My Eyes Need Your Help!

I love wearing glasses, I really do. I love finding bold and unique glasses that make an impression. My pink glasses are one of my very favorite accessories (God, I love that photo of HB), my Buddy Holly-inspired ones come in a close second, but the truth is, I don’t want to wear them ALL of the time.

I started wearing glasses when I was about twelve or thirteen years old. I was diagnosed as farsighted, so I really only needed to wear glasses while reading. Fast forward twenty years, add in several hours on the computer daily and my forgetfulness to take them off otherwise, and you’ve got a person who can’t read a damn thing anymore. Who am I kidding, if ANYTHING is within two feet of my face, it’s a big blurry blob.

One of the great things about being farsighted is the ability to see distances perfectly. I can drive without my glasses, read billboards, see leaves on trees, etc, however I have recently had issues with my night vision while driving. Signs are starting to get blurry, I get headaches, well, IT SUCKS.

While we’re on the subject of suckage, whenever anyone tries to show me something, I have to hold it as far away from my face as possible to see it. Like I’m eighty years old. My husband is constantly taking photos and when he tries to show me on the LCD display, I just pretend I can see it. “Yeah, honey! That’s a great photo!” (UM, WHAT IN THE HELL IS IT?)

OR the other thing that sucks? I don’t have prescription sunglasses, so if I’m driving and lost and trying to use my GPS on my iPhone, I have to pull over, take off my sunglasses, find my real glasses, put them on and figure out what’s going on. Or if someone texts me while in my car? Same thing. Wait until a stoplight, do the switcheroo, etc. Highly annoying.

Don’t even get me started on nights out – I have to use my glasses to read menus or even see my food. If I happen to forget my glasses, my husband has to read me the full menu like I’m illiterate. That’s fun!  (Frankly, I would rather people think I can’t read than assume D reading the menu is some sort of romantic gesture. BLECH.) Last week while having martinis with this lovely lady, she had to complete my tab for me, including showing me where I had to sign. I couldn’t even see the line to sign on! It was like looking at a piece of white toilet paper!

This has to stop. And it will! This Thursday, I have an appointment to get contacts. Wheeeeee!

This is where you come in. I know choosing your type of contacts is highly personal, but I’m wondering if you all have any opinions on the matter. Some things to consider:

1) I will still be wearing my glasses most of the time.

2) I will only wear the contacts on nights out, special occasions and such.

3) I don’t have an astigmatism. Run of the mill farsightedness.

Help me! Do you just love a certain brand? Should I get disposable ones? What about that dry eye biznass? THE QUESTIONS.

I’m officially in your capable hands!

  • pickles & dimes

    January 19, 2009 at 10:36 am

    Well, I’m nearsighted and wear my contacts 90% of the time vs. my glasses, but I can vouch for the Acuvue Oasys Hydraclear contacts.

    I had a hellish time last year where I had to try six different brands of contacts in 3 months before finding the one brand that didn’t feel like I was walking through a perpetual sandstorm.

    Good luck!

  • vague

    January 19, 2009 at 10:48 am

    First of all I have to say I just LOVE both your pairs of glasses, especially the Buddy Holly ones. Fabulous!

    Anyway, I’ve needed glasses since about 3rd grade, and I started with contacts in about 7th grade. One problem I had starting out was that I got the regular soft, non-disposable lenses and then immediately lost one! Of course, I was only 12 or 13 and very clumsy, so that may not happen to you, but I still recommend to anyone that they try out the disposable ones first. If you lose or accidentally tear one, it’s not a big deal, ’cause you’ll have a veritable army of replacements in the little box.

    Also, it will always be a pain to put in, wear, and remove the lenses when you first start out, but if you give it a little time you’ll get used to it and you won’t even know you’re wearing them. Good luck!

  • Mia

    January 19, 2009 at 11:07 am

    Hi Whoorl – Ok first of all – I, too, love the Buddy Holly glasses, who makes them? And secondly, I’ve worn contacts, well, forever it seems. So I would definitely recommend disposables, they cut down on the dryness, risk of infection, and are just all around more comfortable, in my opinion.

