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I have needed glasses for around 12 years now. Unfortunately I have had to get a new prescription every six months as a result in the deterioration of my vision. As you can appreciate this is extremely costly. Because of this reason I looked in to getting daily disposable contact lenses. I felt this would benefit me more as I would not have to fork out every six months for a new prescription. I was also becoming more active with sports and felt that having glasses was always a hindrance. My optician explained to me that not everyone is capable of wearing lenses, so I had to have an eye test to make sure I was suitable. Fortunately I was, and I was given one weeks worth as a trial. I opted for the daily disposables as I felt they would be the more hygienic option and of course the easiest. Fortunately I'm not squeamish about touching my eyes as I know many people are! The lenses come in blister packs filled with sterile saline. They are soft lenses so putting them in was incredibly easy, just put one finger on the lens, make sure it is the right way round and hold your bottom eyelid down, look up and slide it on. As a first time wearer of contacts, I was shocked at the instant comfort. I felt nothing on the eye itself and my vision was perfect, just as it was with glasses. The advice is not to wear the lenses for more than 12 hours but I often wore them for most of the day as I just forgot they were there. I also on occasion fell asleep with them in which did cause discomfort in the morning but take them out and rest your eyes and it didn't do any damage. The only time I have ever had a problem with the lens was one occasion where I rubbed my eye and the lens tore. When I then tried to take it out, only half came out and the other half slipped round my eye. It was incredibly painful and uncomfortable and quite worrying. It took a good few minutes to finally find the other half and remove it. However, I expect this was my fault for rubbing my eye! But that's just one problem in the six years I wore them. I have since had laser eye surgery to correct my vision. At the time I had them I was paying £30 a month for 30 pairs. I probably wasn't saving much money by having these instead of glasses, but the convenience factor is worth a fortune!! I would recommend these lenses as they are incredibly comfortable, quick, clean and easy to use.
I had been wearing Johnson and Johnson 1-Day Acuvue contact lenses for a while, but I was unhappy with my vision as they did not correct my -1 astigmatism. They were fine for social events, but my vision was not good enough for work etc... As a result I decided to try 1-Day acuvue for astigmatism. I thought they would be ideal for me as they were made of the same type of material as my current lenses and they were also a convenient daily wear regime. They were massive compared to my usual contacts and felt very uncomfortable as soon as I put them in. This didn't improve much throughout the day. Surprisingly my vision didn't seem much better either. My optician told me that my one eye actually had better vision with the standard lenses! Also they were very, very expensive. As a result I decided they were not for me and in the end, after lots and lots of trials ended up with the 2- weekly acuvue advance for astigmatism.
I have worn contact lenses for the last 30 years! Until this year I had always worn coloured contact lenses until I was persuaded by my optician that due to poor oxygen content to the cornea I was in fact damaging my eyes. I had suffered from bloodshot eyes for a number of years but this became the "norm" not realising the damage I was doing. I started using Johnson and Johnse acuvue for astigmatism 3 months ago and am delighted with the difference. My eyesight is much sharper. I have astigmatism in both eyes and my previous lenses did not really rectify this. Initially I suffered from dry eyes - this lasted about 4 days - and after that they were really comfortable and easy to wear. My bloodshot eyes are now a thing of the past. My only gripe is that my close vision is not so good - which means that I have to apply my makeup before I put in my lenses. However this is a small price to pay for a clearer outlook on the world!
I have worn contact lenses for about 14 years now and have always had the ones that need changing every month. Recently i decided that i would wear my glasses a bit more and have the Johnson & Johnson one day acuvue for Astigmatism instead. I really did not get on with them, i was given a trial pack of 6 pairs and of those about 3 of these tore when i tried to take them out, i was left with half a contact lense in my eye that i then had to find and get out... ouch! I also found that they moved alot and sometimes i'd be driving and notice that the vision in one eye was blurred, i'd rub my eye and move the lenser and it would be back. The main issue for me was that they are just too thin, i find the monthly lenses much more durable.
My last experience with contacts was some 20 years ago or so - am I really that old? I had the old gas permeable lenses which scratched all the time. One rainy day I rubbed my eye and one fell out, never to be seen again. I figured it was too expensive and too uncomfortable to replace, so I just went back to wearing glasses. Roll forward a few (OK, more than a few) years and my sons are increasingly active - I always end up in goal. I decided to try contacts again and my optician offered me a trial of these lenses. I suffer from hay fever so figured my eyes would be too sensitive to wear them for long periods, but I took to them straight away. I mainly wear them at weekends, but I was soon able to wear them for 12 hours or so at a time. Most of the time I don't feel I am wearing them. The lenses themselves are easy to put in and extremely easy to take out - no fiddling around, just do it standing in front of the bathroom mirror. As for the packaging, it's OK, a bit fiddly, but functional. I love them - they really have transformed my life (well, the glasses wearing at weekends bit of my life).