Are contact lenses good replacement for glasses???

@apsara60 (6612)
Israel
December 25, 2011 5:03am CST
Hi friends...I want to replace my glasses with contact lenses.....but I have heard that using contact lenses is not as easy as glasses and also that we cannot cook in the kitchen with contact lenses.......is this true.....can my friends give me some more information about what other difficulties are faced in using contact lenses.......I appreciate your participation..........
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• Calgary, Alberta
25 Dec 11
yes but there is one thing you should know because this is important, remove them before you sleep, always make sure you are aware that you are wearing them. There is an actress in my country who loves wearing contact lenses because she loves having the blue eyed look. One day she got so tired after a long day of filming of her movie. she got so sleepy she fell as sleep on her bed, she forgot to remove her contacts. she got blind and she went through a surgery so she can see again. she is blind for 6 months. it took her a year to recover.
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@apsara60 (6612)
• Israel
26 Dec 11
oh my God.....that must have been horrifying experience ...After reading this , I am taking out the name of contact lens from my dictionary.......too dangerous for me , as I am very hasty kind of person and handle things roughly when I have to do many things together........Thanks you so much for your honest reply.
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• Calgary, Alberta
26 Dec 11
You wont be be blind from contact lenses if you are always aware you wear them , its just some people feel so comfortable they forgot they wear it and forgot to remove it when its they should be removing it.so yeah dont sleep with them.
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@apsara60 (6612)
• Israel
26 Dec 11
you will not believe, but once I went half a way back to my office, say about 15 minutes walk....... searching for my glasses, which I was already wearing........ Now if I cannot feel my glasses, how can I feel the tiny contact lens.......I am not taking any risk........ Thanks again.
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@ardoy0731 (6865)
• Philippines
25 Dec 11
I do use contact lenses due to poor eyesight but I always put my eyeglasses in my bag everyday at work.Using contact glasses should be advice by your optometrist,they will tech you how is the proper way of wearing and taking care of it.There are some precautions in using and wearing it.It is necessary to avoid into fire that may burn it and could lead to blindness.You just have to take it off everyday and clean it as well.It is not also advisable to wear it while sleeping at night.That is all I can share about it.But still you have to consult a licensed optometrist for the proper and right way of wearing it.
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@apsara60 (6612)
• Israel
25 Dec 11
Hello ardoy0731..........that was very valuable information that you gave me.......I am a very rough kind of person and always in hurry...and also most of the time in kitchen,cooking and sometimes hot steam comes on my face so I think for me it will be bad idea to switch to contact lens.....Thanks a lot for your reply. It helped me a lot.
@ardoy0731 (6865)
• Philippines
25 Dec 11
Your welcome. If you having most of your time in the kitchen cooking foods,I think wearing contact lens will be not advisable because your really have to be extra more careful.
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@apsara60 (6612)
• Israel
25 Dec 11
Thanks again ardoy0731....I know I take care of everyone, but with my own self I am very crestless, so I better drop the idea.
@whatrow (793)
• United States
25 Dec 11
I prefer glasses. Why should I struggle to insert lenses into my eyes? And, can't you scratch your eyes with them. A lot of people like them. Fine. But I will never try it.
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• India
26 Dec 11
ya! The people who wear contact lenses cannot scratch you eyes. Hey my friend, What happens when we do it ? Does it hurt our eyes ?
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@apsara60 (6612)
• Israel
26 Dec 11
I thank both of you for your replies and indeed I am learning from each response as I am reading them.....Thanks a lot....yeah ,good point about scratching.....om my god.....what if we forget and scratch eyes with lens...., don't even want to think about it........Thanks friends.
@sreekutty (1051)
• India
25 Dec 11
Hi apsara, I have high myopia and was advised to use contact lenses from plus two. It did become difficult at times to wash and take care but I slowly got used to it. i also wore it through college to work and into a few years of marriage. now I do not use it because I am a housewife and have to work in farm where there is firewood stove, so I avoid it. its easier now, just ask your doctor for lens operation where they keep lens inside eye thru a simple operation, no laser, and you dont have to worry at all.
@sreekutty (1051)
• India
28 Dec 11
hi dear, here is the link to the article where I read about it, please read it. www.allaboutvision.com/visionsurgery/implantable-lenses.htm
@namiya (1599)
• Philippines
26 Dec 11
Been using glasses for years. I've tried wearing contact lenses twice with different brands both on recommendations of an optometrist but in both cases my eyes became swollen and turned reddish after several days of using. Hence, for me wearing glasses is very much safer than contact lenses.
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@apsara60 (6612)
• Israel
28 Dec 11
Thanks namiya.......I have already decided to skip contact lenses.......I will be a fool if inspite of all this information , I decide to use them.I am happy with my glasses.
@JER616 (551)
• Philippines
26 Dec 11
Other people also urge me to use contact lenses but I refuse to do so. I don't want to go through with the cumbersome task of cleaning them. Besides, am afraid that I might forget to take them off at night at times. I also met people who got problems with their eyes when a foreign object get in their eyes with contact lenses on. If I were you, I would just undergo eye laser surgery if my finances permit me to doing so. The laser technology will correct permanently the eye defect. Contact lenses are similar to eyeglasses except that they are not noticeable. But as to ability to cure eye defect, I haven't heard anyone who regained good vision by wearing contact lenses.