    I started out with the kind you change about every month, and they sucked. My eyes constantly bothered me. Then I went to the kind you throwout after 2 weeks, which were fine, but still a pain in the ass with the whole case, saline, cleaning, etc. I currently wear Focus Dailies, and they are wonderful. I even have bad allergies that sometimes affect my eyes and the dailies still work well. But the best part? You can just throw them out at the end of the night, and sometimes I even fall asleep in them with no problem at all.

    So there’s my novella about contacts – hope that helps!

  • Kristabella

    January 19, 2009 at 11:11 am

    Ahhh, something I know a lot about, since I’m like probably legally blind without my contacts.

    I would go with the disposable dailies. Because then you can throw them out when you’re done for the day. And since you’re not going to be wearing them every day, then you don’t have to deal with storing them in solution, etc.

    But obviously, ask your eyecare professional.

  • whoorl

    January 19, 2009 at 11:11 am

    Thank you! The Buddy Holly glasses are by Oliver Peoples.

  • Gretchen

    January 19, 2009 at 11:20 am

    I cannot live without contacts. I’m near-sighted though, so I don’t think my advice counts for much if anything. I started out wearing Acuvues for a long time, but fairly recently switched to O2 Optix and I like them loads better. I needed them though because I wear my contacts CONSTANTLY and I was having problems with my eyes not getting enough oxygen. They’re hard at first (I had all these elaborate rituals and special towels to dry my hands with to minimize dust). Now they’re second nature and so fast and easy.

  • Janssen

    January 19, 2009 at 11:23 am

    I am extremely near-sighted, so I wear my glasses/contacts all the time.

    I’ve worn disposable contacts for the last 11 years and I really like them. I just recently switched to CopperVision ones and they are a lot better than the previous ones I’ve used (I can wear them much longer without my eyes starting to feel itchy and dry and a headache coming on). I also have the bad habit of wearing them MUCH longer than I ought to (like, for months, instead of one month). But I’m so cheap! And yes, I know my eyesight should be worth it and all.

    I also FINALLY have a pair of glasses I like (for the first time in a decade) and so I switch back and forth between my contacts and glasses much more frequently and that has made a big difference.

  • Molly

    January 19, 2009 at 11:30 am

    I wear Acuvue Oasys disposables and have mostly been very happy with them. However, I did develop horrible dry, red eyes when I wore them after my baby was born — and was amazed to discover that switching cleaning solutions solved that issue. I highly, highly recommend using an overnight solution like ClearCare and preservative-free saline. Made a huge difference for me, the difference between switching to glasses and being able to wear my contacts for more than an hour at a time.

  • Stephanie

    January 19, 2009 at 11:30 am

    I have worn contacts since I was 12, glasses since I was 7. I have had about a billion different kinds of contacts. Basically you want a pair with a lot of permeability (sp?) in order to keep your eyes from feeling dry. That allows more oxygen to get to your eyes. Out of all the contacts I have worn, Cibavision’s Night and Day are a little pricier but at the same time offer some of the best permeability out there. I don’t imagine that nearsighted versus far sighted makes much of a difference in regards to contacts. These contacts are meant for people who wear their contacts a lot, which it seems like most of the contact wearers out there are, but it is a great lense that is super comfortable.

  • Rachel

    January 19, 2009 at 11:30 am

    of all the many brands of glasses I’ve worn (blind as a bat since…forever…) I love my Nine West pairs. Durable and cute. :)

  • keri

    January 19, 2009 at 11:44 am

    I’ve been wearing contacts occasionally for the last 14 years or so… I like the kind you throw away after a couple weeks. I usually wear glasses, but it’s nice to wear contacts for special occasions, sports, photos, etc.

    I can’t wear mine for a whole day without feeling super dried out by the end of the day, even with using drops. I could probably try different brands, but I’m too lazy to mess with it right now. But I don’t wear them all the time anyway, so it doesn’t really bother me.

    I’m farsighted too… and one of my eyes is much weaker than the other. I used to wear bifocals as a kid! Now I’m in single vision, but if I had to go back to bifocals, I’d get progressive lenses. They make them way better than they used to. That might be an option for you to consider also…

    Ask if you can sample various lenses to see what works best for you. Also, I tend to get really dry eyes in an artificial environment, so walk around a mall for awhile or something to see how that feels.

