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I'd be lost withough them.....literally
Disposable Contact Lenses in General
Member Name: shoequeenrach
Disposable Contact Lenses in General
Advantages: Perfect vision, no more glasses, more convenient than monthly disposables
Disadvantages: Difficult to remove with long finger nails
As I'm sure you're all aware, we inherit the majority of our personality traits and physical features from our parents. My Dad was particularly generous with his genetic contribution and from him I not only recieved ugly feet and what I think of as a great sense of humour but also rediculously bad eyesight!
At the age of 11, after complaining to my parents that I couldn't see the blackboard at school they took me to the optitans for an eye test and I was told I needed glasses. With a prescription of -2.50 my eyesight was pretty poor! So I got my first pair of glasses but my Dad wouldn't let me get a nice funky designer pair like I wanted and instead I ended up with a boring navy blue pair (thankfully they were still better than the old plastic NHS specs you used to be able to get). I thought my glasses were ok at first but the more I looked at myself in them, the more faults I picked with them, although I couldn't deny the fact that I could see so much better with them on.
I had just started secondary school at the time and gave them a bit of a test run on a couple of occassions when I though no one was looking but unfortunately didn't have the confidence to let others see me in them. In the adolescent world where appearence and the opinions of your peers are everything I was paranoid that the other kids would think I looked stupid, so I didn't wear them and instead made a deal with a friend that if we needed to copy things off the board I would copy from her and if we needed to take dictation she would copy from me as I could write more quickly than she could. It was the perfect plan (unless one of us was off sick or on holiday).
Then we took our GCSE options and the following term we were to be seperated into different classes, it was at this point I realised that I might run into a spot of trouble and asked my Mum to take me back to the optitians to see about getting some contact lenses - thankfully she agreed.
***The introduction of contact lenses***
My eyesight had deteriorated by this point and I needed a new pair of glasses anyway so it was a good opportunity to go. The first contact lenses I got were from Specsavers. I had another general eye test and a good examination of my eyes to check that I was suitable to use contact lenses and then a member of staff at the optitians gave me a tester pair straight away and a teaching session where she showed me how to clean them, check they were the right way around (by holding the lense on the crease of the palm of your hand below your little finger and then bending your hand, if the two sides of the lense touch then it is the right way around, but if they fold back onto your hand then it is 'inside out' almost and needs to be put right other wise it is extremely uncomfortable on the eye - if you can get it in) and how to put them in and take them out. She explained the importance of washing and drying your hands thoroughly and avoiding sleeping in them and getting them wet to reduce the risk of running into problems. For the first day I was only allowed to wear them for two hours, the nice lady talked me through the process of putting the lenses in and I was amazed at how easy it was. It didn't hurt putting the lenses in, but it didn't feel normal either, almost like I had an eye lash or something in my eye, but not quite that bad. I was told that this was normal and that my eyes just needed to adjust and get used to the lenses being there. She was right and after I while I had almost forgotten they were there. I was truely amazed by the difference to my vision when wearing my contact lenses, it seemed like I had perfect vision, even better than when I was wearing my glasses. Everything is so clear and you don' have the frame of your glasses getting in the way. I instantly knew that contact lenses were for me.
Taking them out at home was also easier than I expected it to be after having a couple of practice runs at the optitians. The next day I could wear my lenses for four hours and the next day for six hours and so on, increasing by two hours each day until I had reached 12 hours, the lenses, I was told should not be worn for any longer than this.
My lenses were monthy disposables that I could wear everyday (although the optitians recommended that they only be worn for a maximum of six days and then have a one day break from wearing them) that then had to be cleaned an kept in a special contact lense solution overnight. To begin with it would take me a good 5 minutes to put my lenses in and take them out but I soon became an expert and learnt to do it in less than a minute I'm sure.
***A slight problem***
I carried on with these lenses for around 2 years and then happened to go into specsavers one day to see about getting an eye test when I was informed that I was extremely overdue for a contact lense check and that I should have had one three-six months after first getting the lenses. I had my contact lense check and was informed, despite religiously following the instructions given to me on that first day, that the underside of my eye lids were inflammed and that I had a form of conjuntivitis (not the gooey, sticky kind) and was told that I shouldn't have been wearing my lenses. How was I supposed to know?? I had had no symptoms and they had not told me that I needed this contact lense check or notified me of needing an appointment. I was advised to see my GP for a course of eye drops and told not to use my contact lenses for four weeks. I was devestated, my contact lenses had given me so much confidence and by this time I was in college. Thankfully, my glasses this time around were a little bit more stylish. So I completed my course of eye drops and promptly changed optitians.
