Glasses vs. Contacts
As you can see (pun-intended) from any picture of me, I wear glasses. I am always in glasses. They’re the first thing I put on in the morning, and last thing I take off at night. I have terrible vision, and without them, even on an established, smooth trail, I fear I would get terribly off-track, potentially worse.
So here is my conundrum, and a question I would love input from those of you reading here now: are contacts the right investment?
- I get to wear sunglasses (Bonus if I get to play around with big, fun, colorful ones!)
- They weigh less than another pair of glasses (I mean, isn’t it all about the ounces?)
- When needed, masks are wayyyy easier to wear.*
- My Rx is strong, and as far as I still know, I can only wear a specific type of lens (Historically, contacts have not been the most comfortable to wear over an extended period of time.)
- Price – when your Rx is bad, and you can only get a specific lens, they’re NOT cheap (With no vision insurance, I imagine I’m looking at $500+.)
- Weight – even if I did have contacts, I would most-likely still bring two pairs of glasses, plus a bottle of eye drops to help with comfort (Additional measures are never a bad idea when your vision is as strained as mine.)
So, my questions –> Does anyone have any experience with long-distance hiking/thru-hiking with contacts? Is it easy? Is it a pain in the a**? Is it possible to keep them clean? Does a change in altitude affect wear… is that even a thing? Anything else I may not be asking?
I would love some input! If I opt in, I have to start the process now. I imagine it will take upwards of a month or two. Then, I would then like to test them out. And, most importantly, I would have to plan financially….contacts or backpacking gear? Hmmmm…
* I am fully-aware of the situation we find ourselves in, and as such, I am grateful for the opportunity to hike during these crazy times. I am not in the business of doing anything to jeopardize that. Being that now is my time to hike the PCT, I will follow all appropriate guidelines (set by the PCTA/CDC/Trek), in all appropriate situations, regardless of any personal opinions.
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