Candidate for hard contact lenses?

Discussion in 'Contact Lenses' started by cl, Feb 22, 2006.

  1. cl

    cl Guest

    Hi, everyone...

    I currently wear glasses and soft contact lenses. My prescriptions,
    taken from the lens packages, are:

    BC 8.8
    PWR -3.00
    ADD High
    (I'm pretty sure this is for my left eye. Wal-Mart marked the boxes,
    which are somewhere else right now.)

    The only difference between them is the power, which is -2.00 in the
    other eye. They're Bausch and Lomb SofLens Multifocal, if that
    matters.

    I can wear the lenses, but only for about half their intended life (I
    get a month out of them) and only for 8 hours or so. I could probably
    last a little longer if I had something to distract my attention from
    the dryness and discomfort.

    What I'd LIKE is to be able to wear contacts comfortably from the time
    I awake until bedtime; I used to sleep in soft lenses, but my ability
    to do that disappeared at about the same time I had to switch to
    multifocal lenses.

    Should I even ask my doctor about hard contacts? My next appointment
    is in April, and I'm trying to arm myself with alternatives ahead of
    time. I do well with glasses, but I get really aggravated when I bang
    them into things. Plus, my nose was broken as a kid and I have a heck
    of a time trying to keep them fitting properly. I have a job that
    takes me outdoors frequently, too, so they're a problem sometimes in
    snow and rain.

    I just turned 49 years old, have worn some type of eye correction
    since I was 25, and tried RGP lenses years ago without success. I
    think I'd do better now, though. I live with a smoker, but have not
    smoked myself for about a year. I drink moderately.

    Thanks!
     
    cl, Feb 22, 2006
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    acemanvx Guest

    You will need to talk to your optometrist and hes the one that can
    diagnoise you. How are we to know if someone over the internet is a
    candidate? Good luck
     
    acemanvx, Feb 22, 2006
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    Quick Guest

    "We"? Would that be you and the halucinogenics?
     
    Quick, Feb 22, 2006
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    drfrank21 Guest


    Usually it does not work well converting someone from a soft cl fit
    to a gas perm unless that individual is highly motivated to make the
    switch. Options you should explore is to try a silicone hydrogel
    (they are not available in multifocals though) or the cooper proclear
    multifocal (works well for many people with dry eye issues).

    frank
     
    drfrank21, Feb 22, 2006
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    CatmanX Guest

    PureVision in the same design as soflens multifocal is due out later
    this year (they said it was due out late last year as well). That will
    resolve the problem. In the meantime, try lubricants, monovision
    PureVision etc.

    dr grant
     
    CatmanX, Feb 22, 2006
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  6. cl

    drfrank21 Guest

    That will be sweet, especially if they have a design that works.

    frank
     
    drfrank21, Feb 22, 2006
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    cl Guest

    OK. I'm motivated, but I'm not sure about how highly. I get
    aggravated with all the futzing I have to do with soft lenses, and I
    remember hard lenses being even worse. I think I got one stuck in my
    eye once, and later couldn't get one out of some solution or other.
    I think I'll ask the doc about that one. Thanks!
     
    cl, Feb 24, 2006
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    cl Guest

    Heh heh! I've heard that before...

    I use them now, with limited results. I've tried Clearz 2 and Blink
    'n' Clean. They work, but by, say, 8:00 PM I'm aggravated and
    irritated enough to take the lenses out.
    Works, but not at night. I sometimes have to drive at night, and
    often do so just for enjoyment. Monovision destroys my depth
    perception, or something.
    Thanks! I'm making a list.
     
    cl, Feb 24, 2006
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