Product Type: Ciba Vision in Contact Lenses
Newest Review: ... me more like 4 months. In terms of price then I am satisfied as I have seen these much more expensive elsewhere. It does appear to me... more
I'm glad I took the plunge!
Ciba Vision Focus Dailies Toric
Member Name: ms_123
Ciba Vision Focus Dailies Toric
Advantages: Easy to use, comfortable, can see clearly!
I didn't know too much about lenses so asked some questions such as which type of lenses I should go for. My optician recommended 'focus dailies' daily disposable ones as I didn't want to wear lenses everyday. These are made by a company called CibaVision. These are very convenient - just wear them once and throw them away. He also said this was much safer than using monthlies or permanent lenses, as they didn't require fiddly cleaning or storage. They also avoid the build-up of harmful deposits which can lead to eye infections. Disposable lenses can be worn for around 7 hours, before they should be changed.
The first set given to me weren't great. I have mild astigmatism, which is quite common and is due to an irregular curvature of the cornea or lens. This results in the inability of the eye to produce a sharp, focused image on the retina. The lenses given to me gave me around 90% of the clarity of my glasses, but things were still slightly blurry, due to the fact that the astigmatism wasn't corrected. I was told that this was the best type of lens that was on offer at the time.
I still bought a box of 30 but due to the fact that they weren't as good as my glasses I didn't wear them often. A box of 30 lasted me two years! At my last checkup my optician said that he had some good news. There was a new type of lens on the market which corrected astigmatism and they would be suitable for me and was I interested? I jumped at the chance!
These are manufactured by the same company and are called 'Toric' lenses. They are exactly the same as normal lenses except that they feel a little thicker. This is a bonus for me as I find them easier to put in and take out than the normal ones! The clarity I get with these lenses is fantastic and pretty much match my glasses. I had a box of 5 which I used in around three weeks compared to 2 years for 30!
The lenses come in 2 boxes of 30 (30 pairs), with a different prescription for each eye. Opening the box reveals strips of lenses, each of which are in their own individual oval-shaped pod. Each pod is made of clear plastic and you can see the lens floating in some saline solution.
Before using, make sure you wash your hands and dry them too. Using hand sanitiser does not count! It also helps if you're standing in front of a mirror. To use, just break one of the pods off the strip, and pull away the film lid. Dip your index finger into the pod and gently pick out the lens. The lens is made of thin plastic and is quite flexible. Before attempting to put these in look at the lens - if the rim points out instead of up then the lens is probably inside out. Also check to make sure it's not ripped, damaged or dirty.
--Putting them in--
Looking straight at the mirror, use your other hand to open your eye slightly and stare straight ahead. Bring the lens towards your eye and once it touches it, hold it there for a second. It does feel a little cold and usually makes me wince! I find it helps if I move my eye round (i,e look left and right, up and down), as this helps the contact slip onto the eye easily. Blink slightly to make sure it's in and then repeat with the other eye.
If at this stage the contact is in the wrong way around then it will generally pop out. It can be re-inserted but make sure you rinse the lens with the saline solution first! Other warning signs that all is not well is that you may feel a prickling sensation, like you've got grit in your eye. Again, remove the lens, wash with saline and try again! It takes a while to get the hang of putting these in and 2 years after first wearing them I still struggle from time to time! For the ladies, it's also best to put make up on after putting your lens in. This is to avoid contaminating the lens.
Once there in they are very comfortable, although you can still feel them in there. Towards the end of the 7 hour time period they do start to feel a little uncomfortable, and my eyes feel quite tired - like I do when I've not had enough sleep. There are times when it's not practical to take the lens out at exactly the right time. If I leave them in too long they do make my eyes quite dry and then can be difficult to take out. In this situation I find putting some eye drops in loosens them a bit and makes them easier to remove.
--Taking them out--
Remove make up if you have worn some before taking out the lens. The act of rubbing to remove eye make-up can lead to the lens tearing. To take them out, once again a mirror is handy. Stare straight at the mirror and with the flat part of your index finger feel the lens in your eye. Resist the urge to use your nails!! With a little gentle pressure, and in one sweeping motion, slide the lens to the outer corner of your eye. The lens should then pop out. If it doesn't, don't panic! Wait a few minutes and then try again. Remember, a contact lens cannot get lost in your eye! When the lenses are (eventually) taken out dispose of them in the dustbin.
Overall, I think disposable contact lenses are great. Wearing glasses can get in the way when playing sports and it's always nice to ditch the glasses when socialising with friends or attending functions. If you have astigmatism, ask your optician about Toric lenses.
Contact lenses can be tricky to put in and out, but as with anything, practice helps. They are quite expensive though - 30 pairs cost around £36.00. This is slightly more expensive than the standard, non-toric lenses as would be expected. For me this is ok, as a box lasts me around 4 months, but more regular users may want to ask their optician for advice, as more permanent lenses may work out better. A cheaper deal can probably also be found by shopping around.
Wearing contact lenses for me has worked out well. Don't be scared to take the plunge - it's really not as scary as it seems!
Summary: Great lenses