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contact lens wearers? wearing lenses beyond limitishmael
May 24, 2003 4:45 PM
I've heard the materials are the same for all lenses(one day, monthly, etc.) and as long as you clean them correctly you can wear the one day lenses indefinately. True? what cleaning should I do?
Don't do it....The Walrus
May 25, 2003 11:26 AM
I've been wearing the "extended wear" Acuvue lenses for about 20 years (
i not
the same set), and I know it doesn't hurt to exceed the specified limit, as long as careful cleaning and disinfecting is done regularly. (I don't want to admit just
i how
long I wore some of the lenses...) Ultimately, though, cleaning won't deal with all the protein buildup or bacteria, or damage to the lenses from frequent handling, which can in turn scratch your corneas. Your vision is worth a lot more than saving a hundred bucks or so a year by skimping on fresh contacts.
re: contact lens wearers? wearing lenses beyond limitjtolleson
May 25, 2003 8:59 PM
Your eyes will tell you to ditch them long before it is a health risk, IMHO. That dry scritchy-scratchy quality comes at about 5 weeks and can't be obliterated, and vision becomes fuzzy.

Frankly, I don't look at the calendar at all; I ditch them when they are "done" (I wear extended wear lenses on a "daily" basis... i.e., take them out at night).
if they are all made of the same materialishmael
May 26, 2003 1:40 PM
shouldn't the daily be able to last as long as the extended as long as they are cleaned appropriately?
They probably aren't...The Walrus
May 26, 2003 3:18 PM
all made of the identical material. There could also be differences in thickness or permeability between the daily and extended-wear varieties.
nope...extended wear is much thinner than the longer wear onesColnagoFE
May 27, 2003 7:06 AM
I've had both and there is no way you can rub the extended wear/daily ones as hard as you'd need to to clean them. They will rip or get grungy unless you enzyme clean them and I doubt they'd hold up to that type of treatment as thin as they are.
my extended wear lenses last about a monthColnagoFE
May 27, 2003 7:04 AM
after that they start getting gunky feeling and usually rip or lose their shape at some point if i push it. A month is good though for me event though they recommend a week or two. I also use the Opti-Free two in one solution which seems to keep em cleaner than other solutions. I wouldn't recommend trying to enzyme clean these types though. they aren't sturdy enough to handle it.
Yep, mine too, by design. My eye doc just put me on theRhodyRider
May 27, 2003 7:32 AM
"Frequency 55" model (I forget the brand). You buy six pair at a time (they come in a nifty little box) and you throw a pair away about every month, 5-6 weeks if you stretch it. On you can get most any brand wicked cheap, FWIW.
contacts are a real racketColnagoFE
May 27, 2003 9:07 AM
i had to change my last perscription because when it came time to buy new contacts i found out my doc had perscribed me lenses that can ONLY be purchased through an opthamologist at highly inflated prices. I think I have the same lenses as you now---that name rings a bell. Much cheaper over the net. Don't even get me started about having to get a new perscription every year. I'm sure they catch some eye problems this way, but if my contacts and eyes feel fine why should I have to keep going back year after year just to have the doc say that everything looks great, here is your new perscription for exactly the same thing you had before. Cha-Ching.
oh boy!eyebob
May 27, 2003 10:38 AM
First off, there is no such thing as a soft (very rarely gas perm (harder) contacts can be) contact lens that can "ONLY" be purchased through an op(h)tha(l)mologist at highly inflated prices. If that's what you're told, contact your state's board of ophthalmology (or optometry) and report that condition. I'm guessing, that what that doc might have is an arrangement with a big contact lens company to get a "house brand" lable for a product that is also commonly available under another name (a good analogy is generic vs. brand name). If you have a written Rx for that doc's "house brand" then technically it has to be filled as such. It can be changed by any other doc though without further exam (like substituting a generic for a brand name).

