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Do you wear glasses or contacts or a combination of both, and when you answer, can you give your age or approximate age?

Asked by jca (36043points) December 7th, 2015

A friend of mine who likes to spout gloom and doom, was just talking to me, telling me that “the reason why we don’t see a lot of older women wearing contacts is that they are no longer able to, because their eyes dry up.”

I am not worried about that, especially because I feel it doesn’t pay to become anxious about things that “may” happen.

She is a hypochondriac who is very anxious about many things. I am not an anxious person.

Just out of curiosity, do you wear glasses or contacts or a combination of the two, and if so, how old are you approximately?

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Seek's avatar

I will turn 30 at the end of this month.

I began wearing eyeglasses when I was ten years old. From age 19 to age 22 I wore contacts, until my eyes did dry out significantly enough to lead to a scratched cornea. That is a special kind of pain, I’ll tell you.

Now I keep disposable contacts around for special occasions (weddings, costumes, etc.) but never wear them for more than 4–8 hours at a time.

At one point I was prescribed Restasis to help with the dry-eye issues, but I had a weird side effect that wasn’t listed in the paperwork: my eyes became painfully photosensitive. Going outside during daylight hours was torturous. So, I just wear glasses and use eyedrops sometimes.

Brian1946's avatar

I wear reading glasses for small print.

I’ll turn 69 on the shortest day of this year.

elbanditoroso's avatar

Male. Around 60. Glasses since I was 13. Bi-focals since I was 50.

Lightlyseared's avatar

39. Contacts and glasses. Depending on my mood or what I’m doing. Been wearing them since I was 8 (off and on wasn’t too disciplined about it when I was a kid). The dry eye thing can be sorted out with eye drops. No big deal.

SQUEEKY2's avatar

Male early fifties and have had to wear glasses for about the last 4 years.

longgone's avatar

In my twenties, I’ve been wearing glasses for half my life. I wear disposable contacts about once a year, when I’m going to be in and out of a pool or the sea for an entire day. If I’m just going for a quick swim, I don’t bother. Contacts are uncomfortable for me.

DrasticDreamer's avatar

Yes and yes, but I wear glasses much more frequently than contacts now. When I was in my twenties, I wore contacts most of the time. However, contacts have always bothered me, I was just more willing to put up with it in my twenties. I always thought it was because my eyes dried out badly with contacts, but at my last eye appointment I found out it’s because I have tiny bumps all over my eyes (invisible to the naked eye) due to some kind of allergy. I’ll be 31 in March.

dxs's avatar

I’m about 20.4 years old. When I’m out I usually wear contacts. Ill wear glasses maybe a quarter of the time. @DrasticDreamer I got those same bumps. Contacts don’t feel as bad now though.

cazzie's avatar

I am 47. I’ve worn corrective lenses since I was about 10. I got contacts when I was 12 and wore them almost exclusively until about 12 years ago, when I could no longer afford them. Since then, my astigmatism has gotten much worse and I’ve had ‘trial pairs’ with that type of correction on them, but they didn’t work that well, so I mostly stick with glasses. I never really noticed dry eyes in any chronic sense, but I did become allergic to the thimerisol, back in the early 90’s, when it was still used in contact lens fluid and THAT was a horrible pain.

Cupcake's avatar

30s. I’ve worn glasses since I was 5. I’ve never been able to put contacts on to my eyeballs. I can’t even sit for the air puff test at the eye doctor. I have very sensitive and timid eyeballs.

Mariah's avatar

I’m 23. I wear one or the other on any given day. For some reason I only have about a 50% success rate with contacts, by which I mean that half of the time when I wear them, my eyes get irritated. I do not know why. Yet I still try to wear them as often as I can out of vanity (I prefer my appearance without my glasses). I just alternate them with my glasses to give my eyes a rest.

tedibear's avatar

51 and have worn some type of corrective lenses since I was 11. Started with glasses, got contacts at 15 and wore them almost exclusively until I was about 36. Started to switch between contacts and glasses and have been exclusively wearing glasses for 10 or 11 years. They’re lower maintenance than contacts. I considered surgical correction, but at this point, why would I do it? My glasses aren’t a problem and I don’t look any better no matter what changes I make, so there’s no point.

I did have a problem with dry eyes about two years out of college. Switching to disposable lenses but wearing them as daily wear took care of that. Disposables were (are?) thinner than regular soft contacts, so that allowed for more moisture.

OpryLeigh's avatar

I’m 29 and I wear glasses. I haven’t tried contacts yet.

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