Product Type: Ciba Vision in Contact Lenses
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Reasonably priced lens but not great for extended use.
Ciba Vision Air Optix
Member Name: Pinz72
Ciba Vision Air Optix
Advantages: Easy to insert/remove with blue handling tint.
Disadvantages: Eyes become irritated after wearing for extended periods.
Having had normal vision until my mid 20s, I have gradually become more and more short-sighted, meaning that I can read something up close but cannot see anything at a distance. As none of my immediate family are myopic, I have attributed it to using a computer screen for long hours at work!!
When my optometrist advised me I had to start wearing glasses or stop driving, the first purchase of spectacles was made! I had one of those, OMG, I have been missing so much detail, suddenly the blur on the hillside from my office window became a housing estate, I could see people as I walked up the town centre and I had that sensation of walking off a kerb with every step I took as everything zoomed into focus.
Anyway, I digress! After wearing glasses for a year or two, a contact lens wearing friend persuaded me that, yes, I really could poke my finger in my eyes and put a piece of cling-film like disc onto my cornea. Over the years, I have tried various brands and options, including daily disposable, monthly disposable and day & night.
Unfortunately, I suffer from asthma, hayfever and I tend to get dry eyes coupled with a condition called Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis which is an irritation of the eyelid when your body thinks that something alien is in the eye so triggers a reaction to rid it, in my case the contact lens! But, vanity thy name is woman, I have persevered!!!
I currently use Ciba Vision Air Optix Monthly Disposable but on a reduced regime - that is, I only wear them for about 8 hours max, a few days a week. This works for me with the GPC as my eyes get plenty of time without lenses. I find the lens to be easy to handle, it has a blue handling tint and is a decent thickness to enable easy insertion and removal from the eye.
I do sometimes find, however, that I am conscious of these lenses being in place and feel slight irritation occasionally. I have put this down to the GPC but having read some of the other reviews on these lenses, am now wondering if it is the lenses and I should try another brand.
I get mine via a scheme with a High Street Optometrist for £12 per month but note from other reviews that there are superior products at just a little more per month.
All in all, I would say that this is a good general contact lens, fine if you do not suffer from any eye conditions, it handles well, is easy to insert/remove and is a reasonable price.
Summary: Good lens if you want occasional use at reasonable price.