contract lenses

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Health & Beauty MoneySaving
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Health & Beauty MoneySaving
Hello, dunno if this is in the right section, i Am looking into getting some monthly contact lenses. Have seen some you can leave in all day and night, and wear for about twenty days continuously. Firstly had anyone tried these? And secondly had anyone wore them on holiday? I am going away for a month and was wondering if there safe to wear whilst swimming?

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  • maninthestreetmaninthestreet Forumite
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    Swimming in contact lenses is not normally recommended - they are likely to be float off your eyes under water.
    20-odd years ago, I wore day/night lenses, but I eventually started getting sore eyes with redness and irritation, so I switched to daily disposable lenses. I now use fortnightly disposable lenses.
    "You were only supposed to blow the bl**dy doors off!!"
  • Not tried these, but I don't see why they wouldn't be safe to wear on holiday.

    BUT, please do not go swimming wearing any lenses - you run the risk of getting an infection in your eye if water gets in. The infection gets trapped between the eye and the lens so your eye cannot fight it off like it usually would - worst case scenario, you could lose your sight.
  • Fuzzy_DuckFuzzy_Duck Forumite
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    I've had them before. I wouldn't recommend wearing them for that length of time- my eyes didn't feel great after keeping them in overnight and my optician said she's encountered very few people who wore them continously. Usually people wear them all day and give their eyes a break at night.

    I wore them simply because I found them more comfortable than monthly ones (I'm guessing they must allow more oxygen in if you can wear them continuously for that length of time) and it was nice to know it wasn't a problem if I did fall asleep with them in by accident.

    Definitely don't wear them swimming; as stir_crazy says you could go blind if you get an infection. You can wear them if you have goggles on though.
  • MiiriMiiri Forumite
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    I have the night & day lenses and have been using them for at least the last 5 years. I wear them for a month and then dispose and have had no issues. For me - they are very comfortable and I don't really notice them apart from first thing in the morning for a couple of mins after I wake up.

    They are designed to let in extra oxygen hence the long time wear.

    I get regular check ups and my optician is happy with my eyes. I do try give my eyes a break at least once a month and have a day off but I miss them when they're not in!.

    Miiri
  • dannyjebbdannyjebb Forumite
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    Thanks for the advice wont wear them whilst swiming. I hva esome prescription sunglasses around the pool and my eyesight isnt that bad so i wont wor Rt whilst jumping in the pool :) wil give them a go though. Can you store them overnight?
  • the_devil_made_me_do_itthe_devil_made_me_do_it Forumite
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    I wear those lenses, however I take them out on a night. My optician has never even mentioned whether I could wear them continuously, so I never have.

    Also, I have a very high prescription & suffer with dry eyes & blepharitis, so this alone is probably why she has never suggested wearing them all the time.

    I suppose it's always better to follow the advice from your optician.

    Also, I wouldn't advocate wearing lenses while swimming for the same reasons others have already mentioned.
  • nedmundonedmundo Forumite
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    I assume you will be going to be refitted with these by your Optician?

    It would be both illegal and unwise to self prescribe these as there is a significant increase in likelyhood of serious complications with overnight wear.
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  • suki1964suki1964 Forumite
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    You must never swim or shower with contacts in

    In case your optician doesn't tell you, you can not clean monthly wear lenses so you are more likely to get an infection then if you wear dailies or gas permables
  • podpersonpodperson Forumite
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    I wear the continous lenses - I wear them for around a month and then dispose of them, have never had any probs. I don't really find them uncomfortable and I do sleep in them. Sometimes I find I have slightly 'gummy' eyes in the morning but a quick rinse with cold water and it's fine.
  • Fuzzy_DuckFuzzy_Duck Forumite
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    dannyjebb wrote: »
    Thanks for the advice wont wear them whilst swiming. I hva esome prescription sunglasses around the pool and my eyesight isnt that bad so i wont wor Rt whilst jumping in the pool :) wil give them a go though. Can you store them overnight?

    They don't come with solution as they're supposed to be work continuously, but I continued to use multi purpose solution to store and clean them. I didn't have any problems doing that, but definitely have a chat with your optician though and see what they recommend.
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