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Blurred vision-- new to contacts

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Old 05-30-2011, 04:51 PM
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Default Blurred vision-- new to contacts

I just got contacts a little over a week ago after wearing glasses for about 13 years. I'm 21 years old now. I am nearsighted and have an astigmatism. My prescription from 2 years ago changed a little, and I decided to get contact lenses. I've had no problems putting them in/taking them out. My vision is okay during the day and with long distances.

The problem really comes during the night (lights become fairly blurry and hazy) and when reading close up, e.g., on my computer now, I'm having a somewhat hard time focusing, and it doesn't look the same as it does with my glasses.

I have a follow-up appointment tomorrow to check on my progress. Does anyone have suggestions as to what could be the problem and what I can tell my optometrist? Should I just lay it out like I did above?

Any help you can provide would be appreciated.
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Old 05-31-2011, 11:13 AM
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I just got contacts a little over a week ago after wearing glasses for about 13 years. I'm 21 years old now. I am nearsighted and have an astigmatism. My prescription from 2 years ago changed a little, and I decided to get contact lenses. I've had no problems putting them in/taking them out. My vision is okay during the day and with long distances.

The problem really comes during the night (lights become fairly blurry and hazy) and when reading close up, e.g., on my computer now, I'm having a somewhat hard time focusing, and it doesn't look the same as it does with my glasses.

I have a follow-up appointment tomorrow to check on my progress. Does anyone have suggestions as to what could be the problem and what I can tell my optometrist? Should I just lay it out like I did above?

Any help you can provide would be appreciated.
Hi naveehgreen. Welcome t Lens 101. I'm glad you found us.

It sounds like what you're experiencing are called "halos." Do lights look something like this?



A couple of things can explain this. One is simply that your eyes are dry. The other is the more likely one. When you're out and about at night, your pupils dilate until they're bigger than the optic zone of your contact lenses.

I think if you tell your eye doctor what you wrote here, you can get the help you need. Let us know how it goes.
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Old 06-04-2011, 09:46 PM
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Thanks for your help. I had my follow up appointment yesterday. He said exactly what you did about my pupils dilating beyond the contact lens.. was told that I might have a "perception problem." I was on Acuvue Oasys.. he switched me to Air Optix and they seemed to help a little but not enough.. now he has me on Biofinity.

I was told I have an astigmatism, but the two boxes he gave me aren't branded with astigmatism.. they only say "Biofinity" and aren't the Biofinity Astigmatism lenses.

I'm thinking I might need to get a second opinion.. this optometrist is new and he's been pretty condescending when I go in for appointments. I'm just worried my insurance won't cover another appointment.
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Old 06-06-2011, 11:25 AM
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Thanks for your help. I had my follow up appointment yesterday. He said exactly what you did about my pupils dilating beyond the contact lens.. was told that I might have a "perception problem." I was on Acuvue Oasys.. he switched me to Air Optix and they seemed to help a little but not enough.. now he has me on Biofinity.

I was told I have an astigmatism, but the two boxes he gave me aren't branded with astigmatism.. they only say "Biofinity" and aren't the Biofinity Astigmatism lenses.

I'm thinking I might need to get a second opinion.. this optometrist is new and he's been pretty condescending when I go in for appointments. I'm just worried my insurance won't cover another appointment.
I'm glad that someone here on Lens 101 was actually able to help someone. That's happening more and more these days, but it's still exciting.

Okay, you said that you have astigmatism, but the contacts you were given were not made for that. Are they Biofinity Toric, by any chance? Toric lenses are the ones that correct for astigmatism.
If they're not toric, then maybe your astigmatism is very slight and torics are not necessary.

I hope your optometrist's attitude improves, but if not, contact your insurance company and ask about your options.
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Old 08-12-2011, 11:45 AM
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I'm glad that someone here on Lens 101 was actually able to help someone. That's happening more and more these days, but it's still exciting.

Okay, you said that you have astigmatism, but the contacts you were given were not made for that. Are they Biofinity Toric, by any chance? Toric lenses are the ones that correct for astigmatism.
If they're not toric, then maybe your astigmatism is very slight and torics are not necessary.

