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I was prescribed Bausch and Lomb Purevision Torics a good four or five years ago and nothing has come close to them I must say.
Let's start with the fit, very rarely have I had an issue when they first go in. Granted at the end of the month, you can sometimes start feeling them dry out especially if you've worn them longer and more often than usual but the same can be said for most every contact lens.
Once settled in your eyes I have only ever had them come out two of three times and the same again for when they get 'lost' under your eyelid, but again this comes about very rarely.
Although upon reading multiple reviews there does seem to be other brands that never pop out and never get 'lost' but despite this due to it happening very little I have always marked it as red and continued on as they are very comfortable 95% of the time.
I used the solution provided by Specsavers, this can be a bit of a let down as when I spend a few pounds extra on a Tesco branded one the solution seems slightly thicker and overall keeps your contact lenses in better condition during their 30 day span so it may be an idea to buy said solution when used in conjunction with these Purevision Torics.
The main issue with these are the price, they are one of the most expensive brands and I've recently cancelled my lensmail subscription forking out £19 a month when you can spend £40 for three months worth using getlenses.co.uk or similar. When you do search for Purevision Torics though you'll soon realise there are a number of other brands such as Excel who offer far cheaper alternatives which can sometimes be better if they have them in your prescription.
I would rate these at four stars, the value for money issue means they fall short of 5, but otherwise a great set of lenses to use day in, day out and I would highly recommend them... if you can afford them.
The vision in these lenses was pretty good but they kept rotating and I kept getting blurred vision. They felt sticky and gritty and were very aggravated by the air conditioning at work. Had to change them to Acuvue Oasys in the end as I couldnt wear them for more than 3 hours without having to use rewetting drops. Even with these drops, they made me eyes very red and sore. They are probably brilliant if your eyes are not sensitised by hayfever and/or air conditioning. Not a bad lens...just not right for me.
I've been wearing glasses for most of my life and as soon as I turned 16, I got some monthly contact lenses from Spec Savers. Although they were pretty good, I found them to be quite expensive and so I ordered some Bausch and Lomb contact lenses online based on the recommendation of a friend. I found them to be really good at the beginning and my eyes didn't go red as often as they did with the Spec Savers version. I only have astigmatism in one eye so I had a toric lens in one eye and the usual aspheric lens in the other and could compare directly I guess.
I don't know whether it's just me but I found the texture of the lens to be quite different and thicker than the Spec Savers one - this was fine in the beginning but towards the end of the month (and I did clean my lenses quite carefully every day as I'm a bit worried about these things), I still found that dirt somehow managed to buildup and they were quite irritable and uncomfortable for the last few days - this didn't always happen with the Spec Savers ones and I found it really surprising because the friend who recommended it to me practically swears by them and said that it sorted out the problems he had had with Spec Savers! So, in conclusion, it works for some and not for others. The solution is amazing though.
I've worn glasses for the best part of the last 4 or 5 years full time. Whilst at times they can make me look intelligent like I mean business in the workplace, and even accentuate some of my facial features, they are not practical all of the time. I have tried contact lenses in the past, but did not get on with putting them in and out of my eyes every day and felt the effort outweighed the benefits.
Recently I discovered these new type of contacts that you could keep in for upto 30 days at a time, and sleep in.... these will be perfect I thought. I got my eyes retested (in accordance with specsavers/contact lense regulation) and had a new prescription formulated for me. These contacts were prescribed.
Although for the first few days of wearing them all day and all night I was subject to some excess build up of 'sleep' in my eyes when I woke up, since then I have not had a single problem with them. I do not notice I am wearing lenses, and my eyes are totally unaffected. They also have the added bonus of seemingly offering me an extra layer of protection against hayfever.
I would wholely reccommend these lenses to anyone who has decided to take the plunge with contact lenses as in my eyes (see what I did there?) you can't get a better soluition.
In response to the comment I recieved - these ones are available to sit in your eyes for upto 30 days and nights, it's a new technology in contact lenses apparently... I was amazed too! Specsavers currently charge me £23 a month for them.
I started wearing glasses in 2001, at that time I could go out at night and still see ok.
My Vision has got worse over the years and I wanted an alternative to my glasses when I go out.
I originally tried the daily disposable lenses, these were nice and easy I just wore them and binned them when I took them out.
Then I tried the monthly ones as my prescription got worse, these were good I would wear these when I wanted to for up to 8 hours really any more than that and my eyes would feel dry and itchy, These I always had to remove before I went to sleep, which after a night out meant I always had to carry solution and a case with me if I ever stayed at my friends for the night.
