Having worn glasses for as long as I can remember contact lenses are a real treat, I have very poor eyesight and as such need glasses with really thick lenses, even when these are filed down to the thinnest they can be they still leave marks on my nose, so contact lenses are a real treat for me.
They aren’t for everyone and they can take some getting used to, I particularly struggled with taking them out to begin with, it just doesn’t feel natural to pinch something in your eye. After wearing them for about ten years they now take me seconds to put in and take out.
I am currently using Cooper Vision Biofinity and am on the contact lenses by post scheme at Boots opticians. The only negative I have about these is that the lid on the cleaning pot doesn’t close properly meaning transporting your lenses if there not being worn is a nightmare. You can’t leave them in the pot with no cleaning solution as they will dry out and the pot leaks if it is accidently knocked over while being transported. The great thing about contact lenses by post schemes is that you don’t have to worry about running out they are delivered to your door every three months and contact lenses check-ups and sight test are included with Boots. Most schemes also include half price glasses.
As I am allergic to the standard cleaning solution I have the peroxide option, this means that there is a little disc in the contact lenses holder and it must remain upright once the cleaning solution has been added to ensure it is neutralised.
I have had very few issues, other than the allergy to the cleaning solution, I have damaged the odd lenses with my nails or by tapping them in the storage case (purely because I can’t see when I am putting them in/taking them out. Replacements have always been fairly simple to sort out.
Any long term glasses wearer should give them a try they are simple to use and would be great for any one that plays sport.
If you had asked me before needing them would I get some I would have said no as my only experience was my mum who wore hard lenses and has had the same pair since I can remember. They often get stuff behind them and years of watching my mum take them out and spit on them always made my stomach turn.
I started wearing them after getting a motorbike over ten years ago and finding with a crash hat on the arms of my glasses cut into my ears and are terribly uncomfortable. I have worn glasses for years but am not that blind and have been known to make it halfway out the front door before realising they aren't on but I notice when trying to focus at distance that it is all a bit blurry.
The other times when contact lenses are indespensible to me is when taking lots of pictures with my DSLR, putting my glasses on my head every time I want to look through the view finder is a real pain and has lead to the demise of at least one pair that fell off and I instantly stood on. Cleaning them when standing outside in pooring rain also gets very tedious as does needing a seond pair when sunny.
It took a while for me to find some that were comfortbale. This may have been exasperated by the fact for years I never knew they only go on one way round. If you have them reversed they have a sort of lip on them and are uncomfortable and will often split which scratches at your eye like having an eye lash in it and are hard to get the two pieces out.
Due to the fact I only wear them on odd occassions I have daily disposables, I have a really skinflint friend who has the same lenses but wears them for a few days before throwing them away with no problems and to be honest I don't know what the composite difference is between the daily or monthly disposables that means they only last one day.
I have never had a problem with putting them in so don't know why people find it so scarey although people who who have had laser eye surgery where they cut a flap back on your eye makes me weak at the knees so I guess it is just a matter of degrees.
I work in a very dusty dirty envirmoment and did try wearing contacts at work but they just got to irritated from the dust and dirt so I wear glasses most days and contact lenses when it suits so it isn't really a vanity thing with me
They aren't for everyone but can a be real god send in certain situations but if I was wearing them everyday I might look in to laser eye surgery more as waking in the morning or swimming and being able to see crystal clear woudl be lovely.
I discovered the joys of contact lenses approx 15 years ago shortly after realising that I was actually fairly blind and needed some help with my sight - but found that wearing glasses was very uncomfortable and not very attractive!! (I am very short sighted - and get the lovely jam jar effect with glasses where me eyes look like little dots behind the glass).
I tried various types of lenses including the hard ones which apparently some people prefer (I don't know how they possibly could because they felt to me like someone had thrown sand in my eyes!!), but I definetly found the soft lenses to be much more comfortable for me.
To be honest the lenses I use are actually so soft & thin that you can hardly feel them as long as they are inserted correctly (one side is the right side, and the other is the wrong side - and if you put them in the wrong way you will soon know about it!!).
You may be squeamish about putting something in your eye - but you don't actually have to look at it as you are doing it, I actually look down or to the side so that I can't see my finger coming towards my eye - which does seem to help - and once they touch your eyeball they can't really be felt at all.
So what are the PRO's of wearing lenses:
* Contact lenses are almost invisible so no-one will know you are even
* You can still wear your favourite sunglasses without looking stupid
because they are on top of your glasses!! (I'm sure most glasses wearing
people have tried this - it is possible BUT not very cool)
* You can swim in them and they won't get steamed up or wet
* If you are one of those secretaries who wears their hair up and hides
behind boring glasses but would like to be the sex siren who lets down
her hair and removes her glasses to reveal a beauty - then lenses could
be your answer!! Shock all your colleagues at the christmas do and
unleash the siren within!!!