    Good luck!

  • BethanyWD

    January 19, 2009 at 11:47 am

    I will be turning 33 in a few weeks and have worn contacts for 12-15 hours a day since I was 11 (that’s right, ELEVEN!!!). I wore gas permeable hard contacts for about 18 years – and finally my ear couldn’t take it any longer, and I switched to Focus Dailies. LOVE THEM. Probably an overkill for you to have a new pair of contacts everyday – but Focus makes two week and month disposables as well.

  • Sarah

    January 19, 2009 at 11:53 am

    One very important word of advice to consider before getting contacts. If you start out with one-a-day contacts, your eyes will hate you if you switch to the two week ones.

    I really like Acuvue Dailies, but I’ve also heard excellent things about the Acuvue Oasys lenses.

  • Camels & Chocolate

    January 19, 2009 at 11:56 am

    You should get LASIK! I did it in November and it CHANGED MY LIFE. Buttttt…if you’re determined to go the contact route I would do the disposable one-wear ones since it doesn’t seem like you’ll be wearing them too often. Also, if you have dry eye problems (I did), they can put these plugs in your tear ducts that don’t hurt, you never feel, but they prevent that from happening. I also have had those in for the past 10 years and completely forgot about them until they reminded me when I had my LASIK done!

  • whoorl

    January 19, 2009 at 11:59 am

    LASIK sounds awesome, but from what I’ve heard, it has not been perfected for hyperopia (farsightedness). I’m not sure I want to chance it just yet.

    (Although, does anyone have any new information on this?)

  • Mandee

    January 19, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    I have the Oasys and have found them to be more comfortable when worn for a longer period of time. They really bother me when I first put them in, but are much more comfortable in the long run. Sounds like that may not be the best option for you.

    Also, if you buy a brand of solution that provides a special container (the old-fashioned kind that stand up rather than the more modern ones that lie flat)–use that container with that solution. Otherwise, you might wake up one morning all ready to go to court and impress the jurors and burn your eyeball with the fire of 10,000 suns and go to court looking like a fool instead.

  • tricia

    January 19, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    Definitely disposables – I’m like you in that I still wear my glasses most of the time. Contacts for playing tennis (where is that ball, anyways? when do i swing??).

    When I had the 30-day-lenses, they always felt grimy after sitting in solution between tennis matches. Plus I could never remember when the month was up to throw them out.

  • Sue

    January 19, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    I’ve tried them all, and the daily disposables are THE ONES! And – if you order them online, instead of through your ophthalmologist, they are not expensive. If your eyes get dry, go directly to restasis – a prescription drop put in at night. Enjoy!

  • Amanda Nicole

    January 19, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    Like you, I often wear my glasses and I’ve found that the Acuvue Daily Disposables are the best. I order them through clearlycontacts.ca, and they arrive on my doorstep overnight. Also: love both of your pairs of glasses!

  • Kristin

    January 19, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    I use the Acuvue 2’s and really like them. They are the kind that you dispose of after 2 weeks. I wear my glasses a few hours each day and my contacts most of the day, and I’ve had very little problem with them drying out or anything yucky like that. Although, I have to say, all these people talking about the daily disposables makes me want to try them!

  • jonniker

    January 19, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    We are the same. I wear my glasses most of the time, but do whip out my contacts when I feel like it. For me, I have VERY dry eyes, and staring at a computer screen all day while wearing contacts is a VERY BAD IDEA for most people (people! trust me on this!), much less people like me.

    I have a long and storied history with contact lenses — so detailed that my little eyes have been written up in medical journals more than once — and what I learned after talking to dozens of eye doctors is that no one else can tell you what contacts to get but you. Everyone’s eyes are different.

    Everyone RAVES about Focus Dailies, but they feel baggy on my eyes, like they’re about to fall off. They aren’t, according to the doctor, but they aren’t comfortable. Some people feel that way about Acuvue. Personally, if I were you, I wouldn’t worry about dry eyes so much, since you aren’t wearing them 12 hours a day, but talk to your doctor — it’s a cost vs. benefit issue, plus convenience in being able to order them easily, etc.

