Bees who wear glasses or contacts, or both?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 32
1756 posts
Buzzing bee

railroaderwifeyxo :  Well, WTF?! That is very odd because it’s supposed to be formulated to mimic real tears. Interesting…. 

Post # 33
5009 posts
Bee Keeper

railroaderwifeyxo :  I’m actually allergic to biotrue. I would try another brand. That one caused me problems. But I’m allergic to everything. 

Post # 36
1756 posts
Buzzing bee

railroaderwifeyxo :  D’aww! That super sucks! I hope you find something that works for you. I get that glasses are super hipster right now, but for people who actually RELY on them they really are the pits. 

Post # 37
40 posts

Most bees have already said similar things to me, but everyone’s a little different, so the more info the better!  

I got contacts around 12 (glasses since 8 or 9) and once I got the hang of them, wore them basically every waking moment.  Around 20, I couldn’t wear them for more than a few hours without my eyes turning red and feeling “tired.”  Eye doctor told me I’m essentially allergic to regular contact solution and suggested the hydrogen peroxide solutions. Ironic, as I’m not allergic to anything else that I know of. Switching to that (or just plain saline) solved that problem.

Around 25, I developed asgitmatism.  It no joke took me about 9 months of regular wear to get used to astigmatism lenses–they’re just not as comfortable.  I still have pretty bad astigmatism (which is annoying since my actual vision has improved to -.50, which is practically nothing) and the astigmatism lenses.  I find them perfectly comfortable now that I’m used to them, but they just aren’t the same.  I now wear my glasses most of the time when I’m at home and times I don’t care as much about my appearance.  Getting a pair of glasses I do really like helps, but I’ll never feel *as* attractive with them as I do with contacts.  

Based on my experience, I’d try different contact solutions and rule out astigmatism (or a change in astigmatism if you already have it).  Hopefully you solve this issue!

Post # 39
489 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I had a similar situation after wearing contacts for many years. I tried various different brands and ended up going to dailies. The one I have now is called Dailies Total 1 and I have no issues anymore!! My left eye used to be bright red and irritated every day. My optometrist said dailies are smaller so they irritate the eye less, plus they are always fresh. It’s more expensive but as someone who also hates glasses I’ve found it to be worthwhile. 

Post # 40
3427 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I used to have incredibly dry eyes. I switched to daily contacts and there have been no problems since!!

Post # 41
1299 posts
Bumble bee

I switch between glasses and contacts.  I usually wear my contacts to work because sometimes I have to wear a surgical mask and my glasses can get fogged up when I have it on.  I also hate how my glasses are constantly dirty (the anti glare lenses are magnets for dirt) so it’s easier not to have to clean them several times a day.

When I first got my contacts, it took me several tries to get a brand that I liked.  My optomitrist is great.  I paid for the initial “fitting” then she gave me a week sample of different brands and kinds until I found one that worked.  I too find the dailies to be the most comfortable but they are a bit more expensive.  I can stretch them out because I don’t wear them all the time.

Post # 42
13686 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I wear both.  I’ve had issues with some brands of contacts and have had to switch.  Your eye doctor should be able to give you samples of new brands to try out and see what works for you.

Post # 43
4 posts

Definitely go to an optomotrist. I really don’t do well with some brands. My favorite are daily disposables. I’ve had some good and bad experiences with different brands, but a good optomotrist will work with you to get you fitted and comfortable.  

Post # 44
482 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

I wear both. My eyes were getting dry with my old brand of contacts, I wear dailies now and no issues 

Post # 45
251 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I switch between contacts and glasses – my optom has always advised having 2 contact lens-free days per week to allow adequate oxygenation to the cornea and regular eye drops for lubrication.

Check in with your optom for your eye health and also see if there might be an alternative to your current lens, or drops to help? 

ETA: daily disposables are better in terms of letting enough oxygen through as they are thinner than the fortnightly/monthly lens – worth a go! 

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