Contact Lenses and Sunglasses Summary

Contact Lenses and Sunglasses Summary

Post by Alex Oldh » Fri, 10 Apr 1992 00:47:03


Here is a list of all the messages posted about contact lenses and sunglasses.
The file is about 30K.

This file should also be available on the ftp site 'bears.ece.ucsb.edu' in
the 'pub/windsurf/threads' directory in a couple of days.

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Subject: Contact Lenses

Organization: University of Waterloo
Date: Mon, 30 Mar 1992 19:12:04 GMT
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I'm curious as to how many people wear contact lenses when windsurfing, and
if so, do you have any problems?

When I wear contact lenses and it's really blowin' (not too much in
Ontario :-}) I have a problem with water spray from the board and waves
blowing in my eyes.  I find I spend more time wiping my eyes clear on a
really windy day, than anything else.

Of course if I decide not to wear my contacts, I have the other problem of
not being able to see any rocks/scenery on the beach.

For the first time I plan to do some windsurfing on the ocean (Cape Hatteras)
and I wouldn't think salt water and contacts mix very well.

Just wondering if I'm the only 'blind' windsurfer that has this problem,
or if anyone has any good solutions.

Alex...

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Subject: Re: Contact Lenses

Date: 30 Mar 92 20:20:55 GMT
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Organization: Freeman School of Business, Tulane University
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I wear the J&J disposable contacts and sail in both salt and fresh water with
only one problem.  If it is blowing, to me that's over 25mph, every once and
awhile one lense will slip off the center of my eye, so I lose sight in that
eye (my vision is 20/600 without lenses) but after 5 or 10 minutes the lense
recenters itself.  It usually happens in combination with a faceplant. :^)  :^)
  I have never lost a lense sailing.
                                                Rick Boebel

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Subject: Re: Contact Lenses

Date: 31 Mar 92 00:16:57 GMT


Organization: University of Colorado, Boulder
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I was nervous at first wearing my soft contacts, but they've worked out
much better than wearing glasses (I, too, can't see a thing without them).
I wear Spex sunglasses, which help keep the spray out of my eyes and are
also polarized, which I find great on the water.  I also found that salt
water irritates my eyes less than fresh water, which tends to make the contacts
'stick' to my eyes.  So far (knock on wood), I haven't lost a lens.  I do,
however, always have my glasses with me in case something happens. If
I could wear disposable lenses, I wouldn't have any concerns at all about
wearing contacts while windsurfing.

LInda Drake
University of Colorado, Boulder

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Subject: Re: Contact Lenses

Date: 31 Mar 92 03:21:04 GMT


Organization: Adobe Systems Incorporated
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Get an eyewear system that offers different lenses for different conditions.
For example, with Oakleys you can get regular dark lenses for bright
sunny days, yellow lenses for cloudy days, and clear lenses for those
completely overcast days. Even though the eyewear lens will get spotted,
I think it is better than squinting the entire time.

Quote:
>For the first time I plan to do some windsurfing on the ocean (Cape Hatteras)
>and I wouldn't think salt water and contacts mix very well.

Actually, as other have pointed out, contacts and salt water works better
than contacts and fresh water since fresh water, for some reason, tends
to dislodge or blur vision through the lens temporarily.

One possibility other than disposables, if you are worried about
contaminating your lenses, is to get a second pair which you only wear
while windsurfing.

--
Michael Wang

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Subject: Re: Contact Lenses

Date: 31 Mar 92 03:33:52 GMT


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Quote:

>I'm curious, do other people loose their sunglasses out on the
>water ?  It seems cool to wear shades on the water, but are
>they easily lost ??

I lost one pair while windsurfing when my boom smashed into my face with
enough force to pop off one the ear pieces (I was very fortunate, cause
if I wasn't wearing the glasses, I probably would have injured one of my
eyes) and all the pieces sunk down before I could get them (glug, glug).
Since then, I always attach my glasses to some Croakies with a Croakies
Floater which allows it float on water. Of course, if both ear pieces snap
off, I may lose another pair. Or you could get something like the Spex,
which by design will float on water.

--
Michael Wang

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Subject: Re: Contact Lenses

Date: 31 Mar 92 14:10:51 GMT

Organization: Sunrise Software International
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Ah yes..., the infamous contact problem.

When its really blowing, it *can* be a problem. I've had times when
the lens blows out of my eye and up on my eyelash. Then I try to put
the lens on my tongue and sail in to place it back in my eye. Most
times I end up losing the lens.

I got around this by buying disposable lens'. Disposable lens are
worn for a week so if I lose one, I take one from next weeks supply.

Quote:
>For the first time I plan to do some windsurfing on the ocean (Cape Hatteras)
>and I wouldn't think salt water and contacts mix very well.

I think salt water is actually less harmful than fresh water.
Obviously the salinity of the ocean is closer to that of the tears in
your eye. Also, I feel the concentration of polutants in most ocean
sailing sites is less than that of fresh water sailing sites. I feel
this is true because the ocean is so much larger than the majority of
fresh water sites. Because of this, any polutants in the ocean are
more diluted than they would be in smaller lakes. Just one man's opinion.

--
Drew Jenkins            "Attitude is Everything"

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Subject: Re: Contact Lenses

Date: 31 Mar 92 16:45:08 GMT
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Organization: SAS Institute Inc.
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Disposable contacts seems to be a great solution for people who wear soft
contacts.  But is there anyone out there who has a solution for people who
HAVE to wear hard or gas permiable, other than wearing glasses?  Has anyone
tried wearing their hard contact while sailing?  I haven't tried it yet, but
I would think they would be easier to lose than soft contacts...

--
Toshi Tsuboi       | Calvin:"Mainstream commercial nihilism can't be trusted?"

SAS Institute Inc. | Calvin:"Childhood is so disillusioning."
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Subject: Re: Contact Lenses

Date: 31 Mar 92 18:43:44 GMT
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Organization: University of California, Berkeley
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You can look at it this way: the probability of losing a lens, multiplied
by its replacement ...

read more »

 
 
 

Contact Lenses and Sunglasses Summary

Post by Brad Ritt » Sun, 26 Apr 1992 00:49:10

I have been windsurfing for 10 years now and I wear contacts.  Until
recently I have worn Glacier type sun glasses.  These are the sunglasses
that have leather patches on the sides.  They work pretty well but they
do cut down on your peripheral vision.

Just recently I picked up a pair of SPEXs that look a lot like goggles.
They only look that way though.  They actually have the lens mounted
just off the goggle like base to allow air flow.  They are held on by
a 3/4" elastic band.  I haven't checked this out yet but I think they
will float.  Peripheral vision is 100% unobstructed.  I got mine used
but I understand that new they cost about $70.

Brad

 
 
 

Contact Lenses and Sunglasses Summary

Post by felix.cabr » Tue, 28 Apr 1992 21:57:53

Quote:

>Just recently I picked up a pair of SPEXs that look a lot like goggles.
>They only look that way though.  They actually have the lens mounted
>just off the goggle like base to allow air flow.  They are held on by
>a 3/4" elastic band.  I haven't checked this out yet but I think they
>will float.  Peripheral vision is 100% unobstructed.  I got mine used
>but I understand that new they cost about $70.

They are designed to float and will. These glasses are also polarized with
100% UV protection. Anyone who is interested, I can get you a new pair with
the box/warranty for $49 plus a couple bucks shipping. I'm affiliated with
a local shop who is having a special on these as I write.

On May 9-10 Dosil's Sports on route 36 Middletown, NJ will have a swap
meet. For those who want to sell I believe there is a 10% cut for the shop
or 0% if you use store credit (most shops use 20%).

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