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Brand: Ciba Vision / Lens Type: Daily Disposable

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      27.09.2010 20:16
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      Would try others before this brand.

      Not the contact lenses for me!

      When I first decided to try contact lenses earlier this year, I was given a week supply of Focus Dailies as well as another brand to try, to see which would be best suited for me.

      ~~About the lenses~~

      Focus Dailies are daily disposable contact lenses. This means that once you have finished wearing them for the day, you simply throw them away and the next day open up another packet.

      ~~Packaging~~

      The contact lenses come in quite a plain looking cardboard box. The lenses themselves are individually packaged in a small plastic circular tray with foil on top. These come in strips of 5 but are perforated along the edges so you can separate the lenses, and keep, for example, two in your bag in case you need them.

      The plastic tray which the contact lens sits is filled with a saline solution to keep the contact lens clean.

      The contact lenses are usually sold as a month's supply, which is about £25.

      ~~How to use the contact lenses~~

      At the opticians I was taught how to take the lenses in and out. It was an extremely stressful and fiddly process and took me about 30 minutes to finally manage to do it myself!

      Make sure you wash and dry your hands thoroughly before inserting or taking out your contact lenses! If you don't wash them beforehand then you could have all sort of bacteria on your fingers which can easily be transmitted into your eyes. Also, water can cause eye infections if you have wet hands and put in the contact lenses, so take care to dry your hands before doing so.

      To put the contact lenses in, you simply peel the foil back (be careful because the saline solution can go everywhere!). With your index finger push down into the container and touch the lens. It should stick to the surface of your finger. If it doesn't then carefully use the side of the container to scoop it out! Once you have done this, carefully rotate the lens on your finger, until it is in a bowl shape. Once you have done this use your other hand to hold open your eye and carefully push the lens onto the surface. Take care not to let it touch your eyelashes or it will stick to your finger and not attach to your eye!

      A few times whilst I used Focus Dailies I actually lifted up my finger to put the lens on my eye, and the lens fell off onto the floor!! A complete waste and I had to open another one!

      To take the lens out, make sure you wash and dry your hands before. Then you hold open both your eyelids and with your thumb and index finger of your other hand, pinch gently on your eyeball and you should feel the contact lens "pop" out, and onto your finger. You should then dispose of it in the bin.

      You get a lot of saline solution still on the lens when you do insert it, and it does make your eye water fiddling around trying to get the lens in, so make sure you apply make up after you have put the lens in, or it will run everywhere!

      ~~My experience~~

      I found these lenses to be comfortable to wear for the short-term. After a few hours of wearing them my eyes started to feel dry and sore, and I would be dying to take them out!!

      They were fairly easy to put in, although, as I mentioned before, they didn't stick to my finger very well and often fell off onto the carpet!

      I liked the fact that you could separate the individual lenses from each other, this was useful if I was going out somewhere wearing glasses, but needed to change to contact lenses half way through the day! It saved me having to take a whole strip with me!

      I decided to go with the other contact lens brand after this, as they kept my eyes moisturised and were much more comfortable to wear for a whole day, which is the length of time for which I use them for.

      ~~Would I recommend them?~~

      I don't think I would. I have since discovered much better brands that are comfortable and easier to use, as well as cheaper.

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      27.04.2009 20:59
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      I wouldn't choose them

      I have worn contact lenses for a number of years and started out with the monthly lenses which I found very good until I tried Daily disposable lenses. The first time I tried Daily disposable lenses I tried the focus dailies and at first I thought they were fantastic.

      With the monthly ones, they become uncomfortable very quickly. On a number of occasions I have taken chunks out of the side from not putting them back in the canister correctly or with my finger nails when cleaning them. To replace a lense it was also rather costly.

      As it was a number of years ago, it cost around £1.00 per day to get the focus dailies and as previously stated, at first I thought they were great. No more cleaning and no more problems if I nick them or lose them. However, they are very thin and they get dry very quickly so after a while it feels like they are stuck to your eyeballs, particulary when there is airconditioning.

      The worst thing I have found about them though, is that on more than one occasion they have split in 2 in my eye. When this has happened in the past, they are jagged and very sharp and it is incredibly uncomfortable and difficult to remove the pieces. On one occasion, one of the pieces was stuck in my eye for several hours and made my eye very red and watery.

      I have since stopped using them and have started using Johnson and Johnson One day contact lenses. They have never split and have always remained more comfortable than the focus dailies. I wouldn't go back to the focus dailies, even though the Johnson and Johnson ones are a lot more expensive.

