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1. Posted by ThePanMan (Budding Member 4 posts) 8y

ThePanMan has indicated that this thread is about Vietnam

Hi everyone,

I have been blessed with horrid vision, and wear contacts.

Is it a good idea to wear contacts in Vietnam/Thailand/etc., or should I stick to glasses?

I am concerned about traveling light, and having to carry not so weight-efficient contact solution. Is solution in ready supply over there?

Any suggestions on the matter would be fantastic.

My apologies if this question has been asked a bajillion times, I just haven't found it yet on this site.

2. Posted by CanadaGuy (Respected Member 199 posts) 8y

I also wear contacts on occasion, and glasses- When I travel, particularly to SE asia I just stick with my glasses- a couple things to consider- Yes, leaving the solution may cut down on your packed baggage. Also another thing to think about is there may be places you go where you may not be able to keep your hands as clean as at home, and this may increase the chance of eye infection from contacts.
Plus I am not that vain in general, so I don't really care about wearing glasses.
Good luck.

3. Posted by Budai (Respected Member 506 posts) 8y

I have been similarly blessed with horrid vision, and travel with my glasses all the time. I think contact lenses are too much of a hassle, but would be nice if u are doing a lot of outdoor activities. Normally i just bring along a spare pair of glasses in my luggage just to make sure im not stumbling blindly around when i somehow ruin/lose my first pair.

4. Posted by Hcoi (Budding Member 9 posts) 8y

It's ok to wear contact lens, you also easily buy in HCM city ('coz Im living here) from the lens to the eye-drops. I've been using contact lens for my horrid vision for more than 8 years and there wasn't any matter with lens nor eyes :)).

You also need the sunglasses because some places are very dusty.

5. Posted by HaadRinGuide (Travel Guru 542 posts) 8y

I bring both. There's plenty of places in Thailand where you can buy contact lens solutions (although a lot of them sell that dark blue bottle that was withdrawn in England so I usually go for the green bottle - soz, can't remember the names).

I find contact lenses are handier on a night out if your getting drunk and dancing about and don't want to risk losing or damaging your glasses, but glasses are handier during the day.

The comment about not being able to keep your hands as clean as at home is a good point, so I always wash my hands with bottled water before putting in my contact lenses.

6. Posted by Daver141 (Respected Member 117 posts) 8y

I also wear contacts, and I was concerned about the hassle of changing them when I went through Asia. I asked around and discovered a wonderful product called night and day lenses, which are designed to be worn for a month, without removal or changing. I found it was quite easy to pack a dozen lenses, without the need for solution, and carry my glasses as a backup. Having converted to the night and days, I cannot say how they compare to other lenses in terms of price, but I just bought a year's worth online for about $500 US.

7. Posted by Paul3879 (Respected Member 212 posts) 8y

I personally would bring disposable contact lenses with you and I always wear prescription sun glasses if I go somewhere hot! Most places do a buy one pair get the second free thing.

8. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 8y

Both.

I wear my contacts basically cos my sunnies are not prescription so l need to be able to see - and l am vain and prefer not wear my specs!! But l need my glasses too for travelling long distances flying and just when your eyes are tired and the contacts are irrating them!

As for cleanliness - hand sanitzer - l would recommend taking it with you where ever you go to be honest. And your solutions arent going to take up that much room in your luggage although l would guess the saline would be easily enough come by in most pharmacy's or opticians in major cities.

9. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3720 posts) 8y

Quoting Purdy

Both.

I wear my contacts basically cos my sunnies are not prescription so l need to be able to see - and l am vain and prefer not wear my specs!! But l need my glasses too for travelling long distances flying and just when your eyes are tired and the contacts are irrating them!

I was just going to write the same! :) I hate not wearing sunnies, and I don't want to fork out for presciption ones so I always wear my contacts on holiday.

10. Posted by ThePanMan (Budding Member 4 posts) 8y

Thanks to all, this will surely be helpful.

Also, aren't night/day contacts that last a month rather bad for the eyes? I know protein buildup is a no go and is wonderful for eye fungus. I don't think that being in a tropical region helps either.

Thanks again ya'll.