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contact lens advice(24 posts)

contact lens advicechriscpa
Mar 20, 2003 1:42 PM
I need to get some new contact lens. I had Soflens Toric 66. Have anybody use other Toric lenes and give me advices?

Chris
be careful of the "let's keep it bike topic babies" here...nmeschelon
Mar 20, 2003 1:54 PM
maybe we should start a contact lense forum (nm)Frith
Mar 20, 2003 2:03 PM
be careful of the "let's keep it bike topic babies" here...nmchriscpa
Mar 20, 2003 2:22 PM
I think it is close enough to be a bike topic. Kind of hard to ride when you are not able to see. Isn't it?
he's doing this because the Non-Cycling forum is useless for this type of questionlonefrontranger
Mar 20, 2003 2:44 PM
The Non-Cycling Forum is currently a vast political wasteland. Nothing that doesn't reference the current U.S. military / political situation will get answered; it merely becomes buried or scrolled off in favor of endless boring threads and flame-fests that go on and on about stuff you can read about in CNN.

For what it's worth, I'm a contact lens wearer, but do not use torics. I've been using the same B&L daily wears for almost 3 years now and they've held up amazingly well considering they are 2x past their wear life. (I know, I know, but I don't have any medical insurance!)
re: contact lens adviceCuervo930
Mar 20, 2003 2:54 PM
Chris,

I have the Soflens 66Toric in my right eye and an Accuvue 2 in the left eye. I always ride with sun glasses, Smith Bazookas, but never had much of an issue with either lens. I go for new lenses tommorrow, then play hookie from work for a three hour ride. Will report back regarding the lenses.

Generally the Accuvue lens will get cloudy quicker than the Soflens.
re: contact lens adviceMatt Britter
Mar 20, 2003 2:59 PM
I dropped the B&L toric's last year for "Focus Day & Night" I still have 20/20 vision (with the contacts in) and now can leave them in over night. Actually I can leave these in for a month, take them out for one night, and then repeat for three month!
They have been awesome!
-mb
What kind (type, not brand) of toric lens do you have?Mel Erickson
Mar 20, 2003 3:04 PM
There are many types. Lenses can be weighted, squared off, ovalized, etc. to keep it in alignment. Are you talking about getting a different type of lens or a different brand? I'm not sure but certain brands may be associated with certain types of lenses (i.e. B&L with weighted and Accuvue with squared off). This could affect your choices. When I wore contacts I tried many differnt types of toric lenses and settled on the type that was squared off on the bottom and rested on my lower eyelid. It just worked best for me. This is more individual than what saddle works best. How's that for bringing it into the bike related fold?
What kind (type, not brand) of toric lens do you have?chriscpa
Mar 20, 2003 3:21 PM
Thinks for the advices. I feel absolutely fine wear Soflen 66 to ride. But problems come when I state looking at a computer screen or books. It is hard to see things that is close. Looks like I have to try diff. lens.
What kind (type, not brand) of toric lens do you have?jwarrenod
Mar 20, 2003 4:11 PM
I agree, what's so wrong with the question.

How old are you? The problem may well by your eyes focusing system, not the lenses (no matter what type of soft toric lens you wear). Ask your eye doctor about your options and why you have a hard time with certain vision tasks and not others.

Just my professional $.02

John Warren, OD
What kind (type, not brand) of toric lens do you have?chriscpa
Mar 22, 2003 6:39 AM
darn, I am not that old yet. 30. The thing is when I am wearing normal glasses it is just fine. I refuse to be old before I am old
How old are you? nmMel Erickson
Mar 20, 2003 6:06 PM
How old are you? nmjwarrenod
Mar 20, 2003 7:09 PM
I'm 36, will be 37 on May 25th this year. Married, wife 2 children, like to ski, bike and make homebrew.

I asked the age as it may factor into the problem. He or she may be starting to suffer from presbyopia which would cause the problems with near vision and not distance vision. I've only been fitting contact lenses and dealing with these type of issues for 10 years.