I hope your optometrist's attitude improves, but if not, contact your insurance company and ask about your options.
I was going to say the same thing, babyblues. Biofinity Toric lenses would correct astigmatism. Well, they're supposed to, anyway.
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Old 08-30-2011, 11:57 AM
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I was going to say the same thing, babyblues. Biofinity Toric lenses would correct astigmatism. Well, they're supposed to, anyway.
Yeah, I suppose it says that on the box somewhere.
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Old 09-27-2011, 02:25 PM
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Thanks for your help. I had my follow up appointment yesterday. He said exactly what you did about my pupils dilating beyond the contact lens.. was told that I might have a "perception problem." I was on Acuvue Oasys.. he switched me to Air Optix and they seemed to help a little but not enough.. now he has me on Biofinity.
A "perception problem"? What does that mean?
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Old 11-22-2011, 04:34 PM
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A "perception problem"? What does that mean?
Judging by the quotation marks, naveehgreen isn't sure either about that "perception problem."
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Old 12-16-2011, 03:08 PM
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Judging by the quotation marks, naveehgreen isn't sure either about that "perception problem."
It looks like you're right, AllyCat.

Are you still having trouble with night vision, naveehgreen?
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Old 12-27-2011, 04:46 PM
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Thanks for your help. I had my follow up appointment yesterday. He said exactly what you did about my pupils dilating beyond the contact lens.
Good call, Captain Kremmen.
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Old 12-28-2011, 11:30 AM
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I just got contacts a little over a week ago after wearing glasses for about 13 years. I'm 21 years old now. I am nearsighted and have an astigmatism. My prescription from 2 years ago changed a little, and I decided to get contact lenses. I've had no problems putting them in/taking them out. My vision is okay during the day and with long distances.

The problem really comes during the night (lights become fairly blurry and hazy) and when reading close up, e.g., on my computer now, I'm having a somewhat hard time focusing, and it doesn't look the same as it does with my glasses.

I have a follow-up appointment tomorrow to check on my progress. Does anyone have suggestions as to what could be the problem and what I can tell my optometrist? Should I just lay it out like I did above?

Any help you can provide would be appreciated.
You may have to have your prescription adjusted a bit before you get it right.
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Old 12-28-2011, 03:34 PM
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Thanks for your help. I had my follow up appointment yesterday. He said exactly what you did about my pupils dilating beyond the contact lens.. was told that I might have a "perception problem." I was on Acuvue Oasys.. he switched me to Air Optix and they seemed to help a little but not enough.. now he has me on Biofinity.

I was told I have an astigmatism, but the two boxes he gave me aren't branded with astigmatism.. they only say "Biofinity" and aren't the Biofinity Astigmatism lenses.

I'm thinking I might need to get a second opinion.. this optometrist is new and he's been pretty condescending when I go in for appointments. I'm just worried my insurance won't cover another appointment.
Have you decided to get a second opinion on your contact lens issues?
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Old 01-12-2012, 02:57 PM
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Thanks for your help. I had my follow up appointment yesterday. He said exactly what you did about my pupils dilating beyond the contact lens.. was told that I might have a "perception problem." I was on Acuvue Oasys.. he switched me to Air Optix and they seemed to help a little but not enough.. now he has me on Biofinity.

I was told I have an astigmatism, but the two boxes he gave me aren't branded with astigmatism.. they only say "Biofinity" and aren't the Biofinity Astigmatism lenses.

I'm thinking I might need to get a second opinion.. this optometrist is new and he's been pretty condescending when I go in for appointments. I'm just worried my insurance won't cover another appointment.
This is a rely to CaptainKremmen's posting, isn't it? It comes right after his post about pupils dilating, so it's not too hard to figure out. Still, it's a good practice to quote a post you're responding to.
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Old 01-19-2012, 05:54 PM
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This is a rely to CaptainKremmen's posting, isn't it? It comes right after his post about pupils dilating, so it's not too hard to figure out. Still, it's a good practice to quote a post you're responding to.
I see you've done that to set a good example, Tony. I'm glad.
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Old 01-20-2012, 11:55 AM
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This is a rely to CaptainKremmen's posting, isn't it?
No, it's a reply, silly.
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No, it's a reply, silly.
Spell Check won't catch that.
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