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Contact lenses and backpacking

Posted by amitos on 15/8/2006 at 21:06


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.

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Posted by somtam2000 on 16/8/2006 at 09:11 admin

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

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Posted by scudder3 on 16/8/2006 at 14:45

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.


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Posted by amitos on 16/8/2006 at 14:48

Thanks Scudder, appriciate your info.

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Posted by Laura_B on 17/8/2006 at 20:56


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.

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Posted by amitos on 17/8/2006 at 21:01

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

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