John Warren, OD
Thanks for the info but I was asking chriscpa.Mel Erickson
Mar 20, 2003 7:51 PM
And I was asking for the same reason. Nice to see you have the same interests as I do, right down to the 2 kids and making homebrew. The only difference is I'm 50 and am not an OD.
Hey jwarrengregario
Mar 21, 2003 5:00 AM
I recently read an article in I think, Business Week about a new type of Lasik, I think they called it wavefront. What is your opinion of Lasik? I'm 41 and considering it especially this newer type that sound quite improved from the existing procedure.
Hey jwarrenjwarrenod
Mar 21, 2003 11:19 AM
LASIK is a great procedure for the right patient, and horrible for the wrong patient. There are many factors that go into whether a person is a good candidate for LASIK. I'd suggest that you talk to your friends that have had LASIK and if they are happy, talk to their surgeon or the laser center that did their procedure.

Waveprint will be beneficial to about 30% of the patients who undergo LASIK, for the rest of the population it will be about equal to but not a significant advantage for the rest.

Remember that at your age you will either alread or soon need reading glasses/bifocal glasses/bifocal contact lenses. That's why I asked the original poster's age.

JW
re: contact lens advicejtolleson
Mar 20, 2003 3:33 PM
I now have Focus toric lenses. They are disposable, and priced competitively. I've had corrective lenses since 13 months (no lie) and relatively complex correction (my left eye is a +6.5 with plenty 'o astigmatism).

Anyway, I've been happy.

Good luck.
How much do focus toric disposables cost? (nm)reklar
Mar 20, 2003 6:19 PM
re: contact lens advicetoomanybikes
Mar 20, 2003 5:18 PM
I have never used Toric.

I do use the Focus 55 product which is a 30 day use and dispose system. Costs about $10 per month.

I find that for close up tasks ( reading, computer, etc.) I now use a pair of "reading glasses" - the kind you buy at the drug store or wal-mart for about $15. Funnily enough this what my eye doctor, not optomotrist, told me to get.

I always wear the lenses when riding, vision is great.

I will tell you that in my experience it makes a tremendous difference what solutions you use to clean them. The stuff the eye centre told me to use is no rub, and after a few days the lenses become uncomfortable. If I use the old fashioned two part syatem and rub the lenses they feel better in the morning and at the end of 30 days they are still really comfortable. I use, and like the AOSept system, one step more but they feel better.

Good luck.
i'm using focus torics...reklar
Mar 20, 2003 6:28 PM
Not the disposable ones.

They are a bit harder to handle than traditional contacts because they are weighted. You get used to it though...

For me, they've been really comfortable. I have dry eyes so I don't wear them every day. Mostly for riding and other sports...I ride MTB a lot with sunglasses (very necessary with MTB!). Couldn't be happier with a set of contacts.

If you take care of them they should last you several months of daily usage...

It's difficult to get a toric lens to be as good as your glasses because the lens floats in the eye a slight bit. So, the astigmatism isn't corrected perfectly 100% of the time. That said, it is still pretty darn good and the peripheral vision gained and the lack of glasses rattling on the nose makes wearing contacts a no-brainer. Get em.
re: contact lens adviceLongboarder
Mar 20, 2003 8:43 PM
OK: A bike question related to contact lenses. I've yet to find a pair of sun glasses that will keep the wind from drying out my contact lenses. I ride about 2 miles, the lenses dry up and pop onto my eyelid. I may start wearing Buggz snowboard goggles. (and don't be stealing that fashion statement)

Does anyone have this problem and have a solution?
what kind of contacts are you using? (nm)reklar
Mar 20, 2003 10:27 PM
what kind of contacts are you using? (nm)Longboarder
Mar 21, 2003 12:59 PM
Bausch daily's - nothing thick or fancy - non torroidal.
what kind of contacts are you using? (nm)reklar
Mar 22, 2003 1:48 AM
You might want to try non-disposables. In my experience they generally fit better and stay more "wetter"...

Talk to your optomotrist. I'm sure they have some ideas...

I have had similar problems with disposables, but not with the non-disposable focus torics. I think focus in general is known to make very comfortable contacts.

Good luck!