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post #21 of 51 Old 11-29-2016, 11:23 AM
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Interesting topic. 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.

My eyesight is "ok"- I have trouble seeing details at a distance, but not close up. So I don't feel too limited riding without them. I've never owned contacts.
Your lenses probably are not glass and even if they were, wouldn't break into shards even if you hit them with a hammer. Just saying.

I've worn glasses since I was eight. I am not a candidate for contacts or lasix. I have myopia and astigmatism. I have photochromic lenses, so automatic sunglasses. They don't come off unless I take them off and they don't slide down. In fact the helmet helps hold them on. I ride in an English saddle.
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post #22 of 51 Old 11-29-2016, 12:16 PM
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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!


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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.

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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.


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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.
Do NOT clean your hard contacts with SPIT. 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.

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[quote=beau159;9587425]Well being the resident optometrist here on HF, I suppose I could chime in. ]

Lots of good information here. I think I would have loved being an optometrist. I love the quiet of the office, and all the high-tech looking stuff, and the clicking sounds made by the switching of lenses.

I'm a -9.5 but I have incredible vision up to about 4" away. Almost like super-vision. I can see splinters and all sorts of teeny stuff. The hardest thing is reading, because I have to have the book so close to my eyes that my nose gets in the way of turning pages. And the soft contacts are amazing!

[QUOTE=beau159;9587425]Have you asked your optometrist? Based on your statement, I don't see any reason why you couldn't wear contacts.]

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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.]



Do NOT clean your hard contacts with SPIT. 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.
Well, I do get eye infections, but I usually attribute it to walking into doors and stuff. I haven't had one in a long time. You are right about the spit though, and I know it. I never carry a purse or bag though, so it is hard to manage to keep the solution around and not frozen or outdated. But you are so right!
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post #24 of 51 Old 11-29-2016, 01:32 PM
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I only use the 'spit solution' in case of emergency. I try to remember to carry a small bottle of saline in my pocket if it's windy/dusty or if I'm going on a long trail ride, but the emphasis is on try. If I'm carrying a bottle of water on the ride, I'll use that. But... Sometimes I just forget or don't anticipate problems!

And surprisingly, I've had very few eye infections in the 42 years I've had my contacts. My biggest issue, with the non-permeable lenses was falling asleep with them in!
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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. Plus, the technology behind it is amazing and I thoroughly enjoyed the process (recovery not so much)
Having Lasix is literally life changing. I struggled with fogged up glasses around horses for years. Had to wear those stretchy cords when riding and keeping track of them and keeping them clean was a pain. Switched to contacts and the dusty world of horses caused constant eye infections or lost contacts.


Finally opted for Lasix and it was like suddenly getting sight back after years of blindness. It was immediate, amazing and my only regret was that I didn't get it done years earlier. I too, would recommend it to anyone!
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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!
Really!? While I definitely prefer my glasses, and think I look funny without them on, it would be nice to have the option of contacts!

I have always been told no contacts until my eyes stop changing? My best friend was told the same thing (different optometrist but same practice). My prescription is quite, quite bad. I don't know exact numbers, but I was also told by my optometrist that within the next couple years I will no longer be able to get thinner lenses made. Again, blanking on the name, but basically I should have "coke bottle lenses" and pay extra to have them made thinner, and apparently my eyes are bad enough that I won't be able to "pay my way out of it" soon - according to the optometrist anyway.

Now I'm curious!
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Another one here with a high prescription. -6.50 with -2.00 cyl in both eyes. That means my glasses are on my face if my eyes are open there's just no way around it. I would love to do contacts at some point but even working for an optometrist I still can't bring myself to touch my eyes.

I have worn glasses riding with helmets and without, either way makes no difference. The key, IMO, is getting a frame that fits you properly and making sure it is adjust for your face. That way they won't slide off too badly or be in danger of coming off if you move quickly. The only time I've ever had a horse related glasses incident was years back when my horse liked to try to swipe me off on low hanging tree branches. Even then they stayed on my face just barely.
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I definitely want Lasik at some point (if I'm eligible), but until then I'm part of the riders-with-glasses-club. I hate contacts, so glasses are the only way to go with me. Sometimes they slide down a little bit while I'm riding, but I've always seen it as a reminder that I'm looking down too much (a problem for me).
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My eyesight is pretty bad & I'm only 25. LOL, my contacts are at like -3.25 or something. Ugh. But I don't know, the glasses + helmet thing just doesn't workout for me. Maybe my glasses need to be adjusted. Plus, I don't want to risk them breaking if they were to be knocked off my face or something (if I fell off etc.). I'll stick to contacts for that.

But I only wear my contacts when I ride, & 80% of the time (except when sleeping or at night).
I never used spit, always have a little solution with me. But I can see how using spit would come in handy LOL for emergencies.
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post #30 of 51 Old 11-30-2016, 06:21 PM
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I had very bad eyesight since I was a kid and recently got Lasic surgery
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finally opted for Lasix and it was like suddenly getting sight back after years of blindness.
Okay, just because I'm a stickler, it's LASIK (laser assisted in situ keratomileusis).

Not Lasic and certainly not Lasix, which is a prescription diuretic (furosimide).


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I have always been told no contacts until my eyes stop changing?
Why? Certainly is someone is considering LASIK, that's a different story. We do need the eyes to be stable.

But contacts? I re-evaluate my patient's contact lenses every single year, along with their eyeglasses prescription. If the prescription changes, so what? We change it. Most people buy no more than a year supply of contacts anyway, so we make the change when they are ready to order the next year's supply.

Are you getting eye exams more frequently than once a year?

If your prescription is that bad that there isn't much availability with a soft contact, you can always go to hard or hybrid contacts. I'm always willing to try contacts if my patient has the desire to wear them.


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My eyesight is pretty bad & I'm only 25. LOL, my contacts are at like -3.25 or something.
A -3.25? Oh honey, that's nothing. Add another digit and maybe I'll be impressed.

The worst patient I have is about a -25.00 Now THAT is "pretty bad"! He wears contacts 99% of the time. He does have glasses as a backup but they are thick.
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