Thinking about getting contacts...thoughts?

Hey monkeys,

So I currently wear glasses and I am planning on getting contacts, but I just wanted to know how comfortable contacts are for those of you who have used both, specifically those who work long hours and stare at computer screens all day. I like glasses for the convenience, but hate them when I am playing sports or when I am working out at the gym. I am getting contacts just so I can play sports and work out comfortably. Anyone else get annoyed by this?

My other question is if contacts are better than glasses when looking at computers screens for long periods of time.

Thanks.

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Aug 21, 2017

If I work later than 7 or 8 pm I have to take my contacts out because my eyes get too dry and iterated that my vision gets blurry. You can just have a contact case at your desk and swap them out in 2 seconds if your eyes are sore and use glasses.

Aug 21, 2017

I am up at 630 and I'm typically in the office until 9ish. I wear them throughout the day and take them out around 11:30 most of the time. Recommended use is 12 hours max a day but I haven't had any issues and for the most part they don't bother me whatsoever. I make sure not to sleep in them. Lastly, I keep contact solution at the office in case they get dry. They can get irritating when Im sleep deprived and dehydrated for sure though.

Aug 21, 2017

Can't recommend contact lenses when looking at computer screens all day. Not even when using the dailies.
Wear your glasses and when you go out or whatever switch to lenses.
Or just get lasik and be done with it.

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Aug 23, 2017

I second this, definitely wear glasses for the normal day to day when you are looking at the computer for long periods of time. In fact, I would recommend buying glasses with lenses made for looking at computer screens - they filter the blue light being emitted from the screen which typically strains your eyes.

Aug 22, 2017

Contacts are really good alternatives to glasses but you should take utmost care to maintain them.

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Aug 22, 2017

I wear 1-day silicon hydrogels called "Calriti", that I would HIGHLY reccomend. I wear them from 6AM to 11PM every day. Absolutely no issues.

Aug 22, 2017

me also planning for the same of the have glasses and riding is difficulty for so contacts is best one for me.

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Aug 22, 2017

Just stick with glasses and get LASIK when you're 25-26 and your eyes are more or less "adult". Contacts were not in the least worth it for me. Just get a pair of decent-looking glasses. LASIK is where it's at - I got it done a few years ago and legit can't remember what it was like to be blind.

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Aug 22, 2017

I can second this. Got PRK done last December and it's life changing.

Aug 22, 2017

I third this (is that a thing?). If you're 21 or so, your vision will likely deteriorate a bit over the next several years, particularly if you have a lot of regular screen time and/or book reading time. Then get LASIK if you're a candidate. That should last you into your 50s. Once you're that age, you'll probably have to start wearing reading glasses. But that would happen regardless.

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Aug 22, 2017

I've trained dozens of people to put in contacts - from little kids to old people. But I could never get them into my own eyes. I don't even need glasses though so whatevs

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Aug 22, 2017

I wear 30 day "constant use" ones that have some kind of extra porous membrane for less dryness. Wear them non-stop for 30 days (including sleep, shower - but be careful - etc.), then take a day off and start all over again. Cost is about $20 a month equivalent.

Aug 22, 2017

Something you should look into first:

http://www.contactlenses.org/orthok.htm

Aug 22, 2017

Absolutely, I definitely feel that contacts are convenient and I recommend them.

Aug 22, 2017

I wear my sweet ass glasses.

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Aug 22, 2017

I use Acuvue Oasis Dailies. Never had an issue. I wear them all day and dont notice them at all.

Aug 23, 2017

Same for me, but I have the ones that last two weeks. 8/10 would recommend, they just get super irritating when I'm dehydrated.

Aug 22, 2017

I would absolutely recommend getting contacts. Preferably hot chicks. Then you can contact them whenever.

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Aug 22, 2017

I have had on contacts since I was 14 and they are one of the greatest things to ever happen to me and I can say with some authority that there is no difference between staring at a computer screen with your glasses vs contacts. Just the time saver of not having to clean your glasses makes the contacts worth every penny

However, if you are above the age of 25 I would suggest that you get LASIK as it the cheaper option in the long run and you don't have to worry about having glasses/contact for at least the next two decades.

