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Offline Stray Taco

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Zebras in contacts
« on: December 12, 2016, 08:52:34 pm »
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I've got an unusual question. I'm tired of trying to put on my helmet and jacking up my glasses, and because I just got some awesome vision coverage I'm opting for contacts to, at a minimum, wear while skating. To save having to drop nearly $700 on the multivision contacts that would fully correct everything, I'm considering trying out the monovision lenses: one eye will be corrected for distance and the other for close-up reading. Has anyone reffed with this set-up? I'm wondering especially how it affects depth perception, but really any good or bad experiences would be helpful.
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Re: Zebras in contacts
« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2016, 11:37:20 pm »
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Hi Mike! Depth perception is not a prob. The visual center of your noggin is amazingly adaptive.

Other effects may depend slightly on your ref position. If you are switching between glasses & contacts, give yourself a couple hours to allow your eyes to adjust.

You will lose a little clarity of peripheral vision in the non-dominant eye (near field). For me, this is my left eye, so when I'm IPR, I have move my head a little more sometimes. Much less of an issue as OPR or RIPR. The very few times I JR'd, it was a non-issue, since I'm more bird-dogged on them & their bubble around them.
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Re: Zebras in contacts
« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2016, 02:42:31 pm »
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A couple years ago I tried out contacts, primarily for officiating. I've been wearing glasses since I was 12, and while they can be annoying at times, I've learned to tolerate them.

After a couple attempts to find a set of toric contacts (I have astigmatism in both eyes to varying degrees), wore them for a few months. The biggest benefit was being out in the rain without needing to wipe off my glasses or finally being able to wear a cheap pair of sunglasses. Other than that, I didn't really find they improved my vision, peripheral or otherwise. In fact, it made my close-up vision much worse (two feet or less).

Also, not having a windscreen in front of my eyeballs was really noticeable while skating. I probably would have gotten used to it, but my eyes dried out pretty quickly.

The final straw was the contact in my right eye wouldn't always sit properly, putting everything in that eye out of focus. It was easily fixed by blinking, but man, I don't want to do that in the middle of a jam.

Depending on how messed up your eyes are, be prepared for trial and error. In the end, I just got bigger glasses ;)
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Re: Zebras in contacts
« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2017, 12:14:09 am »
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It's definitely trial and error, but contacts work for me. Glasses slide off of my head and get quite blurry when sweating. Contacts do dry out faster, but I'm usually okay to go with rewetting drops right before the game and at halftime. :) Ymmv.

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Re: Zebras in contacts
« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2017, 10:51:36 pm »
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I use daily contacts when reffing. It's never going to be as clear as when wearing spectacles but they're fine. My glasses fog up all the time and it's annoying swiping the sweat off them


I don't know how you'll go having different focus points for your eyes - it would really  throw me off as I believe the eyes were meant to work together as a team
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