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Contact lenses or glasses?

Postby lillilland » Thu May 24, 2007 9:11 pm

My questions are:

1. Do you find you prefer one over the other?
2. If you only have glasses, can you/how do you go snorkelling?

Any other comments/tips would be appreciated!
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Postby ed » Fri May 25, 2007 12:04 am

I always bring both. Contacts are easier for diving and wearing sunglasses, but I don't like to wear them all day every day. You could buy a prescription mask, but that's a lot to spend if your script is likely to change. I'm getting my first pair of prescription sunglasses for my trip. For me that means carrying contacts, glasses, Rx sunglasses and regular sunglasses. With all that I might not have room for a toothbrush.
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Postby ballu » Fri May 25, 2007 8:55 am

I go mostly contacts, just wear my glasses when watching TV at night...seriously considering the laser eye surgery.
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Postby AJ2020 » Fri May 25, 2007 11:25 am

Has anyone found the dry air at high altitudes affects the eyes with contacts?
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Postby Reditor » Fri May 25, 2007 3:35 pm

I pretty much always go with contacts, and disposable ones while traveling (dailies or monthlies). On long travel days or at night I'll switch over to glasses.
I've never had trouble at high altitudes or having them dry out too much either (Bolivia ~5000m).
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Postby ballu » Sat May 26, 2007 11:42 am

I didn't have a problem around Peru (high altitudes), I also wore them in Egypt where it was dry and sandy and was fine.

Keep your glasses around for a back up just in case they really start to bug you though.
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Postby ed » Sat May 26, 2007 2:29 pm

I've been reading up on altitude issues in preparation for a Kilimanjaro climb. Somewhere it said to be sure to take contacts out at night so that your eyes can get enough oxygen given that there is less at elevation.
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Postby retireme » Thu May 31, 2007 10:41 am

hey ed, don't you take contacts out at night anyway? i never leave mine in!

i go with disposable contacts all the way, as i hate having my photos taken with glasses.
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Postby lulu_mtl » Sat Aug 18, 2007 1:50 pm

I can't wear contact lenses anymore and without my glasses I see ... nothing. Last summer, we went to Hawaii and going to Hawaii without being able to do snorkeling was impossible to me since I could not have goggles with my eyes vision on it (too strong myopia).

So here what I did and it worked perfectly for me. I took old eyeglasses on which I removed the branches. Then when I put on the mask, I put the front part of my glasses in the middle and I could see all the wonderful fishes and corals. The only thing that I found not easy (it happened 2 times) I had water in my mask (a lot of water) and then I could not take it out because I could loos my glass. So, if you can fix it in your mask (I was sharing it with my boyfriend because one was better than the other), I would recommend it in order to avoid loosing your front part of glasses.

And it was comfortable, just as if I had contact lenses on! :o)
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Postby Hadleycat » Sat Aug 18, 2007 9:14 pm

Why don't you just have a mask made with your perscription in it. It is a bit pricey but worth it to be able to snorkel or dive without having to worry about losing glasses.
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Postby lulu_mtl » Sat Aug 18, 2007 9:33 pm

As I said I have a strong myopia with asthismatism (don't know how to write it) with makes it impossible for me to have a mask with my prescription. I have tried to find a place to do it. So this way it is the best I have found for me and it worked very well. I would do it again to make me see what I saw, it was too marvelous !
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Re: Contact lenses or glasses?

Postby kierkegaard » Thu Jan 19, 2012 9:19 am

I have been using contacts for 7 years now, and the last couple of years I have been in Africa (Kili and safaris) and South America (Galapagos, Inca Trail and Amazon) to name a few, and I have not had any problems whatsoever.

I don't need to change them every day, though, as they are of a type that only needs changing once a month. I sleep with them too which means I very seldom have to mess around with them. That has been a great help when going on vacation the mentioned places; there are really no good places to change lenses when outside the hotel, a problem avoided by putting in new ones before I leave home.

I do take extra lenses with me just in case, but I have never needed them. And they have never been bothering me, no matter where I am.

I pay a little more a month for them compared to if I needed to change them every day, but it is worth it.
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