View Full Version : Pool atmosphere, contact lenses

04-27-2003, 05:45 PM
I am a rookie at the contact lense game and haven't figured it out yet. What I have figured out is that my eyes are extremely dry in the smokey environments. I went and got drops today. Do they help for several hours per helping or just a few minutes? Looking for some contact vets to give me the low down.


04-27-2003, 05:50 PM
I think that you are going to just be screwed.

John in NH
04-27-2003, 06:41 PM
Hi Kato,

I've been wearing contact lenses for about five years, I've had the same problem (dry eyes) since the beginning, I always carry drops with me which I use periodically when my eyes become dry, I've found bausch & lomb sensitive eyes work best for me. Recently a friend recommended a new solution which nearly eliminates the need for drops altogether, I remove my contacts at night and soak them in a solution called bausch & Lomb Renu MultiPlus No Rub formula, can be found at any pharmacy, when I put them on in the morning, I'm good for the entire day, works great.

Good luck,


04-27-2003, 07:02 PM
Kato - I've been wearing contacts for about 20 years. I always carry drops with me. If my eyes are dried out, I've had a contact pop out just by blinking. This happened to me at Disny World and several people around me in line to a ride were on the floor looking for my lense. After that, drops are with me constantly.

Only 6 days 'til the Kentucky Derby!

04-27-2003, 07:18 PM
I got that stuff to. I do the same however the pool room still dried them out it seems. I've got drops but won't test them until tomorrow evening.

Thanks for the advice.

Kato~~~thanks Wes too but am not sure why /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif Just get Tram to Virginia and I'll thank you again. /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

9 Ball Girl
04-28-2003, 10:00 AM
Well, I've been wearing contact lenses, the hard ones at that, for 2 years now. I was constantly going back and forth to the specialist because he kept seeing "stainage" on my corneas. This is a result to dryness. I told him that I hate using the eyedrops because I find it to be a nuisance. That and the fact that I always miss my eyeballs! Well, he finally changed the plastic material on my lenses and I don't have to use eyedrops. This plastic holds moisture better than the ones I had before. If for some reason I feel that my lenses are becoming dry, then I'll just pop 'em out, rinse 'em and reapply them again. I used to have to do that a lot in the poolrooms where there was smoking, but now there isn't so...

I use the Boston products but their for rigid permeable lenses.

04-28-2003, 11:58 AM
I used to wear lenses but decided to stick with glasses due to lenses drying out from: heavy cig smoke,riding a scooter, and believe it or not, it was irritating when I was drinking(booze of course).

I think everyones eyes vary. With me, the soft lenses just became a pain in the butt. I would carry drops(like most other people) and that was the only quick fix when you were out. You definately did not want to touch your lenses because any grease,dirt or whtever that got on your lenses just made it 10x worse.

What worked for me was the Daily Wear disposable lenses-you know, the ones that you threw away every nite. Even with those, if you were in a smoky room or smoke yourself, it sucked. Seems like nicotine/cig Tar bonds to lenses like Crazy Glue.

Eric >welcome to our world

04-28-2003, 12:12 PM
I wear contacts for pool only. I've had my eyes so dry that a contact come out. I've also put two contacts in one eye, never store more than one lens in each container. LOL I buy a lubricant made for soft lenses, I can't find my bottle now. It's individual and depends on conditions but you may need a drop every 1/2 hour or over an hour. Use as needed but if it's smokey or a cooler is running it will be more frequent.


Brian in VA
04-28-2003, 02:16 PM
I wore hard lenses for 20 years and soft for the last 6. The soft are far more comfortable in an environment like the pool room. The dryness you're experiencing may clear up as your eyes get used to the lenses. In any case, carry drops with you and use them whenever your eyes feel scratchy. If the rest room is clean enough, and you're in a long game, taking them out for a few minutes has helped me. If the room is smoky, step outside for a few minutes once an hour or so to help clear your eyes. That's also a good time to put in the drops; they'll help clear out the nasty stuff. You'll notice yourself using more drops when heat or AC is in use. Both tend to dry out the air and your lenses. Good luck!

04-28-2003, 03:01 PM
I am also thinking about switching to contacts, I have been wearing glasses for ten years, and I am slightly far-sighted - I see close up just fine.

What are benefits to contacts as far as playing pool goes?

I am tired of cleaning my glasses, and since I have a snooker stance, chin touching the cue, I end up looking through the very top of the lens, right at the rim, which is distracting.

I also have trouble occasionally focusing clearly on long shots, when there is a lot of green between cue ball, object ball and pocket.

I had my eyes tested and got new glasses six months ago, and I can see just fine the rest of the time.

Would contacts help me play pool? Thanks for any advice,


04-28-2003, 03:36 PM
I wore contacts for over 20 years and never had too much trouble because of the smoke. Probably due to the fact that I was blinking twice a second. I know what you mean about the glasses sometimes impeding your vision, especially on the longer shots.

A few months ago I had intralasek surgery done. Operation was at 3:00 pm and I was shooting on my home table that night at 8:00, after the 10 mg valium (sp) wore off. Vision was still a little blurry, but I was pocketing balls with no lenses or glasses. Considering I was 20/400 before the surgery I was pretty damn happy. Went from 20/400 to 20/15 in two weeks. I think it helped alot on cut shots.

04-28-2003, 03:40 PM
The first six months of wearing contacts, I had the same problem with dryness. Kept having to put drops in my eyes, etc... After a while though, I think my eyes just got used to them. They still get dry occasionally, but not with the frequency they once did.

04-28-2003, 04:00 PM
I've been playing in contacts for about 15 years now. Even though I wear the $12 variety of soft lenses that leave my astigmatism uncorrected, I still play better than with my "perfect vision" eyeglasses because the frames aren't there to distract me.

Regarding eye irritation and long periods of play - one trick I sometimes use before a long evening of pool is to not put the contacts in until mid-afternoon. I wear my glasses to work, then put in the contacts toward the end of the day. Then at least I'm starting fresh when I enter a really smoky atmosphere.