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@apsara60 (6612)
• Israel
28 Dec 11
I am very much interested in this eye laser surgery........hope some day I will be able to perform it successfully. I am making inquires about it in my country. Thanks for your reply.
@kimbers867 (2540)
• United States
26 Dec 11
What type of work do you do in the kitchen?? I have been wearing them for 20 years and love them. I do keep a spare pair of glasses with me but most of the time I wear my contacts. Just make sure you get the soft lenses, not the hard ones.
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@apsara60 (6612)
• Israel
28 Dec 11
what kind of work a women can do in the kitchen, obviously cooking. . I am happy that you are quiet comfortable with your lenses. But I have already given up the idea....Thanks for your response because it will help me to advise someone else if asked.
• India
26 Dec 11
Hi Apsara, My advice would be both helpful and not really so! I’m using contacts for the past 20 yrs and more… (I'm blind as a bat without my lenses or thick heavy glasses) I do EVERYTHING in them, except sleep! I’ve even slept with them quite a few times, especially when you have to pass a few hours at some other place and you are feeling dreadfully sleepy… it’s not very pleasant waking up with your lenses on but it can be done only for a short period. Now the only problem I face is with dust and pollution…too much of it all around me and you don’t know when a speck of dust will enter your eyes and you can really rub it away and then tears start flowing and everybody starts staring at you! This is especially embarrassing when you are all decked up, in a good mood and your tears start rolling for no apparent reason (at least that’s what others think) along with your mascara! You either have to excuse yourself or hide your face or whatever…in any case, it’s a very embarrassing situation. Now why I tell you that my experience will not be of much help is because I am stuck with my semi-soft variety of lenses and I would not exchange it for anything else. So I don’t really know how good the modern lenses are… the disposable type or soft advanced types.
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@apsara60 (6612)
• Israel
28 Dec 11
hi sudiptacallingu, Your case is different. If you have been with contact lenses for 20 years, obviously you are familiar with all the aspects and you know how to handle them.......You are right, in your case you should continue with your lenses. No need to change as you are used to it now.......but for me as a beginner ,,,,,,,,after reading about all kinds of problems which I can face in future due to lenses, it will be wise to skip it and stick to glasses.Thanks for your honest and useful response.
@dpk262006 (56217)
• Delhi, India
26 Dec 11
Hi Aps! I have been using glasses for reading. My eye sight for seeing distant objects is OK, as of now. I understand that those who are unable to view distant objects clearly use contact lenses for their convenience. I have not used the contact lenses so far. However, my brother used it in the past but later on he changed it to glasses as he found that due to dust and pollution etc., it was difficult to use contact lenses. If you feel like you could use disposable contact lenses on experimental basis, if you feel uncomfortable using the same, you could switch back to your normal glasses.
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@apsara60 (6612)
• Israel
28 Dec 11
Right Deepak, that is exactly what I am going to do...just stick to my glasses.....no need to adopt something just for show.. Thanks for your reply.
@Triple0 (1907)
• Australia
26 Dec 11
I have poor eyesight too but I always use spectacles. I have never tried contact lenses before and I don't think I would ever want to try it. I have friends who use them and it looks pretty annoying. My friends always have to check on them all the time in the bathroom and poking your eye constantly looks painful. I do never want to touch my eye as I feel pretty gross out by that so I'll just stick to glasses instead. Glasses are quite annoying too as it hurts the top bridge of my nose and it's just uncomfortable having something sitting on your eyes. When I'm eating out, I need to carry my glasses to look at the menu! Sometimes they give my headaches but I rather glasses than poking my eye out. You also have to spend lots for contact lenses too, you have to wear them for like 2 weeks or even less and then throw them out and buy a new pair. Glasses can last for years! Unless you break them You can't cook with them on either, I heard from a mylot member that contact lenses can actually melt! That's no good! A friends' Mum once got contact lenses stuck at the back of her eye!
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@apsara60 (6612)
• Israel
28 Dec 11
yes , lets be wise people and use glasses and not even think about contact lenses.......Thanks for your reply.
@TheCatLady (4695)
• Israel
26 Dec 11
I use them once in a while, mostly for color change. There are all kinds of contacts now. You can even get multi-focal. You can do everything with contacts. There are even some that you an sleep in. My last contacts were the type that you use for 1 week then replace. Once I had another type that you can use for 1 year. Quite frankly I find glasses easier. I only need them for distance and don't need them for around the house because my eyes aren't that bad. I do use them for TV, but I don't watch much TV. You can cook with them. You can do anything you normally do with your contacts on.
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@apsara60 (6612)
• Israel
26 Dec 11
Yes like you I too find glasses easier and will stick to it. May be some lens are better than others, but still.....I have dropped the idea.....Thanks to all of you. Have a nice day.
