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LemonSmuggler
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Icon 1 posted April 08, 2007 20:14      Profile for LemonSmuggler     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I’ve always been one of those people who, while they look “cute” in their glasses, look so much better with out. Sick of my glasses always getting in the way of things I though “Hey why not get contacts!” It was a brilliant idea…or so I though. I got hyped up, ready to be rid of 'um.

I was close, so very close to getting rid of my glasses once and for all! But…then I googled. And my oh my the horror stories about contacts and their baggage invaded my mind in a most obtrusive fashion.

So here I sit, still with glasses. It's my fate to wear them for the rest of my life. Or walk around seeing nothing but blurriness. Hm.

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Post pics with and without glasses. Knowing the general tastes of the geeks here, you'll get an ego boost that will make you happier about your glasses when you see which winds up favored.

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You can get titanium hingeless frames with polycarbonate lenses if regular glasses bother you too much - those are practically weightless. Something similar to those, but with regular prescription lenses.
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Icon 1 posted April 08, 2007 23:12      Profile for Xanthine     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Find a pair of glasses that flatter your face, and cough up for lightweight, scratch-resistant lenses.

I wear contacts most of the time, but I do like my glasses, and if I'm going to be spending shitloads of time in front of a computer screen I prefer my glasses as my eyes tend to dry out. I've been wearing contacts for almost 13 years now and haven't had any serious issues but everyone's different. The amount of baggage that comes with contacts depends very heavily on the type you get. I use soft disposables, so it's pretty easy for me. I can also leave mine in 24/7 for up to a week, which is convenient when I'm out on an adventure (but not exactly comfortable after five or six days), and I've even opened my eyes underwater in swimming pools with lenses in. But my eyes are pretty resilient. YMMV.

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Did you investigate surgical correction too, incendetally? If your prescreption doesn't change from year to year, you may be able to have your vision corrected and be done with glasses, contacts and all. Several of my co-workers have done so and they've all been pleased with the results.

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I have had gas permeable (hard) contact lenses for 15 years now. There is more up-front cost but they are cheaper in the long run. (a pair will last me about 5 years.) As for the baggae I find it no problem to clean mine, even when backpacking. Just remember not to put in your contacts just after handling chilli peppers.

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I've been using disposable contact lenses since 8th grade and I love them!
I still keep my glasses in case of, though.
The only drawbacks with my contact lenses is that I have to be careful with them in the swimming pool and the beach, but they're still cool.
I'm thinking on having a laser surgery when I'm 18-21.

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The thing is, I really, really, really, want to get contacts. I have more then a small case of OCD though, and the thought of going through some of the rare, but awful, side affects people get from wearing contacts, scares the hell out of me.
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I got my first set of contact lenses after I turned 30.

As long as you're careful, it isn't that big a problem. I would suggest you get the ones which you only wear for a week or two. Also, make sure you get an opthalmologist who's really good at actually FITTING contacts. Brands fit differently depending on the shape of your cornea.

Also, if you're a "can't touch my eye!" person, forget it. You have to be able to get your hands at your eyes.

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I got contacts a year ago. I absolutely LOVE them. Mine are the kind I can leave in for a month at a time. Sure, I take them out every so often and let them soak for a few days--and during those times I have a really awesome pair of glasses I wear.

I'm really glad I got contacts 'cause now I can wear sunglasses while I drive. And with my job, I do a LOT of driving. So that's another benefit of contacts. That, and being able to see in the middle of the night when I wake up.

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quote:
Originally posted by Steen:
Post pics with and without glasses. Knowing the general tastes of the geeks here, you'll get an ego boost that will make you happier about your glasses when you see which winds up favored.

Yeah...glasses are a good thing. [Big Grin] I'm sure at least one person can attest to my like of them. [Wink]

Of course, it's kind of funny that I'm seeing someone who *doesn't* wear glasses. Maybe she actually wears contacts and can come around to seeing the light? [Wink]

*sigh*

I second Steen's comments about pics! Unless you're wearing some kind of garish rims, I almost guarantee you'll get a positive response from me. [Smile]

Speaking of which...nice frames, Spoongirl! [Smile]

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So here's something I've noticed. Onions always make me kind of teary, but when I wear glasses onions just destroy me. Seriously. Tears, stinging, pain...I'm basically making one slice, wiping my eyes, making another slice, and so on. But when I wear contacts, I handle onions just fine. This happen to anyone else?