* If you are self conscious about wearing glasses then lenses are the
* You can get lenses that change the colour of your eyes so if you have
always fancied been blue eyed and blonde haired there is nothing
But there are some CON's also:
* Your eyes can get quite dry sometimes - but you can try different types
and eye solutions to help with this
* You do have to clean them with the solutions (although you can now get
some that you can keep in day and night for upto a month which would
avoid this - but more pricey obviously)
* You can sometimes lose them if you rub your eye and they fall out - or
sometimes they have been know to go down the side of your eye (bit
uncomfortable but not as bad as it sounds - and they are easily
* They can work out more expensive than buying a pair of glasses - but not
too bad - I pay £10 a month and have monthly disposable lenses which I
have to take out and clean each night, and then after 1 month of use - I
replace them with the next set. I think this is a reasonable price - but
could opt to pay more for ones you wear day & night OR daily disposable
* You are limited with some types how long each day you can wear them for
and therefore if you constantly exceed this you are prone to eye infections.
* If you get sand / grit / dust blown into your face then that can be quite
painful if you are wearing lenses and quite often you will have to take
them out to remove the dirt etc..
SO still undecided? Well why not try a FREE trial. Most opticians do them and you can trial them for a month and see how you get on. I think they are an amazing invention and they have changed my life for the better - so if wearing glasses is something that you hate - why not give lenses a go. You'll never know if you don't try........
Summary: No more jam jar glasses or clip on sunglasses - what are you waiting for - TRY THEM TODAY.
There's a big debate about contact lenses that contains two central issues - the sheer horror of placing something in your eye, opposed to how much it raises your self-confidence and thus makes your social life a lot easier.
I've had glasses since the age of 4, and whilst they have thus been a part of me, I did find that they reduced my self confidence, particularly when speaking to members of the opposite sex. They made me self conscious, but that's more me than the glasses themselves - contact lenses are largely a vanity option (unless your job requires you can't have things like glasses obstructing your face).
Still, I have Boots monthly contact lenses, and must praise them. It has to be said that the process of putting the lenses in your eye takes a LOT of adjusting to. It took me several weeks before I was really particularly adept at putting them in my eye, for it requires you opening the eyelid wide with one finger, and then placing it on your eye with another, and then blinking.
They do require some light maintenance also that you wouldn't get with daily disposables - you have to leave them in solution overnight and whenever you're not wearing them, and replace the solution every day, otherwise they are left stewing in dirt and general filth which is NOT good (as they will sting horribly when in your eye, and probably reduce you to tears).
However, as far as self-confidence goes, they really helped me in my more formative years. People mostly saw the change as positive (and noted how absolutely different I looked, and also how they accentuated my "pretty" eyes), and I have absolutely no regrets about getting them. They cost me about £25 a month at the moment because I have to have special toric lenses for my astigmatism (which makes my eyeballs more like rugby balls than normal circles!), but it's £300 a year that I gladly spend.
I have been wearing contacts for about 9 years now and have to say whoever invented them is a lifesaver. I originally started with Acuvue Dailies which I found good but a) pricey and b) had a huge amount of wasted packaging, and switched maybe 3 years ago to Daysoft - bought at bargain price straight from the internet site. Please see me separate review for Daysoft as this is a discussion about generla contact lenses.
There are many different forms of lens; hard lens which seem to have been left in the past, and soft lenses. Within soft lenses there are monthly, weekly and long-term lenses, all of which need to be taken out at night, washed properly and carefully and left in cases. Daily lenses buck this trend as at the end of the day they just get pulled out and thrown away, with a new pair opened the next time you need them.
Furthermore, there is now a lens that you can wear for up to a month without ever taking them out. Focus Day and Night allow enough oxygen to enter the eye to stop them getting dry/remain healthy. However, good eye care is needed with these as infection is easy to get.
My only concern with contact lenses is being caught short without a pair. In actual fact I would say it is an irrational fear of mine. Not that I despise wearing glasses or anything, it's just if I was left stranded right now I would have about 10 hours of vision left in my dailies before I would be crawling around the floor in a semi-blind heap. Not that this is likely to happen but it is a fear that I personally suffer from!
Note: always consult a qualified optician with contact lens issues, especially before chosing to opt for them!
Contact lenses are incredible they give you freedom and still give you great vision.
I have had contact lenses for a while now and glasses for a few years before that. I love wearing contact lenses now though i used to always hate my glasses always getting in the way and falling off. I am quite an active person so if you are too i recommend contact lenses as they are very easy to use and once they are in you can forget about them.
