I have been wearing lenses for years. Optician recommended these for the health of my eye. Initially they were very comfy and easy for me to focus etc. However after 6 hours and without touching my eye I felt sudden sharp pain on blinking and one lens halved in my eye. Whilst one half was retrieved the other half went to the back of my eye and caused a large corneal abrasion. Trip to casualty and antibiotics. Needless to say, I'll not be using these again.
Not only have I worn contact lenses on a daily basis for over 15 years but I also spent 3 years working in an opticians (Optical Express) where one of my roles was to help train people to use their lenses. The most important thing I have learned (other than being able to focus of course!) is that comfort will always be the deciding factor on whether patients stick with a lens, change brands or stop wearing altogether. Having tried pretty much every mainstream lens available I have to say that this particular brand is by far the most comfortable. To me, comfort comes in 2 stages. 1 - the initial moment when the lens is put in and 2 - how dry your eye becomes after a few hours wear. With these lenses not only is stage 1 comfortable (i.e. you don't experience the suction cup effect of some lenses) but after a few hours, up to 10 or 12 hours my eyes feel no different. not dry and tired as with most other lenses. Would highly recommend this to patients that suffer with dry eyes and uncomfortable lenses.
My optician recommended I try these as I've been wearing Focus Dailies for the last 3 years. Ciba Vision Aqua Comfort Plus are a newer, more advanced version of Focus Dailies that allow more moisture to the eye in order to make wearing lenses more comfortable. Hours of wear/Eye health: I wear contact lenses for at least 12 hours a day, 7 days a week and though I loved my Focus Dailies, my eyes would feel very dry at the end of each working day, especially when the office was heated or air conditioned. After 2 days of trialing AquaComfort Plus, my eyes still felt moist and were still lovely a white well in to the evening. The one downside of these lenses is that they don't allow as much oxygen to the eye as newer lenses made with silicone hydrogel (such as Acuvue TruEyes). However, I will look out for a silicone hydrogel lense from Ciba Vision in the future and upgrade when one is available. Price: Aquacomfort Plus are only a little pricier than Focus Dailies (£25 versus £22 a month from Specsavers). Personally, I think eye health and comfort are extremely important, especially for those who wear lenses everyday. I therefore think the extra £3 a month is well worth it. Fit: I have relatively small eyes (my optician tells me!) and therefore can't wear larger 14.2 diameter lenses such as Acuvue TruEyes. My optician suggested AquaComfort Plus as they are 14.0 diameter, just a touch larger than the Focus Dailies at 13.9. These lenses are really easy to get in the eye and fit me really well with no movement when I blink. Sturdy: Other lenses I've tried (such as TruEyes) are much softer and split easily when I'm putting them in leading to much swearing from the bathroom! AquaComfort Plus are sturdy lenses with a defined curve, making them easy to handle and immune to being torn by my nails. This saves money in the long run as there are no wasted lense pairs. Overall, after two days of wear of AquaComfort Plus, I asked my optician to switch my orders over from Focus Dailies to AquaComfort in the future. I couldn't be happier with the value, fit, quality of the lense, and comfort.