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        16.09.2008 12:07
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        the best lenses I have tried

        I changed to these lenses after wearing ordinary soft (non-disposable) contact lenses for many years. With care, my old-style lenses used to last me a couple of years before I had to buy a new pair but it was a bit of a pain having to go through the cleaning and soaking ritual every night especially if I was really tired.

        With Focus Dailies you can just whip out the lens at the end of the day and throw it away, which is marvellously convenient. There is also no panic if you happen to lose a lens - none of that frantic crawling around on the floor trying to spot it.

        Another big plus is that having a fresh lens every day is good from a hygiene point of view. I was always a bit concerned about my non-disposable lenses as I had read about the nasty bug 'acanthamoeba' which is able to live in the lens solution inside storage cases, so disposables feel a lot safer on that front.

        There are disadvantages though. Focus Dailies are made of very thin stuff, which while comfortable on the eye seems to dry out a lot more easily than my old lenses which were a lot chunkier. So I occasionally have to remove them before the end of the day as they feel as if they have 'shrivelled up' and glued themselves to my eyeballs. This is more likely in a hot dry environment which I tend to avoid anyway, so not too problematic.

        The downside of them being so comfy and slim is that I sometimes have trouble remembering they are in at all and can occasionally go to bed without removing them or - slightly worse - attempt to remove a non-existent lens from my eye when I already removed it earlier!

        I also have reservations about all that packaging as it does seem a bit wasteful ...

        But on the whole I really like these lenses and will continue to use them. Currently I get them from the Specsavers website where they cost £58.50 for a three month supply.

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          31.07.2008 16:49
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          Great daily disposable contact lenses you can buy cheaper online

          I have used Focus Dailies for several years now and they are my preferred brand of contact lenses.
          I used to use Specsavers contact lenses - initially the monthly disposable ones, but after a couple of eye infections I decided to switch to dailies. The reason for this is that I was sometimes a bit lazy with cleaning my lenses in the solutions and was told this is probably what caused the infections. Plus it was just a pain having the same pair of lenses for 4 weeks if you tore one of them by mistake or lost one, and they built up deposits on them over time which I didn't like.
          I switched to the daily disposables at Specsavers - which I later discovered after living overseas are the same as Focus Dailies and made by Ciba Vision, and so I started buying Focus Dailies online from Coastalcontacts as they had a much better price than I was paying on regular direct debit to Specsavers. I now buy 90 days worth of lenses for around £50 online. These lenses are comfortable and do not dry out very quickly. They are in individual cases and so are simple to use, and if you tear one you just throw it away and open another one. They are much more hygienic and safe that monthly disposables.
          I would recommend these contact lenses to anyone who is looking for Daily Disposables at a reasonable price.

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            21.07.2008 23:23
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            A very good buy - recommended

            I have been wearing these lenses now for around two years, having previously worn Johnson and Johnson monthly lenses but making the switch after starting a demanding job and finding my eyes were not able to cope wearing the monthlies for long periods of time.

            Overall, I have been really pleased with the performance of these lenses - the packaging is convenient and portable and they handle extremely easily. They have a slight blue tint for visibility and often pop the "right way" round first time. In two years I have had only one lens tear whilst being worn, which is a very good performance record. After first inserting, the lenses adapt to the eye easily and feel very comfortable for at least the first few hours of wear.

            The main draw back of the lenses is that they can feel quite dry in the eye after prolonged wear - more so than some of the other brands I have tried. I tend to use eye drops to combat this dryness or spend the odd day wearing glasses to allow my eyes to "recover".

            In terms of price, these lenses are very competitive - coming in at the lower end of the market due to their basic nature. I see no real reason to change from these lenses and will continue to wear them for the forseeable future.

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            29.06.2008 19:17
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            comfortable and effective lenses

            I am very squeamish when it comes to eyes so I thought I would never be able to wear contact lenses. I really only wanted them for social occasions: going out in an evening or a day out with friends. The first optician I went too tried me out with other contact lenses and I just couldn't get on with them. I then went to another optician who promoted the use of the Focus Dailes. I found that these were ideal. There is no need to carry around solutions because at the end of the day you just throw them away. They are comfortable to wear and do not irritate my eyes. I don't use my lenses every day so I am pleased to say that they have a long shelf life and can therefore be kept for occasional use. I am pleased I shopped around and found an optician who supplied these.

