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Old 2 Days Ago   #1
Durango, Colorado
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Contact Solution

I have always struggled removing and replacing my contacts on the river, no matter what I do everything gets gritty and nasty, taking them out at night is especially challenging. Do you have any tips and tricks to make the process easier?

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Old 1 Day Ago   #2
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I use disposables on overnight trips. Throw them out at night and a brand new pair each morning before you leave the tent. No need to do or bring anything else.
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Old 1 Day Ago   #3
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Laser eye surgery! Best $ I ever spent. No more putting in contacts while in swirly eddies or running rivers blind
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Old 23 Hours Ago   #4
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+1 on the Lasik

Before that I went the disposable route, but being cheap, I also reused as often as I could. My trick was to keep a pretty good sized clean piece of lint free cloth like Rayon and rinse, rinse, rinse right over the cloth after a really thorough hand scrubbing. Worked out OK. Sarongs work really good for this.
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+2 on LASIK. Did it 13 trouble-free years ago.

Got tired of dealing with trying to keep my eyes closed while rolling and changing contacts while camping...or dealing with sweaty/fogging glasses and prescription sunglasses.
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Old 12 Hours Ago   #6
Durango, Colorado
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Thanks for the responses everyone. I disposables the the way to go for now. I'll hop on Lasik as soon as I can, for now my eyes are changing every year so my doc told me to wait for things to stabilize. It's amazing to me that surgery pays for itself in s few years vs. contacts and annual eye exams.
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Fly By Night, if your eyes are well suited you could try extended-wear contacts that you can sleep in. I have worn these for longer than I can remember. I currently wear Bauch & Lomb PureVision that are rated for 30 days and they are great.

When I am home I take them out once a week to give my eyes a break and when camping or rafting I just don't worry about them. I did a 25-day Grand trip this past January and I put in a new pair before I left and took them out when I got home with no problems. As an old guy I appreciate that these come in a multi-focal version so that I can read my river map without having to pull out a pair of reading glasses.

I am a rafter, not a kayaker, so I don't have to worry about being underwater, or at least not very often!
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