I had conjunctivitis last year, it was so mild as to be practically unnoticeable to other people but made my eyes incredibly itchy and I just couldn't get rid of it despite using drops the doctor gave me and practicing good eye hygiene (as I always do). It was during a well timed contact lens check-up that I found out why; the infection was lingering on my lenses, why I hadn't thought of this before is a mystery but it completely made sense when the optician told me! I was adamant I wasn't going to start wearing my glasses again (far too vain to wear specs out of the house) so he suggested daily lenses worn for shorter periods than usual. Although it was pricier than my usual monthly lenses scheme I decided to temporarily switch to the daily option to give my eyes a chance to heal, the lenses I eventually opted for being the Ciba Vision Dailies Aquacomfort Plus type. The cost is roughly £25 per month from my local independent optician; this is for thirty lenses individually supplied in blister packs and is paid for through Direct Debit, although you can buy the lenses more cheaply online if you are prepared to buy in bulk. The lenses themselves are very thin but much more durable than they look. I have long nails and have only damaged two in a years use, this is comparable to the durability of my monthly lenses but doesn't seem so bad as when you tear a monthly lens you can leave yourself stuck - this is obviously most irritating when it happens at the start of a month, but with a daily lens you know you've got (usually) a ready enough supply for it not to really matter too much. The Aquacomfort lenses have a slight blue tint but this doesn't alter the colour of your eyes at all and is only for ease of handling and insertion, it's also über handy when I drop my lens in the sink as it means I can track the lens as it falls and locate it instantly when it lands. They're so comfortable, much more so than my monthly lenses. The science bit is that these contact lenses feature something called Triple Action Moisture properties - a trio of benefits designed to keep your eyes comfortable as you're wearing your lenses. Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose is a lubricant that keeps your eyes comfortable as soon as your lenses are inserted through a cushioning ability; as far as I can tell this works, at least the lenses are always instantly comfortable and I never experience any irritation during the first few minutes of wear. Polyethylene Glycol acts as a wetting agent and keeps my eyes moisturised and free of any dryness all day, while Polyvinylalcohol is a 'blink activated moisturising agent' (taken from the Ciba Vision website) and works throughout your contact lens wear period to keep your eyes feeling fresh and preventing grittiness. I've never been anything less than comfortable while using the Aquacomfort lenses and if it's this set of scary sounding chemicals making them so natural feeling then so be it! One thing I particularly like about them is that I can forget about them once they're inserted. This isn't always true of my monthly lenses as the further along their lifespan they get, the more the comfort aspect deteriorates. I've noticed this happens around the 28 day mark usually and at this point they'll be fine when they go in but will cause my eyes to become dryer and dryer as the day wears on. I've come to learn to live with it, but using daily lenses has really made me question whether I should put up with this (albeit minor) irritation. The curve is perfect so insertion and removal is always quick and easy, obviously there's no cleaning or soaking required for these lenses and you simply dispose of them at the end of the day - I wrap mine in loo roll and flush them away but you can bin them just as easily. It's debatable how long you should wear them for, I've worn pairs for upwards of twelve hours but my (sometimes bizarrely over cautious) optician recommends wearing them for a maximum of eight hours. I stuck to this while my conjunctivitis was still causing me problems but am nowhere near that strict about how long I wear the lenses for now - I dozed off wearing them once for a couple of hours and don't recommend doing that as my eyes were sticky and sore when I woke up, the fact that one lens had almost stuck to my eyeball indicates this is an unhealthy thing to do! If you need reassurance regarding how long you should wear them for I'd suggest speaking to your optician, who can also give more specific advice about the Aquacomfort lenses. My vision has always been perfect when wearing these lenses. I never experience haziness or blurring and everything always looks as sharp as it would if I had perfect eyesight, I've always found I can see better while wearing my lenses than when I have my glasses on even though the prescription is correct and up to date on my specs. The Aquacomfort lenses ensure my eyesight is spot on from the moment I insert them and the fact that they keep my eyes so moisturised means that they move smoothly as I move my eyes around so never get themselves into weird positions that will affect how I see things. I find when lenses start making my eyes dry my vision will definitely deteriorate slightly, so the bonus of the daily lenses is that this never happens as my eyes feel well lubricated and comfortable throughout the day. I highly recommend these lenses. I've recently gone back to my monthly lenses and miss these daily lenses already; I do still have a few weeks supply thanks to an excellent bulk buy offer I found online but am keeping those to use when we go away to cut down on the amount of bumph I have to pack in my toiletries bag. I think eventually I'll change back to the daily lenses as they're so convenient and hassle free compared to my monthly ones; the cost isn't massively inflated, Dailies are roughly £11 a month dearer, and to be honest the comfort is so much better that they're worth every penny.
I've been wearing contacts for ten years and never had any problems, but when I changed to the comfort plus, I noticed a big difference. I can wear these for longer, without my eyes becoming dry or irritated, and that has made a big difference. I've never found them to be less than twenty five pounds for a month, or two boxes of thirty lenses, but a few places will charge you more, so make sure to shop around first. Other than the price (more expensive than one pair per month), I have no complaints about these lenses. I have kept these in for two days at a time (in emergencies or by accident after a big night) and other than drier eyes than usual, this has not caused any problems with my eyes - no scratching of my eyes and it wasn't even that uncomfortable. Essentially, these are the best lenses I've ever worn, and the most comfortable by far.
