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February 23, 2007

Contact Lenses

This is one of the things I've never really been sure about, whether to wear contact lenses or not. I've worn glasses for decades and don't mind having something sitting on my nose or ears: that's not a problem. But I have had a couple of pairs break when the dogs have pulled me over or something like that, I trip perhaps. So maybe contacts are a better idea?

However, on the other side, what makes me not so sure about contact lenses is that I don't actually wear my glasses all the time. I use them to watch TV, drive and work on the computer, yes, but if I want to go for a walk (well, after those disasters above) or read a book, do something else, I take the glasses off.

Most important there is reading: I really don't like reading with the glasses on, it actually hurts my eyes. So, can anyone tell me, is there something about contacts that means I'm being silly here? Do they not hurt your eyes if you're doing something at a distance where you don't need the magnification?

Another thing, how well do contact lenses deal with astigmatism? Mine's so bad in one eye that when I go clay pigeon shooting I have to trail the clay, not aim in front of it. I'd love to try out using lenses sometime but I'm really not sure about all of these other bits and pieces that go with them. So, any ideas?

Or should I just bite the bullet, buy some and try them out? Whatever problems I'll have will become pretty apparent pretty quickly, won't they? As will the benefits?

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Having used contact lenses on and off since the 70's when they first came into broad use (especially soft ones), they've definitely improved a lot
-- the opticians will always give you a free trail with stock stuff that's near to your prescription if not perfect (just to check comfort etc) also nowadays there are cheap disposable ones
-- you might consider the various laser surgery options that come in at round £ 700-1000 per eye
as far as I know, and that likewise have developed greatly in the last few years with "excimer" lasers etc

Oddly, as wearing glasses has become less and less common in society, I've got more attached to mine -- in younger days like most kids I hated them!

Posted by: PJ | Feb 23, 2007 7:59:27 PM

yes mild astigmatism ok there are so called toric lenses for them max 1 diopter curvature shift is a common stock limit
after that you (still) need them specially made I think:
guess you've looked on internet already eg


good luck

Posted by: PJ | Feb 23, 2007 8:09:15 PM

This is a different approach "Orthokeratology" which you might find interesting:


Posted by: ian | Feb 23, 2007 9:04:56 PM

"when I go clay pigeon shooting I have to trail the clay, not aim in front of it"

Blimey. I might be out of date, but I doubt you'd be happy with contacts.

Posted by: Peter Risdon | Feb 23, 2007 9:33:47 PM

www.lensway.com Cheap for my J&J Acuvue Dailies.

Posted by: Steve B | Feb 23, 2007 9:40:21 PM

You're OK as long as you don't get any idea of eating the pigeons.

I've used "reading" glasses for the last 15 years or so. Go through 'em so fast that I buy 'em 10 or 20 pairs at a time (at the place I get 'em, they've been really cheap--up to 88 cents now after years at 59 and 69 cents).

Posted by: gene berman | Feb 23, 2007 10:08:18 PM

Laser surgery to correct vision problems is the best way to go.

Posted by: Tiny Dancer | Feb 24, 2007 6:52:38 AM

I know I've got an astigmatism and can't see anything straight, but why don't you ask an opthalmologist?

Posted by: Bob Doney | Feb 25, 2007 12:36:53 AM

It looks to me as if you're getting old, Tim. The glasses that work for correcting your sight when shooting clays are inadequate to correct for your optic lenses seizing up and not squishing tight enough to make reading comfortable -i.e. the onset of age-related long sight. A second pair of bins just for reading is one answer. Varifocals might be an idea, too.

Posted by: dave heasman | Feb 27, 2007 11:55:01 AM

hey. i am 14 years old and working on a project for school. the topic is: the invention thaty made the biggest impact on your life. i have choosen contacts lenses since without them i would be near to blind. however, our teacher wants statistical data meaning how many people wore them in 1997? how many in 2000? that sort of thing. i am completely unable to find it anywhere! help?

Posted by: hayden | Mar 7, 2007 12:23:06 AM