I recently went to the opticians because my eye sight had got a bit worse and I got told that my astigmatism had also got worse. My current contact lenses aren't made in measurements that would work with my eyes anymore so I had to swap brands and I was given the 1 Day Acuvue Moist for Astigmatism.
About the product
The contact lenses are daily disposables which are intended to be thrown away after each use. They have been designed for those with an astigmatism and promise to give you better and more stable eye sight, with a comfortable fit. They claim to be easy to insert and remove from the eye, and also offer protection from the sun's damaging rays. The lens promise to be moisture rich which means that they won't have dried out by the end of the day and will still be comfortable.
These lenses are more expensive than my previous ones. They will cost around £19 for 30 singles or £40 for 30 pairs which is a lot of money in my opinion for something that you need in order to be able to see. They can be bought from opticians and also from a few different websites.
Inserting the contact lense.
The lenses are labelled with your eye measurements and prescription and my opticians labelled the boxes so that I would know which one was which. The packets are quite easy to open although if you open it to fast, they do fly out alongside the water.
The lenses are bigger than my previous ones. They are also much thinner and feel much more flimsy although I haven't had any rip of break as I have handled them. They are quite sticky too and they roll up quite easily as you try to open. They also tend to stick to your finger which makes them harder to insert. I usually find out if the contact lense is the right way by pinching the sides together and seeing if they bend inwards but these are too thin and big to do this.
The lenses are so big that it makes it harder to get in your eye. It keeps getting stuck to my finger or caught in my lashes. Once it has been inserted into the eye, it does feel immediately comfortable and it does feel really moist. As for my vision, which is the reason that I got them. I am not altogether impressed. They don't give me clear vision and things are a little blurry and faintly as if I have been staring at the lights for too long. Whether this is a fault of the opticians or the lenses, I'm not sure.
They do remain comfortable throughout the day and I can forget that they are in my eyes. They don't dry out during the day or become picky so they can be worn for a long period of time without discomfort. They are easy to remove from the eye and the size does benefit you in this way as it's easy to pinch. My eyes feel fine after they have been removed and my eyes look healthy.
All in all, these contact lenses are a little bigger and stickier than what I am used to which means that they are harder to insert. They are comfortable once they are in my eyes and they don't dry out or become picky. They don't make my vision crystal clear and I don't think these lenses work for me. They are easy to remove and my eyes feel fine after use. I think another trip to the opticians is in order for me.
I've tried various contact lenses in the decade that I've been wearing them. Starting with monthly disposable ones, I switched to Acuvue dailies a couple of years ago. After that came their daily moist ones which were recommended as my eyes became drier. Aside from being soft lenses what they've all had in common is that they're the more usual spherical ones.
Perfect for those without astigmatism. However on my most recent eyesight test, the reason for my worsening vision in one eye was revealed to be the changing shape of the eyeball from roundish to more that of a rugby ball (although the optician didn't couch it in those terms). Fortunately astigmatism isn't the problem it once was.
Eyesight test over, my optician was happy that the toric lenses by Acuvue would be suitable so arranged for a trial supply to be ordered for me.
Once tried and tested I started purchasing them (from Tesco Opticians) at £38 for 30 pairs. Aside from the convenience of buying them from the same place as I had my eye test, it seems to be competitively priced and in fact cheaper than my previous online supplier charges.
Unlike the trial pack which came in bright yellow packaging, the 30 pairs come in typical Acuvue packaging: light blue and white boxes. The blister packs are, as ever, in rows of 5 which are easy to tear off and easy to peel open the two that you need.
Although these are made from the same materials as the other Acuvue lenses which I found reassuring they feel thicker, like monthly lenses. The upside is that I've never had to discard a torn one unlike the 'normal' dailies, the downside being I was concerned this might make my dry eyes worse or reduce the levels of oxygen reaching my eye.
Inserting them isn't any different to any other lenses. A spherical lens has no up or down - it has the same power all the way around meaning that it doesn't affect your vision if it moves when you blink. Toric lenses have two separate powers: one for the astigmatism, one for the short (in my case) or long sightedness. It sounds complicated, but wearing them all you need to know is that there is a definite up and down and if they move out of this position when you blink or move then everything becomes a blur. This isn't obvious from looking at the lenses though. You simply insert them and due to what Acuvue call their Accelerated Stabilization Design (ASD) they rotate to the correct position. Earlier toric lenses had a simple ballast method of managing this. The bottom of the lens was slightly heavier so thanks to gravity it would shift to the right position and stay there. Usually. Presumably if you wanted to sunbath wearing them, you would be fine unless you turned on your side and wanted to try reading a book. Gravity would surely fox the lenses. Maybe the same applies to any energetic sports too. Times change though, and although Acuvue are somewhat vague in detail, they do imply that the lens thickness varies in places and works in conjunction with the pressure of both eyelids to keep the lens in place. However they achieve it, for the most part it works. There are maybe a couple of instances a day when I'm wearing these (out of about 10 hours use) when they move out of place, but they've always readjusted within a few blinks.
