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
Goodbye rugby shaped eyes! now I can truly focus on the ball
Ciba Vision Focus Dailies Toric
Member Name: miaredalwayswins
Ciba Vision Focus Dailies Toric
Advantages: great price, good vision, easy to put in and take out
Disadvantages: not as good as my glasses, some breakages, limited amount of solution
I have been an on/off wearer of contact lenses for several years and have worn glasses for approximately 15 years (since I was in Comprehensive school). I have an astigmatism and am short sighted with similar prescription in both eyes (right -2.50 and -1.50 x90) - (left -2/00 and -1.50 x90). I don't wear glasses/contact lenses all the time but as the years have gone on and my prescription has worsened slightly I do wear them more and especially wear them when driving, on the computer, watching tv etc.
I used to use vision express but I switched to Tesco Optician as they are opener longer hours, you can do your shopping at the same time and of course you get those clubcard points! Also after a bit of research online I found that the particular type of lenses I needed came up as cheapest via Tesco's.
A 3 month supply of these lenses or 90 pairs is £84.00 - which works out at £28 per month. I only ever buy 3 months supply at a time as to be honest that's all my budget will allow. The maximum batch they sell in is 12 months and as a 12 month supply sets you back at £336.00 (also £28 per month) it doesn't pay to buy in big bulk!
I think the fact you get 30 pair s a month is very generous as my optician has recommended I do not wear contacts every day and stick with 4/5 days a week maximum in order to give my eyes a break. Initially I have to admit I didn't heed by his advice and did wear them every day but now I am much more sensible and stick to the 4/5 days - this means that my '1 month' supply however lasts longer so a 3 month supply actually ends up lasting 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 that toric lenses do seem more expensive than their non-toric counterparts though!
*How do the lenses work?*
I have absolutely no idea how these lenses work and won't even try to explain as this is a consumer review however I am aware that when I first started wearing glasses and was told I had astigmatism (or as my optician explained to me ' rugby shaped eyes') I was also told that the option of contact lenses wasn't available to me. It wasn't until years later that I found the option was there through these specially adapted contacts.
The way my optician explained them to me is that they have two functions - firstly they temporarily correct the astigmatism and secondly they then correct the sight issue which in my case is short sightedness but for others may be long sightedness.
*Packaging - just rip them up!*
The lenses come in a cardboard box. The lenses for my right eye come in a separate box to my left eye which is great but they do not specify which box is for which eye so at this point you have to check your prescription. On opening the box there are layers of lenses which are all in a strip so you have to break them up by ripping the plastic. Usually the first thing I do is separate all the lenses in one go as otherwise this can be a tedious thing to do everyday. The separation is very easy and never have I accidentally opened a lens in doing this as these is a small perforation on the side of each lens.
The lenses are now in small plastic trays with a strong plastic label on top. On the top of each label you have your prescription so you absolutely cannot get it wrong! You simply rip the label off and inside there is a shallow disc of solution with your lens in there!
*Putting them in*
Obviously I appreciate that lenses are not for everyone and if you have a phobia or are uncomfortable about the prospect of touching your eyes then these are not recommended. I had a full tuition and check up after I purchased the lenses where a technician went through health and safe care.
Obviously washing your hands is very important to reduce the risk of infection. Also drying the hands is important as it is very difficult to put lenses in with wet hands! Having a good mirror and good light is also important as when you take the lens out of the tray you need to see where the faint blue ok mark is on the lens so you know you are putting the lens in the right way. The technician told me that with ordinary lenses it is ok if they move around the eyeball a bit but with toric lenses it is important they stay aligned as otherwise they won't be so effective.
As the lenses come in solution they can be a bit slippy so you may need to shake off a bit of solution to make sure they go in nicely, without 'slipping out'.
After a few days practice I had this down to a tee and find that actually putting the lenses in only takes around a minute maximum. Not as quick as popping a pair of glasses on but still I can spare a minute in my morning routine!
*What if things go wrong*
In the 2 years I have worn these lenses I have had them break on me twice when they were actually in my eye. Stupidly I have never reported this so I cannot say what customer care is like however I have found the rest of the batch to be fine and cannot be sure that the lenses weren't damaged by myself prior to putting in my eye (although I don't have [particularly long nails so can't see how they would have been broken). In any case it is a very uncomfortable experience when they break, although on both occasions I found it was very quick and easy to get the broken lens out (although did leave me temporarily with a very sore eye afterwards).
Although I was initially worried too about lenses getting lost in my eye my optician has reassured me that due to the way the eye is attached there is absolutely no way these lenses would get lost behind the eye!
In terms of infections - even with the broken lenses I have had no issues. These lenses seem very thin (yet durable and easy to handle) so you can actually feel in your eye when there is any dirt and remove immediately. If this is the case I will soak in the solution until clean and generally this works well. It is also a good idea to buy an additional bit of solution just in case as the lenses only come in a little bit of solution.
*Taking them out*
Again a mirror and good light is useful although after using these I can safely say I can take them out without a mirror or light (but I wouldn't recommend this). Of course washing and drying hands in removing is an important part of lens care.
I have sometimes forgotten to chuck the lenses in the bin and noticed that overnight they shrivel and harden outside of solution so definitely cannot be used again! My optician has recommended that I try and stick to wearing for no more than 8 hours - although I do tend to wear these for 10 hours a day with no issues I would obviously advise you follow your opticians instructions. I have worn for up to 14-16 hours some days and this is when my eyes do get uncomfortable and can get very itchy.
All in all there aren't many toric lenses on the market and I am comfortable using these so won't be thinking of changing anytime soon. I would recommend to anyone who requires these lenses and advise that whilst it may take a few days to get used to these you will start to see (ahem) results soon.
Although the vision with these lenses isn't as good as when I wear glasses (images aren't quite as sharp), the difference is so small it's barely worth mentioning and this is something my optician advised I needed to expect. Being able to be glasses free is definitely worthwhile I feel as I can play sports with confidence, go out with the girls on a night out and change my look as and when I want.
I am removing a star for the problems with breakages I have found, but aside from this would highly recommend this brand of contact lens.
*Apologies for the silly title!!It's my go at a bad joke!*
Summary: a good disposable lens for the ruby eyed amongst us