Personally i get my contact lenses from specsavers they seem to be quite good quality i use monthly disposables and get sent three sets of lenses every 3 months and they are always on time which is helpful. They seem to offer vision equal to that of the glasses and don't get in the way as much. what i love is i can do sport without having to worry about my glaases falling off and breaking i can also wear a normal pair of sunglasses and can stil see. I am a keen swimmer and wear mycontacts in the pool i never seem to have a problem as i wear goggles so they never come out.
The only problems that i have come across whilst wearng contact lenses is that sometimes if you rub your eyes, the lense may come off of the centre of the eye and slip back and fold up which is a bit of a nuisance because usualy you will have to find a mirror to be able to find the lense and put it back in. The other problem that i have experienced is that on rare occassions the lense rips which means you cannot use it so have to get a replacement.
I wouldn't go back to just wearing glasses as it gives you so much more feedom and it's just so easy why would you. If you wear glasses and have never tried them why not give them a go you may love them.
This company has many names, such as 'Contacts1st', 'Lensdiscounters' & 'Opticontacts' (etc)... All companies are at the same address
'1010 Niagara St, Buffalo, NY' ... So check the ABOUT, or CONTACT tabs on all possible websites, or just ASK THEM if they are part of the same conglomerate.
THIS COMPANY IS BAD AND I AM MAKING THIS REVIEW MORE THAN ONCE, IN ORDER TO WARN PEOPLE:
The international shipping costs for NORMAL unregistered postage are greatly inflated. When I complained, the excuse was that they need to make a special trip to the Post Office to do paperwork for international orders... What a load of total rubbish! I have bought many health products online and US Postal Service is not that backward (as in 80 years ago!!) Yet, 'we provide international service' is written all over their websites... so, they are shipping worldwide regularly and, like other reviews, are full of excuses about the real postage cost. In any case, my contact lenses did NOT arrive...(NOW THREE MONTHS LATER)... They started making claims about the postal system in my country, as if it were some backward nation... Fact is ALL international parcels are tracked when they enter the country, with a bar-code sticker system, just as in nearby Japan. These lenses never left the USA! There was no recourse, the above company would not negotiate on remedy at all - simply saying that the postal system 'screwed up'... My advice: NEVER DEAL WITH ANY COMPANIES REGISTERED AT THIS ADDRESS!!! (ps: Don't be fooled by other 'positive' reviews... When I told this company that I was and had posted negatives about them, they immediately wanted to know the names of the review sites, probably in order to contradict or get reviews taken down).
I am using contact lenses since the age of 20 and now I am 32 it means it has been twelve years now. I have tried loads of brands and out of them I find Dura soft weekly wear contact lenses best for me.
I preferred to use weekly wear colourless contact lenses which are also called extended wear contact lenses. My eye consultant advised me to buy weekly wear contact lenses because one can go to sleep while wearing the lenses and an other reason is the weekly wear lenses can be wear for longer hours (minimum10 to 12 hours) without any strains on the eyes.
From my own experience and knowledge I know the daily wear lenses has less absorption of oxygen as compare to weekly wear lenses. The daily wear lenses should be use for maximum of 6 hours a day otherwise not good for eyes. While weekly wear lenses can be use for 10+ hrs. One should not go to sleep while lenses on . It could be dangerous for eyes and never sleep with daily wear lenses in any case but one can sleep with weekly wear lenses if there is no choice.
I use different brand's weekly wear lenses but I find Dura soft weekly wear lenses the best because I never had any problems with this brand's contact lenses. The gas permeability is 60% to 75% which is not bad. The Dura Soft lenses are more flexible than any other lenses. The Dura soft lenses are easy to clean and store. The Dura soft contact lenses are better and long lasting than any other brand. But it is recommended to change contact lenses after one year. The Dura soft contact lenses are less in price and better than or equal to some expensive brands . Dura soft lenses competes Bosh n Lomb lenses.
The cleaning of lenses involves three things basically which includes - protein tables , cleaning foam and cleaning and storing lotion (which is actually a normal saline ).
Protein table is use once in 15 days. Protein tablets are dissolve in cleaning and storing solution and then lenses are soaked in that protein mix solution for maximum of half an hour (if soaked for longer could cause protein deposits on lenses , as a result of lenses destruction).
Before storing lenses always wash them using few drops of lenses foam then rub gently using index finger and the clean away the foam using cleaning n storing solution (or normal saline could be use instead). Then store the lenses in the lenses case. The lenses should be soaking in storing solution or normal saline all the time to safe them from getting dry or infected.