The much bigger field of clear vision I have with these over wearing glasses. And my astigmatism is less of a hindrance thanks to the improved vision with these toric lenses compared to my old daily disposables.
They don't steam up or get wet in the rain unlike glasses.
Acuvue 1 day moist for astigmatism have UV Protection. Johnson and Johnson claim that these particular lenses block up to 80% of UVA and 95% of UVB rays. That's no substitute for a decent pair of sunglasses though as these don't cover all the eye.
The main risk with contact lenses is infection. With monthly disposables, you have clean them every time you take them out. Poor cleaning will obviously have a detrimental effect on your lenses, and thus your eyes. You wear these once and then bin them. No faffing about cleaning them, which in turn reduces the risk of catching any eye infection, or worse, longer term corneal problems which won't be picked up until you go for a check up.
These aren't without a few drawbacks though...
Potentially any contact lenses can fall out, but I haven't had that happen to me with these lenses.
It may sound obvious, but you need to be comfortable touching your eyes. This doesn't bother me now after years of wearing contacts. Assuming that most people who would use these lenses have already used spherical ones, it probably wont be an issue for anyone considering these.
The expense. Once you've paid for your glasses there is no on-going expense. Daily disposables work out pretty darn expensive by comparison. These 1 day moist for astigmatism are more expensive than normal daily disposables and even more so than the monthly options. Just shy of £40 for thirty pairs seems to be the most inexpensive price I have found.
Theres no substitute for a good optician who feels you are at the stage where you need to use toric lenses and discusses your options with you. Perhaps someone indulging in high impact sports, or even a Strictly Come Dancing contestant might find another toric lens more suitable. However, given that these still feel comfortable after 9 or 10 hours of use, and they have given me clearer vision that I had before, I would happily recommend these.
Given there isn't a big difference in price between these and ordinary spherical lenses, yet the manufacture must be more complex, I've awarded 4.5 Dooyoo stars, with half taken off for the price.
I've recently started using these daily lenses after spending more than 10 years in monthly disposables, and I'm never going back!
I have quite a strong prescription and hate wearing my thick lensed glasses but I got conjunctivitis in one of my eyes I had no choice but to wear them. Monthly contact lenses were no longer suitable as they were too hard and irritated the eye causing the conjunctivitis to get worse, so daily lenses were the only option.
I dont know why I didnt think of using them before...having spent 10 years not travelling anywhere without a contact lens case and a handy travel size bottle of solution, its great that these lenses give so much more freedom. I keep a pack at home, a pack in the car, and a pack in the suitcase for when I'm travelling, and thats all I need! No more faffing around rinsing and cleaning the lenses every day, just take them out and throw them away.
As you can probably tell, convenience is the number one reason I like these lenses, but comfort is a close second. I can't feel these lenses in my eyes at all, you really notice the difference in how soft they are vs monthly lenses, and they're just as easy to put in/take out.
To balance the review I have to look at the downsides, the most obvious one being the price, they are far more expensive than my monthly disposables, roughly twice the cost per month. The other downside is the length of time you can wear them, around 10-11 hours maximum my optician advised due to letting less oxygen through to the eye than other types. Both of these are major downsides, but for me the convenience of it all is more that worth it.
I can't compare to other brands of daily disposables, but I would highly recommend these ones to anyone thinking of giving these a go!
I tend not to wear my contact lenses very often, as i have very dry eyes and i find them to be an irritation. That said, its not often contact lenses don't irritate me after a couple of hours. These where a godsend, for days when i don't want to wear my glasses I still wear them for at least 8 hours before needing to take them out.
They come packaged, like normal lenses in a tear the lid of plastic packet. They themselves are very thin and can be fiddly to pick up and put into the eye, but after a little practice it becomes pretty easy. Once in the eye, i find it takes approximately 5 minutes to get used to the sensation of having something in your eye, but after that it becomes unnoticeable.
At £33 for a months worth of lenses, they aren't exactly cheap, but as i only wear about 10 a month maximum, it works out okay for me as i buy about 4 months worth for the year.
These are the best contact lenses i've found, but to be honest, i'd much rather wear glasses or get laser eye surgery than anything else.