@zaahro (749)
• Indonesia
26 Dec 11
Well I used to wear contact lenses to replace my glasses. But you know what ? My vision got worse and worse. I know they are good looking but I prefer not to have them.
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@apsara60 (6612)
• Israel
26 Dec 11
oh my God .......another shocking truth.......thanks for telling me......and please see some Indian Ayurvedic doctor....surely he will help you to improve your vision to some extent. Have a nice day.
@mayka123 (10718)
• India
26 Dec 11
I had once read that prolonged use of contact lenses causes problems in supply of oxygen and carbon dioxide and that can lead to long term damage to the eyes. And if one lives in a city where there is dust pollution I would not think it advisable to wear contact lenses as we cannot rub our eyes when the dust goes in. Besides the smoke in the kitchen also is not good for the contact lenses as the smoke and oil can go into the eyes and get on to the contacts. Our hands should also be free from any make up while putting and removing the lenses.
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@apsara60 (6612)
• Israel
26 Dec 11
wow.........now that is really dangerous. I am in kitchen most of the time.......I am happy I started this discussion and my dear friends have helped me so much in taking right decision.Thanks for your reply dear.
@min8esign (168)
• Indonesia
26 Dec 11
I also use glasses, and I do not plan to use contact lenses, it is too risky for my eyes. Contact lenses used only by those who really need, not just for style. Wearing contact lenses also need discipline. glasses was enough for me.
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@apsara60 (6612)
• Israel
26 Dec 11
yeah me too........happy with my glasses.........no need of stylish contact lens.....Thanks for your reply.
• United States
25 Dec 11
I tried contact lenses years ago, and they were not for me. When I tried to get them out, they would bunch up, and it was difficult and nasty. And I could not keep my eyes open when puttign them in, but you should try them and see if they are for you. Good luck!
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@apsara60 (6612)
• Israel
26 Dec 11
Thank you mrsgoodygoody00, you are really goodygoody..... , your honest reply has helped me to make right decision........Thanks
@Masihi (4228)
• Canada
25 Dec 11
I've used both and to be honest I prefer glasses. They're much easier to take care of. I had trouble finding my contact lenses when they fell out or something, and also you're more apt to have eye infection due to bacteria between the lens and the eyeball. Nope, gimme a pair of glasses any day. :-)
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@apsara60 (6612)
• Israel
26 Dec 11
Thank you masihi.....that was an important point about infection....I am happy I started this discussion or else I would had taken wrong decision and in case of eyes, you just cannot take a chance. Thanks again. Have a nice day.
@kaichoukebz (1190)
• Philippines
25 Dec 11
Do you have poor eyesight also? I had used both eyeglasses and contact lens. I still do prefer wearing eyeglasses because I feel comfortable with it. As much as you like to do, it is very easy to remove eyeglasses. On the other hand, contact lens have so many disadvantages. First, it costs high. Since contact lens have expiration, you need to buy one if ever it expires. Usually, the price of contact lens varies accordingly to how long until it expires. I advise you to pick 1 year expiring contact lens. Second, it is hard to take you contact lens. As a starter, it will be a hard task to put and remove your contact lens. Even though I am almost using contact lens for 1 year, it is still hard for me to put and remove it in my eyes. Third, you need to clean your contact lens. You must slowly wipe it with your own fingers. There will be a solution to be given. You need to maintain your contact lens in good condition. I use only my contact lens when there is a special event or occasion. When I am in school, I much prefer to wear contact lens.
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@apsara60 (6612)
• Israel
25 Dec 11
Hello kaichoukebz...I read you reply carefully and want to say....... oh my God.....I am happy I started this discussion and my good friends are so helpful by giving me right information and advice....after reading what you have written...I better stick to glasses.........thanks a lot for your reply.
• India
26 Dec 11
I think contact lenses are not much good replacement for glasses. I tell these so because it creates us many problems and it may destroy your eyes itself. Most of the people including me are not supported by eye lens. Eye lens causes allergy makes our eyes reddish in color. One some of the person are affected by this allergy. i don't know whether you will get affected by this. Secondly contact lenses need more care they must be treated or allocated with proper medicines in proper time. I think you need to find some part of your time to fix it in your eyes. Thirdly, There are some cases the lens got melted due to high temperature which destroy your lens as well as your eyes. if the lens gets melted you seeing capacity will be lost. So The people especially in kitchen must not face much hot air into your eyes. I think this are the some of the disadvantages I could tell you. Due to this reasons I avoided the uses of contact lenses and make the use of glasses.
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@kingparker (9698)
• United States
16 Apr 13
I guess with contact lenses, my doctor also warn me, not to wear it for sleep. I have both contact lenses, and eye glasses. For playing sports, I prefer contact lenses, and other activities I also would like to wear contact lenses too. For work and other occasion, I would rather have my eye glasses on. Just to save the hassle of put on contact lenses.
@Kalyni2011 (3503)
• India
24 Dec 12
Apsara you have heard right, contact lens have drawbacks as you say, they are costly, need maintenance too, you need to wash them using special liquids, remove before going to bed and keep in container in special solutions may i ask are you using bifocal glasses, i use lol. Thanks for sharing. CHEERS