I was diagnosed with a lazy eye when I was about seven and prescribed glasses for it. Being a typical seven year old my mum had a struggle on her hands to get me to wear them but she fought gamely and for the most part I did. However despite this I have ended up with my left eye being long sighted and my right short sighted. This meant having to permenantly wear glasses and with only one long sighted eye, having one eye appear bigger than the other. About a year ago I decided to give contact lenses a try. I was struggling with sparring at kick boxing due to not being able to wear my glasses. I started out with the lenses you wear for a month and take out to clean every night. The first solution I was given to clean them I turned out to be intensely sensitive to meaning that I could only wear the lenses for half an hour at a time. This was the all in one solution for cleaning, disinfecting and rinsing. The second solution I was prescribed was a hydrogen peroxide solution which seemed to work better. The barrel it was poured into and the lenses placed into contained a catalyser that broke the peroxide down into harmless water. This monthly package cost me £12 per month which is for a pair of lenses, a case and a large bottle of cleaning solution. It also included after care appointments. Despite the new solution working out I went back after six months of wearing lenses to change the type I used. Getting up at six am for work means that putting the lenses in was a big hassle in the morning and more often than not I would go to work without them. Also after work in the afternoons I sometimes fall asleep. If this happens with my glasses on I generally rouse myself enough to pull them off. However, with lenses in I have no such stimulus and just fall asleep. These lenses are not designed for this however, as they do not let enough oxygen in and I would wake up with very dry and itchy eyes. Not good! I deci
ded to try the all day and all night lenses which are put in and kept in for a month at a time. These lenses are designed to be much more oxygen permeable so you can sleep with them in. They cost me £25 per month which basically covers the lenses and the after care. However, while it is a godsend to only have to do this once a month and wake up with perfect vision it is not perfect. I have fairly sensitive eyes which means that in the morning they are often a bit on the dry side - not as badly as the one a day ones but enough to annoy me. So I pay extra for a case and an all in one cleaning, disinfecting and lubricating solution. This enables me to have drops to put in my eyes in the morning to make them wet again and also to take them out every now and again to clean and give my eyes a rest. This is why I only gave contact lenses a four star rating. If I were to change my lenses again I would probably consider disposables over going back to the one day ones you have to clean. The inconvieniences of lenses, however, to my mind are far offset by the benefits I feel. I am more confident in myself without glasses and enjoy nights out more. If you decide to go for lenses weigh up all the pros and cons and consider what you want and what you want to pay for before you do so. Happy Hunting
I've been wearing contact lenses since I was 13 years old, and it isn't just vanity it is about more than that, especially to a 13 year old girl. Personally I think it is a matter of confidence even if they don't make you look better they definately make you feel it, and they way you feel definately affects how you act and how you are recieved. Looks get you everywhere, I did psychology coursework to prove it, even in court attractive people are more likely to get off. Personally I hate the stereotype associated with glasses, the swotty, unattractive, studious, maybe intelligent loners. Not everyone is like that but that is unimportant. Contacts changed my life, I got contacts for my 13 birthday in August and went back to school in September and I felt like everything was different I my first boyfriend a few weeks later. I love my contacts they come in a box (through the door) every three months, 3 sets of contact lenses, 3 sets of solution and a new case. This service is provided by Specsavers and it always arrives well packed and on time for the change over date. Basically I roll out of bed every morning (I'm at university), throw contact lense solution all over the lenses put them in and forget about them for the day. It doesn't hurt and it takes about 20 seconds with or without a mirror, pour boiling water over the case and it is ready to use in the evening. (shut the case so that it doesn't collect dust) I can wear my contacts for 14 hours a day, and I do, I get up about 11:00am have them in by 11:10am and take them out about 1:00am the next day, if I am going out I have to take them out for a couple of hours during the day. Although I do often wear them for quite a lot longer if I have earlier lectures and then go clubbing at night, they still don't hurt and sight is unaffected. Taking them out takes about 10 seconds (I do both eyes at the same time one with each han
d) Other than most people feel more attractive without specs I believe that you get better all round sight from contact lenses because you can see out the sides and you don't get reflections in the corners.I hate wearing my glasses now, when I read music and stuff in glasses it is twice as hard I find myself looking over the glasses and you can't see right to the edge. Plus I don't like being seen in my glasses, I wear them in public very rarely. Contacts are very useful and they are much better than glasses, you can actually see better in them, and you can swim in them so you don't have to be blind when you do sport (I play water polo and I wouldn't be able to see the ball if I didn't wear contact lenses, in water the chlorine sometimes makes your eyes sting, the same as without contact but you have to try not to rub your eyes or the lenses will move), if you do sleep in them for short periods of time maybe in a car, you get air under them when you wake which is slightly annoying but if you blink a few times it goes away. If you cry the same thing happens but they aren't likely to fall out even if you rub you eyes as long as it isn't too hard. With them being 80% water they don't hurt at all you you can't even feel them, when you first put them in it feels like a drip of water on the eye, after that you can forget completely about them til bed time (although my flatmate (known as Pisshead) wears contact lenses and one night he was too drunk to get his lenses out wore them for about 2 days continously and he still got them out fine and carried on as normal although this is not advised) you can't lose a contact in your eye but they do occasionally split with them being so soft, but you can keep a spare pair from the month before. Plus they are not that expensive to replace if you do lose one, however the old ones will be fine, or just swap onto the new pair a bit quicker and balance ou