    When you get the contacts, ask your doctor for samples of a few different types, and try them at home for a few hours at a clip. It’s the ONLY way you’ll know what works for you, no matter what anyone — including the doctor — says. If he doesn’t give you samples, he’s a shitty doctor. Find someone else. (But he will. They all do.)

  • jonniker

    January 19, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    OH! But one thing, and the only specific advice I have: If you *are* only wearing them occasionally, dailies are the way to go. And they make so many types, that won’t be hard.

  • Green Is The New Dots

    January 19, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    I agree with others that the daily disposables are fabulous – I wore contacts for over 10 years before getting Lasik, which was the most amazing thing I ever did for myself – but I believe you are right to wait on that for further perfection on hyperopia. Also – next time you’re in the market for new glasses, my friend just got an AMAZING new pair at SEE (http://www.seeeyewear.com/). Made me jealous to not need glasses anymore…

  • Rebecca (Bearca)

    January 19, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    I’m no help. I don’t wear contacts! Plus, they kind of frighten me.

  • Emily

    January 19, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    De-lurking to say that I love your blog…and to share my contact lense experience. I have pretty bad astigmatism and have the opposite problem…anything further than 2 feet from my face is a complete blur. The only suggestion I can make is to definitely go for the disposables. Coming from someone who has had both and has been wearing contacts for over 10 years, they are WAY better:) Good luck!

  • Kristy

    January 19, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    I wear the Acuvue 2 disposable lenses. Like you, I only wear them on special occasions. Both of my eyes have the same perscription so I can buy one box (3 pair) and it will last 6 months (I don’t get out much with a 2 year old and 8 month old)! I sometimes have dry eye and use Baush & Lomb Sensitive Eye Rewetting Drops… works like a charm.

  • Lindsey

    January 19, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    My life changed this past year when a friend recommended Zenni Optical (www.zennioptical.com), an online shop for cheap fun glasses. If you want to have more variety you can get a pair on this site for $10-30, or buy a few and keep one in your purse, one in your car, one in every room in your house, etc. You can also turn any pair into sunglasses for an extra $5. Also prices include the cost of the prescription lenses! I have contacts but I definitely wear glasses a lot more often now that I have so many options. The only problem I’ve had from ordering online is that sometimes the frames are way too wide for my face, but now that I pay better attention to the specs they provide it’s not a big deal.

  • Rhi

    January 19, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    I am blind, blind, blind and I love CIBA Night and Day contact lenses. They let lots of oxygen into your eye (so says my Dr.) and are very light.

  • Jen

    January 19, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    I was born with astigmatism and way to vain to use glasses, so I’ve used contact lens since I can remember. I went through all of them: hard, semi hard and soft ones. Before Lasik (this was over 7 years ago and now it’s coming back again, yikes!) my favorite ones were Johnson & Johnson Acuvue Contact Lenses, you can wear them for weeks at a time and not even realize you have them on (they are that comfortable) and then just throw them out and get brand new ones the following time.
    Hope you adapt to them some people can’t bear them, but I swear by them.

  • Darcey

    January 19, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    I am a huge fan of the O2 Optix. I tried a bunch of other pairs out there (Acuvue, CIBA), and these are the only ones that I can wear all day and spend significant time at the computer without an issue. (And I work for an interactive ad agency – everything is online, and I spend 90% of my day at my desk). Hell, even when I forget to take them out at night, I have no problem the next day as long as I add a few drops. (Or when I went 3 days without drops or removal, since we were camping and I forgot my case, solution, drops and couldn’t get my hands clean enough to DARE get near my eyes. But shhh, don’t tell my doc.)

    So yeah, these are great. Plus, they offer two different circumferences, so if you have larger eyes/pupils, you don’t see the edges of the contact in peripheral vision (a major problem I had with Acuvue).

  • Miguelina

    January 19, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    I wear disposables, and from the sounds of it so should you. :)

    (Seriously, being able to throw them out when done – or every couple of weeks is priceless.)

  • kat

    January 19, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    i use accuvue hydraclear at the recommendation of my eye doctor (who i love). i had other ones but they were making my eyes pretty dry. i think it’ll just depend on your eyes and how long you wear them. i also have the two-week ones which seem to do pretty well so far. i’m like you – i wear them when going out or on the weekends but stick to my glasses most of the time – i’m lazy!

    in terms of solution though! i use opti-free and i got my boyfriend to switch. he was buying the target generic brand until he started to use mine and realized how much less his contacts would bother him.

