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Old 11-29-2004, 10:41 PM   #1
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glasses or contacts?

so on thursday, it's time for my annual eye appointment, and i know i'm going to have to get glasses (my regular doctor told me i probably shouldn't be driving... ) and the question is, do i get glasses or contacts?
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I have really bad astigmatism and myopia (can't spell worth a damn either!) and had to use toric contact lenses if I wanted soft ones, and they were great for driving and smokey bars, but I couldn't read with the blasted things. Plus I needed glasses for when I wasn't wearing the contacts anyway. And now I make stained glass (and some fused glass) for a living, so contacts aren't recommended (glass chips and chemicals), so I'm just using glasses full time.

So...what I mean is that it depends on what you will be doing with them. And you might find you need to get glasses even if you opt for the contacts anyway.
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I wear glasses, too many horror stories about contacts
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Old 11-29-2004, 11:51 PM   #4
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If you get contacts you need glasses anyway, but if you get glasses you can get frames to suit your personality and make a statement about who you are.

Plus you don't have to worry about the contact lens finding its way BEHIND your eye.

Seriously it happened to a friend of mine.
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Aaahhh, but if you have "tough" eyes (like me) and play a lot of sport, contacts come in very handy, especially supposed non-contact sports like hockey...

Suggest getting contacts with a cheap pair of glasses and see how you go.
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I have both, but I wear my contacts FAR more than my glasses because I look really stupid in glasses, I hate wearing them out in the rain, and I like having peripheral vision.
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I have both. Without either, I cannot see my hand clearly when my arm is extended. When I was little, I had to copy spelling lists and things like that off of other kids' papers b/c I could never read the board. I was kinda embarassed and ashamed b/c I didn't know what was wrong until in middle school I was old enough to understand it's just poor eyesight. The first thing I remember about glasses is being able to see individual blades of grass and leaves on trees; I never knew people could see those things. I started with glasses but that's not so good for gymnastics. Now I wear contacts most of the time, glases at night after I've washed my face and such. I like contacts b/c you have your entire range of vision and they're so easy to care for and put in/out once your used to it. I had to get new glasses though b/c my Prof. said it will be really dusty in Africa.
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Shrmn8-definetly, I vote for contacts!! You just can't play vollyball in glasses-safely, I mean! And hey-leaves you able to wear the coolest sunglasses!!
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screw the eye doctor... renew your contact lens prescription at 1-800-Contacts, only go to see the eye doctor once every two-three years. I mean hell... when I wore glasses I only had to go see the damn guy when my vision started getting blurry... now they want me to go once a year, drop $350 bucks on a contact lens appointment AND pay for new contacts? Dear mr. eye doctor, allow me to introduce my friend, Haywood Jablome.
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Old 11-30-2004, 07:48 AM   #12
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Contacts if you can wear them. I can't because I have Dry Eye Syndrome.
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Laser surgery

I used 1-800-Contacts before I got my eyes fixed.
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hmm, well i guess i might be leaning towards glasses now. though, if i can get insurance to pay for it, both sounds like the way to go. i really want that peripheral vision, but i probably don't want to have contacts in all the time. nb, i think you're right on the laser surgery, i have a friend getting it in january, but i don't think my parents are gonna spring for that right now.

also, i am really nearsighted (i think...i can't see far away) and have a slight astigmatism. does that have any effect on whether or not contacts are a good idea?

livluv, i know what you mean about seeing the leaves and blades of grass. i tried on a friend's pair of glass and saw everthing, and that's when i first realized how bad my vision was.
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screw the eye doctor... renew your contact lens prescription at 1-800-Contacts, only go to see the eye doctor once every two-three years. I mean hell... when I wore glasses I only had to go see the damn guy when my vision started getting blurry... now they want me to go once a year, drop $350 bucks on a contact lens appointment AND pay for new contacts? Dear mr. eye doctor, allow me to introduce my friend, Haywood Jablome.
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