I also have an Astigmatism this is when the front surface of the eye is shaped like a rugby ball and not like a football, when you have an astigmatism you cannot just wear normal contact lenses you need ones which have a toric lens which have a power element in them called a cylinder.
I recently asked my optician if I could try the contact lenses that you can sleep in so I didn't have to worry about them when I went out anywhere.
The make she offered me were from Baush and lomb and called purevision toric.
PureVision Toric contact lenses are designed to meet the special vision correction needs of people with astigmatism and designed to provide more oxygen to the eyes
When I first got these lenses I had to do two trials with them.
For one week I wore them daily wearing them for about 12 hours and took them out at night and stored them in the case in the solution then I went back for a check up, I could definitely wear these for longer than my previous monthly contacts which is good for even if you just want contacts you can wear daily but for longer.
Then for the second part I should have worn them all day and night and sleep in them for 7 days and gone back for a check up to see how my eyes were reacting to them and to see if I had any problems. However I didn't do this cos where I work I have a big heater blowing down on me all day and I find wearing my contacts under this very uncomfortable so after telling this to my optician after the first trial I said I only really would be wearing them at weekends cos I only want them for when I go out and I don't mind wearing my glasses at work, so she said to carry on wearing them for up to 3 nights a week and to come back after 4 weeks to check my eyes again.
I find these contacts more comfortable than my previous contacts, I can definitely wear them for longer without my eyes feeling itchy or my contacts feeling like they are drying out.
I have been sleeping in these for one night a week every week for the past 7 weeks and I don't have any real problems with them. They feel slightly different to my last pair they are slightly firmer and what there made from makes them feel like they are sticking to my eyes, there not they are just not moving around as much as my last pair did, this can cause problems when you have an astigmatism as basically ever time you blink it can slightly alter your vision and make it blur so it does help a lot with that. Sometimes if I can really feel them in my eye I have probably put them in the wrong way as it can be hard to tell which is the right side of the lense to put against your eye, so I take them out and bend them the other way to see if this helps, also I find just moving them around in my eye helps too cos with them being the shape of my rugby shaped eye I have to get the contact to sit correctly to fit with my eye shape, I think if you have a normal round eye this isn't a problem.
I can sleep in these well to at first I was a bit worried that they might dissapear behind my eye but my optician said they couldn't go anywhere, it was so good as everytime I would wake up I could just see which is a nice feeling when you haven't been able to do that for years.
When I get up in the morning I can see clearly they feel very slightly dry just blinking a few times normally eases this or even using a contact friendly eye drop helps, I would recommend waiting about 30 mins though if you want to take them out after getting up.
If you are able to wear these continuosly it is recommended that really you take them out one night a week to give your eyes a bit of breathing space as eye infections can happen from time to time, I have never had any eye infecctions since I started using lenses years ago.
I currently get my contacts from my local specsavers.
They cost me £18.00 a month, for this I get 3 pairs of lenses and 3 bottles of solutions sent to me every 3 months
I'm one of those who can't live without an eyeglasses, and what my optometrist said, sometimes we get bad vision through our parents genes and I got it from my mom. I had my glasses on since I was in hi-school until college, its kind a cool at first because sometimes you can fool people that your an intelligent one(not all I think...:-0) but later on it bothers me. The thing that bothers me is, when I remove it I look like I'm always sleepy and I can't do or rather it limits me to do some outdoor activities.
So when I got the chance to get a contact lense I visited my optometrist and have my contact lense done, and because I have an astigmatism she recommend a toric contact lense. Im lucky because my body have a great way of adjusting to anything that's why I got used to it easily, Bausch & Lomb Purevision Toric is the brand my doctor introduced to me. She explained that I have to be careful about contact lenses because obviously it has a direct contact to our eyes and its better to spend on safety of our health than taking risk on cheap ones.
Baush & Lomb Purevision Toric suits me, of course my eyes has to adjust to it but after that its all good one for me. First it doesn't gets dry easily that's why I don't have the hassle of putting the solution in my eyes and most important it really helps my vision specially my astigmatism. Aside from the fact that I have to take care of it and always put it with a clean hands, I think Baush & Lomb Purevision Toric is an easy to maintain contact lense.
What I really learn about wearing one of this is, is to discipline myself on washing hands, our eyes is one of the most important part of our body. I thank GOD I never experienced irritation or allergies since the day I wear contact lenses but I also I want to say that I think I'm responsible enough to take care of it. So if your planning to wear contacts be committed with it, don't messed with it or your end up blaming yourself.
