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I've worn contact lenses for years and when my optician radically reduced the price of these Ciba Vision Freshlook coloured lenses I decided to give them a go. It only worked out to a couple of quid more than my 'normal' contact lens plan during this promotion so I ordered (on a hope of liking them) a twelve months supply, foregoing the usual one months trial period as by the time this ended so had the special offer.
The optician was brilliant and talked me through the different colour options, when he saw I was hesitating he let me choose six months supply of two colours (making up the years supply) so I opted for Blue and Sapphire. I have blue eyes anyway and all I wanted to do was enhance their natural shade, I've found (as I thought) that the Blue lenses do this brilliantly while the Sapphire variation is quite a dramatic change.
The lenses are comfortable to wear, mine were made to my prescription and my eyesight is spot on while wearing them. I half imagined them to be a kind of gimmick like the clubbing lenses of the 90s, which looked fab but reduced you to looking through a murky haze at everything as the night wore on. I can honestly say my vision is as good in these coloured lenses as when I'm wearing my usual colour-free ones, they are a comfortable fit too which is more than I can say for the Specsavers clear lenses I'm wearing at the moment!
I do wear them in conjunction with clear lenses, sometimes I'm happy to be as natural as possible and it really depends on my mood (and how much effort I've made with my make-up) as to whether I'll want to brighten my eye colour. Once opened the lenses must be discarded within 30 days, regardless of whether you've worn them every day or just a couple of times. After wear I clean and store them with a Ciba Vision solution, the condition hasn't deteriorated at all even when I've left a gap of a couple of weeks between wearing the lenses. This is particularly useful for the Sapphire lenses as this colour is a bit too piercing for everyday wear, don't want to be looking like a second-rate WAG on the school run!
Sapphire is great for nights out though, it transforms my eye colour from a standard blue to a bright and obviously false shade which is just perfect for certain occasions. There are other shades available including a vibrant green and strange looking violet, the violet looked much too purple on the shade card the optician showed me and I definitely didn't have the bottle to try the green! They are all shades that you'd find in nature, no neon cats eyes in this range, although most people would naturally have more muted versions - this is the whole idea of coloured contact lenses though, to enhance or completely alter your appearance.
The lenses themselves are impressive, not only the fit but also the durability of them. The Specsavers clear lenses I currently use are comfortable but month after month one will split before the time comes to replace them. This hasn't happened once with any of these Ciba Vision Freshlook lenses and by the time the 30 days have passed they're still in perfect condition, a couple of months I've actually kept them a little longer than this limit when the lenses have had little wear and had the soaking solution changed regularly. This obviously isn't recommended, but I do know contact lenses and am happy with my own ability to decide if they're safe to use or not.
I'm happy with these coloured lenses, whether I'll carry on using them after my twelve months supply has run out and the price goes back up is debatable as I'm just as happy with cheaper clear lenses. Having said that, if I could get them at this price again I'd jump at the chance as it's nice to have these as a 'change'. The lenses are extremely comfortable as you'd expect from Ciba Vision causing absolutely no irritation or drying, I'll wear them for eight or ten hours at a time and sometimes they do get a bit scratchy by the time I take them out but this would be the same with any lenses in my experience.
I have used contact lenses for over 15 years and although I have always used soft contact lenses, I have tried a few differing brands. For the last decade I have been using freshlook colored contact lenses. I use the monthly disposable ones and generally, I am very happy with these lenses.
Throughout the last ten years I have tried various colours in the freshlook range. I have very dark brown eyes but I was thrilled to see that these lenses are very good at changing your eye colour when being worn. I have had green lenses, lilac lenses and my favourite which I now use all the time is saphire blue.
I have had so many comments about my eye colour. 'wow your eyes are really blue' being the most common. I love the look that these lenses give. They offer me a much more glamorous and attractive feel than ordinary contact lenses. They are very piercing and as I am so dark I find that they compliment my colouring very nicely. Even though my eyes are so brown underneath, you cannot see this when I am wearing these lenses.
These lenses come in packs of two. (one for each eye) they cost me £11 a packet and that is with my prescription added to the lense. I was paying £20 a pack but inspired by the apprentice which was airing at the time I decided to encounter on a bit of a bartering session with my optician and now I get each pack for £11. Go me!!!