After wearing monthly contact lenses for quite a while I switched to daily disposable lenses on the advice of my eye doctor at Vision Express and I was getting a little bit of a build up in my eyes and he wanted me to give my eyes a break now and again by not wearing lenses and switching back to my glasses so the best way of doing these was by using daily lenses that I could wear when or not I want to. The lenses he put me on were these Ciba Vision dailies Aqua comfort Plus lenses. He mentioned these to me and suggested they were the best ones for me eyes as they let a lot of oxygen into the eyes as opposed to other daily lenses and as I had a bit of a build up on my eyes, I needed a lot of oxygen getting into them each day. When I do wear lenses I tend to wear them for about 12 hours per day so I really needed some lenses that were kind to my eyes. These lenses come in a pack of 30 one-day contact lenses so you get a months supply per eye in a box although sometimes I wear two lenses a day as if I am going out in the evening I like to refresh my eyes and take the contacts out and start again with a new pair for the evening. These can be worn in the left or right eye. The lenses come in an individual pack with a plastic sheath over the top of a plastic holder. You just pull this plastic sheath off to get into the lens packet. The lens is sitting in a 69% water in buffered saline solution so when you get into them they are nice and moist and always well protected. I have never had to throw away a lens because it has dried out. The lens itself is a soft lens so its very pliable and I find these quite easy to put into my eyes. Inside the box there are actually pictures showing you the best way to put the lens into your eye and how to get the lens out of the plastic pack. The plastic pack has a bit of a bulb shape to it so its very easy to use the tip of your finger to scoop out the lens. THen I put it on the palm of my hand, put my finger on it again as it sticks quite well and then place it in my eye. If for any reason it does not go in the first time the nice thing about these packets is that you still have a bit of saline solution in them so you can soak the lens in solution again and attempt to put it back in your eye. At the end of most days I find the lenses have been nice and comfortable and not made my eyes go tired and I always can see well with them. If I have had them in for over 12 hours they do dry out a tiny bit and getting them out takes a few goes and makes my eyes sting a little bit but once they are out my eyes feel fine again. I get four packets of these lenses per month, two packets for my left eye and two packets for my right eye, so 120 lenses in total and it costs me £19.50 from Vision Express.
I have been wearing contact lenses for years, but last year I decided to try using daily disposable lenses as I found that I was starting to wear my lenses less. I thought that the dailies would enable me to use the lenses whenever I wanted without having to worry about cleaning and maintaining the lenses. The CIBA lenses can be bought online for around £34 pounds for a pack of £90. This is roughly a three month supply, however if you do not wear the lenses every day, the pack lasts a bit longer. The lenses are similar to others that I have used in the past, although I think that these lenses feel softer and tend to stay moist for longer. The lenses are designed to be ultra thin, which I was a bit wary of and I felt that I needed to be very careful when handling them as I was afraid of tearing them. When the lenses are in, they do sit comfortably in your eye, however I did find that if I was wearing them for prolonged periods my eyes did begin to feel a bit dry. Having tried these lenses for several months, overall I found them to be comfortable to wear. I also liked the hygiene aspect of disposing of the lenses and using new lenses every day. However I have to admit that I am a creature of habit and did go back to using my monthly lenses at the start of this year. I felt that these lenses were a bit too delicate and if I only wanted to wear them for a few hours in the evening, I felt it was a waste of the lenses as they had to be thrown away after use.
