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Discussion: Contact Lenses

in: Orienteering; General

Oct 23, 2018 9:17 AM # 
Going try out contact lenses for orienteering races (or I should say contact lens). Any advice on which type of lenses to buy? Dailies, I guess?
Oct 23, 2018 12:18 PM # 
If you've never worn them before, it may take a few experiments to find one you find really comfortable and that fit you well enough that they won't randomly pop out. :)

I've been wearing "30-day continuous" lenses for about 20 years, although I take them out every night. Most comfortable lenses I've ever tried.
Oct 23, 2018 1:36 PM # 
Thanks. No. Don't want them to pop out especially in the forest (as happened to Kyburz, at last years WOC?). Optician recommened/ordered vari-focals so we'll see.
Oct 23, 2018 2:36 PM # 
Juffy, I thought you had 20:20 vision now I know the truth
Oct 23, 2018 7:35 PM # 
God no, not even my hindsight is that good. :p
Oct 24, 2018 7:13 AM # 
Terje Mathisen:
I've used a single Dailies lens in rain/wet /foggy weather for the last 10-15 years, since this is orienteering I use that lens on my dominant (right) eye. I used to have perfect vision (or even better?) until presbyopia hit me, and when I started to use +1 reading glasses I started to become long-sighted at the same time.

I started with +1.5/+1.75 lenses, currently I'm up to +3.5. If that lens pops out (has only happened once) I have to use the compass magnifier and squint.
Oct 24, 2018 9:18 AM # 
Thanks, Terje. Presbyopia here too, but long-sight good. Will be trying the single lens in dominant eye.
Oct 24, 2018 3:26 PM # 
I wear daily disposable contacts, only really put them in for orienteering (or running in the rain) and only had one ever pop out, and that was caused by a branch I hadn't seen early enough pinging into my eye
Oct 26, 2018 10:44 PM # 
When I eventually went to see my optician (having been nagged by my wife for years!). He recommended I try variable focus contact lenses. I didn't even realise that this was a thing, but apparently the lenses can vary in optical power radially and correct near vision without much effect on far vision. Seems like magic, but actually works extremely well. I normally need reading glasses but with the lenses in map reading and running are both fine, and it is much easier than glasses in mist or rain. My lenses are daily disposable and vary in power between +0.25 and +1.75. Never lost one orienteering (yet).

Moral: listen to your partner.

Wearing lenses also reduced the complaints from my children who objected to my cap, sweatband and half-moon glasses look.
Oct 27, 2018 4:06 AM # 
Moral: listen to your partner.

Steady on there, mate. We're talking about minor vision problems, there's no need to go overboard.
Oct 28, 2018 5:11 PM # 
Thanks, DaveR. Don't think I ever saw you in the cap/glasses combo. I used half-moon's but, no, they weren't a good look. Switched to the wrap-arounds - they at least make me feel 'serious'.

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