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Aug 22, 2017

Why is everyone saying to get LASIK around 25? Would it be ok to get LASIK around 22 right when I get out of college?

Aug 22, 2017

Mid 20s is the age that people have recommended because...

  • Most people can't afford or convince their parents to pay out of pocket for an elective procedure so getting it at 18 is not possible. While you would probably have the money by your mid 20s if you save wisely or have a job in a high paying profession.
  • While puberty does slow down at 18, and surgeons will operate. Most suggest you do it when your vision stabilizes after your body fully develops - that age seems to be ~25 (brain fully develops at that age).
Aug 23, 2017

Just ask your eye doctor everyone is different

Aug 23, 2017

I would say get contacts. One a days would be best since you wont have to worry about how old they are you can just throw them away when you're done with them and put on new ones next time you decide to wear them. If you're looking at computers all day i personally switch between wearing contacts and glasses throughout the week.

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Aug 23, 2017
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Hey monkeys,

So I currently wear glasses and I am planning on getting contacts, but I just wanted to know how comfortable contacts are for those of you who have used both, specifically those who work long hours and stare at computer screens all day. I like glasses for the convenience, but hate them when I am playing sports or when I am working out at the gym. I am getting contacts just so I can play sports and work out comfortably. Anyone else get annoyed by this?

My other question is if contacts are better than glasses when looking at computers screens for long periods of time.

Thanks.

Yes, it's worth it.

I use the dailies. I started using them about 2 years ago.

They take 15 minutes to put in at first, but you get faster at it-- today it takes me two minutes. Longer than finding my glasses, but not that much longer.

I often keep a few spares at work and sometimes carry around glasses. But usually they're good for a 16-17 hour day that involves 11-12 hours of working/staring at a computer screen.

If nothing else, they're perfect for diving, motorcycles, and hang gliding. I can wear them underwater, they don't fog in a helmet on a cooler day, and they don't fall off while running.

Get them-- at least to use occasionally.

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Aug 23, 2017

Surprised it takes you two minutes, really bad vision? It takes me a max of 30 seconds. One try per eye ;)

Aug 23, 2017

I used to wear contacts all throughout high school and university (both monthlies and dailies).

Buy a year's supply of dailies, once your used to putting them in it's a quick and easy switch for sports, or other activities where you don't want to wear glasses, I've stretched a year's supply into 2.5 yrs and still have plenty left.

Otherwise, use glasses for work. Your eyes will thank you after 12+ hours of staring at a computer screen. The one downside to switching to glasses full-time at least for me was that I find it a lot harder to see with my contacts now, its fine to readjust for sports, but if I try to read a book or do work on the computer I am hopelessly fucked and blind.

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Aug 23, 2017

I personally have not warn them for years (just personal preference). They are not too bad to maintain. If staring at your screen is too difficult on your eyes have a back up pair of glasses at your desk.

Aug 23, 2017

Contacts are better than glasses as they give you a better field of vision and you won't feel as if you're wearing anything. However, sometimes around 9-10pm mine get dry or a bit blurry so I have to take them out. With Laser eye surgery, and the good things I've heard I'd just do that. If you go with contacts, be patient the first week as you adjust to putting a foreign object in and out of your eye and also get BioFinity Toric lenses. They are the best contacts I've had.

Aug 23, 2017

There is nothing convenient about glasses or contacts. Get LASIK asap, the younger you are the better. It's life changing I literally don't even remember what it's like to not see well.

You can also use care credit financing, I financed mine zero interest for 24 months and just set up an autopay draft for the amount of the procedure/24 from my HSA account.

Aug 23, 2017

There are monthly lenses (as in replaced monthly) that you can leave in for 7 days straight, soak them while sleeping and pop em back in for the next week. Air Optix. Highly recommended.

