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    Hello. I've been a wearer of RGP lenses for two years, with no problems - extremely crisp vision, very good comfort.

    This is my second time going to a doctor to get new RGPs because my contact lens prescription changed. It is very comfortable, however, the vision is not as crisp as it use to be.

    I have tried at least 6 pairs of contact lenses, and none of them seem to give me crisp vision. My eye doctor, is extremely frustrated, and is not happy with me. I try to avoid being the 'annoying patient' but all I want to do is SEE CLEARLY.

    Here's my problem: when I open my eyes extremely wide, and avoid blinking, I can see pretty clearly. However, once I allow my eyelids to get in contact with the contacts, the vision is blurred.

    This is my second day with the new contacts, and it does not seem like it is improving. Does it take a week or so to achieve clear vision?

    Please help.. I am miserable...

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    I'm sorry that I can't offer you an immediate answer. I am, however, having the EXACT issue, and I just wanted to chime in and see what anybody has to say.

    I've worn Boston ES RGPs for five years. I've had the same prescription and the same pair of lenses the whole time. I have good insurance, so I've been seen yearly for full exams, including fit of the lenses and a yearly polish.

    Just last week, having since moved to new part of the country, I had my annual exam. The new optometrist upped my prescription in one eye and changed the BC of both lenses just slightly. I am having the exact issue that you describe.

    For reference, my old lenses had a BC of 7.63 for both eyes and have been changed to 7.64 in one eye and 7.67 in the other eye. I don't know if that's significant, but I'd like any feedback anybody can give. The prescription was changed for one lens, from -2.75 to -3.00, and the other lens stayed the same at -3.25.

    These feel wonderful, and the optometrist promised that they were made with a "beveled edge," and that they should be more comfortable than the old lenses. I believe something is different, because the new lenses are extremely comfortable.:-)

    The problem, however, is that the vision just isn't as good. If I open wide and hold there, it's perfect. As soon as I blink, it blurs slightly. They are also sliding a bit (one in particular)...like, I blink, then can feel the lens 'pop' into place. If I move my eyes quickly they now take a moment to focus. I do remember this happening with the old lenses, but ONLY during the initial adjustment period.

    Am I just readjusting? Will the vision get better? Will these stop making my eyes red the way the original lenses stopped making them red after the adjustment phase?

    Quote Originally Posted by icantseeclearly View Post
    Hello. I've been a wearer of RGP lenses for two years, with no problems - extremely crisp vision, very good comfort.

    This is my second time going to a doctor to get new RGPs because my contact lens prescription changed. It is very comfortable, however, the vision is not as crisp as it use to be.

    I have tried at least 6 pairs of contact lenses, and none of them seem to give me crisp vision. My eye doctor, is extremely frustrated, and is not happy with me. I try to avoid being the 'annoying patient' but all I want to do is SEE CLEARLY.

    Here's my problem: when I open my eyes extremely wide, and avoid blinking, I can see pretty clearly. However, once I allow my eyelids to get in contact with the contacts, the vision is blurred.

    This is my second day with the new contacts, and it does not seem like it is improving. Does it take a week or so to achieve clear vision?

    Please help.. I am miserable...

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    Quote Originally Posted by icantseeclearly View Post
    Hello. I've been a wearer of RGP lenses for two years, with no problems - extremely crisp vision, very good comfort.

    This is my second time going to a doctor to get new RGPs because my contact lens prescription changed. It is very comfortable, however, the vision is not as crisp as it use to be.

    I have tried at least 6 pairs of contact lenses, and none of them seem to give me crisp vision. My eye doctor, is extremely frustrated, and is not happy with me. I try to avoid being the 'annoying patient' but all I want to do is SEE CLEARLY.

    Here's my problem: when I open my eyes extremely wide, and avoid blinking, I can see pretty clearly. However, once I allow my eyelids to get in contact with the contacts, the vision is blurred.

    This is my second day with the new contacts, and it does not seem like it is improving. Does it take a week or so to achieve clear vision?

    Please help.. I am miserable...
    IF your rgp lenses are not providing you with the crispness of vision that you are use to then the new lenses have to be re evaluated. Fitting of rgp lenses are in the fractions of millimeters and a slight shift can be detrimental to visual correction. Sorry you are necative experience with your eye doc. Perhaps switching to another one or seeing if this eye doc will reproduce the same prescription as you ve had prior.

    SOmetimes small tweaks may take a while to adjust to and that is common but symptoms should be mild. If you cant see than the adjustmetn or tweaking was too much for your fit. Change of materials may require slight adjustment so that lenses will stablilize on the cornea and will require a small adjustment period even if you've been wearing rgp lenses for 30 +yrs.

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    Ican't......................
    how old are you?

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    Thanks for your feedback everyone. Just an update - I switched docs!

    The other doc did not know how much of an astigmatism I had because he used the stupid machine ONLY, and not the standard 'old school' way of correcting vision...

    The new doc only uses the old school method and he ordered me a brand new pair of lenses.

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    After a month of trying to make my lenses work, I went back to the optometrist. Turns out, my prescription shouldn't have been changed. The new base curves and some kind of beveled edge have made the lens fit feel less tight (as in, the lenses don't fly out of my eyes upon removal from the suction, and they're no longer turning red) and much more comfortable. Now, with my old correction in place, everything is perfect. Five years and still no change in prescription, since adopting these lenses :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by icantseeclearly View Post
    Hello. I've been a wearer of RGP lenses for two years, with no problems - extremely crisp vision, very good comfort.

    This is my second time going to a doctor to get new RGPs because my contact lens prescription changed. It is very comfortable, however, the vision is not as crisp as it use to be.

    I have tried at least 6 pairs of contact lenses, and none of them seem to give me crisp vision. My eye doctor, is extremely frustrated, and is not happy with me. I try to avoid being the 'annoying patient' but all I want to do is SEE CLEARLY.

    Here's my problem: when I open my eyes extremely wide, and avoid blinking, I can see pretty clearly. However, once I allow my eyelids to get in contact with the contacts, the vision is blurred.

    This is my second day with the new contacts, and it does not seem like it is improving. Does it take a week or so to achieve clear vision?

    Please help.. I am miserable...

    Mild blurring is common with the readjustment of updated rgp lenses and depending how different the change is, your cornea may still be adapting. Your cornea has been wearing a certain fitting for a long time and rgp lenses do have a "braces" effect and it may take up to 6 weeks for vision to stabilize BUT you should not be so blurred you cant see.

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