Do you advice contact lenses?

Discussion in 'Contact Lenses' started by beeohwhy, Jul 23, 2012.

  1. beeohwhy


    Jul 23, 2012
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    I'm 20 now, and I had cataract since I was about 3, and I recently got them removed. I have been wearing progressive spectacles for more than a year now, and plan to continue with them for about 3-4 more years.
    But sometime in the future, when I'll be about 24 or 25, I plan to switch to contacts. But because I need glasses for both short-sight and long-sight, I'm thinking about progressive contact lenses.
    What's your idea on it? Do you advice progressive contact lenses? Are they extremely tough to adapt to? Any major risks?
    Or should I try with lenses for long-sight and glasses for short-sight? Is there any other way I can go about this?
    Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks. :)
    beeohwhy, Jul 23, 2012
  2. beeohwhy


    Jul 24, 2012
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    There aren't any real risks with trying contact lenses, and personally I find multifocal contacts to be an incredible improvement over progressive glasses which I just tried recently for the first time. With multifocal contacts you don't need to think about where you look, you just see all distances clearly. I'd urge trying them as soon as you can. Your eye gets light focused at different distances at the same time and your brain chooses which to use without you needing to think about it or be aware of it. There are some people that have adaptation problems or difficulty with night vision (since the lens splits the light up, some focused for distance and some for near so there is less of it from each distance) but most have no trouble.

    Alternatively if those don't work you could get contacts adjusted for "monovision" where one eye is focused to see nearer and the other is focused to see distance. You aren't aware of it since your brain just chooses which eye to use. You do have a bit of reduced depth perception, though many people have no trouble with it. I wore contacts adjusted for monovision for several years before switching to multifocal contacts. I never noticed a loss of depth perception, but when I wore the multifocals the world seemed more 3D so I prefer them. You might only need one contact lens if your eyes are focused for distance now.

    Sometimes when you have cataract surgery doctors will set your eyes for monovision or use multifocal implants, but obviously your question implies they didn't do that. I hope they were at least competent enough to mention the possibility to you. (I'm in my forties and need cataract surgery now, not as young as you but still a few decades earlier than normal).
    RealityEngineer, Jul 24, 2012
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