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post #31 of 51
Originally Posted by mrthemike
Wow, that paragon crt thing sounds interesting.

Anyone know at what age vision is stibalized? Can it still get worse past 22?
Yes. Vision is never really stabilized anyway. I'm short sighted (and corrected since i'm 10) and it had been getting worse until my early thirties. Now, at nearly 40, I'm expecting other problems with short distance vision...
post #32 of 51
Originally Posted by Dino
1) extended wear (weekly) lenses are better because they have a higher water content than throwaway lenses (1 day lenses). Throwaway lenses tended to dry up on me;
Hmm..I thought just the opposite -- the reason disposables are so comfortable is the high water content -- that is also why the tear so easily. Anyway I've been wearing disposables which I like a lot -- even though they don't give me perfect vision because of astigmatism, I hate dealing w/ the contanct lens care regimen which never seems to work anyway. Anyway, I'm going for lasik!
post #33 of 51
I've only ever needed glasses for driving and seeing or reading things that are farther than across the room.

Last season I decided to get contact lenses just for sports. I noticed a big distance. I could see much farther down the slop, flat light was not such an issue, and there was no guessing as to what was in front of me. My confidence, and speed increased.

if only they weren't such a pain to put on and take off.
post #34 of 51
Funny, this topic came up today while waiting in line to get my pass for Loveland. A couple of employees were going on about the benefits of the laser surgery. A fellow skier was debating it with them…he knows many people who haven’t had acceptable results. My big sister had her eyes done a couple of years ago and swears by it (and she rips on the mountain!). Others I know, well, haven’t been as lucky.

For me it was a contacts-and-goggles day and everything stayed where it was supposed to, so I think it’s safe to say you have to do what works best for you. If the surgery is ever 100%, I’ll be the first in line. For now, I have what I have and can work with it.

BTW Loveland was glorious today—opened Lift #6 and no lines anywhere and more opening off #2! I think the South Chutes were open too. Lots and lots of untracked areas just waiting...!
post #35 of 51
Get contacts and wear goggles... problem solved. If your eyes water when you wear goggles, then get new goggles because the ones you bought suck.
post #36 of 51
Originally Posted by Woodee
InTacs. Seems to be the "safer" and reversible route compared to Lasik, but it ain't for everyone either ... and it's not available in the U.S. yet.

I'm on week 5 after Lasik surgery myself, and I can't wait to "see" what skiing will be like without contacts or glasses. I skiied for 20+ years with contacts, and as a matter of fact wore contacts ONLY for skiing and cycling (okay, other sports as well). But, as soon as I was done with an activity I'd pop those suckers out of my head ASAP. Becuase of my astigmatism I never really had great vision with contacts - especially in low artificial lighting situations. BUT - it was always better than with glasses for sports!
I wore hard lenses first, which corrected the astigmatism and was reluctant to go with soft lenses which initially did not. But hard lenses tended to swim around on your eye for night skiing so I tried the soft lenses for skiing. After a week of soft lenses, I never went back to hard lenses, I just put up with not seeing quite as well until they came out with lenses for astigmatism. They have to stay oriented correctly (can't lay on your side to watch TV), but in general it isn't a problem.

Also, I used to lose hard lenses ALL THE TIME (revolving door, crossing the street, down a public washroom sink, the stories are endless), but have never lost a soft contact in 26 years and can only think of ONE time that one popped out. I would think your eyes would have to be dry or you have a fit problem if that is happening.
post #37 of 51
Originally Posted by Mom
Yeah, I thought it sounded cool too, but my eye doc - who used to do it back east - won't do it here. He says at altitude and in very dry conditions, it's not good for your eyes.
I'd like to hear more about that. Good thing I'm in the PNW and rarely go dry or high altitude.
post #38 of 51
I'm near-sighted, like you, and usually only wear my glasses/contacts to drive, watch movies, etc.

Wear them skiing.

It makes such a difference to be able to discern the bumps and variances in the snow before you're hitting them.
post #39 of 51
I wear the soft 2-week disposables, which also correct astigmatism. I only wear them for skiing nowadays but they were for all sport. They work well although I get the teary eyes at speed in sunglasses. They stick on pretty well although sometimes they wander around a bit. I am allergic to everything and so my eyes are often in a state of irritation (especially in the US, there seems to be more house mould in the houses), so they do get a bit irritated and last season they were very puffy. I'm going to use more eyedrops and bring some antihistamine eyedrops too.
Other than that, they are very suitable for skiing. Prescription sunnies or goggs would be great for skiing, provided I didn't break them! And the minute I went inside, I'd have to change over to non-tinted lenses. Too inconvenient.
post #40 of 51

my annual lasik/contact thread contribution

Originally Posted by iskitoofast4u
That's how I see it, too. Odds of something going wrong are very, very slim...but like I said, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Any elective therapy or drug with a 2-3% failure rate woudn't get my business, and seems overly optimistic based on my knowledge. About half the people I know with lasik have had at least a problem (resulting in a second surgery or some permanent issue) and/or are undersatisfied with the result. Do a search for other experiences. The other half swear by lasik, and say it worked perfect the first time.