  • Amy

    January 19, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    The choice of contacts is very personal and determined by what your eyes need – how sensitive are they, do you have large or small eyeballs, etc. So all those factors, plus any budget considerations you might have, are going to take precedence over any comments or suggestions we might have. Let your eye doctor direct you to the best brand and type for you. Good luck! xo

  • Gillian

    January 19, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    As someone who works in an optometrist clinic, I’d echo what a lot of people have said about your optometrist picking the best ones for you. Probably what will happen is you’ll go in and your doctor will evaluate your CL prescription and fit you with a couple different lenses by different companies. You may have to wear them for a week or so then go back to have them evaluated. Sometimes it takes a few weeks to get the best fit. All of the lenses mentioned before me here are great lenses that have fantastic track records. The differences lie in the size and shape of the lenses and the length of time you are able to wear them. Simply put, some lenses will feel better on your eye than others just depending on the shape.

    That being said, if you’re going to wear them fairly infrequently, your best bet is probably a daily disposable because you wear them once and throw them away. Then you don’t need to worry about open CLs drying out and going bad after you’ve worn them once and put them aside for a couple weeks. As long as the package is unopened, they will stay fine.

    You could also go the Night and Day option where you can leave a pair of lenses in for 30 days or so without taking them out (even for sleep) and then get clear lenses put in your glasses so you can still wear glasses… :) I have “fake” glasses like that which I wear to work and its great fun.

  • Laura

    January 19, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    I’ve been wearing the same brand of contacts for 15 years – Prescription UV. Not fancy, but they’re easy to put in, protect your eyes, and don’t dry out easily. My doctor always tries to get me to switch to the more expensive brand, but why fix what’s not broken? I’ve tried other brands, but I always come back.

  • Deva

    January 19, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    I just found out at the ripe age of twenty-two that I am slightly nearsighted, I started wearing contacts that day, and switch between those and my glasses semi-regularly. I wear Acuvue Oasys, and Acuvue Moist daily lenses, I got the dailies for days that my eyes feel drier or days that I’m out of town, and they are great. I really recommend that you get samples from your eye doctor if you go the daily route. A lot of people LOVE the focus dailies, but i found that they were harder to tell if they were right side out or not, and dried out quickly. Acuvue lenses have a right side out indicator on them (123 printed on the lens) and really are comfortable. I’ve only been wearing contacts for about six months now, but I have to say that I love mine. The commercial was true for me too: You can’t even feel them! (were literally the first words out of my mouth. I felt like a tool)

  • Jenny

    January 19, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Hello lovely –

    So I have dry eye syndrome. And not just dry eyes … my optometrist told me I have the driest eyes she’s ever seen. Ever. Yeah, I’m special.

    I wear Acuvue Oasis contacts, use only Blink eye drops (which are pricey, but are THE BEST.), and use only Opti-free Replenish solution — with that combo, not only am I not bothered with dry eye symptoms, but I don’t even feel the contacts at all! Of course, finding that combo for me took about a year and all were suggested by my eye doctor. I tried a few different kinds of contacts and a few different solutions and finally settled on this combo about a year ago and haven’t looked back since!

  • Amanda

    January 19, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    I do the glasses/contacts switch myself, and like you I use the contacts on nights out and glasses for typical daily use.

    My doctor has always picked out my specific brands of contacts. I’ve never been able to go in and suggest or request one (don’t know if I have an option, actually). I tell him my concerns and he comes back into the office with a pair for me to try on. If I like them, I wear them home. If I don’t, we try another pair in the office.

    IMHO: Tell your doctor you are concerned about the comfort of the contacts and ask to have a pair that is as thin as possible for your eyes. I use disposables that are to be thrown out after two weeks of heavy use. Because I don’t wear mine that often, I can wear the same pair comfortably for months, as long as I have stored them properly.

    Good luck!

