Anyone switch from soft to hard (RGP) contact lenses?

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Anyone switch from soft to hard (RGP) contact lenses?
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Mon, 09-17-2012 - 11:22am

I've worn soft lenses for 30+ years. The last two years, I've been wearing multi-focals, which correct for both reading and distance vision. However, they don't give great vision, so now the eye doc is recommending that I switch to Wave contact lenses, which use a topographical map of the cornea to custom-design the lenses for your eye. They're supposed to give much clearer vision for both reading and distance, and will cost slightly less than the disposable soft lenses I now buy.

But, and this is a big but for me, hard lenses take some getting used to, so you can't wear them for very long at first. I hate the feeling of anything in my eye, so this is the part that scares me. Once I take the plunge, I have to pay for these things, and I'd hate to spend $500 on lenses that I'm stuck with for a year.

Has anyone switched to hard lenses after wearing soft for a long time, and more specifically, anyone have Wave lenses? There are a few reviews out there, but I'd like to hear more.

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Registered: 02-24-2010
Mon, 09-17-2012 - 1:25pm

No I haven't switched, but I have always worn hard contacts.  I started when I was 13 and it was very difficult to get used to.  But they improved them since then and I have gas permeable contacts now.  I don't feel like I have anything in my eye, after you get used to them, you don't feel them in your eye, just like soft contacts.  The Wave contacts sound interesting, I hadn't heard of them before now.

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