither did my ophthalmologist. I sometimes fell asleep with mine in and I would wake up and my eyes would be gritty and dried out.

Plenty of people wear contact lenses and don't have problems, but I don't think that contact lenses are especially good for your corneas. Long-term contact wearers will typically have changes in their corneas and these changes have been well studied and documented. Many of these changes, such as the corneas becoming thinner, are thought to be related to decreased oxygen supply to your corneas as a result of the contact lenses. Your corneas (the clear part of your eyes) do not have their own blood supply. This is why you don't normally (unless you have an eye condition) have a network of red capillaries over your eyes. The lack of a blood supply is one reason why your corneas are clear--they wouldn't be clear if there were a bunch of blood vessels running through them. Your corneas get their oxygen directly from the atmosphere. Most brands of contact lenses claim they allow plenty of oxygen to pass through. BUT, no matter how much oxygen a brand claims goes through them, it's not the same amount as your corneas would get if you didn't have the lenses over them. Of course, there is also an increased incidence of eye infections in contact lens wearers.

After years of wearing my contact lenses, I started to get a little mass on the interior surface of one of my eyelids. My ophthalmologist said this was common in contact lens wearers and that it was a permanent change. He said it was related to low-level inflammation as a result of the contact lenses. I've never seen it because I've never peeled my eyelid back to look, but, even though it didn't seem to bother my ophthalmologist much that it was there,'s not his eyelid and I also noticed that he wears glasses. Anyway, I didn't like the idea that the little mass was there (and I'm not sure I like the idea that it's still there). This new development, plus the fact that my eyes did feel chronically dry and heavy and they were always a little irritated (probably because the lenses were drying my eyes out some) led me to, once again, start wearing glasses. I think I made the right decision.

Something that also made me stop and think about the contact lenses... I have noticed that every single ophthalmologist or optometrist who I have EVER seen has worn glasses if they have needed vision correction. None of them have been contact lens wearers and none of them have had laser vision correction (not even the ones who perform the procedure). I've asked my friends and family if they have noticed this as well and they have....

Edited to add: I NEVER had a contact lens fall out. Never. But, I would get eyelashes or threads under them sometimes. This was extremely uncomfortable. If this happens you will be miserable until you can get the contact out of your eye and get whatever is under it out. You cannot go anywhere without solution and a lens case. You need to be able to rinse your lenses off if you need to and you need a case if you need to take one out and store it. I also never had an eye infection because I was very careful about cleaning and hygiene. You need backup glasses. Be aware that you cannot wear contacts if you work with certain things that create fumes and you do not want to wear them in many laboratories (if this applies to you). It's not always safe to wear contact lenses.

Edited by: LOVE4KITTIES at: 6/11/2014 (15:07)
6/11/14 2:44 P


ANDILH Posts: 1,536
6/11/14 2:42 P

I've been wearing contacts for about 15 years. I've always worn soft lenses that are worn for 2 weeks at a time, and have never had one fall out while driving. Sometimes if something gets in my eye I may have an issue, but generally not so much. I've never gotten an infection from the contacts (or my handling of the contacts) themselves. I got pink eye twice when it traveled around the daycare I worked in. With pink eye, you can't wear contacts for 2-3 days afterward. I tried five or six different kinds before I found the brand and type that I stuck with for about 10 years. I recently changed to a breathable lens as I do tend to wear my contacts for really long days. Glasses aren't a good option for me because I get headaches and have difficulty focusing if I'm going from close up to far away (so watching tv and looking at someone to talk to them is bad for me). Frankly, I like wearing my contacts much better than my glasses for vision purposes.
Contacts can be expensive, but there are lots of ways to get coupons online, and some online retailers who do offer cheaper pricing on contacts than some traditional stores. You just put in your prescription information and doctor information, they verify it, then ship your contacts to you. I've heard that bifocal contacts are available now, but I have no idea about the prices for them as it's not something I need. I hope you can find some you like if that's the route you choose.

