Post # 17
These days, it’s a lot easier than it used to be to switch from RGPs to soft lenses, unless you have a specific medical issue that requires hard lenses (cornea problems, mostly). When soft lenses first came out, they only corrected for a limited number of issues and weren’t so hot if you had allergies or other issues, but the technology has advanced dramatically. (Our family eye doctor growing up had advised my sister and me to wait until soft torque lenses that could correct for astigmatism came out rather than get RGPs, so we’ve both been wearing them since the very first models—which weren’t initially disposable—came out in the early 90s. They have gotten WAY better, even just in the past few years—for instance, early on my glasses corrected better than my contacts, but today it’s the reverse.)
If you switch, though, I’d do it permanently—not just for the wedding, which is a lot of adjusting for one day (not to mention the cost—soft lenses are fitted differently than RGPs so you will need to have your eye doctor go through that process, which can take several weeks/months as you try out different fits and brands). But my mom, who’d worn RGPs since she was fifteen, finally switched a few years back, and is hitting herself for not doing it earlier—could be worth it for comfort/convenience beyond just the wedding day.
Post # 18
i used to wear gas permeables and i’m with you on the pain factor! i switched to soft lenses years ago and the main difference? you can’t feel them. seriously. when you’re used to wearing gas permeables, soft lenses don’t feel like a thing. the only thing i miss was the ease of removing them. 🙂
Post # 19
Call your doctor and ask if you can be fitted with soft lenses. They are way better! I am so not worried about my soft lenses at all- sure they do dry out occasionally but it’s not hugely serious.
Post # 20
definitely talk to your eye doctor about switching and do it soon so you can give your eyes time to adjust. i allegedly have a slight astigmatism but still wear soft contacts. in fact, i’ve been using the accuvue oasys ones and i love it. i also stare at computers all day so the doc recommended these for me. i can wear them easily all day so long as i don’t take a nap in them. lol. i know you’re not supposed to sleep with them on but sometimes i can’t help it!
but yeah, mine are weekly disposables so there’s not too much cleaning involved. great for a lazy bum like myself!
Post # 21
One of my bridesmaids wears RGP lenses and she says it’s because they help (only slightly) keep your vision from getting worse. At least that’s what her doctor told her. Why don’t you just have one of your bridesmaids keep a bottle of eyedrops in her pocket/bag so that if you do get something in your eye, you can quickly squrit the solution in?
Post # 22
I use CIBA Air Optix. They are AMAZING. They don’t even feel like I’m wearing anything in my eye and they offered great coverage on the day of my wedding because there was a lot of moisture so I didn’t have to put eyedrops in my eyes every few minutes.
I really thought that I would have problems on the day of the wedding because I have very sensitive eyes and couldn’t wear contacts for many years because of an ugly eye infection I got years ago.
I would consult with your optometrist and ask him to give you trial pairs. I HIGHLY recommend them. Although they were quite expensive, they were well worth it not just for the wedding, but also the honeymoon.
Post # 23
I wear RGP all the time but I don’t have to. When I go camping and stuff, I wear daily disposable softs. Ask your optometrist to see if you can get some daily disposables for hassle-free days.
On my wedding day, I still wore RGP just because my eyes don’t get dried as easily with RGP and I knew it was going to be a long day for me. I also brought my RGP cases, a pair of daily disposables, and my eyeglasses (in a purse in the car, w/ a bridesmaid, or w/ my mom) in case something happens and I need to take them out and put in my soft lens or just wear plain eyeglasses. Call me anal but I was gonna do it my way. Anyway, on the day of everything was awesome with RGP and I didn’t take them out until I go to bed.
Post # 24
I wear RGP lens and inquired about switching to soft lens and my doctor said that I would have to wait for 3 months before he could fit me with soft lens. In the meantime I would have to wear glasses so my cornea could reshape. From the posts above it would seem that this is not true. Does anyone know if I can wear soft lens right away.
Post # 25
@vickoaks – I was actually just at the eye doc today to inquire about this. What my doc told me was that I could switch to soft lenses if I wanted right now, but that I would probably have to come in for a lot of appointments for the next three months because my eyesight would probably start changing for the worse and take a while before my eyes “settled down” in order to then give me the right prescription for soft contacts. So maybe your doc just wants you to wait 3 months without using the temporary soft contacts in the meantime.
I still don’t know if I’m gonna switch permanently to soft lenses. I guess the RPGs keep my eyes from getting worse and they provide sharper vision. I have a sample of soft contacts that I’m supposed to try out and go back to the doc in 2 weeks. My doc said at the very least I could just wear soft lenses on my wedding day so I don’t have to worry about the pain of getting something in my eye.
Post # 26
I think the reason the doctor tells you to wait 3 months is because wearing any contacts changes the shape of your cornea. So while your eyes are readjusting, your prescription could change.