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Contact lenses.

Post by Scottishtourist » Sun Jun 09, 2013 8:35 pm

Didn't want to put this in "General Discussion"category,because question is primarily being asked of those who visit/live in Luxor.
I'm a very recent convert to contact lenses,having worn specs for distance for years (and always hated wearing them.)
I'm finding now though that I need them more and more,so have decided to give contacts a go.
I wear prescription sunglasses during daytime in Luxor,but feel now that I really need to wear the lenses for night time.
Does anyone there use them and how does the heat,humidity affect them?
Does it cause any discomfort with them?
Last thing I would need in Luxor would be a visit to Eye Infirmary.
Any advice would be appreciated.



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Re: Contact lenses.

Post by DJKeefy » Mon Jun 10, 2013 6:33 am

Last thing I would need in Luxor would be a visit to Eye Infirmary.
I was in a taxi about 5 years ago, the driver had bottle bottom glassess on, i'm sure he could not see a thing after all the near misses with other cars and people, in the middle part of the taxi between me and the driver was a book, I picked it up and it was like an ABC book of eyes, the driver looked at me and said I'm learning to become an eye doctor. :sd
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Re: Contact lenses.

Post by Dusak » Mon Jun 10, 2013 9:20 am

When my wife was living here she wanted to buy contact lenses as she had heard that they were much cheaper over here than the UK, so just bring your prescription and they would be manufactured in Cairo and sent down to Luxor for a fraction of the price. Then a trusted friend told her that although the contacts were probably OK, the fluid that these things needed to soak in overnight was basically tap water and could damage the eye. So she brought her own over plus the eye wash stuff and had no problems at all. Except being a clumsy sod, kept dropping and loosing them on the floor. So I would say that you would be OK. She then started wearing the disposable ones that required no liquids to sterilize them. I don't know if you would be allowed to put these liquids in you luggage or not.
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Re: Contact lenses.

Post by Chocolate Eclair » Mon Jun 10, 2013 12:55 pm

I wear Varifoculs so They are out the question for me!! I suppose Contacts are ok but they are a lot of faffing about....

In Luxor if you get (for a man) Navigator Style Frames with a heavy tint in reactorlights they look like sunglasses any way.

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Re: Contact lenses.

Post by KJB » Mon Jun 10, 2013 1:08 pm

I wear daily disposable lenses from http://daysoft.com> I order a supply to be delivered to visiting friends or myself, when I visit, and bring them over. You will need your prescription to make the order.

The lenses are sealed in individual rigid plastic bubbles on a foil strip, then packed in boxes of 30 lenses. The latest price is £5.99 per box plus 25p p&p. You don't need any other liquids, although I buy 'Refresh Plus' by Allergan Inc (LE19.00 for 30 pods) here - individual pods of sterile artificial tears that I use to rinse the lens, if I make a mess of putting a lens in and get dust or a hair (ouch) on it.

The owner of the company designed the lenses (he was given an honour by the Queen OBE, I think) and you put your usual brand in their selection part of the website and they match it up to their equivalent - I use a very high water content one (equivalent to Acuvue Oasys) and they are excellent, even in the middle of summer.

The company are also very customer friendly and answer any queries very promptly.

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Re: Contact lenses.

Post by Ruby Slippers » Mon Jun 10, 2013 6:36 pm

CE, wearing varifocals is no bar to wearing contact lenses, should you wish to do so. Each eye has a lens for each condition; e.g. One lens for distance and the other lens for reading. Personally I don't think I could get used to it so I wouldn't bother, but there are a lot of people that do and are quite happy with the idea.

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Re: Contact lenses.

Post by lotusflower » Mon Jun 10, 2013 9:04 pm

Have a look at this website of an eye specialist in Cairo and which may be of some assistance.

http://www.eyecairo.net/contact_lenses_ ... sable.html

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Re: Contact lenses.

Post by Scottishtourist » Mon Jun 10, 2013 9:13 pm

Thanks for all the good advice.
It's the daily disposables I've got too KJB,but have never worn them in temperatures anywhere near that in Luxor.
Sounds encouraging though.
Just wanted to make sure that the heat didn't "dry"them out and make them uncomfortable to wear.

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Re: Contact lenses.

Post by A-Four » Mon Jun 10, 2013 10:48 pm

Hi Scotishtourist,

A couple of members of my family who started useing these lenses when they visited me, when I lived on the WB. The problem for them was not so much the sun, but the grit that is so often in the air, on the East Bank.

Until you get use to these things, The best thing is not to bother with them on holiday here. :wi :wi :wi :wi .

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Re: Contact lenses.

Post by Dusak » Mon Jun 10, 2013 11:18 pm

Is the West Bank grit free A-Four?
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Re: Contact lenses.

Post by A-Four » Mon Jun 10, 2013 11:34 pm

Well yes ofcourse, my dear Dusak, I thought you of all people would know that, I always thought it was only the simple minded folk who had not this knowledge.

For the love of the baby Jesus, why do you think I lived on the WB all those years. It was not simply the peace and quiet, or those crazy BT's that meander aimlessly throughout the East ,with a some what blank expression upon their lobster coated faces, or even for that matter, to rid myself of the riff-raff, who lived on the East, at that time. :wi :wi :wi :wi :wi .

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Re: Contact lenses.

Post by Chocolate Eclair » Tue Jun 11, 2013 4:58 am

You must be joking, we have some "True Grit" on the West Bank!! :lol:

When it comes to Contact Lens, it also comes down to vanity as well, I have noticed no one has mentioned that word in these posts!

I suppose really have had 3 lots of glasses chewed up and spat out by my dog, i should start but too old now to be sticking things in my eyes, and glasses are much cheaper hear,

Approx £10 for the eye test
Average £70 for lens and frames with hardened coat.

For the same in UK around £300, in fact the last pair I bought in the UK where £360, still got the receipt, and before you say anything, Yes!!! I did go to Specsavers

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