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View Poll Results: Contact lens options - Soft, Rigid Gas Permeables [RGP's], Other?
Soft 6 66.67%
Rigid Gas Permeables (RGP's) 3 33.33%
Other Options, re contact lens? 0 0%
Voters: 9. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 12-11-2009, 10:02 AM
Location: EPWV
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I would really like to get contact lens someday [soon?].
Need pointers. I think I'd have easier time poking my arm than trying to put contacts in my eyes. How do you overcome that? For those who have tried more than one style, do you have a preference ?
Are the choices - soft or the Rigid Gas Permeables {RGP's} or is there another option available?

Any chance you can tell me the pros and cons for either option?
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Old 12-11-2009, 02:06 PM
Location: Lafayette
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My 12 year old son has been wanting them for 2 years. We finally got them for him at 14. I was worried about that same thing and him keeping them clean. They will not even let you leave the eye store until you have put them in and taking them out numerous times so I wouldn't worry about that. My son is doing a soft extended wear lens and seems to be doing fine with them. I hope that helps you!
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Old 12-12-2009, 08:31 AM
Location: Southeastern North Carolina
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I'd go with soft lenses if I were you. They'll be a lot more comfortable than RGPs. You have to replace them more frequently, but replacement contact lenses are inexpensive these days and there are about a million online places you can order them from.

The optometrist who fits and prescribes your lenses will also teach you how to put them and take them out, and how to disinfect them.
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Old 12-13-2009, 09:26 AM
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I had Lasik over 3 years ago (best money ever spent!) so it's been a while since I wore contacts, but another possible solution not suggested yet is to get the kind that you wear over night and then you take them out when you wake up and you can see all day without worrying about them bothering you. I'm not sure what they're called or how much they cost, but it's another idea.
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Old 12-14-2009, 07:53 AM
Location: Missouri
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I've always had the soft kind, but there are variations even in that group. After trying many brands, we discovered I do better with thicker lenses, the kind that you replace monthly, not daily.
I never had a problem getting my lenses in. I think it took less than a week to get the hang of it. I've worn them for 16 years. For many of those years, I have been able to put my lenses in without even looking in a mirror. They just pop right in. Once you get the knack for it, it's simple. If the lens is moist (but not saturated) it should almost automatically adhere to your eyeball once it is barely touching it.
Your eye doctor will help you choose the best type for you, your eye, and your lifestyle. Don't be afraid to tell him or her if the ones you get aren't working. I had to go through about 4 kinds before I found the right one. When that brand was discontinued, I had to try 3 more before I found the one my eyes liked. This past year, that brand was discontinued, and I got lucky and the first one my eye doc recommended worked great.
Best of luck!
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Old 12-14-2009, 12:06 PM
Location: Lancaster County, PA
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Soft lenses are great. I started wearing them 15 years ago and now I can't stand wearing my glasses anymore. A little practice and it will like second nature to you.
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Old 12-14-2009, 12:16 PM
Location: Philaburbia
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I wear gas permeable lenses because my eyes are extremely dry. They take some getting used to, but once you do they're quite comfortable. They're also pretty durable -- mine are much older than they should be!

The only con with gas perm lenses is finding solutions for them. They're kinda like the Betamax of the contact lens world. But more and more solutions are being made for both types of lenses, so that's a help.
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