t the difference with the next pair after that. Some people don't like putting their fingers onto their eyes, and I suupose this is a valid point but give it a try, when I say you can't feel it I mean you can't feel it not just that it doesn't hurt. I have also tried hard contact lenses I hated them, they hurt and I couldn't get them out at night, I used to have major problems getting them in and out, to be fair I was 8years old at the time (recommended by the optician), but I tried again just before soft lenses and i still couldn't cope. Hard lenses are also a lot higher maintainence because they need more cleaning etc. As for price I think it is about £15 a month, I mean come on that isn't much, maybe one less drinking session, or you might buy a new top for a night out, this lasts for the whole month, and is very good value. Advantages: NO glasses, quick and easy to use and clean,can see when swimming, don't steam up or get rain on them, can't get scratched,, painfree (unlike hard lenses), can be delivered to your door, relatively cheap, excellent for sport, can be worn up to 18 hours a day, some 24/7 for a month, ,I look better without glasses (although not all people do) the give me confidence, make me feel better Disadvantages: Can split, slightly expensive, can get bits on them, or move when swimming, Hygiene is important, some people don't like finger in their eyes What else is there to say. I love them, they changed my life, they are the best thing I own and it would take a lot to stop me wearing them.
I have been wearing glasses since the age of 11 for short sight. Without them I would climb on a fire engine instead of a London bus. Gradually, through the years, my short-sight has worstened, and consequently, so has the thickness of the lenses in my glasses. By the time I'd reached minus 8 strength, they were like the bottoms of bottles, and even with plastic lenses, were still heavy and becoming uncomfortable to wear, even when I chose the smallest frames possible. This became more and more of a nuisance, especially in the hot weather, when they would slip down my nose, causing me to constantly push them back, and I had permanent blisters behind my ears. I was in a dilemma. If I had spectacles with reactolite to darken in the sun, they could only be made of glass, and if I opted for clip-on sunglasses, it added to the weight anyway! When my daughter was 16, we promised her she could change to contact lenses. She went for several fittings for hers, and the optician would not let her have them until she could take them in and out with ease. I went with her for these fittings , and it got me thinking that if she could wear them, why shouldn't I? Previously I had never really considered them, thinking that they would take time and energy to get used to wearing them, be too much hassle to maintain the strict regime of cleaning, disinfecting and storing them, and be way out of my price range. But on a whim, I went into the optician to enquire about them, and came out of the optician wearing them! It was really that easy! First of all, the optician did a full eye test, including puffing air into the eyes to check the shape, and looking closely at the health of the eyes. Then he popped a pair into my eyes and left me to sit for half an hour, before doing the tests all over again. I was pleasantly surprised to find that apart from the vision being slightly different from when I was wearing specs, I really could not feel them in
my eyes at all. Having decided that I was a suitable candidate for the lenses, I then had to go with a technician to practice inserting and removing them. So long as I had a mirror in front of me, this presented no problem at all, which really surprised me. I then went home, complete with a pair of lenses designed to last six months, a little pot to store them in, and various cans of disinfectant, neutraliser, cleaner, and protein removal tablets! Things have much improved since even ten years ago! I had to begin by wearing the lenses for just three hours, gradually increasing the time every other day, until I was wearing them for twelve hours at a time. The cleaning and disinfecting routine had to be carried out nightly, and they protein removal once every two weeks. This was no problem really, taking about ten minutes each night. Two weeks later I went back to the optician, who set me up on their monthly plan, which meant I paid £10 a month for the one pair of lenses and all the lotions necessary, plus a free eye examination every six months to check the health of the eyes. What a difference wearing lenses made! I no longer had a red mark across the bridge of my nose, or blisters behind my ears. I could wear a pair of lightweight sunglasses in the summer, which did not need pushing back up my nose every five minutes. And I honestly could not feel the lenses once they were in my eyes. If I did feel any discomfort, it usually meant a speck of dust had got on the lens, and I just pooped it out, sprayed it with saline to clean it, and popped it back in again! Later, I changed to monthly disposables, which did away with the need for the protein removal, and changed to a different regime, which did not require me to remember to neutralise the lenses after ten minutes. I just popped a neutralising tablet straight into the pot with the sterilising fluid. I still wear contact lenses now, at the age of 51, alth
ough I now only wear them periodically. This is because, along with most people of my generation, my long sight has deteriorated, and I find it difficult to focus to read. I began to have to wear reading glasses over the lenses, and I would have to remove them for working on the computer, which is at a different distance from the eyes than when reading a book! I found I was carting a sackload of specs around with me wherever I went, and for work now, I find glases the better option. At present, I use the daily disposable lenses. I receive thirty pairs every three months, and pay £10 per month by direct debit. I probably only use about ten pairs in the three months, so I am now thinking of coming off the direct debit scheme, and just buying them as I need them. To anyone who is reluctant to try contact lenses for whatever reason, I would say, give it a go. Most opticians will give you a free trial before you commit yourself. If you decide that you really cannot put them in and remove them, at least you will have given it a go. And so long as you attend regular health checks, and are scrupulous about hygiene, there is little risk of eye infections. In twelve years of wearing them I have not had a single problem in that respect. The convenience of daily disposables, which means no pots or lotions to carry about, is well worth the extra money. With hindsight, I wish I had tried contact lenses years before I did!