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              03.06.2008 14:54
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              I would recommend these for those who don't want to wear contact lenses every day. 8/10

              I've been wearing Ciba Focus Dalies for 5 year now. I tend to wear them for going out in an evening or special occassions. They are very comfortable to wear and I sometimes forget that I have them in! I used to buy them at the Opticians but there are other places that work out slightly cheaper - don't forget to check out the supermarkets! I tried various other makes before using the Focus Dalies. If you are not sure whether to buy these or not then I'd suggest you ask your optician for a trial set to try. I did that with a few pairs first. I really felt that the Ciba focus Dalies were an excellent choice. One thing I really like is that you don't have to mess around with bottles of solution so taking them on holiday is an excellent idea (any they don't take up much room). I'd give them 8/10

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              05.05.2008 05:25

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              I truly recommend that everyone who wears or wants to starts wearing contactstry Focus Dailies,

              Focus Dailies are great for occasional wear. When i go out it always makes a change to stop wearing glasses for a while. So i wear Focus Dailies they make me look and feel great. These lenses are so comfatable you can even forget your wearing them. i was introduced to these by some of my family. Their just the same as me wear glasses most of the time and Focus Dailies when going out. wvery one i know who.has them feel that they are the most convenient lenses that they have ever tried and i feel the same.
              Focus Dailies Come in boxes of 30 or 90 however you want to buy them. so if you feel you want to take a break from wearing your glasses they i recommend you try Focus Dailies. Their worth every penny. dont even stop to think about it just do it.thank you

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              18.04.2008 01:48

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              Ok, try some others too!

              These are the only lenses i have worn, so I may be biased, but from experience i speak! I have worn lenses for a little over a year, and ever since the start I found these very comfortable to wear. They are soft, quite easy to put in and are tinted bluey so you can see them if you drop them in the sink. I don't like them after about 5 hours, as they begin to get dry and sore. Wearing them in movie theatres is the worst, as the air conditioned air is horribly dry and causes clouding of the lenses, they dry out so much. Ok in the daytime, with no air conditioning, as long as you don't leave them in for longer than about 9 hours. They are ok as lenses go, i think, but I personally would like to change to monthlies. Give them a try, but they aren't the greatest lenses.

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              22.10.2007 20:53

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              overall very pleased with this product,

              Ive been wearing contact lenses for over 2 years now, and these focus dailies are the best ive had,
              when my lenses arrived, 2 boxes arrived, which last me around a month.
              ive been getting them recently from my supermarket which works out alot cheaper then buying them from a high street optician,
              as for the lenses them selfs, there easy to open package, very soft and delicate, and fit in to the eye easy. although these are only meant to last a day, they start to dry your eyes out after around 5 or 6 hours of wearing them, so i always wait till afternoon time to put them in and just wear my glasses around the house in the morning.

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              27.07.2007 10:24
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              Not great for daily use but good for occasional needs

              I have been wearing lenses for a long time and i didnt like the focus dailies, i wore them once or twice and kept the rest of the packet as spares incase i lose one of my monthly lenses and im stuck without a lens until the next day.
              Personally i prefer monthly lenses, as the construction of the lens itself on the dailies isnt that great. For one you cant see the curve very well so putting it in correctly is a hassle, and secondly i find that they dry out your eyes very fast compared to monthly lenses.

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                23.05.2007 00:21
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                Focus Daiys are great, comfortable, easy to use, great packaging, love them.

                My review is on Focus Dailys Contact Lenses.

                I have been using dailys every day as i absolutly hate my glasses - I have been wearing them almost everyday since 2004 - and i love them, i would never change to monthlys.

                They feel so comfortable in your eye, Very easy to put in and easy to remove.
                The Best Method to removing the contect lanses i found its the pinch . Just put your fore finger and thumb to either side of the lense and pinch it out. Works for me.

                I personally took a very long time to learn how to put contact lenses in, that was down to malpractise in my old optician - the man was very impatient with me and i just couldnt do it, so i changed practises and first day i was given dailys, i trusted the woman and she got me through my fear.

                The box they come in , is a white box with blue bubbles and blue text saying "Focus Dailys" and the lenses themselves come in sealed capsules attached in a row of 5.

                The lenses contain 69 %water.

                From being a regular user, i find these the best i have ever used, i also tried monthly lenses , and i found them a bit uncomfortable, they are a bit thinner, but not my favourite.

                I dont know what else to say about them, but there very goog, easy to use, excellent comfort and easy to remove.

                Lesleyanne

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                  06.05.2007 12:23

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                  Good, cheap contact lenses.

                  I've had glasses since I was 11 and am simply too lazy to fiddle around with lenses that need to be handled with care and kept in liquid over night etc. At the same time, it's great to be able to take the glasses off when going out clubbing, to a party or just when you feel like it without things further than five feet away getting blurry. So, I use Focus Dailies disposable contacts.

