Re: Contact Lenses @ Philmont
Robert Sharek (drdaddy@COMPASS.NET)
Thu, 31 Aug 1995 21:58:37 -0400
On Wed, 30 Aug 1995, Michael J. Brophy wrote:
> Has anyone who has treked Philmont dealt with contact lenses. We are
> planning our trek for July of 1996. I have worn contacts for years and have
> done so successfully on campouts in the past, but never on a trip such as
Well, it just so happens that I am an Optometrist (hence my internet
name). I don't have personal experience with Philmont but I do with CL.
The definite, no questions asked answer is: it depends! The altitude
definitely affects wear. The low humidity would also affect it. I would
take copious amounts of lubricating drops and dont hesitate to use them
every hour. Do not sleep with them at all.
It also depends on your tolerance of the conditions you encounter and
your tear film, and the type of lenses you wear and their age. The best
thing would be disposables and take them out every nite.
I wish I read this earlier. Just came back from a Troop COH and the SPL
went to Chile for the summer to visit family. Wears CL and I think the
atmosphere is almost the same. If I can remember, I will ask him how it
Anyway, the problem I can imagine is schlepping the solutions with you
when every ounce is important. It reminds me unprotected sex, abstinence
hope I was of some help.
p.s. I am a little conservative in these matters, if you couldn't tell.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City