I just keep some Visine rewetting drops around.

Aug 26, 2017

I wear Biofinity monthies, but I take them out every night and put them in Biotrue solution. Never once had a problem with dry eyes / blurry vision / etc. I've worn contacts since I was 13 though.

I would get LASIK, but I'll be honest: I'm terrified of the consequences of something going wrong during the procedure.

Aug 26, 2017

Don't wear them.

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Aug 26, 2017

So no one wears contacts as an analyst?

What about the extended wear ones that you can wear for multiple days?

I would hate having to put on my glasses at work, as I've gotten so used to using contacts.

Aug 26, 2017

get a designer pair of frames and you'd fit right in.

Aug 26, 2017

I wear contacts but have my glasses at my desk to put on for when I burn the midnight oil

Aug 26, 2017

Started off wearing contacts and switched to glasses. I hate wearing glasses but it is much easier on the eyes.

Aug 26, 2017

i wear contacts every day; just have rewetting drops at your desk

Aug 26, 2017

I just think it would look weird if I keep alternating between glasses and contacts, as I wouldn't have a "steady" look. I would really prefer to wear contacts everyday, but not if it means killing my eyes during those all-nighters.

For those that do wear contacts at work: what brands do you use (and how long can you keep them in at once? dailies? weeklies? monthlies?)

Aug 26, 2017

Why do you need a "steady look"? This isn't a beauty contest. If you see someone 16 hours a day, every day, you'll be able to recognize them with a burlap sack on their head.

Aug 26, 2017

i wear contacts but have my glasses and some contact solution/case always handy...late night dry eyes are a pain

Aug 26, 2017

I wore my dailies during the summer. Only on a few occasions, mostly all night type deals did I wear my glasses in. This was only because my eyes just wouldn't let me put my contacts in.

Keep some rewetting drops with you to get rid of the itchy red eyes. You could shift into your glasses come midnight. This is probably what I will do for full time. I just hate wearing glasses. I have been wearing glasses/contacts since I was 5 so I've earned that complaint. I just feel like you are confined behind the lenses. I can't imagine only wearing glasses everyday to work.

I've also been interested in those extended wear contacts that supposedly allow more oxygen in. I'm not going to experiment with them until they make a daily version. So far I think they only have weekly, monthly and yearly.

Aug 26, 2017

skins1, what I said before didn't quote come out right. It isn't a matter of wanting to win the beauty contest. Rather, I prefer not to wear glasses because as jaygatsby said, they somehow make me feel confined behind the lenses.

Jaygatsby, any reason for not wanting to wear the weeklies? I am thinking about getting those, but am not sure if they cause problems given that you don't give your eyes a chance to "breathe" for a week.

Aug 26, 2017

I like dailies because at the end of the day you just rip them out of your eyes and toss them on the ground.

With weeklies, assuming you mean the ones you leave in for a week, I don't really like going to sleep with contacts in. My eyes look like shit in the morning and you have all that gunk in the corners of your eyes. Even if you do take them out before going to bed...it's too much maintenance.

When I first got contacts I had the yearlies for the longest time. About 5 years ago I got the dailies and have never looked back. They are just so convenient, and they come out a little cheaper if you factor in the money you are saving on disinfectant, etc.

YeahaEU|I canaEU(tm)t stand glasses. You get behind those lenses and you feel like you are slow. I never an as alert behind glasses. I really only ever wear them into work if I feel like shit or my eyes are being stubborn.

Aug 26, 2017

Oh, I thought the weeklies wouldn't make your eyes feel like shit even if you sleep with them in.

That's pretty pointless to buy a weekly if you still have to take them out at night, I'd much rather go with dailies so I don't have to soak them, etc.

Man, I hope I can eventually get LASIK, so I can finally quit all this shit.

Aug 26, 2017

I wear contacts all the time. No problems. Just remember to blink once in a while. My optometrist also recommended looking away from your screen every 20-30 minutes and focusing on something 20+ feet away.

Aug 26, 2017
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