                  First off, they're not too expencive which is important to me as I spend a great deal of time being broke.
                  Secondly, they're practical. Putting them in takes a bit of practice if you're not used to contacts, but once you're used to it it's really easy. Taking them out is easy as well, and when you do you just throw them away; no fiddling around with contact liquid or anything.
                  Provided you put them in correctly, they're comfortable to wear and you barely notice that they're there.

                  The one thing that annoys me is the separate packages that the lenses come in. You have to pull the plastic top off, and sometimes bits of it sticks to the bottom which makes it hard to get the lense out. There's also usually a fair amout of fisihing around with your fingers to get the lense up onto your finger. However, this is a small enough annoyance that I still consider these contact worth my time and money.

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                  10.03.2007 14:57
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                  I really love these, I couldn't live without them

                  I should have written the maker of Focus dailies a Valentine's card because I think I'm in love. I would sum up focus dailies as small, practical and unnoticeable.

                  How to get hold of them

                  Although I only use only one main optician I’ve noticed focus dailies everywhere I go and you should be able to ask for them at your local practise, in fact they are probably the ‘default contact lenses as they were for mine. I’ve even found focus dailies abroad. I was in France once and I’d realized I’d forgotten my contacts so I walked into an optician and in very clumsy French I asked if they stocked contact lenses of my strength. The cashier casually lent to his right and took two packs of focus dailies and I would recommend them just for their popularity because I know that being able to buy my usual contact lenses that I knew and loved in a foreign place was comforting beyond words.

                  Packaging

                  I usually buy my contact lenses in packs of 90 which is the largest pack size that they have available at my optician. They come in what I believe arelovely looking packages. The package is everything you want from a contact lens box (yeah, you can tell I like them). The colour scheme is blue and white and as a result is very unobtrusive in your bathroom. Them have images of contact lenses which look abit like blue bubbles on them, which again I find perfect for the bathroom. The strength of the contacts are clearly marked on the side, big enough for you to check you are putting the right strength into the right eye but small enough so as not to advertise the strength of your blindness to everyone who passes through your bathroom.

                  The contact lenses themselves come in small pouches about 4cm long and you could conceivably conceal two pouches in your hand without anyone noticing should the need arise. The pouches are easy to open just try not spill the solution out of them as they are filled quite high and if you spill the solution you may spill the lens as well.

                  Easy to put in?

                  Yes, I’d say very easy. Obviously, if you’ve never worn contacts before it make take a lot of practise put you’ll soon get the hang of it and not be able to live without them. They are ever so slightly blue tinted to help you see them to put them it but I promise that this doesn’t show up at all once they are actually in your eye.

                  Advantages:

                  +Easy to use
                  +Easy to travel with
                  +Packaging looks modern
                  +Easy to put in
                  +Can be found at most opticians
                  +Well respected make
                  +One of the cheapest daily contact lenses

                  Disadvantages:

                  -Text on the actual pouches is quite small which may make it difficult for some people to see without glasses/lenses already in. But having said that I’ve never had a problem.
                  -Small pouches means a small amount of solution so once you’ve spilt it its gone.
                  -Daily wear contact lenses are always going to be quite expensive.

                  In conclusion

                  Since I got these lenses I’ve hardly been a day without them and I love them to bits. Highly recommended.

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                    10.12.2006 20:06
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                    Good for casual wear, and excellent in keeping risk of infection.

                    Focus Dailies are great for casual wear. They are suitable for full-time wear aswell, but most wearers will find that towards the end of the day the comfort isn't as good as when first inserted and some may find them intolerable. This is typical of most contact lenses but more so with these as they are thinner in design (as they are Daily lenses) and dry up quicker. The effect of drying is exacerbated in air-conditioned environments, central heated environments and those people using VDU's. The effect of VDU, isn't actually caused by the VDU itself, but rather by the fact that most people actually stare at screens without realising it. When staring, the blink rate is reduced, so the tear film over the eye/contact lense isn't renewed.

                    You can of course use refreshing drops which are available from most opticians and most pharmacies. Or alternatively it may be worthwhile speaking to the Optician about the Focus Daily All day Comfort, which are said to be better towards the end of the day due to a wetting agent included in the lense.

                    Otherwise, like all daily lenses, Focus Dailies rid of the need to clean them daily and therfore avoid the cost and use of solutions. This also gives the benefit of avoding a reaction from the preservatives in the solutions which some people can be sensetive to. Otherwise, they also minimize risk of infection as a fresh clean pair is worn each time.

                    From a clinical point of view, there are superior lenses out there, which allow far more oxygen through the lenses, but these are monthly lenses. I generally advise patients to wear monthlies if I feel that they are to wear lenses all day everyday.

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                    Focus Dailies are a daily disposable soft contact lens that provides the clearest, most comfortable vision possible.