  • Kaleigha

    January 19, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    I just use your run of the mill Acuve 2, but no matter what I do, I have to take those suckers out by about 6 pm. DRY EYES galore. And it doesn’t matter the brand of contacts. Just make sure you get the little contact cleaner mill thingy. I’ll try and find a link for you, it’s SO MUCH cleaner than the dishes.

  • Angella

    January 19, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    I had Lasik eye surgery three years ago, but before then I used disposables. My eyes caused a lot of buildup on the lenses and they would start to really bug me.

  • Shayne

    January 19, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    Delurking here (always hoping for a Wito fix. That sounds creepy, doesn’t it?) – you might want to consider progressive lenses, although some people just can’t get used to them. I’ve recently started with the whole middle-age can’t read anything close up business. I thought you had to be at least 40 before that started. Like that’s a rule or something.

  • whoorl

    January 19, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Shayne – I posted a photo of Wito in the Grace in Small Things post right before this one. (You can click on it for a larger size).There you go, a little Wito fix!

  • JG

    January 19, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    I like the Focus Night & Days. I wear them nonstop for a month and then throw them away, so I only put contacts in twelve times a year. I know you said you wanted to wear your glasses sometimes, but here’s the thing: the FNDs are the only contacts I’ve ever worn that I can’t feel at all most of the time. I forget I can’t see naturally!

  • SleepyNita

    January 19, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    I can second what JG said, I wear mine non stop for about a month and then get a new pair. Once in a while I take them out – store in solution and wear my super cute glasses.

  • mommymae

    January 19, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    i don’t wear contacts, so i don’t have any help there, but i do love your specs. my 6-year old, scout, has worn glasses for 2 years (and needed them for 4) and i never know where to fin cute kids glasses.

    any ideas?

  • Melissa

    January 19, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    Hmm… Are you doing bifocal contacts? Because otherwise, if they only correct your near vision, they might blur your distance vision. Bifocal contacts work just like bifocal glasses: the top part is for distance vision, the bottom part is for near vision. Some people like them, some people don’t. But wearing ONLY near vision contacts would definitely make it harder to see road signs, especially at night, so you’d probably be doing a lot of taking them in and out… possibly a different kind of hassle.

    Other people are able to do “monovision,” meaning you leave one eye for distance and one eye for near (so in your case, you would leave your distance-dominant eye alone and just wear a contact for near vision in the other eye). It takes some getting used to, but if your prescription is pretty mild, that would be another option.

    There’s another type of surgery for farsightedness (it’s called conductive keratoplasty, or CK, which produces the monovision effect I mentioned above), but I doubt you’d need to go that far – you’re too young. :)

    Your eye doctor will recommend the right type of contacts for you, but the most important thing is the fitting. Contacts that don’t fit correctly can actually be very irritating to the surface of the eye, so make sure you say something if you have any discomfort.

    I work for an ophthalmologist and we constantly see people for dryness issues. I’ve worn contacts myself for 13 years and I have to use drops once or twice a day. Wearing the contacts occasionally should not be a big issue for you, though… if you need to, just use OTC moisture drops made specifically for contact wearers. (The regular kind can blur your vision while the contacts are actually in your eyes – I speak from experience!)

    Anyway, that’s my two cents. Good luck! :)

  • whoorl

    January 19, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    These are all such awesome comments, I’m taking notes over here.

    Melissa, I won’t need to get bifocal contacts because I can see distance very well with my glasses. At my last eye exam, my distance vision was just as good with my glasses as it was without. ( I guess I’ve just worn them so long that my eyes have adjusted to my prescription. Scary.)

  • Beth

    January 20, 2009 at 3:49 am

    I used to be an Acuvue girl, but my doctor switched me to ProClear and they’ve been fine. They’re twice the price, but they’re intended to wear twice as long, so it’s a wash.

    Like others have said, your doctor will decide what’s best for you and/or fit you with several types in the office.

    One bit of advice if you have any aversion to sticking things in your eye: When inserting lenses, look to the side but put the lens on your eye where your iris would be if you were looking straight ahead, then look forward and the lens will place itself. When the nurse was trying to fit me for the first time, I kept blinking. She was getting frustrated. I apologized but said, “Hey, it’s a reflex.”

