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Old 04-19-2016, 12:24 AM
 
Location: Dothan AL
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I wear the soft contacts, which last two weeks; however, I only wear then a few times a week. Still dispose of then every two weeks. I barely need then when driving and the cost is not an issue for me.
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Old 04-22-2016, 08:37 PM
 
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Well howdy folks, thought I'd take a moment out of another awesome sunny, dry New England day (weird, huh? but who's complaining?) to tell you about an AMAZING discovery I have made.

Okay, I wear disposable MONTHLY contact lenses. Guess, what so long as you are real diligent about properly caring for such lenses and don't sleep in 'em and other dumb stuff, so long as you regularly use a reputable tablet-based enzymatic protein removing cleaner you can wear these lenses for years with no problems and save a mega-$$$ ton of money.

Did you know that the most profitable businesses in the world are ones that sell a product that people need to regularly keep buying over and over again?

What a slick scam. Okay, tablet based enzymatic protein removing CL cleaning systems are really hard to find in local drug stores or WalMart, in fact almost impossible. And do you know why?? Yup, the CL industry would rather have you buying daily, or weekly, or monthly lenses and spending literally A TON of dough on contact lenses. DO NOT BELIEVE THE HYPE. Of course, disposable lenses are the most safe and convenient but over time they will cost you A FORTUNE (if you hadn't noticed already).

I soak my lenses overnight daily with your typical "MULTI-PURPOSE NO RUB DISINFECTING SOLUTION". Then about twice a month I do the tablet-based enzymatic disinfection and protein removal system. That's it. The key here is the tablet-based enzymatic protein removal and disinfectant system, you can't just use the "No Rub" solution alone if you want your lenses to last forever.

I'm sure people will tell you this is bad advice or unhealthy for your eyes, NONSENSE. Another real important thing, don't wear your lenses more than 12-16 hrs per day and you should have a day or two every week where you wear your eyeglasses instead to give your eyes "a rest".

The enzymatic system I use is called "Oxysept UltraCare" solution and disinfecting tablets, plus the protein removal tablet "Ultrazyme" by Amo, Inc.
It's expensive but overall you will save A HUGE SUM OF MONEY.

Enjoy!
A 'wear for two weeks' supply last a month per pair or more, until they start to tear. Yes, I take them out every night and soak them, in whatever generic soak/disinfecting solution I happen to have. Im not made of money so lasik is not an option, since I dont have vision insurance anyway, and at my age, dont want to take the chance. And do agree, they can easily expensive if you buy new boxes every month or so basically, two boxes last me maybe 10 months.....
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Old 04-26-2016, 09:01 AM
 
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Jyoty, could you mention your COMPLETE prescription here?

Have you talked to your doctor about refractive surgeries? In many cases, a LASIK type surgery can actually help get rid of glasses. This depends on factors which are beyond the scope of this thread, your doctor needs to perform a calculation based on the thickness of your cornea and the "spherical equivalent" of your refractive error.

I personally DO NOT recommend a laser surgery just for cosmetic reasons. Unless "medically necessary", you should not consider lasers. Not only are there risks of side effects (super dry eyes, distorted night-vision, etc), but a LASIK makes it extremely difficult to calculate a multifocal IOL power. You need a multifocal IOL in your old age when/ if you get a cataract.

Depending on your prescription, you might be a good candidate for a RGP fitting. Talk to your doctor about this.
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Old 04-26-2016, 09:23 AM
 
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I can't wear them anymore - I only need for long distance but it got to the point where I couldn't read anything while wearing them (aging, apparently your eyes don't adapt so well) - now I have to wear glasses to drive, but don't wear them otherwise.

When I did wear them - I also extended them a bit but not for much longer than recommended.
If I'm getting you right, it sounds like you've developed presbyopia.

Multifocal/ Bifocal contact lenses are available, talk to your doctor about them.
You can still wear your normal "single vision" contacts for driving, but if you do this you'll need to use +ve lenses while reading/ performing near work. (The idea is to "Reduce" the -ve power. Say a prescription reads OS: -3.25 SP -0.00CYL Add +1.00SP 0 CYL, it means you need -3.25 SP for distant vision, and -2.25SP for near. If you're using a "single vision" contact lens, you cannot have -2.25SP in the "Reading" part of the contact lens, hence you will use a +1.00SP glass on top of your lenses for reading. This will mathematically reduce the -ve power to -2.25SP for near work, but you MUST remove the glasses while driving/ looking at distant objects.)
Another option is "Monovision", this might work for you as well.

It's really NOT a good idea to extend the life of contact lenses beyond what your doctor recommends. If your doctor says it's fine (for you) to wear a monthly for 6 weeks, you should be fine. But if you're not adhering to your doctor's recommendation, you're just taking an unnecessary risk. I'm a student specializing in ophthalmology, and trust me, we're not recommending a replacement schedule to make more money, we're doing this based on precise observations of your cornea, tear chemistry, lid health, hypoxic stress endurance, and a lot of other factors.

Contacts are not "essentials". If someone can't afford them they can very easily switch to glasses, and in most cases vision with glasses will be just/almost as good as with contacts.
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