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Contact lenses

CrayonCrayon Sleeps in the wrong bed.TejasRegistered User regular
edited December 2007 in Help / Advice Forum
I just recently went to an optometrist and found out that I needed corrective eyewear. I decided to go the contact route. It's been my second day wearing them and I notice that while my vision is better overall, I have periods where things are a bit blurry and it's somewhat hard to focus on things (with eyes that is). Is this just normal (in the beginning) or is there something else at play?

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  • FaricazyFaricazy Registered User regular
    edited December 2007
    i wear glasses and when i got a set of contacts my eyes definitely focus slower

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  • chamberlainchamberlain Registered User regular
    edited December 2007
    They may be drying out. There are eyedrops specifically for contacts, though I cannot rememebr the name.

    Also, how long have you been wearing them when it get blurry? If it has been all day, your eyes may simply getting tired.

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  • bennie_unlbennie_unl Registered User regular
    edited December 2007
    Pretty sure it's normal. Anyway, it happened to me for the first couple days as well when I first got contacts. Also whenever my prescription changes, it happens again.

    I wouldn't worry unless it's still happening a week later.

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  • CrayonCrayon Sleeps in the wrong bed. TejasRegistered User regular
    edited December 2007
    They may be drying out. There are eyedrops specifically for contacts, though I cannot rememebr the name.

    Also, how long have you been wearing them when it get blurry? If it has been all day, your eyes may simply getting tired.

    Well, today I put them on at about 10:45 (it's now 7:49 here). But I have random bouts of the blurriness throughout the day, especially when I'm just laying around watching tv or something. Outside everything is fine, no blurriness-but once I get inside they seem to get blurry every once in a while.

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  • LuxLux Registered User regular
    edited December 2007
    Ask your optometrist. Maybe you need a different brand? It was pretty trial and error for to find a brand that didn't dry out/suck.

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  • LocusLocus Trust Me The seaRegistered User regular
    edited December 2007
    Are you rubbing your eyes at all? When I teach with a chalkboard and I have my contacts in, by the end of class my vision is very blurry because I have chalk dust all over the lenses.

    As other people have suggested, eye drops would help. Also, don't rub your eyes too hard.

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  • DemerdarDemerdar Registered User regular
    edited December 2007
    Don't worry its perfectly normal. I just switched to contacts after about 16 years of using corrective eye glasses. It took me a good solid month to get used to them. Mostly I would notice they got blurry when I came inside after being outside for a long period of time. Don't worry though, you'll get used to them.

    Also, if they are making you uncomfortable, you don't HAVE to wear them. If you just got diagnosed that you need prescription eye wear, I'm pretty sure you can still function in every day activities without them.

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  • rowrrowr Registered User regular
    edited December 2007
    I had the exact same problem at random intervals, blurry vision. Tried 3 different contact lens brands and the last one worked great. The opto said that different brands have a little different curvature and affect how well they fit. I also tended to notice it pretty often when reading, because of the small fast movements involved. It also helped to use eyedrops about halfway through the day for a while to keep the lens moist.

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  • ReitenReiten Registered User regular
    edited December 2007
    Crayon wrote: »
    But I have random bouts of the blurriness throughout the day, especially when I'm just laying around watching tv or something.

    When you focus on things like the TV or computer monitor or even reading, people often blink less. That means your contacts will dry out a bit and things will be blurry. That's probably what's behind it. It could also be your eyes adjusting to having something on them. Eye drops at that time will be useful.

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  • CrayonCrayon Sleeps in the wrong bed. TejasRegistered User regular
    edited December 2007
    Demerdar wrote: »
    Don't worry its perfectly normal. I just switched to contacts after about 16 years of using corrective eye glasses. It took me a good solid month to get used to them. Mostly I would notice they got blurry when I came inside after being outside for a long period of time. Don't worry though, you'll get used to them.

    Also, if they are making you uncomfortable, you don't HAVE to wear them. If you just got diagnosed that you need prescription eye wear, I'm pretty sure you can still function in every day activities without them.

    Well, I kind of put it off for a long time. I'm at the point where I can barely pass the drivers license eye test, if I had missed one more I would have failed. So yeah, I can still read pretty much everything fine, and I don't have too much trouble...buuuuuuut I have to have them for work.

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  • SarcastroSarcastro Registered User regular
    edited December 2007
    I also just started wearing contacts, for a couple months now. I'd say the blurriness is prolly from not blinking, I have to do it more often than usual or I get the same thing. Also, there is a weird light effect at night where everything lit holds a hazy aura around it. Focusing is harder, wi\th glasses, the glasses do most of the work, with contacts your eye does all the work. I have trouble reading sometimes and doing long periods of up close work up with them in.

    I don't rub them (bad bad) But I find that an 'eye press' helps every once in a while. Just close your eyes, look straight ahead and press on them with your palms. Dont look side to side while doing this, you might scratch your eyes, but if you keep them straight, I find it helps settle the contacts a bit, especially after just putting them in, or occasionally when one feels kind of weird, like its starting to unstick.

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  • GihgehlsGihgehls Registered User regular
    edited December 2007
    Crayon wrote: »
    They may be drying out. There are eyedrops specifically for contacts, though I cannot rememebr the name.

    Also, how long have you been wearing them when it get blurry? If it has been all day, your eyes may simply getting tired.

    Well, today I put them on at about 10:45 (it's now 7:49 here). But I have random bouts of the blurriness throughout the day, especially when I'm just laying around watching tv or something. Outside everything is fine, no blurriness-but once I get inside they seem to get blurry every once in a while.

    How would you describe the blurriness? Does it feel like there is a film on your eye that is blurring things up, or does it feel like your eyes aren't quite focusing right?

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  • Dropping LoadsDropping Loads Registered User regular
    edited December 2007
    Do you have astigmatism? Astigmatism correcting lenses are weighted, and any time they rotate off their primary axis some blurring occurs. This happens every time you blink, and gets worse as your eyes dry during the day. This is a normal effect of the lens and cannot be prevented.

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  • GameHatGameHat Registered User regular
    edited December 2007
    I would guess you are just noticing eye fatigue.

    Contacts tire your eyes out more quickly than simply wearing your glasses. I know this, because I wore contacts for about 12 years.

    When I started wearing, the doctor instructed me to work up to a full day's wearing - first week, only 4 hours/day, next week, 6 hours, week after, 8 hours, etc. I did notice that my eyes were always tired by the end of the session.

    After a month or two, you can comfortably wear contacts for a full day.

    Then I got a job in a chemical lab, where stupidly contact lenses are forbidden (urban legends about contacts "holding" chemicals against your eyes, despite studies done showing no increased eye danger with contact lenses in a laboratory/industrial setting).

    But anyways, it's probably just eye fatigue. As your eyes get used to the lenses, temporary blurriness should stop occuring. If it continues, go back and see the doctor.

    BTW, my boss swears by the newer kind that are more permeable to oxygen, says he gets no fatigue ever.

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