After years of wearing glasses I decided that it was time to try contact lenses.
I decided to go through specsavers as this is where I get my glasses from and i'm registered.
I suffer from astigmatisms therefore I need toric lenses. after wearing another brand for about a year, I decided to ask if there was a brand of contact lenses that I could wear for longer without my eyes drying out and getting the dreaded red eye.
The optician recommended that I try the Bausch and Lomb Pure vision toric lenses. After a weeks trial I decided that these were the lenses for me! I had found a lenses that I could wear for longer without getting dry red eyes.
The lenses were thicker than my last ones but were much more permeable meaning that more oxygen could get through to my eye. I was able to wear these contact lenses for a few days at a time ( I never risked longer just incase,but check with your optician) without them getting uncomfortable. This was great for going away camping and doing other things where you may not be able to clean your hands to remove your lenses safely.
I also found these lenses great to wear under my motor bike helmet as my glasses would steam up and also leave a blind spot when I turned to do my life saver check.
I would really recommend these lenses.
after suffering from much discomfort from many different brands of contact lenses i really didnt belive my optition when he told me that these contact lenses would be different to the other lenses i had previously tried. but he was right the lenses are much easier to use and are much more comfortable to wear than the lenses i had tried and tested before. infact i forget that i am wearing these lenses for the majority of the time, the only time i do notice that i am wearing my contact lenses is at night time when my eyes begin to get tired and dry out. my optition tells me that this has nothing to do with the lenses and more to do with the condition of my eyes. i would definatley reccomend anybody that uses contact lenses to try these contact lenses out and see what a difference they make to their vision and the comfort they recieve from wearing them.
I was recommended these lenses by my optician, due to having had to give them up a year or so previously because of dry eyes (my age!!)
My optician actually called me in to try these, and right from the word go, the difference was unbelievable! It's heaven to put these lenses in and just forget about them til the next month (or whenever I remember to change them!) I usually know when it's time to change them anyway, as they get slightly dryer and a bit uncomfortable. Sometimes it's a month, other times a bit longer.
Like the other reviewer said, extremely easy to see which way you put them in, easy to insert, easier to forget they're even there!
As I've got even older though, my eyes have started to go a bit haywire, like they do. I now have one eye geared up for distance vision, and the other geared up for close work. It took a bit of getting used to, but now I wouldn't change a thing.
I absolutely hate wearing my specs, which, even with super high index lenses, are thick and unsightly. These lenses may appear to be expensive, but without the constant buying of solutions etc, they aren't nearly as bad as you'd think, it evens out over time.
As for the swivelling of the lenses, I have been wearing lenses - many of them torics - on and off for years, so I'm quite used to that characteristic...usually I just blink a few times and they right themselves, or just tap very lightly on my eyelids, as this seems to make my eyes water very slightly so just providing that tiny extra bit of moisture they need. This usually only happens when I'm nearing the end of the month though.
I hope I can keep on wearing these lenses til I'm so old I don't bother what I look like in my specs any more!!
I would recommend giving them a try to anyone.
After years of wearing glasses, I finally decided that contact lenses were the better option for me. And not only did I want contact lenses (after all, about 20 years ago I wore gas permeable lenses) I wanted to wear them all the time and all through the night as well. I really couldn't be bothered with all the taking out and cleaning and then putting them in again in the morning. What I was after was constant wear, just changing them once a month to put a new pair in.
When I went for my contact lens assessment (I knew I could wear them, it was only a formality) I specified that I wanted to wear the lenses all the time - despite the optician being dead against it, telling me it was not a good idea. But after my lens assessment the optometrist told me there was no objection to trying out continuous wear lenses. I was told that I should try Bausch & Lomb's PureVision Toric lenses - after all, I do have moderate astigmatism** and apparently it was prudent to correct that first.
** Astigmatism: Astigmatism occurs when the front part of the eye, the cornea, is not a regular symmetrical spherical shape. Instead, its shape is rather like that of the back of a spoon (or rugby ball) - longer in one direction than another. Because the cornea is an irregular shape, the eye can't focus light passing through it sharply on to the back of the eye or retina. So vision is blurred at all distances.
I wasn't too convinced simply because I need bi or varifocal glasses, two different prescriptions for distance and reading. And the toric lenses would only cover the distance part (although they would correct my astigmatism).
Ever one for trying new things I agreed to PureVision Toric (although I had to promise not to wear them overnight right from the beginning). I scheduled regular check ups - very important at the beginning of the contact lens trial.
