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Author Topic: Contacts  (Read 2266 times)

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Offline jimbalaya

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« on: April 30, 2013, 10:13:45 PM »
Hi all,

So I haven't posted in a while (but I've been lurking)---all is well, staying the course working hard as a teacher while also working on my Master's degree....almost my one year anniversary of my diagnosis (May 16).  I was curious though if others had input on a semi-silly issue.  My optometrist insisted that I go on the 1-day disposable contacts as they lessen the risk of infection, which is apparently higher in us pozzies.  (I am UD for over 6 months, CD4 700'ish).  These 1-day contacts are MUCH more expensive than the other disposable contacts that are two-weeks, etc.  Have others found the same request be made of them?  I live in a VERY small town, so I am wondering if she is being overly cautious or if I do really need to be paying extra for these 1-day contacts.     :)  Again, I know it's a silly question, but as a teacher and a grad-student every dollar counts.   :)     


Offline Jeff G

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Re: Contacts
« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2013, 11:06:30 PM »
I wear extended wear lens and have never had a problem even with a lower cd4count than yours . I don't have any information but its my guess that with your good lab numbers you are no more at risk than the next guy .

I have 30 day lens but I do take them out about twice a week for a soak .
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Offline pittman

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Re: Contacts
« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2013, 11:34:47 PM »
My doctor strongly urged me to switch to them as well, long before I was positive.  While more expensive, they tend to lead to fewer infections for anyone.

Ultimately, I went or the lasik surgery and was all the more happy for it and in the long run it was cheaper than disposable contacts.

Offline Anqueetas

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Re: Contacts
« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2013, 02:18:25 PM »
To be very safe use daily contact lens but for me, I use weekly contact lens and it seems to be ok. A good compromise between expensive daily contact and 2 weeks. Lately I stop wearing them because I'm scare of scratching my cornea and now I'm switch to wearing glasses instead, of course it so much safer and much cheaper than contact.

However, you have to be very diligent in cleaning and never ever wear them overnight. If i felt that my eye is irritated even though the contact i was wearing is less than a week old. I will throw them away immediately and switch to glasses for a week.

I still going to wear contact lens for special occasion though but not daily life.
« Last Edit: May 09, 2013, 02:20:38 PM by Anqueetas »
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Offline atlanta05

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Re: Contacts
« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2013, 04:35:38 PM »
I wouldn't worry about it. Just clean them, don't sleep in them, and take a day off sometimes. Maybe in spring they might get more irritated.

I'm also thinking of LASIK soon too, as it is much cheaper over the long run and I'm kindof over having to think about contacts and stuff all the time...

Offline commodorerx

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Re: Contacts
« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2013, 09:16:49 AM »
I have thought about LASIK surgery but I always assumed that I would never be a good candidate because the risk of infection was too high. If you are undetectable, is that not the case? Or did your eye surgeon treat you on a case-by-case basis?

Offline darryaz

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Re: Contacts
« Reply #6 on: May 15, 2013, 09:19:56 AM »
I find guys wearing glasses VERY attractive!!!!   ;)

Offline pittman

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Re: Contacts
« Reply #7 on: May 17, 2013, 07:46:17 AM »
I have thought about LASIK surgery but I always assumed that I would never be a good candidate because the risk of infection was too high. If you are undetectable, is that not the case? Or did your eye surgeon treat you on a case-by-case basis?

As long as your CD4 count is reasonable, I don't see why this would be a particular concern. Ask your HIV specialist rather than assume you can't.  After all, the contacts can lead to an even higher risk of infection than the couple weeks that the eyes heal from the surgery.


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