Contact Lenses, Astigmatism, and Pool...

Discussion in 'Contact Lenses' started by The Hustler, Jan 5, 2005.

  1. The Hustler

    The Hustler Guest

    Thanks Dr Judy,

    as far as my prescription for glasses is concerned, I can't remember
    exactly what it was previously - though, if I remember rightly, it
    appeared to be very similar to my contact lenses. I remember the
    optician at my latest test showing me the old prescription, and the
    new one, and noticing the difference, but what it was exactly I can't
    remember. As far as the Astigmatism is concerned, I think it can be
    safe to say that it has probably got worse, as i didn't notice much of
    a problem with my contacts in the past - it's only recently that I
    have noticed how bad my eyesight has become.

    To answer another question - yes, I did ask and enquire about what
    could be done, but the level of service I recieved was very low. As
    soon as I said that I only wanted an eye test, and not to purchase a
    pair of specs there and then, the optician didn't appear to be too
    concerned with me, and couldn't get away fast enough to deal with
    someone else who might part with their cash. I don't know who work
    for, but at both my most recent, and next to recent eye tests, the
    level of service Specsaver have provided me has not been up to
    scratch.

    The whole reason why I started this thread was so that I could arm
    myself with all the facts before I go and discuss this with another
    optometrist. With Specsaver, I was told I could try this, or I could
    try that, but very little time was spent discussing the subject, as my
    problem was more or less dismissed...

    Anyway, thanks again.

    but one final question. Would I be right in the assumption that you
    can get yearly Toric lenses, and that, like the conventional yearly
    soft lenses, I would get better vision from them, than daily
    disposables? I'm sure some said earlier that you get better vision
    from yearly disposables compared with dailies...

    Cheers

    The Hustler
     
    The Hustler, Jan 5, 2005
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  2. The Hustler

    Dr Judy Guest


    Any of yearly, quarterly, monthly or two weekly disposable toric would
    provide better vision than daily disposables for two reasons. First, only
    one daily disposable (Focus Toric) has a correction for astigmatism.
    Second, Focus Toric Daily has a very limited range of astigmatism that it
    can correct. The other torics have several astigmatism powers and a wide
    range of astigmatism axis available and thus can correct virtually all
    prescriptions.

    Generally speaking, lenses that are replaced at least quarterly will stay
    cleaner and thus deliver better vision than yearly replacement lenses.

    Find an optometrist or optician who does a lot of contact lens work instead
    of your current provider. BTW, if you tell the examiner that you only want
    an eye test, the examiner is not going to do a toric contact lens work up.
    You will need a contact lens fitting and will need several follow up
    assessments after getting the lenses. Expect to pay for this. Your best
    interests will be served by paying for a fitting and buying your of contact
    lenses from that fitter.

    Dr Judy
     
    Dr Judy, Jan 6, 2005
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