These are the most recent lenses I have purchased as I tend to try out various makes to see what suits me best. A while ago I switched to buying my own lenses online rather than via a company such as Specsavers, after realising how much cheaper it was. I also had an incredible stock of contact lens solution built up due to in my opinion the excessive amounts delivered each month with my contract (probably what I was paying for in the end).
I ordered two boxes of six lenses, providing me with six months worth so long as I did not damage a pair or lose a lens. The box is easy to open and has a nice secure fastening mechanism by use of a cardboard flap, rather similar to cereal boxes. It is something simple but all previous lenses I have had were never secure once the box was opened. Each lens is individually packed inside solution with the prescription on the lens tray so you can be confident of the lens you are putting in once you open the lens tray.
Upon first handling these lenses, I could tell they were of the delicate variety. They were very soft and easily turned inside out, which they still do. You therefore have to handle them very carefully. Upon storing the lenses, this has led me to much time-wasted and confusion over which way round the lenses were when it came to putting them back in. After storing them in solution and giving them a little shake, the lenses would occasionally fold on themselves and confuse me as to what way round they were. With much practice, I have now got better at telling which way round they should be, however this has not been without fault. I have put these lenses in at times the wrong way round and there is a very subtle but noticeable scratchy feeling to my eye. Upon taking the lens out and turning it inside out to re-apply, the scratchy feeling goes and it becomes evident that they were inside out originally!
Besides this issue, the lenses are very comfortable to wear and I really cannot tell they are in. I can't say this for all other lenses I have worn, so this is certainly a true bonus. My eyes do not dry out or get itchy with these lenses, which has happened in the past with other makes. They also seem to last well up to a month without causing any problems. They also have a slight tint to them, which helps in bright sunlight!
They are easy to clean as long as you are delicate. Although they are soft and tend to easily fold onto themselves, I have never had a pair rip like some of mine have in the past from other makes. Two boxes of 6 lenses in each cost me £26 online. This was slightly more than I had paid for other lenses before, but it was worth it for their comfort and hydration. They are not the most premium pair of lenses, but they are certainly decent. Considering these will last me 6 months, that works out at around £4.30 a month, which is a lot better than the £13/month contract I was paying with Specsavers. I would certainly recommend trying these Cooper Vision Proclear lenses.
I wore these lenses for about 18 months, and for the most part they were fine, but there were a couple of issues that led me to switch to weeklies.
Its true that monthly lenses is the cheapest way of doing contact lenses, and these have the advantage of not needing a specific solution, which means the first cheap ones in a 750ml bottle will do the job, and cost very little (£10) for 3 months.
The lenses themselves were good, but my experience was that a month was too long. Often after about three weeks of daily wear these would start to feel a little tired, and tended to become a bit misshapen. It was during this last week of each month that they could cause some irritation.
Monthlies are recommended for those who wear contact lenses for a very long day (first thing in the morning till bed time) so it was for this reason I stuck with them for longer than I otherwise would have. Out of the 18 pairs I went through I think I probably had 4 individual lenses tear on me, which frustratingly tended to happen nearer the start of the month.
Therefore this extra cost needs to be factored in, as unlike dailies you are now left with the option of either wearing glasses for a month, or ordering some additional lenses.
These are some of the cheaper monthly lenses which don't allow as much oxygen to get to the eye. I'm not an eye doctor, but I'm told more oxygen is a good thing. I found on the few occasions I did fall asleep with these in they did tend to stick to the eye. Not as much as daily lenses would, but I would still recommend against it, as these lenses are not designed for use during sleep.
I have been wearing these lenses for over 5 years now, and they have seriously changed my life. They are cheaper than daily disposables, and if you shop around and get a good deal, you can often get 6 months worth with solution for little over £36. I often wear mine for over the recommended month, as I tend to lose track of when I've opened a pair and they're fine. I think the month is just so the manufacturers cover themselves.
They are always comfortable and it's easy to figure out when they are in the wrong way. I guess I often wear them for most of the day, sometimes even breaking the rules slightly by sleeping in them, but this has never resulted in anything bad happening. In fact they are still as comfortable as the day before (but it's always best to take them out if you can to give your eyes a rest).
Until I save up for laser eye surgery, these will do nicely.