***Daily Disposable Lenses***
I signed up with Donald and Attichinson (D&A) and immediately noticed a difference in their service. I told my optitian about my recent conjuntivis and they changed my contact lenses to daily disposables as these reduce the risk of problems because at the end of the day you just throw them in the bin. I was given Focus Dailies contact lenses. These lenses are all packaged individually in little plastic cases filled with lense fluid that keep them fresh until you use them. All you need to do is was your hands, make sure they are dry and that there are no traces of soap left on your hands as this can make your eyes sting, tear back the foil type top of the case, remove the lense, check its the right way around as you would with the other lenses I had (mentioned above) and put them in. Throw the packaging in the bin and when you have finished wearing the lenses wash and dry your hands, remove the lenses and throw them in the bin too. These amazing lenses are meant to have blink activated moisturizing agents to help prevent your eyes from drying out and I have to admit that I immediately noticed a difference, these lenses were so much more comfortable! Three months later I recieved a letter in the post informing me I needed a contact lense check, I made an appointment an after a thorough check up was told my eyes were fine!
I have never had any problems with these contact lenses and I am contacted by my optitians when I am due for a contact lense check, which is now usually once a year. You are not supposed to sleep in contact lenses (unless you have the 30 day continuous wear ones) or get them wet. But I will admit that on occassion I have accidentally fallen asleep on the sofa or something without taking them out. The times that I have done this I have found that when I wake up my vision is blurry with the lenses in and that I have some sleep like discharge in the corner of my eye which is quite gross. When this happens I just remove my lenses straight away and wear my glasses and as far as I am aware have had no problems as a result of this.
The general process for inserting and removing the lenses remains the same as with any other contact lenses as far as I am aware and this process is made easier if you have short finger nails. I used to bite my nails but have recently started to grow them and have noticed that the longer my nails are the more difficult it is to remove the lenses, so I now keep mine resonably short.
I have now been wearing daily disposable contact lenses for six years and can honestly say I have never encountered any problems with them. They are so easy to use and so much more convenient than having to clean and store monthly disposable lenses. I will admit that I have become a bit slack with the rules and do tend to wear my contacts for more than 12 hours a day, although this is not recommended. I have never liked wearing glasses as I find that the lenses get dirty really easily without me touching them, I hate the way they steam up if you go into somewhere warm after being outside when its cold and that if you happen to get caught in the rain you may as well be blind. If I attempt to look at something out of the corner of my eye I either cant see it because the arm of the glasses is in the way or because I literally just cant see it since I'm not looking through the lense of my glasses. You cant wear sunglasses unless they are prescription ones or you're willing to look a bit daft by putting them over the top of your normal glasses and I generally think I just don't suit glasses. But, thanks to my contact lenses I can avoid all of this. I honestly cannot fault my contact lenses or the service I have recieved from my optitian in any way and if my contacts were not an inanimate object, I would thank them a millions times over for giving me the confidence to get through the sterotypical, hormone fueled minefield that was secondary school.
I honestly believe that contact lenses have made my life better and regardless of how shallow and superficial that may make me out to be, I cannot imagine my life without them. I would happily recommend contact lenses to anyone, especially the daily disposable ones. They majority of the time I don't even realise I'm wearing them, they are that comfortable but If I get tired then they do tend to make my eyes feel a bit dry, but thats all and at that point I'm usually ready to remove them anyway.
Personally, I don't have a problem with putting things in and touching my eye, but after recommended contact lenses to a few people I am usually met with a horrified look and the statement "Oh, no! I couldn't stand touching my eye!" so if you're the sort of person that would struggle with this than maybe contact lenses aren't for you, but the difference to me personally was second to none, like having perfect vision all over again (until bed time anyway).
I pay £25.80 a month for 60 daily disposable lenses (30 days worth) from D&A/Boots optitians, they are delivered right to my door every month and this price includes free contact lense checks and also gives me 50% off the price of glasses. However, I'm sure that prices will vary depending on the optitians you used and the type of contact lenses that are best for you.
I apologise for this incredibly long review, but if you have made it this far than thanks for reading! :)
Summary: I'd literally be lost without them! 5 stars!!!