I have recently had a bad experience with an American online contact lens company called VISIONDIRECT.COM. At first glance, these American companies seem a better bet than the UK ones - cheaper prices (even including postage and packing), no prescription needed (if you are like me and tend to lose these things!) and a delivery time of 5-10 days. HOWEVER - 2 points: 1) This 5-10 days normally turns out to be 2 weeks 2) More seriously, as you are purchasing goods from the USA with a value over £18, YOU are liable to pay any customs charges. On a recent purchase of £66 pounds, I was greeted by a card from the post office saying I had to pay an exta £15.41 in order to claim my goods. I went back and reviewed VisionDirect.com's web pages and buried in the small print is a warning about them not being liable for any customs charges. No mention AT ALL of this when you select your product and go to the credit card payment pages! I have e-mailed the company and am refusing to pay..but as yet no response.. Please, if you are buying contact lenses from the USA check the small print. Actually, why bother because if you add the custom charges onto the stated cost, it is cheaper and quicker to buy your lenses in the UK!!
How did I ever manage without these amazing little pieces of plastic called contact lenses? I am really short sighted and as a kid I used to have a lovely pair of pink NHS glasses. Do you remember those? Available in brown, pink or blue. Disgusting I think is the word I am looking for. I used to be a dancer and competitions and performances were a nightmare. I couldn’t/wouldn’t dance in my glasses because a) they were horrible and b) they used to fly off. This meant I had to dance practically blind. It was good in some respects because I couldn’t see my audience, so I didn’t really get nervous I was able to pretend it was just another practice session. When the NHS changed their glasses policy and started giving vouchers towards the cost I bought myself a nice trendy big pair of specs. Like Deirdre’ in Coronation Street. (They were trendy at the time…Honest) They still didn’t help with the dancing problem though. Eventually I invested in a pair of gas permeable contact lenses. These felt like I had inserted two bricks into my eyes for the first twenty minutes or so after first putting them in, but no pain no gain. For the first time in my life I could see my audience. Scary. I persevered with these for about a year until I decided that it wasn’t worth the pain, or the infections, or the cleaning. So I went back to my Deirdre glasses. Then came disposable contact lenses. Wow, change of lifestyle or what. Disposable contact lenses are so comfortable that I don’t even know that I am wearing them. In fact I often end up getting up in the middle of the night to take them out because I have forgotten all about them. I could never have said that about the gas permeables. I couldn’t get them out quick enough. I still have my Deirdre glasses although I never wear them unless I am in the house alone with the curtains shut and the doors locked. I
f anyone visits while I am wearing my specs I deal with them blind. I never realised how much I was missing until I got my lenses. They give me far more confidence about myself than when I was wearing glasses. It’s a standing joke in our house now. My partner and kids are always asking me if I have got my “eyes” in. That’s what they are though “my eyes” I have thought about having laser treatment and hopefully doing away with lenses or glasses altogether. However after reading the dooyoo opinions on laser treatment I am rather undecided on whether to bother or not. At least with my contact lenses I can see without pain or embarrassment. After laser treatment I may not be able to see at all, or I may go through the laser treatment and still need contact lenses. Better the devil you know. I would like to shake the hand of whoever it was who invented contact lenses. Although it may have taken a while to find lenses that suited me, they have completely changed my life. I now also have the choice of what colour I would like my eyes to be. I can change my eye colour to match my hair. I can be blonde hair, blue eyed, brown hair, brown eyed, red hair, red eyed (well maybe not) I would recommend contact lenses to anyone with sight problems especially now you can get the daily disposables which take no effort whatsoever with cleaning, sterilising etc. Brilliant.