    My handsome eye doctor came in to check on us, she told him, in a huff, that I kept blinking, so he took the lens, told me to look to the side, put it on my eye, told me to look forward, and voila! And I thought, “Why doesn’t your nurse know that trick?!”

  • Katie

    January 20, 2009 at 9:23 am

    Acuvue Oasis disposables are THE best! Along with Blink brand rewetting drops, I never have probles with dry eyes, and I work third shift in a hospital, which is tough on the eyes/contacts because 1) when you’re tired your contacts tend to feel drier and 2) hospitals are pretty dry places. I use OptiFree solution to store them in when not in use. Also, they’re approved for overnight wear, which is excellent if you ever take naps- that way you don’t have to take them out just to lie down for half an hour.

  • Lara

    January 20, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    Well, I can’t wear contacts much anymore. Still – whether wearing them all the time or wearing them only occasionally, I am a big fan of the Acuvue Daily Disposables. I have no idea if that is their official name or not. My point is that throwing them away after each use makes me feel like I don’t have to worry about germs anymore, and that is a good thing. Because germs? In my EYE? No thankee.

  • Caleal

    January 20, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    My Dr. decided on my brand because I have a slight astigmatism. But when I was using acuvue, I did love them. Especially the… kind that started with an O. I’m helpful, yes?

    All I know is I’m in love with contacts, but I hated wearing glasses. The only problem I’ve had arise from my contacts is the Dr. telling me I need more breaks from wearing them, because I basically will not be seen in any way shape or form in my glasses, so I would only wear them for the first and last 10 minutes of a day. So you shouldn’t have an issue.

    I have monthly disposables. If you’re really only going to wear them rarely, you might be able to get away with the daily disposable types.

    Dry eye will be more of a problem in the beginning- make sure to carry around those little eye drops for contacts.

  • Gia

    January 20, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    I agree with the hype for Acuvue Oasys for 2 week lenses. I have a few contact lens wearing tips if you are interested:
    to prevent awful, dry contacts (especially with these Santa Ana winds!!) it is imperative to use anovernight hydrogen peroxide lens solution–(Clear Care by CIBA is fun to use, almost like a science experiment!), NEVER sleep in your contacts (even if they are labeled for it-trust me, me and my hubbie have YEARS of experience in ophthalmology and have seen dastardly results from this practice:painful abrasions, oxygen-starved eyes, infections, vision alterations, even permanent damage, etc), and always have tears for contact wearers in your purse. Multiple bottles.

    Or, to avoid most of the hoopla, get Focus dailies, or Proclear 1 day. The curvature of your eye will also decide which contacts “fit” your eye shape, so not all options may be available to you. Good Luck!

  • Courtney

    January 20, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    I wear Accuvue Oasis and I love them. I sleep in them, I wear them for up to two weeks straight and then I toss them and grab a new pair. Or sometimes I take them out and rinse them and wear glasses for a few days. I’ve never had any problems with them and I’ve worn contacts for almost fifteen years.

  • Trenches of Mommyhood

    January 21, 2009 at 9:51 am

    I wear Accuvue 2s. Not the Oasys tho. I tried those and they actually made my eyes feel drier.

    The good thing about the Accuvues is that they’re 2 week disposables, but I can stretch wearing mine out to at least 4 weeks w/o any problems. Saves $$$$.

  • Emily

    January 21, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    I will add my name to the chorus for Acuvue Oasis. They are awesome, they don’t make my eyes feel dry and my doctor actually moved me to them because your eyes can breathe through them which helps you feel (this may be all mental) like they aren’t a shield over your eyes.

    I have been wearing contacts for like 19 (EEEKS!) years and these are the best I have had.

  • Emily

    January 21, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Oh, my eye doctor (who I love) also says Opti Free in the green bottle is the best stuff for cleaning/storage.

  • MommyTime

    January 21, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    I’ve worn contacts for over 20 years, and though I’m nearsighted, I have no astigmatism or anything else. The best BY FAR that I’ve ever had are the ones I have now which are the the Focus Night and Day lenses. They are thin but durable, let my eyes breathe really well, and are super comfortable. They are also 30-day lenses, so you replace them often enough to ensure (hopefully) that you don’t get infections. If you wear them infrequently, you can also keep them a bit longer.

    Good luck!