I love the CibaVision range of contact lenses, and have progressed through the range with each new lense developed and released. I started out on the FocusDailies, tried the Freshlook Colourblends, and the AirOptix Aqua. I have now moved onto the AquaComfort Plus, which are definitely another step up in comfort and wearability. I have stuck to these for ease of use, comfort, the way the lenses stayed moist and not noticeable whilst wearing, and the way they are so hygienic and perfect for a 20+ mum who can just throw an old one away and open a new one the next morning. I think I can count on one hand the number of times I have had one of these lenses rip when trying to put them in (over about 8 years of wearing!), and this is pretty much always down to me man-handling them. They are so incredibly thin that once in I NEVER EVER feel them, and if it wasn't for the fact my vision was so amazingly improved I would not know they were in my eyes. I must also admit (!) that I sometimes fall asleep in them (especially when I had a new born) and upon waking in the morning, I even forgot I had lenses in and continued on with my day not realising until that night that I still had a pair in! Cannot fault these lenses in anyway, except maybe I wish they were cheaper (Who doesn't!) - can't even list this as a real downfall though as they are competitively priced and for the great 'service' they provide, I'd probably pay double. I get the best deals by looking online - opticians I have previously used seem to charge extortionate prices - just type in 'CibaVision Deals', or 'CheapestContactLenses' into Google and you will be amazed at the savings out there. Also, try and buy at least 3 months in one go - again lots of extra money can be knocked off. If, like me, you are wary before you try, go to your optician for free samples - CibaVision are really good with lots of samples.
I am an occasional contact lenses wearer. I wear my glasses on a regular basis and my contact lenses when I am going out, if it sunny and I want to wear my sunglasses and for going swimming etc. When I was prescribed contact lenses originally, more than 20 years ago, it was gas permeables that I was lumbered with. All that faffing about with building up your tolerance to them, cleaning fluids, de-proteinising and remembering to remove them - without losing them - after a night out on the lash (excuse the pun) - it was only really worth the hassle if wearing them on a daily basis. So, ten years ago, when my lovely new optician suggested that daily disposables were suitable for my eyes, I experienced liberation of the ocular kind. My current disposable lenses are CibaVision Dailies AquaComfort Plus. I've been wearing them for three or four years now. The lenses come in single blister packs in strips of five, in a saline solution. They have a blue handling tint - these are not designed to change the colour of your eyes but just to make the lenses easier to see! They are very thin - just a bit thicker than cling film, but are strong enough to withstand my clumsiness and cack-handedness in handling them. It is only very rarely that I have torn or damaged one. According to the blurb on the website, these lenses have a 69% water content, "triple action moisturising agents" and "blink activated moisture release" properties. I don't know about all that, but I do know that I can wear them for 16+ hours in total comfort. I have been known to forget I am wearing my lenses and automatically push my glasses up my nose - which does look a bit daft when you're not actually wearing said specs! (Pssst, don't tell my optician but I have fallen asleep wearing these and they still felt comfortable next morning!) In the years I have been wearing them, I have only experienced discomfort on a couple of occasions. This has transpired to be operator error rather than product malfunction, however, as it transpired I had torn the lens while inserting it. Vision-wise, they are superb. I find them equally effective during daylight and at night - even while driving. I use the laptop for hours at a time sometimes, generally in the evenings, and find that my eyes do not fatigue any quicker wearing my lenses than they do with my glasses. I don't work regularly in an air-conditioned environment so I can't comment on their effectiveness under those conditions. My prescription is -3.00 and -1.75 but these lenses are available in +0.50 to 6.00 and -0.50 to -6.00 in 0.25 steps and from -6.50 to -10.00 in 0.50 steps. Cost-wise, these are expensive if you are wearing them every day. I pay £23 for 30 pairs and £6.80 per month for my contact lens care contract. A spot of Googling has revealed that they can be purchased cheaper on the internet - in some cases under £50 for 90 pairs. Even so, you are still looking at approximately £200 a year. While travelling they are brilliant as I just bung the required number of blisters (and a couple of spares) in my wash bag, and I am good to go. And I can go several weeks without wearing them and there is no having to "break in" my eyes again. For me, the cost is completely justified by the convenience and comfort that they give me. Ciba Vision Dailies AquaComfort Plus lenses are the ultimate in comfortable, faff-free, hygienic lens wearing as far as I am concerned. Five stars from me. All technical information, features and benefits about these lenses can be found on http://www.cibavision.co.uk/eye-care-professionals/dailies/dailies-aquacomfort -plus.shtml