Contact lenses, for me, took a little while to get used to, but after that are much better than glasses. About once a year one will get wadded up and scrunches somewhere behind my eyeball, which freaks me out because I can feel it, but I have managed to work it to the front when this happens.
post #41 of 51
Thread Starter 
im pretty sure it's physically impossible to get a contact stuck BEHIND your eyeball :-P
post #42 of 51
I wear hard contact lenses, and I've never even remotely had a problem with them on the mountain. Except that for some reason I get sunscreen on them/in them/behind them/ everywhere, no matter what order I do things. It stings a bit, and I'd rather it didn't happen...perhaps I'm particularly slapdash, but you should be careful I guess: in large quantities, sunscreen+contacts=ouchie.
post #43 of 51
and yep, you can get them pretty much stuck behind your eyeball. if you try really hard.
post #44 of 51
Originally Posted by ant
They work well although I get the teary eyes at speed in sunglasses. They stick on pretty well although sometimes they wander around a bit.
I've had my contacts roll up in my eyelid. Not fun. I like my contacts, but I hate the teary eye factor too. After a few laps my eyes adjust somewhat, but I look like I've been crying during those first laps....
post #45 of 51
Yeah, I get streaks of salt sometimes! So glamorous... I'm under orders to use a LOT more eyedrops this year, and that might help. Goggles are fine, and I see that Bolle have some photochromatic goggles on offer this year, which might do the trick.
post #46 of 51

Amber contacts.

Heard a deal on the news last night about the top inventions of 2005. One was tinted sport lenses done by Baush and Lomb in conjunction with Nike. They have a blue/green tint and an amber tint. My first thought was COOL! Those amber tints would be great for skiing, then my g/f pointed out that they would be useless at any type of speed as your eyes would tear up. She's so smart.

Anyway, here is some info on them:


"I know you can fight, it's our wits that make us men."
post #47 of 51
Originally Posted by Glenn
She's so smart.
Yes, that's the problem w/ girls.
post #48 of 51
Originally Posted by Lodro
Yes, that's the problem w/ girls.
yeah my wife is never wrong. Once she thougt she thought she was wrong but then later we both realized that she was wrong about her being wrong. So in fact she was never wrong.

Yeah I have had contacts stuck behind my eye ball but only for a few days. Eventually it comes out when its good and ready.

My right contact is for distance and my left contact is a tad weaker so I can read with my left eye. When I ski I typically go full power in both eyes but then I need reading glasses.
post #49 of 51
Been wearing contacts for years the only problem I have is with goggles that have holes in the lens for venting, or vents that direct a lot of airflow inside. At speed they all seem to tear my eyes and blur my vision. The Smith regulator solves that problem, although sometimes fogs up with the vents closed. I bought 2 new pairs of goggles this year with no vents on the fromt and will probably buy the Smith turbo fan to solve this problem.

Also use the 2 week disposables, but find they last considerably longer, been using my current set for 6 months with no problems, just clean them every night.
post #50 of 51
Hi All,Optometrist and PSIA-NW DCL here, glad to hear all of the patient perspective. My story is about 20/40 vision without correction. I wear glasses in the office(some say so I can sell more glasses, nonsense) and I go uncorrected on the slopes. I am unsucessful with hard or soft lenses with either comfort or vision issues, my irregular astigmatism makes my a high risk for a LASIK complications, and CRT is not the answer. For sure, wearing ugly over the glasses goggles is not an option. Besides I like Oakley optics and they don't make and over the glasses frame. Really a lot of great advice in the thread and not much from the truth. We are having great sucess with athletes in the MAXSIGHT tinted soft lens. Limited prescriptions and only one diameter and curve so far...INTACTS are FDA approved and have been for several years in the US. Limited use due to the lack of fine tuning. CRT is very cool in the right hands and on the right eyes. Good Day,Greg
post #51 of 51
Over 20 years of wearing (gas permeable) lenses in everyday life plus skiing, water skiing, scuba diving playing field hockey, volleyball and soccer.
Only ever lost one - blinked it out while looking up for a hig ball then down again.
Never fogged or blew away, but I would echo the comments about eyes tearing up when skiing.
I would always wear sunglasses or goggles to protect my eyes from glare and find that a well fitting appropriate pair of glasses (my current ones are by BLOC) reduce the tearing to an acceptable level. In any case, I ski so fast the tears just blow away ;-)
Go for it
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