After years of not wearing lenses I found that soft lenses were a complete mystery to me. When I got my gas permeable lenses I was also supplied with a little sucker to get the lenses out of my eyes at the end of the day because I found using my fingers didn't quite work for me.
Getting used to soft lenses was certainly a learning curve for me. I was lucky that my lenses contained two prescriptions, therefore making them a little thicker and easier to handle. Scooping the lenses out of their container was no problem at all. PureVision toric lenses are slightly coloured - a faint blue tint - so you can easily find them in the solution (or when you drop them down the drain and have a boss who takes the drain apart for you to find it).
It's fairly easy to position the lens on the tip of one finger (after cleaning hands thoroughly) and then just popping it into the eye. Of course, if you don't like touching your eye or have anything come near it you might not be the best candidate for contact lenses as you have to get really close to your eye to insert and take out the lenses.
Removing the lenses is just as easy. You get taught two different methods and pick the one that you like best and find easiest. My first time removing the lenses ended with me poking myself in my right eye so much that I burst a couple of blood vessels and had a blood shot eye for a few days.
Because toric lenses have two prescription in them (your wide or near vision and astigmatism correction) they are designed slightly different. If you imagine your eye ball shaped a little like a rugby ball you have to see that the lens has to settle to correct the problem. Normal lenses have the same prescription all the way around and it doesn't matter it the lens moves on your cornea. But toric lenses are weight down at the bottom so that the axis to correct the astigmatism will always be in the right place. You can actually see this with the naked eye, there are three lines to tell the optician and you that they are placed in the correct place. When you are wearing the lenses you will not actually see the lines (or numbering).
Well, I tried my toric lenses and it was a revelation. The lenses didn't hurt, they fit perfectly and my glasses became obsolete - until I tried to read something or sat in front of the computer. Suddenly my vision was totally blurred. I just never realised how much I relied on my varifocal glasses that make everything look perfect. Having to live with perfect distance vision and astigmatism correction suddenly had its disadvantages. I couldn't see close up any more.
However, apart from not being able to see close up without reading glasses, I experienced blurred vision on a regular basis. Blinking and trying to rotate the lens in my eye made it better temporarily but that was not the solution.
My first contact lens check up revealed the following:
1. Wearing the lenses continuously was no problem, my eyes reacted well to day and night wear of the lenses
2. I needed two prescription to make sure I could read near and distance
3. The lenses rotated on average 15% in either direction resulting in blurred vision
I battled on for a couple more weeks to see if the lenses settled (a second trial pair had been ordered to see if it would make a difference) but the lenses did not settle and continued to rotate.
I have now been trying out contact lenses over a number of months and have finally found the perfect solution for me. The solution is NOT toric lenses as they do not settle in my eyes in the position they are supposed to.
When the contact lenses were in the correct position and I didn't need to see close up, they were perfect. I had clear, pristine vision without even feeling the lenses. The only time I did feel the lenses was after waking up when they had to re-position themselves after a good night's sleep (and rapid eye movement). In my case it took only a matter or a minute of two before the lens settled back into its position - never the perfect position it should have settled in but good enough to give me perfect vision (at least when it came to distance).
Toric lenses are designed to correct astigmatism, making it easy for sufferers to wear contact lenses and not rely solely on glasses. They are oxygen rich, meaning they let oxygen through so your eyes don't dry out. But toric lenses are not for everyone. While Bausch & Lomb PureVision Toric were great to start with, they did not correct all the problems I had and I was left with a number of options:
1. Wear reading glasses on top of the contacts but defeating the object of wearing no glasses at all
2. Switch to mono vision - one eye distance, one eye close up vision (not an option for me, it gave me headaches and eye strain)
3. Try 'normal' lenses and accept a certain degree of blurring because there was no astigmatism correction. It turned out this was actually the better option for me and after trying dailies I am now on multifocal PureVision lenses and they are just perfect for me
If you have single vision (either distance or near) and astigmatism, then it is certainly worth a try. The lenses are super comfortable, extended wear up to 30 days and night (if approved by your optician) and give you great vision. But you have to make sure the lenses settle properly on your cornea and don't move around because that will blur your vision and make it less than great for you.
While the lenses were not right for me, I cannot fault them. They did what they said on the pack, and unless there is a problem or a third prescription, you might want to try them. Ask you optician about them and see if they can't arrange a free trial, you may be surprise.
And look online for the best price, going with the optician's own lenses by post service is not necessarily the best option but until you are sorted out, you might want to pay the little extra and enjoy the option of free check ups (mine were on a weekly basis and saving me on average £10-20 minimum)
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