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I posted photos but I'm a big chicken, I'm not to keen to have my photos online. [crazy]

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I *love* my glasses.

Plastic chunkies all the way. [Big Grin]

Glasses rawk most people. I think we should see pics, too. [Razz]

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I got daily-wear disposable contacts. My first two years, they were great. I wore my very first pair for 18 hours the first day. The last set I got were galyfilcon instead of etafilcon (all Johnson & Johnson Accuvue), and they irritate my eyes after a few hours.

That being said, the contacts can't be beat for outdoor activities. I put them in, and slide on a pair of sunglasses that don't slide down my face much, and I can ride my bicycle for hours.

I wear my glasses at work, though, because I have a high-resolution monitor and my glasses correct my vision better than the contacts do.

Ask your eye doctor about trial sets of lenses. That should let you know if you can get the hang of putting them in and taking them out (it took me 30 frustrating minutes to get them in the first day), or even whether you think they'll be worth it, before you drop a chunk of cash on a 6-12 month supply of lenses.

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I've had my contacts since January and so far, I really like them. They do take a little getting used to, but generally they aren't bad if you take care of them, i.e. don't use water on them, make sure you rinse them well, etc.

FWIW, I still have my glasses because some of the lab profs. don't like contacts in their labs, it's just a neurotic saftey thing for them, plus, I actually quite like my glasses, I found a pair of frames that fit my face... anyway, enough rambling from me...

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I got contacts and loved them. It took a while to get them in right away. But I had this awesome eye care insurance with the company I was at. It even covered color contacts AND glasses. So I had green eyes.

But then my 3 year old kept dumping them down the sink. Now I'm back to my glasses. I really miss my contacts but can't afford them now. I have been looking at the ones that you throw out every day. They are no more expensive then the ones you use for 2 weeks or a month before you throw them out and no cleaning. So I might go with thoes but I have to go get another eye exam first.

I am thinking an amber color next. I think it would look cool.

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Definitely glasses all the way.

Contacts: no
Glasses: yes

Every woman I've dated/married was a glasses wearer. No coincidence there.

Plus, who can imagine Tsuji without glasses? Tsuji Specs

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I wore gas permable lens for years until my allergies got so bad. One plus with contacts it that you will see better than with your glasses. It was hard to go back to glasses.

I waffle about lasik. I worry what would happen later if I need cataract surgery or something.

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Okay here are my photos then...*eek*. I'll be brave for a while but then I plan on taking them down after I get some feed back on glasses vs. contacts. [crazy]

EDIT: Ok my stint at bravery is over. [Big Grin]

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quote:
Originally posted by LemonSmuggler:
Okay here are my photos then...*eek*.

Schwing!

Whether you choose to wear glasses or contacts, you really are not going to make a bad decision: you're set either way!

So I think it's mostly a question of utility. Will contacts be more convenient for whatever you do?

Even if it isn't, I say get a set of contacts. If you don't, you won't even have the option to ditch your glasses.

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In a slightly less zealous way, I will second supaboy's opinion... you're attractive either way, so what's best for you should be your deciding factor. I will add, however, that your own self image should be considered. All else being equal, if you feel more attractive without glasses, you'll be happier with contacts.

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Statistically LASIK is safer than contacts, much in the way that flying is safer than driving. If you can afford the bill from a good surgeon, aren't too squeamish, and can deal with the recovery time it's worth it. The first few hours after surgery are the worst, after the anesthesia wears off, but the pain dies down and all is well again. Try to take a week off to recover though you can get away with less.

You may still want glasses for sharper distance vision, maybe a pair of prescription sunglasses, but not needing glasses indoors anymore is GREAT. If you don't need glasses indoors already then your vision probably isn't bad enough to justify surgery or contacts.

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quote:
Originally posted by LemonSmuggler:
I posted photos but I'm a big chicken, I'm not to keen to have my photos online. [crazy]

Yeah, you never know when someone might decide to photoshop you into a bunny costume around here. [Wink]

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As long as I'm not photoshopped to look like Darth Vader, I'm happy. [Big Grin]

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