first time wearing contacts

Discussion in 'Contact Lenses' started by djneill, Jul 13, 2006.

  1. djneill

    djneill Guest

    Hi all,
    I have had glasses because of nearsightedness for about 9 years, not
    too bad, but driving and seeing a blackboard were too straining. So
    this year I decide to start jogging, and I find out quickly that
    glasses are a pain. I have used a nerd-strap to keep my glasses firm,
    but I wanted to investigate contacts. Besides, I was due free frames
    or contacts this year anyways.

    So I got fitted for contact lenses, and while my eyes have different
    strengths, they decided to give both the same prescription. One of
    the metrics was -1.00 on both eyes, sorry it may be +1.00, the rx is at
    home right now.

    It took about 2 weeks to get used to them without getting a headache.
    I had to learn to let my eyes be farsighted, and try not to concentrate
    so much on very close objects. But this farsightedness was not
    comfortable for running. If I had to suddenly focus on something
    close, I got eyestrain, and a bit dizzy.

    I then went back to my eye doctor, and requested an adjustment. She
    seemed to indicate that she was a tad relucatant, but I can't be sure.
    She said she could ease up on my right eye and ordered me a -0.75
    (sorry it may be 0.75, it's for nearsightedness). Now with that, my
    right eye is great but the fact that both of the eyes are different is
    really messing me up.

    Should I get used to this? Should I go back to when it was not hurting
    my eyes, but just a bit awkward in some situations (+1.00 in both

    For any advice, I would greatly appreciate it. As far as I know, I
    have no problems with the eyes like astigmatism.

    djneill, Jul 13, 2006
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    otisbrown Guest

    Dear Dan,

    If you are determined to be "nearsighted" then the "correction" will be
    a negative lens, so -0.75 would be correct for lens or contact.


    otisbrown, Jul 14, 2006
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  3. djneill

    retinula Guest

    please disregard Otis Brown. not only are his replies
    incomprehensible, but he doesn't know what he is talking about. he
    thinks you will permanently harm your eyes by wearing lenses that
    correct your nearsightedness. he probably also thinks the world is

    anyway, only your doctor can really answer your questions. your
    prescription of -1.00 in both eyes (probably is minus) might be a
    little too strong. if you have problems focusing on near objects, and
    you get headaches, those are symptoms of lenses that or too strong.
    you might also have a little bit of astigmatism that is ignored with
    your contacts. just discuss the situation with your doctor-- really
    she should not be too reluctant to discuss your concerns, its her job.

    retinula, Jul 14, 2006
  4. djneill

    djneill Guest

    Hi all,
    Thanks, I will discuss with her.

    djneill, Jul 14, 2006
  5. djneill

    Dom Guest

    Your experience is a little unusual because usually glasses give people
    more trouble of the type that you describe.

    It could be that the contact lenses are too strong - whether one, the
    other or both.

    Another possibility if you are in or approaching your 40's is that your
    contacts are correct but your glasses are undercorrected i.e. too weak
    and your new, stronger contact lenses are clearer for long distance
    vision but more difficult for close reading. But if your glasses are up
    to date and the same strength as the contacts then this won't be the case.

    Dom, Jul 14, 2006
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