Being short or long sighted, as anyone who wears glasses will tell you, is no laughing matter. Having worn glasses since the age of 8, I've been called every name under the sun relating to them as a kid and even some as a teenager (apparently 'speccy four eyes' never quite gets old!). Due to the numerous activities I partake in, including and not limited to horse riding, gymnastics, cheerleading and photography, contact lenses are occasionally a must for me.
Due to an accident as a child - I decided it was a good idea to stick a freshly sharpened, very pointy pencil straight into my right eye (actually, the incident that prompted my parents to get my eyes tested!) - I've always been a bit dodgy about putting things in or near my eyes. I thought that contact lenses would be forever out of reach for me. I tried once when I was about 15 and failed miserably as I got them in but couldn't get them out again for the life of me... A very scary experience, which I think you'll understand.
When my sister got a job in a Dolland And Aitchinson branch, she pushed me to try lenses again. The first brand of lenses I'd tried were very dry which led to them becoming difficult to get out - plus no-one had as of yet spotted that I have astigmatism in my left eye. These lenses are very moist and pliable, which makes them really easy to handle. They're also very easy to spot when they're the wrong way round, as unlike some other brands and types of lenses, they invert and are impossible to put in when they're not correct. The lenses have no writing on them at all unlike some others where you have to squint and try to line it up on your finger. These lenses just go straight in!
Due to some magical teaching by one of the optometrists in my sisters store, I was able to not only pop them in in minutes but also to get them out, and then back in again. I have worn these lenses for far longer than the recommended 10 hours at a cheerleading competition and they remained moist and easy to get out. Occasionally I experience a small amount of discomfort upon putting them in but with a little bit of blinking this goes away (my sister assures me this is likely to be dust on the lens). I would definitely recommend these to anyone who has astigmatic eyes and has a choice of lens. They are daily wear so if you chose, you could wear them every day of the week, even though it's not recommended as your eyes may get strained.
Currently my prescription costs me about £12 per batch, which I have set to three monthly installments. However this is a special discounted price as my sister gets about 40% discount for me. If you wish to purchase them yourself, they retail at around £20 depending on your specific prescription.
I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with contact lenses, I don't tend to wear them that often as I can't be bothered with the fuss and expense.
However these are great for casual contact lense wearers as you don't waste money if you don't wear lenses every day like you do with monthly disposables.
The lenses are easy to use, they are tinted slightly blue like most lenses so you can see them in the packet yet they are not visible when wearing them.
I tried the 'moist' version as I find my eyes can sometimes get itchy, dry and uncomfortable in lenses and these are the best I have tried so far. They rarely leave me eyes irritated or itchy and are very comfortable.
The packaging like most lenses can be fiddly, you have to be careful when tearing one little lense pod off the strip as you can sometimes open two by mistake! They come with just the right amount of fluid in the pouch, enough to clean the lense if you don't get it in first time. Removal is easy, just take them out and bin them. There is no need for extra bottles of fluids etc.
They are a tad more expensive than some lesser known brands, but if you shop around you can usually get a good deal.
I would reccomend these to anyone wanting a hassle free option for lenses that don't dry your eyes out.
I am fairly short-sighted and also have astigmatism in both eyes. For anyone who doesn't know what that means it is that instead of being a nice globe shape my eyeballs are elongated, more of a rugby ball shape (only slightly, not noticeable when looking at me!). I have been wearing glasses for the best part of 40 years so I am very used to them and actually feel quite naked without them. However there are occasions when I fancy a change and want to do without my glasses, unfortunately with my eye-sight just taking them off is not an option as I can't even make out faces and would immediately fall down steps and trip over the cat!
Many, many years ago I tried gas permeable lenses and although I overcame the agony and wore them quite frequently my useless tear production made them generally uncomfortable, especially during my first pregnancy so I stopped wearing them. Fast forward 10 years and I asked my optician about contact lenses again, she told me that there had been advances in soft lenses and she gave me some daily lenses which I quite liked. Unfortunately my dry eyes still caused me some problem but I was pretty happy with the compromise. I only wanted daily lenses as I don't wear them often enough to want to bothered with any other type as it would get expensive.
Last year, during my regular vision test, she asked if I still wore my lenses as I hadn't had a lens check for a while. I said I did and she then mentioned that they now had a new range of lenses that she thought would suit me better and suggested I booked a free trial before ordering anymore of my old lenses.
The new lenses she offered me are the Acuvue Moist for Astigmatism. I went for my next lens check and she prescribed me these lenses. She did explain to me that unfortunately the angle of my astigmatism lies partway between the angles that are offered by the manufacturer but she thought it was worth trying them.
