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Diving with contacts

Discussion in 'Diving Medicine' started by WVUdiver1, Feb 10, 2019.

  1. WVUdiver1

    WVUdiver1 Solo Diver

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    I have noticed here lately that after a dive in which I wear my contacts one of my eyes has a hard time focusing. I have never had the issue before while wearing my rx mask and glasses. Just curious as to if anyone else has experienced this and what solutions you have found.

    Thanks.
     
  2. caruso

    caruso Manta Ray

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    Try a different type of contact lenses, and more frequent replacement schedule. If you're wearing 2 week or monthly get yourself into dailies, at least for diving.

    The causes vary but the solution is still the same.
     
  3. Duke Dive Medicine

    Duke Dive Medicine Medical Moderator Staff Member

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    What type of contacts are you wearing?
     
  4. Divectionist

    Divectionist Nassau Grouper

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    I don't like dailies as they are inferior to monthlies, i.e., they don't breathe as well, and are more likely to cause trouble.

    I wear contacts on every dive and also went out with them on the last day of the lens month, getting my eyes dried by the wind on the boat ride, without any real issues thereafter.

    The only thing I do specifically before diving is to give the lenses an extra attentive scrub, squeeze some lens liquid into my eyes, massaging them a bit to make sure the eyes are nice and clean, before putting them in.
     
  5. caruso

    caruso Manta Ray

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    Where did you get that crazy idea from?
     
  6. Divectionist

    Divectionist Nassau Grouper

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    a) Experience - if I accidentally fall asleep with daily lenses (which I used for years in the past), my eyes are glued shut. If I fall asleep with monthly lenses, it is a bit hazy but manageable.
    b) Optometrist - stated that monthly lenses are 'engineered' with better, more breathable materials as they can obviously throw more dollars at a lens you wear for 30 days vs 1 day.
     
  7. caruso

    caruso Manta Ray

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    a) Your experience does not reflect the population as a whole. If it did, every clinical study could be done with only one trial patient.

    b) Doctors aren't always correct.
     
  8. WVUdiver1

    WVUdiver1 Solo Diver

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    I am diving 30 day Air Optix Night& Day Aqua
     
  9. Divectionist

    Divectionist Nassau Grouper

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    a) so what do you say? Dailies are better for diving? I assume you did a clinical study then to make your statement better than mine?

    b) aware of that, my lady is one :fear:
     
  10. Zef

    Zef Divemaster

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    Did you get a mask squeeze during your dive? or did you ensure it was equalized throughout the whole time you were under water? If there was any significant pressure differential, I can only imagine the film of a contact lense pressing on the cornea might cause some problems.

    -Z
     

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