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Contact lenses and backpacking

  • amitos

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    I wear contact lenses that last a month before I need to throw them out yet every night I need to clean them in a solution.

    I am planning a 2 month backpacking trip in SE Asia and was wonderring if someone with contact lense experience could help me:

    Another type of contact lenses are ones that you dispose of everyday, therefore no need to carry around a solution that might spill in the backpack and no need to sit and clean them evernight.. especially while tracking.

    If a contact lense wearer could help me out it'd be greatly appreciated.

    #1 Posted: 15/8/2006 - 21:06

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    Posted from within Vietnam.

    You can buy disposable contact lenses at more optomotrists in Thailand, though I'm not sure about the other countries - perhaps stock up while in Thailand

    #2 Posted: 16/8/2006 - 09:11

  • scudder3

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    Hi Amitos,

    I just returned from 6 weeks in Thailand/Laos and am a contact lense wearer. I considered buying the daily disposables, but decided against it as it was nearly twice the price of my 2-weekers. I had no problems at all while away and do not anticipate you will either.

    My suggestions:

    1) Buy the "no-rub" contact solution so that you don't need to do any of the cleaning

    2) If you are planning a 2 month trip with 1 month contacts, take 3-4 pairs just in case (so 1-2 extra pairs beyond what you will for sure require)

    3) Put your contact solution and contact case together in a ziplock bag to prevent spillage in your backpack

    4) Carry around your glasses in a hard case inside your day bag just in case

    If budget isn't an issue, you can always go with the daily contacts, as you suggested above.

    Hope this helps.


    #3 Posted: 16/8/2006 - 14:45

  • amitos

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    Thanks Scudder, appriciate your info.

    #4 Posted: 16/8/2006 - 14:48

  • Laura_B

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    I am a contact lense wearer, I spent 3 months in SE Asia and did not have any problems, I took 4 pairs of monthly disposable lenses. I considered buying daily disposables, but in reality they would take lots of space up, although they don't weigh much & will reduce as time passes. In the end I took a few pairs of daily disposables for long journeys or in case I was stuck somewhere, where I couldn't take out my monthly disposable lenses.

    You should be fine, if you run out of supplies you should find them in Thailand.

    #5 Posted: 17/8/2006 - 20:56

  • amitos

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    Thanks Laura. I think your idea of taking a couple of daily pairs is great. I'll definatly take that into consideration.

    #6 Posted: 17/8/2006 - 21:01

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