I have had rapidly deteriorating eyesight since the age of 15. I can remember sitting in my GCSE maths class, squinting at the black-board, it was then l realised that l needed to go to see an optician. So off l went to Curtis Opticians, Carlisle Road, Londonderry, where l was told l was short sighted with a slight astigmatism in my right eye. So there l left with my Deirdre Barlow style frames in a subtle apple green and navy blue – SEXY! I wore my specs right through until very recently. When l graduated in 1996, mum said she’d get me contacts as a present. Why choose such a pressy? Well generally l didn’t wear my specs out at night (-vanity is an awful thing!) and evening my friends and l were at a night club (Burberrys in Portrush, Co Antrim to be precise!), and in my state of blurred vision l could not see a thing (NO l was not drunk!). Apparently, l was 100 feet from my friends but l could not see them – although they could see me, and l was starting to get distressed thinking they had gone off and left me. Eventually, someone had to wolf whistle to me like you would call a pet, to attract my attention! After that debacle, l decided it was not worth not being able to see!! I went to Specsavers, Ferryquay Street, Londonderry and had my contact consultation. I was told that because of my astigmatism in my right eye l would require special lenses. I needed a lens that made my right eye work; therefore l did not at this point qualify to wear the daily or monthly disposable. I tried the gas permeable lens on and my optician requested me go for a walk about outside to see if l liked them or not. After almost getting run over at a pedestrian crossing l realised that these were not for me! I was finally fitted with soft lenses, with a soft toric lens in my right eye. My dad paid for these and (l think) they cost £100, inclusive of all required solutions and lens care packages. I tended to wear t
hese lenses only at night and only when l could be bothered to fiddle with my eyes. Needless to say that they eventually got forgotten about, and when l lost a lens l did not bother getting it replaced. I continued on being a spectacle wearer. At the beginning of 2001, l decided l would give contacts another go. So off to Specsavers l headed again, for my consultation. I inquired if l would need a specialised toric lens in my right eye, but things had improved and my optician suggested we go for the monthly disposable. This was quite a result as far as l was concerned! The toric lens was required to be fitted/inserted in to your eye in a specific way and so could take a lot of tricky manoeuvring to get right. For the princely sum of £12.99 a month l would receive a new set of lens each month. This l pay by direct debit mandate – basically for convenience sake. I am now also on their service know as lens mail, which means l do not have to go to the shop to collect my supplies, rather postie delivers straight to my front door. This was at no extra cost. Specsavers offer in their “EasyVision” range a variety of lenses’ to suit each individual: * ALL DAY * [This is what l wear] These are comfortable daily wear lenses, which are cleaned after use daily with a simple one step solution. I pay £12.99 per month for these. You dispose of the lenses after wearing for a month and begin with a new pair. * ONE DAY * These are the daily disposable lenses – no cleaning is required you simply throw the old pair away after usage. The costs can vary with 30 pairs starting from £40. You should note that Specsavers will charge new customers/wears an initial one off £25 consultation fee – be warned! * ALL DAY/ALL NIGHT * You can wear these lenses 24/7 for an entire month without ever having to remove them. There’s no fiddling in and out of your eyes or no cl
eaning required. These cost from £33 a pair. Many people feel the couldn’t wear lenses as they could not touch or fiddle with their eyes. In my case this was not a problem, although it did take a while to become used to wearing and inserting the lenses. The staff at Specsavers were excellent though, l was not allowed to leave the shop until l could insert and remove the lenses satisfactorily. I now have become so used to them l do not need to have a mirror to take them in or out. Cleaning my new lenses is now easy – simply use a one step solution and store them in it overnight so, as they do not dry out. Previously, l had to follow numerous processes – cleaning and monthly protein removal – it really was a torture. There are 3 forms of lenses available: SOFT LENSES These are flexible and porous. As they absorb your tears it means they are soft and pliable. They tend to be more comfortable and so can be worn longer. HARD LENSES These are rarely used today. Made from an optical perspex and so are not porous to oxygen. They are usually much less comfortable that soft lenses. GAS PERMEABLE LENSES These are rigid lenses, similar to hard lenses except they do absorb oxygen. It can take up to 4 weeks for the wearer to become accustomed to wearing them. People often ask me can you not feel the lenses in your eyes? The answer is yes and no really. When l first put them in, l am aware that they are there but l soon forget about it. I would say that if in pubs/clubs l tend to notice them more as the smoky atmosphere irritates my eyes. Also, if l have been wearing my lenses for a long period my eyes tend to dry out (l think due to lack of oxygen) and so become irritating. So, if anyone out there knows of any available eye drop solution, suitable for soft lens contact wearers, l appreciate hearing from you! Please ignore
