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Dry Eyes - Contacts

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
Quite frequently while skiing I have problems with dry/red eyes. Rewetting drops don't really help nor do drops for the redness. Goggles help but not enough. I believe it's a combination of wind, glare, low humidity and less oxygen. I do wear soft contacts. Does anyone have this problem also? What can I do?
post #2 of 19
I have been wearing soft contacts for the past 8 years now. I do get dry eyes alot of the time. I have found that the Oakley A Frame goggles give me the best protection from this condition but still get irritated some times. Wetting drops are a temporary fix. I'm afraid we just have to deal with it. After all, it's still better than sking with bifocals glasses on.
post #3 of 19
It could be the particular brand & model of contact you use. i use soft lenses and have for 10 years.

The ones Ii currently have are of a lower water content. This would seem to opposite of how it would work, but I believe the lowere water content your contacts are the less they dry out. My work actually the best when I am skiing. I use Briko Icarus which have a lot of airflow and my contacts work great! Check with your Eye Doc. They might be able to change your lens to something that would work better.
post #4 of 19
An optician once told me that contacts love either cold/dry or hot/humid conditions so skiing should be good for them. I am currently trying new monthly torics, Proclear and Frequency Xcel. I also have dry eyes. the proclear has a higher water content and I find them less comfortable. these lenses need more water which my eye is not producing.

Red eyes mean something is irritating them. I assume you wear googles or wrap around shades so it should not be wind or glare. it might have something to do with the fit of your lens or the oxygen supply to the eye. probably best to see an optician for a check up.
post #5 of 19
dry eyes making your contacts funky?

you're dehydrated. drink more water.

believe it or not, it's that simple.
post #6 of 19
Gonz is right. Plus, ski faster. The wind makes my eyes tear!
post #7 of 19
Man I wish it was as simple as drinking more water. My eyes have always been ridiculously dry. I've gone on and off contacts 4 or 5 times over the past 20 years. I tend to wear contacts only either when I'm acting, or I'm single

Haven't been single in a long time, but did just start acting again, so back on the contacts. My eye doctor tells me I have an "erratic tear film" in my left eye.

I have worn them skiing a few times and you're right, outdoors in the cold it bothers me less. Hopefully that will continue. Of course now I'm old enough that I can't see the darn trail map with single-vision contacts. :

Anybody try multi-focal contacts? Do the darn things work? What's the visual field like? I adapted to decent (as in NOT Lenscrafters house brand) progressives very well, but I don't think the contacts have the same type of visual field.
post #8 of 19
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Originally Posted by MarkXS
Man I wish it was as simple as drinking more water. My eyes have always been ridiculously dry. I've gone on and off contacts 4 or 5 times over the past 20 years. I tend to wear contacts only either when I'm acting, or I'm single

Haven't been single in a long time, but did just start acting again, so back on the contacts. My eye doctor tells me I have an "erratic tear film" in my left eye.

I have worn them skiing a few times and you're right, outdoors in the cold it bothers me less. Hopefully that will continue. Of course now I'm old enough that I can't see the darn trail map with single-vision contacts. :

Anybody try multi-focal contacts? Do the darn things work? What's the visual field like? I adapted to decent (as in NOT Lenscrafters house brand) progressives very well, but I don't think the contacts have the same type of visual field.
If you use toric lenses, the multi-focals aren't available I was told. I've been doing a monovision setup for a few years and it works great. One eye has magnification for reading the other doesn't. The brain just goes to the eye it needs and depth of field is not a problem at all. For night driving I had glasses made that undo the magnification in that eye and do nothing for the other eye. In the day time and for skiing it's fantastic. I can read the trail maps and see the trails!
post #9 of 19
If you're having dryness troubles, talk to your optometrist and explain your situation -- skiing in cold, dry, wind, etc.

I've worn contacts since 1980, except for a six month period in the late 80s, when all of a sudden in a one-month period my eyes got so dry I couldn't wear them, even for a few hours. The optometrist I was using at the time said that's how it is, that's how your body works. But I did some asking around and found an optometrist who handled special or difficult cases, and he got me going with no problems whatsoever. Over the years, I learned he used to give training seminars to other optometrists on hard to fit cases.

P.S: The original guy ("that's how your body works") was in a mall/franchise situation. Nothing against the people who work in these places, but the true specialists don't work out of franchise operations in a mall or grocery store.
post #10 of 19
I used to wear contacts for years. When skiing was horrible 'cause the draft inside my goggles would make my eyes tear and the contact to move and I coudn't see #$%@.
The best solution. LASIK surgery. Now I'm contact lenses free, and my vision is 20/15.
post #11 of 19
Have had the dry eye experience skiing. Also need bifocals. I use Acuview bifocal contacts - almost like not needing correction at all. No problem with dry eyes with these. Just my experience.

These are NOT like progressive focus (I use those for my regular eyeglasses). But nevertheless, when I'm skiing with them, whether reading a trail map, a menu, or just skiing, I forget I have them in my eyes.
post #12 of 19
P.S. Goggles make a difference.
post #13 of 19
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Originally Posted by nando
The best solution. LASIK surgery. Now I'm contact lenses free, and my vision is 20/15.
Yep. I had mine done about 3 years ago and couldn't be happier. After years of contacts my only regret is that I didn't do it sooner.
post #14 of 19
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Originally Posted by Coach13
Yep. I had mine done about 3 years ago and couldn't be happier. After years of contacts my only regret is that I didn't do it sooner.
Wait 'til you need reading glasses. My bifocal contacts are better than surgery - and if you don't like them, you can just stop using them. Not so with Lasik.
post #15 of 19
You are right Oboe. Lasik does not work for Presbiopia (as we age, the need for reading glasses is almost certain). But, I don't do much reading when I'm skiing, surfing or golfing so for outdoors that is the ticket and I have not turned 40 yet, when Presbiopia starts.
And Coach 13, I couldn't agree with you more. But I was waiting for the long term results to be well stablished before I would go in that direction and that didn't happen untill 3 years ago.

Later
post #16 of 19
I have the same problem and it has gotten worse since I started using the "new" contacts. The accuvue 2 contacts I think they are called, they are supposedly more comfortable but my eyes are drier then ever. As soon as I turn 25 I am getting Lasik.
post #17 of 19
Unless I use my bifocal contacts ot reading glasses, I can't even read my watch!:

At the age of 63, although I do see that there's some value in the surgery, I'll pass on that and stay with spectacles and contacts. To each his own.
post #18 of 19
Thread Starter 
I have acuvue 2's also! Gotta talk to the eye doc. Thanks for all the suggestions and comments, will take them all into consideration and hope my eyes do better this season.
post #19 of 19
I stopped wearing contacts because of eye irritation (particularly dryness). Last year, I tried the new Acuvue Hydravent. It took about a month to get used to, but I typically don't need to use my rewetting drops often. Also, I skiied for four days with only sun glasses without any problems. I don't know if you would get the same results, but I think they might be worth a shot.
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