Post # 1
I have always needed glasses since about the 12th grade, although I did hate them I managed to suck it up for a little while until when I was 19 and contacts were introduced to me. I wore them ALL the time. I could never feel them in my eyes, no irritation and sometimes I would forget that they were even in my eyes. I am now 23 and a month before my wedding I ended up finding my eyes were always dry when I wore my contacts. I wore my glasses almost everyday leading up to my wedding and was able to wear my contacts all through the day; with the night being very uncomfortable.
The morning of, I had issues keeping one of them in my eye but it worked out and I was able to wear them for my big day. I took a break from them (July Wedding) and wore them for Halloween which was good, no issues and then on my birthday in December I would barley keep them in for 30 minutes.
I have worn my glasses ever since, but the thing is I don’t feel sexy WITH my glasses. And it’s really taken a hit on my self-esteem. (Yes, it seems dumb I know) but I already struggle with psorasis, so I used to put my time into my makeup and facial area and I feel the glasses take away from the make up and my facial feature all together.
My question is has anyone had sucess with switching the brand of contacts or the solution? And being able to wear them again. It’s almost been a year since I have worn them?
Post # 2
Talk to an optometrist. Switching contact brands when one doesn’t work is common. I switched from biweekly Acuvue to monthly aqua leaf and the difference has been amazing
Post # 3
After many years of getting irritation from contacts, I had stopped wearing them and wore glasses only. My doctor then switched to a more expensive brand and I don’t have problems anymore.
Post # 4
railroaderwifeyxo : I wear glasses every day and to be honest, it’s a shock to me now to see a photo of myself without them as to be I don’t look like myself without them. I love my glasses though and always take a long time finding a new pair I love. I do occassionally wear contacts. I probably got my first ones about 3 years ago now. I don’t wear them a lot, only special occasions but even though I could get them in and out very quickly, and don’t have dry eyes (optician confirmed this) they were never really comfy. Currently trailing different ones and honestly, can’t even feel them. Sounds like maybe you need to switch them?
Post # 5
I always had similar problems with contacts growing up, switching brands didn’t help me. I think my eyes are just more senstive than others. I also hated how I looked in glasses. I got LASIK 2 years ago and it was the best decision I’ve ever made!
Post # 7
I switched to daily lenses which have more water content, or so I’ve been told. I’ve also gotten relief from dry eyes by carrying Optrex Acti Mist with me when I’m wearing my cotacts.
Post # 8
What solution are you using? It could also be the brand of the contacts. Like another bee said, talk to your optometrist and see if he or she can recommend another brand that’s not as drying. I’ve been wearing contacts for over a decade (I’m only 25) and I LOVEEEE clear care solution. It’s this hydrogen peroxide based contact solution but I noticed it helps prolonging the life of my contacts. Make sure you always have regular solution at hand because you don’t want to get the hydrogen peroxide directly in your eye.
Post # 9
I wear contacts some of the time (and glasses for the rest, I’m pretty blind without them) and I can only wear the softer ‘monthly’ contacts – the daily / more solid contacts just dont fit the shape of my eye. The monthly / soft lenses are pretty expensive but I’m always glad of them, and they can usually be worn for a lot longer than daily lenses (12-14 hours has been no problem) totally worth the extra money for special occasions.
Post # 10
railroaderwifeyxo : I’ve switched brands and the solution and had much more comfortable contacts. Also during allergy season I replace them more frequently (I have 2 week contacts that I stretch to a month except during allergy season) and I always carrying rewetting drops just in case I need them. The biggest help for me was switching to a peroxide cleaner with the special neutralizing case because it gets the contacts a lot cleaner.
I really only ever wear my glasses at home. I actually like how I look in them, but I hate the loss of peripheral vision when compared to contacts.
Post # 11
I also prefer wearing contacts over glasses – I just find glasses to be uncomfortable to wear for long periods of time! After a few years of wearing Acuvue disposable contacts that got swapped out every 2 weeks, I started having some issues with them (dry/irritated eyes, light sensitivity, etc.). I ended up switching from the 2 week lenses to the daily lenses, and they are MUCH better for my eyes. I also now try to wear my glasses 1 day/week and take my contacts out when I get home from work (instead of waiting until I’m getting ready for bed), which seems to help give my eyes a break. Definitely consult with your optometrist, though!
Post # 12
Definitely talk with your eye doctor. They could have you switch contact brands/type, switch solution, or do a variety of things to treat dry eyes (various types of medicated drops, plugs, a hot-compress routine, taking omega-3 supplements, etc).
I have serious dry-eye issues and those are all the things my eye doctors have tried with me. Unfortunately, I still have super dry eyes and mostly avoid contacts, even though I succesfully wore them every day for over a decade. But I really love wearing glasses now, so I don’t mind too much!
Post # 13
I usually wear my glasses because my eyes are so dry, but when I do wear contacts I wear 1 day acuvue trueye with hydroclear. They are expensive but the only brand that works for me. My eye doctor will give me free samples to try before committing, so talk to your eye doc about options. I tried several brands before settling on this one and I’ve been extremely happy with them.
Post # 14
I’ve been wearing contacts since I was 10 (17 years now!) and also have a propensity for dry eyes. Right now I use Night&Day lenses but I take them out every night . And using Clean and Clear contact solution works wonders for me. When I use other solution my eyes quickly get really dry and irritated easily. Clean and Clear has hydrogen peroxide in it, so you have to use a special case and your contacts have to be in it for minimum 6 hours to neutralize or else it will hurt your eyes, so you have to have some OptiFree or other solution on hand in case you need a quick clean, but using it makes a HUGE difference for my eyes.
Post # 15
I wear both. I wear my glasses when I’m expected to spend most of my time in front of the computer and contact lenses when I’m not. I find those daily contacts to be the comfiest to wear. Too bad they don’t come coloured.