the myths surrounding contact lens wearing too – for example lenses cannot get lost in your eyes, they may move around, but are easily replaced. Contact lenses are great, but my specs are always in my bag. After the initial consultation, your optician will suggest the best form for you. There are some downsides, but overall my experience has been fine. I found Specsavers to be an excellent optician and their customer service and after care skills excellent. At present l am having no problems with the All Day Easy Vision Contact lenses and for anyone thinking about wearing these lenses l would recommend them thoroughly, but always consult your optician first. Heather
Ever since I was a wee laddie I’ve been forced to parade around a pair of spectacles on my bonce, using only the power of the bridge of my nose coupled with a pair of slightly deformed ears. For 15 goddamn years, like a conjoined twin they have stuck to my face, never to be removed lest I be rendered blind to the world. Every morning I have had to fumble around my bedside and every night remove them once more, with the only time in which I can be free of their clutches being when I come in contact with water; showering, swimming, and washing. Perhaps this is why I do those three things so often. Or maybe its because I smell so bad. Behold, the (female) knight in shining armour come to whisk me away from this evil optical instrument that has held me back all these years: the contact lens. She shimmers beautifully in the glorious sunlight and outstretches a soft tauric hand to me. But what is this? She seems to be drifting away, slowly out of reach! Why is she doing this? Why can’t I have my contact lenses now? Wait, the strange little optician man is talking to me. ‘What the **** do you mean I have to come back in a week?’ -------------------------------------------- Rather than this being my review of my contact lenses, or my opinion on contacts in general, I am writing about the rigmarole it takes to get a pair of the buggers. At present I am still in a speccy state, but am in the process of achieving my first pair of contact lenses. I hope to complete a diary of every event that takes place in getting my lenses, and if I can be bothered, updates as to how they change my short-sighted life. Please, if you feel the need to give this opinion a ‘not useful’ try it again in a week or so. It may have changed for the better. -------------------------------------------- Friday 10th August 01 The decision has finally been made, as has the appointment with my usual optician, a small fi
rm in the centre of Sunderland. At the moment I know nothing about contact lenses, and even if I am eligible for a pair, what with my eyesight being significantly impaired due to my severely retarded eyes. Hopefully I will learn a lot more tomorrow. Saturday 11th August 01 The appointment went brilliantly well. As it was with my usual optician, and I had only been in for a regular eye test a few months beforehand, there was no need for the usual ‘read the chart on the wall’ and ‘is it clearer with lens number 1, or number 2, number 1, number 2, 1, 2….’. However it was necessary for a few more tests; nothing too intrusive, no sticks or needles in the eye, merely ten or fifteen minutes in a reasonably comfortable chair with my head on a chin rest. Due to my bong eyes, I was limited to three choices: Hard regular lenses: these reached around £100, but I was told they weren’t quite as comfortable as the other two types, and have a habit of falling out. Great. Said to last anywhere from 2 to 3 years, although hard to predict exactly how long they would last. Hard tauric lenses: reached around £200, yet are a lot more comfortable and would fit my eye a lot better, therefore less chance of falling out. Lifespan same as the regular hard lens. (Please correct me if I have mis-spelt ‘tauric’) Soft tauric lenses: Monthly lenses, at around £20 per month, with the same quality of fitting as the hard tauric lens. After all this, which took around half an hour, I decided to take another half an hour to go off and think long and hard about which, if any, I was to choose. But in all honesty, I had already made up my mind. I decided on the monthly lenses for a number of reasons. Firstly, if you lost or damaged a pair, you would have the option of merely moving on to next month’s pair, and wouldn’t have to fork out a large sum of money for a replacement pair. Secondly, I had b
een told that my eyes might still be changing, which would mean a whole new prescription and different lenses, something easily done with monthly lenses. Thirdly, it would keep my options open, and if I suddenly decided that hard lenses would be a good idea, I could easily divert to them. I was told that they would be able to get a trial pair for me within the week, and that I would receive a phone call when this happens. I have no idea whether this ‘trial’ includes taking home a pair, but I won’t have too long to wait till I find out. I live in hope. Thursday 16th August 01 After recieving a call to tell me the contact lenses are ready for a trial, I rang them back to make an appointment. Little did I know that i would either have to drag myself out of the house for ten o'clock next monday morning or wait till August 29th. Giving thought only to my dooyoo opinion, I decided to make the process as quick as possible and opted for the monday appointment, allowing me to get down all the facts in opinion as soon as possible. No need to thank me.