If you have a problem with getting your eyes examined once per year then I'd suggest that you do one of the following:
a) sit and discuss it with your doc. MOst docs will agree to give you a script good for two years (or more) if you really are not changing and you have no medical reason to be followed more closely.
b) it is your right as a patient (as long as thee isn't a specific number of lenses that you're limited too per script) to order as many as you'd like. Here's the trick. Get your script, order a year's supply and near the end of the year, order more. This is frowned upon, but totally legal and well within your rights as a patient.
c) contact your state's board to see if yearly exams are even required. Some States contact lens Rx's are good for two years.

*in the interest of full disclosure, I'm an optometrist.
here's the brand...ColnagoFE
May 27, 2003 10:48 AM
Nobody sells these over the web and since I switched insurance I no longer could go to my old doc--Pearle Vision initially wrote me a new perscrip for this lens but I soon discovered they couldnt get them for me--I HAD to go to a Opthamologist. So I asked them to switch my cost, but I did have to go in again to have them fit me with a new brand.

and the article...
Ah yes, Hydorgenics 60UVeyebob
May 27, 2003 11:44 AM
perhaps my reading of your post was misinterpreted. I assumed that you meant that you had to buy only from a certain singular individual (i.e., I'll give you a fitting, but you have to promise to buy them from me only)when what you meant was that you couldn't get them via the net. I also assumed that you had to go to your ophthalmologist (only?) to get them when in fact you can also get them from optometrists.

There is a pretty good chance that you were prescribed that lens for the very reason of preventing you from ordering online. IT DOESN'T NECESSARILY MEAN THAT THOUGH. Lots of docs fit that lens because it's a durable, quality two-week disposable with a high oxygen permeability factor. It is actually a good lens. Ocular Sciences has long been a favored brand by docs because they've held out longest from selling bulk quantities of contacts to online order houses. IMHO, OS is courting docs with this lens to retain/gain a small niche in the market.

My advice, next time you get fit, even if it's with the same lens as previously, ask why that lens is the one being chosen for you. The doc should be able to explain why a specific brand and it's perameters have been chosen for you. I'd also ask that you be sure to be fit in something that you can order online.

mostly due to my ignorance and insuranceColnagoFE
May 27, 2003 1:33 PM
My previous insurance had me seeing this particular opthamologist because he was close to where I lived and worked at the time. The plan paid for the checkup 100% and a portion of the year's supply of contacts--though it had to all be ordered through the same people at the time of the checkup if I recall. Then I changed insurance which allowed me to see anyone and get reimbursed for a portion of it later. Pearle was considerably cheaper for the checkup than the ophthamologist and as I had no existing problems with my eyes, I didn't see a reason to be seeing a specialist anyway. It was a pretty routine exam and my perscription pretty basic. The Hydrogenic lenses were just fine and when I went to see the optician at Pearle Vision they were going to keep me in them, but they couldn't get them in so I decided to see if I could order them via the net and discovered I couldn't so I asked them to switch me to something comparable. Forget what I'm wearing now, but I really can't tell a difference and they seem to work just as well as the old lenses did.
contacts are a real racketSpoiler
May 27, 2003 11:48 AM
Bingo. I started wearing contacts a year ago. About half a year ago I tried to purchase my brand and prescription over the internet. I tried just about EVERY site possible. Most had my brand, but no place had my prescription. I knew then that it was no coincidence. I wanted to wring the doctor's neck.
Tell me how you got to switch. Did you just tell your doctor to prescribe a brand that's available over the internet?
It went to a Pearle VisionColnagoFE
May 27, 2003 1:39 PM
The optician there prescribed the Hydrogenics lenses but Pearle couldn't order them in so I asked for the switch. They didn't charge me for the new precription since it was their mistake that they prescribed me something they couldn't order in, but I did have to come back in to be refitted to the new lenses. I suppose I could have gone back to the opthamologist with my prescription, but those lenses were bound to be way more $ than the ones I ended up with and since I was paying for a chunk of it I wanted to save the $ if I could.