Well being the resident optometrist here on HF, I suppose I could chime in.
I got glasses when I was in the 4th grade. Got contacts when I was in the 8th grade. Rode horse and wore my helmet with my glasses without any problem (I ride Western). I got LASIK when I was 19. I'm now 30 and love the freedom of no glasses. I do wear my sunglasses all the time under my helmet when riding.
I wear them. plastic lenses, wire frames. havne' been pony smashed, but have taken numerous falls. they never came off my head.
Good point to bring up. Any of my patients that do anything with horses, I recommend polycarbonate lenses in their eye glasses, because they will take a harder impact before breaking (than basic CR-39 plastic). You never know when you might fall off, or get hit in the face by a horse, or who knows what!
I don't wear glasses when I ride mostly because I can't stand feeling them slip down my nose when I sweat. I also do worry about breaking them in a fall and sending shards of glass in my face, or, when on the trails, with a branch bouncing back and hitting me. My former trail buddy always did wear hers though.
While you can still get eyeglass lenses made of glass, they are very rarely done anymore. The vast majority as made of plastic, which won't "shatter" like glass can. As I mentioned above, poly has a very high safety impact rating. Poly is the same material that is used in industrial safety glasses.
I don't know anyone who doesn't wear their glasses and everyone I know who wears contacts, uses glasses when around their horses due to the possibility of particles getting under the lens.
Personal preference of course (and nothing wrong with glasses) but contacts can be successfully worn in dusty dirty conditions, just as long as you take care of them. This is where daily contact lenses (you throw them away at the end of each day) can be a great idea!
Me too. I couldn't get contacts even if I wanted to as my eyes are still getting worse and my vision is already SO poor. I like my glasses, as annoying as they are.
Have you asked your optometrist? Based on your statement, I don't see any reason why you couldn't wear contacts. If your prescription is high, there may be certain lens brands that wouldn't work, but we can always get something. Of course, if you prefer glasses there's nothing wrong with that. But if you have the desire to wear contacts, ask!
I had very bad eyesight since I was a kid and recently got Lasic surgery. It's haven and I would recommend it to everyone.
I've had it done myself and I agree. Of course, not everyone is a candidate for LASIK surgery but make sure you ask your optometrist about it if interested.
Also I caution those over age 40 for LASIK because it's a longer discussion because LASIK usually cannot
fix both your distance vision and still allow you to read. Doesn't mean you can't have it after age 40, but there are more things to consider.
Second, I want to be able to see my phone if anyone calls or sends a text message.
There are new polarized sunglass lenses available where you CAN read digital devices just fine. One of the product we carry is called BluTech. I have a pair myself and I love them for reading my Kindle.
Do NOT clean your hard contacts with SPIT.
Spit works great... When I first got hard lenses I had no idea what to do with a gritty lens after I wrenched it out of my eye. Someone said "Spit" and I was totally grossed out. However, it didn't take long before I was a master of cleaning the lenses with my tongue, even storing the little glass lenses in my mouth, for hours if necessary, without ever swallowing or breaking them.
While they used to recommend it a long time ago (before we knew better), but you have so many micro-organisms
in your saliva that you are just begging for an eye infection. It's extremely unsanitary. You are lucky you haven't had an eye infection yet.
If needed, always keep a travel size bottle of solution and a case with you, or in your car, or wherever you need.