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6/11/14 2:13 P


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6/11/14 1:38 P

glasses.....eyes don't like fingers in them....or anything else for that matter emoticon

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LOUNMOUN Posts: 1,332
6/11/14 1:02 P

I have worn glasses for about 30 years now. They are very low fuss. I am not interested in dealing with contact lenses.

My sister has worn contacts since she was a teen so over 20 years now. She always needed various supplies, a back up pair of glasses and the contacts need to be replaced. I don't think contacts falling out has been a big issue. I also don't think the contacts have been bad for her eyes.

I would talk to your eye doctor about what would work best for you and give contacts a try if you like.>

MARYJ1959 SparkPoints: (11,385)
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6/11/14 11:56 A

Wore contacts for years with no problem. It is important to have good hand hygiene when handing contacts. I have never had an eye infection or any other side effects as I always washed my hands with soap & water before handing and kept caps on solution bottles to prevent contamination. Also it is important to replace contact case about every 3 months ($1 store) and rinse out case every day. You must be diligent with infection control to prevent unwanted effects.

NSKYLINE115 SparkPoints: (44,934)
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6/11/14 11:19 A

Soft lenses eh? Are those the daily ones or the monthly ones? I love having glasses, I think they are a great accessory and fasionable =)

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6/11/14 11:15 A

The brands that are supposed to keep your eyes from drying never work for me. I'm always putting in eyedrops.

Now I only use contacts for cosplaying. :/

SHERYLDS Posts: 15,868
6/11/14 10:46 A

soft lenses don't fall out....hard ones did occasionally (but no one uses them any more).
As someone previously need a pair of glasses for standby emergencies, but soft lenses are more comfortable than ever these days.

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6/11/14 10:45 A

Interesting... I have 2 pairs of glasses currently. Dont they have certain brands that are good for not letting your eyes get dry? I dont think I could sleep with contacts (even if they say its ok), that would freak me out lol. My co-worker just told me they have monthly ones, and daily ones... didnt realize there were so many options and types!

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6/11/14 10:43 A

I've been wearing glasses for most of my life, but I do own contacts. My problem with them is that they dry my eyes out and I cannot wear them in the heat. They've never fallen out, though, and I don't recommend sleeping in them... even the ones that say you can sleep in them.

I just go with whatever brand my eye doctor says s best.

6/11/14 10:43 A

Glasses.Used to be contact lens wearer- too hard on my eyes, too expensive

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 15,222
6/11/14 10:40 A

I considered contacts, but you have to buy a pair of glasses for when your eyes are infected. Or you are having an allergic reaction. I cannot afford contacts and glasses.

JLAMING263 Posts: 4,705
6/11/14 10:06 A

contacts seem like too much work with no return for me emoticon

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6/11/14 10:00 A

Thank you for the input, I am getting my eyes checked today. Thats a good point too with bifocals, do they make contacts that are bifocal? My friend told my Acuve was really good

ERICREH Posts: 3,675
6/11/14 8:02 A

I wear bifocal glasses, over the past 20 years my prescription keeps getting worse. I've thought about contacts but I don't know how they'd work for bifocal.

MLAN613 Posts: 14,417
6/11/14 7:56 A

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I have worn contacts for 25+ years and they've never fallen out while driving. And I don't have eye problems because of them.

As for brand, contacts are like running shoes. But more so because you need a prescription and eye measurements done. This can only be done by an eye doctor. And some brands/types will work better for you than others based on your lifestyle.

NSKYLINE115 SparkPoints: (44,934)
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6/11/14 7:51 A

I have been wearing glasses for about 10 years now, I am thinking about getting contacts pretty soon. I have never worn contacts before, my dad freaked me out of getting them by telling me they are not good for your eyes overtime. I have also had friends who say its not fun to have them fall out while you are driving... yea... that kinda freaks me out, but i'm still looking into getting them. Any thoughts on this? If you wear contacts, what brand would you recommend?

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