I've been a contact lens wearer for many years now, and I have experienced many different kinds of products. Some have been fantastic, and some not so much. This has given me an appreciation of what kind of tasks I ask from my lenses, and this helps me to identify which products to use.
I've suffered from dry eyes periodically for a while. At one point it got so bad that my optician recommended I stopped wearing lenses until my eyes recovered. One great tip that I picked up from her that may help any other fellow-sufferers is to use hypromellose drops two to three times a day. They're really inexpensive (about £2) and can be used by lens wearers, although you shouldn't insert your lenses until fifteen minutes after you've popped in the drops.
Although all of that might on the surface seem unimportant to my review of Biofinity lenses, I thought that it was important to explain the state of dryness and stress that my eyes were suffering when I started to use the lenses.
I've been using them for five months, and am almost through with my second set of supplies. I have to be thoroughly honest - they've completely surpassed my expectations. They're advertised as really good for dry eyes, and are actually designed to be worn constantly for thirty days and nights without removal. This is something that I previously thought completely impossible and would have imagined was thoroughly unhealthy for your eyes.
These lenses are made from an unusually soft material that I've never experienced before. They allow oxygen to be transported through the lens to your eye, ensuring that there's no starvation to make your eyes sore or bloodshot. They hold moisture really well and don't leave my eyes feeling dry or tired at all.
I have to be honest and let you know that I don't choose to wear them constantly for a month. I take them out at night and soak them in saline like I would with any other lens. I just don't like the thought of leaving them in, I think because of the difficulties I've suffered in the past with dry eyes. I have slept in them however, both for relatively short naps and for overnight when I've been staying away from home or travelling and actually, I didn't experience any discomfort. I was pleasantly surprised, but still can't really get over my fear enough to wear them for really extended periods of time. One thing that they are fantastic for is flights - no need to worry about taking a storage pot and a 100ml bottle of fluid in your hand luggage; you can just take your normal part-used bottle in your main luggage and wear these lenses for the whole length of the flight - they haven't dried up or become uncomfortable at all in the recycled air atmosphere.
The lens itself seems to be quite hardy. I've not managed to tear or nick one, and in truth must admit to not being the most delicate of ladies when it comes to most things! I've ripped lenses easily in the past, and I've not been aware of paying any extra care to these lenses than to others. I think they're just a bit tougher than the lenses I've dealt with at the past.
I'm trying to think of a downside to Biofinity lenses, as that's generally how I round off my reviews. I'm struggling very much however as I've really liked using them, and have in fact ordered a new six month supply rather than three months. I have faith the product now and trust from the experience that I've gained that they will help to keep my eyes in good health.
The best part of Biofinity lenses perhaps is the price - they're not massively expensive. Because they're more advanced technologically and are designed to be worn constantly, they are a bit more dear than regular in-and-out monthly lenses. However it's not really noticeable when you buy in bulk as I do. If I bought monthly then I might notice that these lenses cost me £3 more than the last lenses I used. However, with a bulk discount from somewhere like getlenses you pay less anyway. For my forthcoming six month order, I've paid £4.58 per eye per month - I think that's an incredible deal when compared to other options such as Specsavers' mail order direct debit scheme - £10/month for (in my experience) far less comfortable lenses.
Having worn contact lenses for many years now I have never really had much problems with dry eyes and have always been able to wear contact lenses for a full day. Having discovered www.contactlenses.co.uk as a cheaper version to buying contact lenses I came across these biofinity contact lenses which are classed as continuous wear lenses meaning they are designed to be worn continuously for a set period of time - in this case 30 days.
Biofinity lenses are apparently is manufactured with Aquaform, which is an advanced silicone hydrogel material this material is suppost to let higher levels of oxygen through the lenses and therefore be better for your eyes. As they are suppost to let more oxygen to your eyes it is therefore ok to wear them 24/7. More oxygen to the eye also means they are a healthier option for eyes which means eyes should also be whiter. They also contain more water than other lenses which again is better for your eyes.
Reading about these contact lenses I thought they sounded good. I then did my research dooyoo of course and also reviews on the website all were positive and a lot of comments from people who suffer from dry eyes when normally wearing contact lenses who had found they could wear these continually for the 30 days with no problems. Now if you have bad eye sight as I do - my prescription is -6.50 and -6.00 which means I could not get by without glasses or lenses you will now that it would be a a great felling to simply be able to wake up and see! Laser eye does not appeal to me as I have paranoia I would be the one who something bad happened to and I would loose my sight altogether but these I was thinking could be the next best thing. It cost me £30 for 3 month supply - more expensive than other monthly disposables I could get from the sight but the same price as I used to pay from specsavers for monthly disposable so I thought the price was reasonable.
When these lenses arrived I couldn't wait to try them. I popped them in my eyes in the usual way they seemed slightly thinner than my normal lenses which I had been wearing that day and I could tell the difference instantly they did feel more comfy on my eyes infact I couldn't feel I was wearing them at all. A positive start I felt. Anyway I was feeling good about wearing my lenses reading my book without glasses before sleep what a great feeling turning the light off still being able to see but unfortunately that was where my dream ended. 3.30am I woke up my eyes felt dry and sore not as sore as when I have feel asleep in other lenses but uncomfortable enough to mean getting out of bed to take them out in the middle of night so I could go back to sleep in comfort and wake up with shattered dreams and the usual rummage for glasses.