These freshlook lenses are easy to use and also easy to maintain. They come in two prepacked and sealed packages, Which contains each lense. This is then presented in a freshlook cardboard box with the freshlook logo and design. The lenses are soft and very easy to fit. Although initially it may need some practice. As I have been wearing them for so long I can put the lenses into my eyes in less than a minute.
When I am wearing these lenses, I find that they sit on my eye well. They are very comfortable and I don't even think about them. They do not make my eyes feel dry ot irritable and when I take them out, I do not have any problems with the lense sticking.
I have to say though, that I have noticed a marked deteriration in the quality of these lenses over the last year. Whereas the lenses would last me a month, they now sometimes split before the month is through. I think that the general quality of these lenses seems much less robust. They seem to tear very easily and I have never encountered this problem before.
I continue to use this brand simply because I love the colour that these lenses give to my eyes. I also love the simplicity of the application of these lenses. However, if I continue to notice a decline in the quality I will have to look for an alternative brand.
I don't want to put anyone off using these lenses as generally they are amazing. They have a great range of colours and they also work well not just cosmetically but visionally. It is such a shame that I have noticed a decline in the general quality of late, and hope this is just a blip in what has always been an excellent brand. Come on Ciba vision pull your socks up!!
I have tried a large variety of coloured contact lenses. My eyes are naturally medium to dark brown and whenever I purchase a coloured contact lens, it is important that they look realistic and suit me. Although FreshLook Colours are actually one of the oldest coloured lenses they are suprisingly good! Many of the newer lenses have a mixture/blend of colours in order to make them look more natural when they are worn - note that FreshLook Colours are not like this, they instead have one solid colour on the lens, and a pupil hole in the middle. It sounds pretty simple doesn't it? In spite of the simplicity of the lens, these are by far one of the best coloured lenses options on the market and are often the coloured lenses of choice for me. I have tried every colour apart from violet. My favourites are grey and green, both look great on my eyes which are naturally brown.
I've tried the Freshlook colors and Acuvue 2 Colors, they both fit well on my eyes. I then stumbled across a site that allowed me to upload a picture of myself and try on contacts over the internet. www.tryoncontacts.com was a very useful in helping me see what contact lens would look like on my face.
I got a set of these Freshlook coloured contact lenses in grey as I've got very dark brown eyes, I wanted something that would make a visible difference and the website told me that this would be a good colour to go for.
So, I received these lenses in the mail (I ordered them online because they're a lot cheaper than in the opticians and I didn't need any strength on them). They come in the box shown in the picture and then there's 2 individual packets with a clear back, where you can see that the contact lenses are packaged in liquid. The front bit is foil with writing on that you can peel off.
So I peeled the foil off and let the liquid empty in the palm of my hand and the contact lens floated along in the liquid. I scooped it out with my index finger and it just looked like a contact lens with a ring of grey colour, the ring wasn't a solid block of colour but it came in a pattern of different flecks. These lenses don't have other colours blended in, it will just be the one main colour you've asked for. I didn't mind this as I wanted the grey to be very obvious because I wanted a dramatic colour change from my dark eyes.
The contact lens is vey soft and will bend so you must position it on the tip of your finger and make sure that there's no folds in it and also that it's not inside out. You will see when it's inside out, as it will have a funny dip in the middle. When it's the right way up, it will just be smoothly round.
So then you place it on your eyeball, you must be gentle as the eye will get irritated but chances of you getting loads of tears will be normal anyway, especially if you're not used to wearing contact lenses and these are fresh so might take getting used to.
They did make a nice colour change and are easy enough to wear. I noticed there's a slight tinge of yellow to them but that could just be the UV protection or something. They're soft and comfortable to wear. I can keep them in for around about 8 hours, which is a good amount of time. When the eyes get dry, you can just pop in some eye drops and that will solve it, this can also help towards you being able to wear them for a bit longer.
These contacts last for a month of continuous wear or 30 individual wears within a year or so. They have to be cleansed and stored properly to get the most use out of them and I got mine for £12 a pair so that's not bad going.