Got contacts for the first time, questions.

Discussion in 'Contact Lenses' started by reggietodd, May 24, 2005.

  1. reggietodd

    reggietodd Guest

    I just got contacts, I am nearsighted, just a little bit the doctor
    said. Before the contacts my vision tested at 20/30, then once they
    put them in I read the lines and my vision was 20/10. Then we took
    them out and they let me put them back in so I could practice. After
    that, my eyes watered up and I couldn't hardly see anything, they said
    it would get better so now its been 5 hours later and hasn't gotten any
    better, still can't see much. Just took them out and now I can see
    again. Is this normal, is this just something I will have to get used
    to and it will clear up over a few days?
    reggietodd, May 24, 2005
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  2. reggietodd

    The Real Bev Guest

    And consider the possibility that you switched right and left lenses. Yes, it
    sounds stupid. Yes, I've done it myself :-(
    The Real Bev, May 25, 2005
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  3. reggietodd

    Dr. Leukoma Guest

    Is that your final opinion?

    For one thing, I would rarely try to put a contact lens on somebody who
    had 20/30 vision, but that is a moot point.

    The poster did not say whether the lenses were rigid or soft. It could
    be that the lenses aren't wetting properly, especially if they are RGP.
    There was no mention of pain, and so I tend to dismiss that it could
    be a corneal abrasion.

    Dr. Leukoma, May 25, 2005
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    otisbrown Guest

    Dear Reggiet,

    Had you been wearing prescription
    glasses before the contacts?

    What was the prescription?

    -1 diopter?

    Maybe the prescription was
    stronger that necessary.

    Can your OD check this
    for you?


    otisbrown, May 25, 2005
  5. I don't think it's moot. I put contacts on 20/30 eyes all the time.
    What exactly would be the problem with putting contacts on a 20/30????

    w.stacy, o.d.
    William Stacy, May 25, 2005
  6. Re-read the post, otis. He had an improvement from 20/30 to 20/10,
    meaning he could read, at 20 ft, letters 3 times smaller than he could
    without the lenses. Then something happened. He couldn't even read
    20/30 after re-inserting the lenses. Do you really think that too
    strong lenses could do that? Obviously, he contaminated the lenses,
    smeared them up, or something between removal and reinsertion. This is
    not exactly rocket science. I do hope he posts what finally happened,
    and I guarantee you it was NOT that the lenses were too strong...

    w.stacy, o.d.
    William Stacy, May 25, 2005
  7. reggietodd

    reggietodd Guest

    Thanks for all the replies. They are soft contact lenses. We made
    sure the right and left eye were correct and we made sure they were not
    inside out. There was no pain. Right now i'm subscribing to the idea
    that they got dirty or smeared up with me learning, because it did take
    awhile for me to get them in and out. I have not put them back in yet,
    they are soaking in the solution and I will try again in the morning.

    I do have eyeglasses that I only wear when I drive at night, but I play
    golf and I am unable to see far distances and reading greens is tough
    with my 20/30 vision and wearing the glasses while playing screws up my
    depth perception, I imagine playing with the contacts at 20/10 will be
    a dream. Hopefully they will clear up tomorrow I will post and let you
    guys know. Thanks again for all the replies.
    reggietodd, May 25, 2005
  8. reggietodd

    reggietodd Guest

    I believe they said the prescription was -.75 for the right and -.50
    for the left.
    reggietodd, May 25, 2005
  9. reggietodd

    Dr. Leukoma Guest


    The point is moot because the poster was already wearing contact

    I don't have a problem with YOU prescribing lenses for visual acuities
    of 20/30 or better, if that is your practice pattern. As I said
    before, the signal-to-noise ratio tends to be too low for my tastes.
    Nearly half the time those prescriptions wind up being astigmatic --
    compound or mixed, and you know what that means: toric lenses that
    fluctuate. However, I will do it if the patient insists.

    Dr. Leukoma, May 25, 2005
  10. reggietodd

    Dr. Leukoma Guest

    I agree. However, if the poster gets three full lines of improvement,
    and IF they don't dry out during the wearing time, then it would be
    worth it.

    Dr. Leukoma, May 25, 2005
  11. reggietodd

    Dr. Leukoma Guest

    ....whoops, make that four lines of improvement (20/25, 20/20, 20/15,

    Dr. Leukoma, May 25, 2005
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    otisbrown Guest

    Dear Reggiet,

    Thanks for the prescription post. The human eye (young)
    sometimes has the capability of 20/10. The standard
    for all of us is 20/20.

    I assume you requested ask for a "Best Visual Acuity" prescription.

    You are right -- with that level you will "see better" that most
    people you play golf with.


    otisbrown, May 25, 2005
  13. reggietodd

    Dr. Leukoma Guest

    There is no need to "ask for" a "Best Visual Acuity" prescription, as
    this is what is generally given by the ECP.

    Secondly, 20/20 is not "the standard" for all of us.

    Dr. Leukoma, May 25, 2005
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    John Yasar Guest

    What do you mean by that Doc?

    PV2 Yasar, M
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    John Yasar, May 25, 2005
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    Dr. Leukoma Guest

    Vision is the result of a complex system comprised of optical and
    neural pathways. For some, this combination results in the "potential"
    for 20/10 vision. For others, it is 20/20, and for others still, it
    may be less than 20/20. However, MOST of us should have the potential
    for 20/20. The result is that the "default" standard is 20/20.

    Dr. Leukoma, May 26, 2005
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