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Contact lenses to help legally blind

Hi,

I have been legally blind since birth, and have occular albinism. I have been wearing glasses for quite some time now, and was wondering if anyone knew about contact lenses that could help me. I wore the about 15 years ago and forund them pretty bad due to my astigmatism, but my husband who is also legally blind wears them and has had great success. If there is nayone who is in the same boat, I owuld love to hear from you. Thanks in advance!!!

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Re: Contact lenses to help legally blind



I'm 41 now, and have albinism... I've been wearing contact lens since I was 14... If you haven't been to the doctor in years, I would suggest going again... My left eye is stronger, and I wear an over the counter contact lens for astigmatism it's $40 for a box of 6 lenses. My right eye is weaker, and in the last 3 years, I've gone from a lens that was not comfortable and irritating to one that is almost as comfortable as the one in my left eye... My vision improved about 4 years ago, from 20/150 to 20/60 in my better eye and 20/120 in my weaker eye... I started driving for the first time at age 38, almost 4 years ago...

Go to the doctor... they have newer better lenses all the time, especially if you haven't been in years...
Acuvue for astigmatism, you can't even feel they are there...

Rafael


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I had those for a little while. They were prescribled by my low vision specialist but my fingertips are not very sensitive and I couldnt feel when I had one on a fingertip and I had a terrible time getting them into my eyes and gave up.
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My son has been legally blind since he was five years old. He is know 38 years old. He lives in Phoneix, Arizona and is on SSI. He needs an agency that will help him pay for his contacts.. He has progressive myopia. His vision with contacts OD: 20/100 OS:100. If anyone knows of some agency in the AZ area that will help him, please response to me and let me know. Thanking you in advance and God bless.


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I DONT HAVE A RESPONSE TO THE CONTACT LENS QUESTION--I AM SIMPLY NEEDED TO TALK WITH SOMEONE THAT HAS OCULAR ALBINISM--MY THREE MONTH OLD BABY HAS THIS--AND THEY ARE PREDICTING HIS VISION TO BE VERY POOR--PLEASE IF ANY BODY WOULD GIVE ME INFO ON THIS I WOULD APPRECIATE IT--I AM VERY SCARED I WILL ALSO POST MY EMAIL tacker05@rittermail.com


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I'm 51. I have ocular albinism with 20/200 vision. I tried contact lenses about 25 years ago with no success. I told the optometrist that I could actually see the edge of the lens. It appeared as a blurry ring around my peripheral vision. I don't think he believed me, but he made a larger pair. That made the ring larger, but still visible. It also made the lenses heavier, so heavy that they tended to droop. They were also very fragile and I eventually broke one just handling it.
They did not seem to improve my vision either, although the optometrist claimed that they did.
I have always assumed that the reason that I could see the edge of the lens was because so much light enters through my iris.


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Hi my name Is Jeri. I am 27 years old. I have also been legally blind since birth and also have accular albinism. When I was 15 my doctor suggested that I try hard contacts to see if the weight would help slow my eyes down. Being irresponsible I only wore them for a week so I'm not sure if they helped. I would like to try them again because I think it's possible that they did


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