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    Obviously contact lenses generally have a recommended about of hours to wear them for and if you go too far over they can start getting dry/irritating but I was wondering what affect cold air might have?

    Lets say I wore them all day and for a significant amount of the time I was in a place which was about -22 celsius and had wind blowing in my face some of the time. Would this likely make them become irritating for me?

    Bit of a specialist question I know but hey someone might know!
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    optician is probably the best person to ask...

    if you were wearing goggles the whole time i imagine it would be fine. and probably not quite so bad with sunglasses.... thats all just plucked out of my brain though, so who the hell knows if its right
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    Out of curiosity, I just looked at the box my lenses come in, and it says they're 48% water. So I imagine really severe temperatures might have an effect! Saying that, I've worn them out in -20C before and not noticed anything different.
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    I've just come back from skiing the season in Canada, on several occasion the temp dipped below -30C and at no point did my contacts do anything other than work perfectly.

    When they're that close to your eye, they stay warm through your body heat. The most that could happen, because of the wind, is dry out a bit, but a few blinks would fix that.


    You might find they don't last as long, though [ie, mine were monthly disposables, but were only lasting 2-3weeks of being worn everyday for ~8hrs].
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    (Original post by didgeridoo12uk)
    if you were wearing goggles the whole time i imagine it would be fine. and probably not quite so bad with sunglasses.... thats all just plucked out of my brain though, so who the hell knows if its right

    no eye protection, I'd not be so concerned if I had goggles but it's just sometimes I'll get a burst of icy air right into my face and although I'll squint..it might not be good for them.
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    (Original post by joey11223)
    no eye protection, I'd not be so concerned if I had goggles but it's just sometimes I'll get a burst of icy air right into my face and although I'll squint..it might not be good for them.
    where on earth are you going?
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    (Original post by didgeridoo12uk)
    where on earth are you going?
    haha it's not going anywhere...well apart from to work. I spend a good deal of time in a cold room with frozen stock, and when the fans are on and you have to get things from near them you can get a blast in the face..especially when they happen to turn on just as you're looking at boxes right in front of them.
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    (Original post by joey11223)
    haha it's not going anywhere...well apart from to work. I spend a good deal of time in a cold room with frozen stock, and when the fans are on and you have to get things from near them you can get a blast in the face..especially when they happen to turn on just as you're looking at boxes right in front of them.
    meh i imagine its not that bad then... but again ask your optician.

    and the reason that contacts have a time limit is to ensure that your eyes have enough oxygen. doubt that'll be changing. but it may be worth getting some eye drops as i can imagine they may dry out a bit
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    (Original post by joey11223)
    haha it's not going anywhere...well apart from to work. I spend a good deal of time in a cold room with frozen stock, and when the fans are on and you have to get things from near them you can get a blast in the face..especially when they happen to turn on just as you're looking at boxes right in front of them.
    Then you're definitely fine, you'll be going back to the warmth more often than you'll be in the cold. No harm.
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    They're not going to freeze and get stuck to your eye, but you might find the oxygen permeability is negatively affected, leading to your cornea not receiving as much or maybe even enough oxygen ... but that will depend on the material they're made of. I don't happen to know the specifications of all contact lenses, so going back to your optometrist for advice is the best bet.
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    It'll probably just dry them out, mine do that- you can just get eye drops or if you're relatively eye squeamish Optrex ActiMist Spray works for me
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    Are there are transitional contact lenses?
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    I wear lenses and living in Norway I've been out in cold temperatures a lot, never noticed any bad effects.
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    (Original post by LaughingBro)
    Are there are transitional contact lenses?
    They've been done - see here - but I don't think are available commerically, or I'd have got them by now.

    Would make your eyes look bizarre, though. And you don't get to wear sunglasses. Lets be honest, sunglasses are cool... :cool: < see, even he wears them.
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    I'm in Toronto where the temp, drops to -25 C sometimes -35c with windchill and my contacts work great, no problems.

    They may get a bit dry sometimes but that is it, have drops handy.
 
 
 
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