Inserting the lenses in the eye was quite simple. Due to my prescription being so high the lenses I wear are actually quite thick and so are easy to handle. They each come in a sealed blister with the prescription details on them. I have only rarely found that a lens has been inverted inside the pack but I do always check that it is the right way round before inserting it. When looking closely at the lens (if I squint with my good eye I can focus close too!) you can see a small line on the lens. This line corresponds to the way the lens sits on the eye and it is what makes these lenses suitable for astigmatism as the weighting of the lens means it doesn't move around on the iris so produces stable vision all day. Inserting soft lenses is a little trickier than inserting gas-permeable lenses but it doesn't take long to get the hang of. Some people tell me how they can't bear touching their eyes and could never cope with contact lenses however I think most people who have vision problems are so used to their eyes being fiddled with that they seem to be pretty immune to being squeamish about it.
As soon as I inserted the lenses I thought my vision seemed to be pretty good. Due to the complexity of my prescription it is not possible to provide complete correction for me with these sorts of lenses. I need accurate sight whilst I am at work and I will always stick to my glasses for that but for going out, watching television or playing games then these provide good enough vision. I did ask my optician to check that my sight was suitable for driving and she laughed and then showed me what I needed to see to have legal driving vision. I was horrified; I could see it easily and would be very scared to think that someone who could only just make out the letters for the test was actually behind the wheel of a car!
The manufacturers claim that these lenses provide stable vision. I must say that my vision is not 100% stable but that is probably because the lenses are not a perfect fit. My left eye is actually my weaker eye but the lens in that eye fits well and the vision does not change, however my right eye is much stronger but unfortunately a more difficult shape. I sometimes notice a slight rotation in the lenses and my vision changes slightly so I have to blink a few times to encourage the lens to sit back into the correct position. This is not a major problem and I had been warned about the possibility of this happening.
The Acuvue Moist is one of the newer Acuvue lenses and contains what the manufacturers call Lacreon technology. This is supposed to mean that the moisture content of the lenses remains high whilst still allowing a good flow of oxygen to the surface of the eye. If oxygen flow is poor the eye tries to rectify this problem by growing more tiny blood vessels on the surface of the eyeball so opticians always watch out for this problem with lens wearers. As I have said before I do suffer from dry eyes, I have poor tear production and these tears have a high protein content. Wearing these lenses seems to cause me very few problems, I found that they were very comfortable and after the initial wearing-in period I found that I could easily wear them for 10 hours a day. If I try to wear them for much longer than that I do start to feel tiredness and strain around the eye but that is immediately relieved upon removing them.
I particularly like wearing lenses on holiday. It is so nice not to have to bother with heavy glasses during the hot weather and to be able to buy fashionable sunglasses. I also enjoy visiting theme parks and I love being able to see on all the rollercoaster's, for years everything used to pass me by in a blurred haze as I had to take my glasses off, now I can see what is making me scream! I holiday in America a lot and they are fanatical about air-conditioning, I can immediately feel my eyes starting to dry as I walk into restaurants or attractions there but I have been surprised how my eyes have still felt comfortable although I do have to blink more. In extreme cases I have used some single use eye drops that my optician recommended to maintain comfort.
I have always found getting the lenses out much trickier than getting them in. Usually I manage but if I have left them in and my eyes have become rather dry I have been known to struggle. When this happens I just pop an eye drop in and wait a minute or two and try again. If all else fails I ask my teenage daughter to remove them as she is brilliant at removing her own and manages mine perfectly too. I don't think the problem with extraction has anything to do with the lens, I think it is all down to my incompetence! As they are daily disposable lenses all I have to do then is throw them in the bin, no tricky cleaning and soaking.
These lenses, like all good makes on the market offer some sun protection. They block 95% UVB light and 80% UVA. The manufacturers obviously still recommend that you wear good quality sunglasses as well but it is reassuring to know that there is some protection there especially since short-sighted people seem particularly susceptible to problems that can be associated with sunlight such as cataracts.
I actually get my lenses through my local optician and pay a scheme price for my vision checks and this also offers me a discount for other purchases. For this reason I am not too sure how much these lenses cost by themselves but having had a look around the internet they seem to be about £35 for 30 pairs. I don't pay quite that much but they are still good value for me as I do not use them every day.
Overall I am very happy that my optician recommended these lenses. I thought my old lenses were comfortable but these are so much better and the vision is clearer and more stable too. They are quite expensive but if you have eyes that are prone to dryness and suffer astigmatism too then I think they are certainly worth trying.