That was not my only try either I gave it a day and a night thinking maybe because I had worn other lenses first it would make a difference. Second time round the lenses were comfortable during the day but no good for the night by 10 o'clock I could feel them and so again took them out before sleeping.
The advantages for me.......
These lenses are comfortable to wear have lasted the month and can be left to soak in multi purpose contact lens solution no problems a special formula is not needed.
The disadvantage for me......
They did not feel comfortable enough during the night for me to keep them in and also bear in mind I do not have dry eye problems with any other lenses.
With all this taken into consideration I am still going to give these lenses 3 stars as they are comfortable to the point where you can't feel them during the day just a shame for me I couldn't wear them all night.
Thank you for reading I hope you found this useful.
Also posted on other review sites under the same name.
Quick note...... You may want to check with your optition first before trying these lenses overnight, but I am sure you all are able to use your common sense when it comes to your own eyes.
I had been wearing Air Optix Day and Night for quite a while before I decided to try out Biofinity lenses. I must admit that at first, I didn't like them. But turned out that it was just because of the contact lens solution I was using. After I switched to continuous wear all my issues disappeared! If you want to take out your lens daily, try using preservative and biguanide free solutions.
Biofinity lenses offer crisper vision. I can't really describe this, but I saw the difference immeadiately as I tried them on in my opticians office. Also, they are more soft (lower Modulus) which is better for the eye. It makes it more easy to tear them, though. But as I am not taking them out every day, I don't care about this.
They do not have any surface treatments or anything, so it is unlikely that your eyes will develop any bad reaction to them.
Another advantage is the price. After googling and checking out various shops, I found that I could get them three times cheaper than my Air Optix Night and Day lenses! Great!
Air Optix Night and Day were more breathable. Then again Biofinity is very breathable as well and I do not see the difference myself. I find the comfort of Biofinity superior and my eyes are more white and are looking more healthy all day long.
Ive worn contact lenses since the age of 17, and literally can't live without them now. I am so accustomed to wearing them outside the house, that it just feels plain weird to wear specs, and maybe only five times over the last few years have I done this. That is why it is important to me to have a great set of confortably contact lenses.
Initially I used Specsavers for a few years and found their lenses comfortable, being monthyl disposable lenses they were never particularly expensive, however one day I thought I would have a look online, and found out that I could save around 50% by buying online. I tried a few different brands including other Cooper Vision products and Focus lenses, however last year I tried Biofinity Lenses and have finally found the lenses for me
My eyes are relatively dry so with other cheaper lenses I found that after a few hours they would start to irritate me, and hence it was pointless wearing them as I would struggle through the rest of the day, trying to get home as quick as possible so I could put my specs on. With the Biofinity lenses this problem was solved. I can wear them for the whole day without any problems at all.
There are times I completely forgot the lenses are in my eyes, and only when I put my specs on i get double vision and realise, this is a testament to how comfortable they are. If only I never needed to take them out!, but all good things must come to an end, although they start the next day when I put them back on.
In terms of price, you can buy them of many different lenses website, and I literally use the most aptly named contactlenses.co.uk. The best way to get ever lower prices is to buy more. For one pair they may be the same price as retail stores, but if you buy six pairs at a time, it will come to like £4-5 a pair, which is incredibly good value for money. It literally works out to the cost of pennies a day.
Overall I have tried many lenses and highly recommend Biofinity contact lenses, they are very comfortably, do not tear through use, or drop it, and of course they are a great price.
I have been using Biofinity for the past 3 months. These are soft lenses that can be worn for up to 30 days without taking them out. The idea is that the user does not transfer bacteria from his/her hands by daily/overnight changes and the lenses stay in the eyes all the time.
Excellent durability. For the past 15 years I have been using Johnson's Acuvue and have accidentally torn or damaged a number of lenses. Biofinity are way better in this matter.
They do what they are supposed to, which is provide excellent vision without taking them out for the night. It is an amazing feeling to wake up in the morning and be able to see the time on the clock (-7.00 and -6.50 in my eyes! ) :):):)
No pain, 'sandy' feeling, itchiness, redness whatsoever even after 20 or more days of constant wearing. When the eyes got a bit dry, I put some moisturising drops (any would do - just check they are suitable for contact lenses wearers) and clear vision came back.
What is more, my eyes are slowly getting their 'whites' whiteness back, which was impossible with Johnsons Acuvue. I remember well enough that after 10 hours of wearing previous lenses I was often unable to finish work in the night due to red eyes. This is now a thing of the past and such a relief.
I also appreciate the comfort of Biofinity staying in place during showers/bad weather/dusty or smoky conditions (like in the disco). Holidays with Biofinity are excellent - no need to carry extra bag with the solution and other extra stuff.
Now, the not so good things. I guess nothing is perfect.
Price. They are way more expensive than Johnsons Acuvue.:
16.50 GBP for 6 at Lensway for Acuvue
39.00 GBP for 6 at Lensway for Biofinity
With the need to buy 2 boxes the difference in cost is massive :/
Thickness can be a problem for some users. It takes time to get used to something new in the eyes. Some people may find it irritating, some eyes will not tolerate different size of the lenses (they are slighly bigger than Acuvue) or might even be allergic to some of the components of the lenses.
Biofinity are silicon-based with 48% of liquid content, which is less than Acuvue with 58% of liquid and etafilicon A as a material.
In the end, I guess I am one step closer to have a laser surgery, as I am so used to the comfort of not having to perform the daily cleaning routine of changing the lenses.
Definitely worth trying, you may enjoy more freedom with your eyes sooner than you think.