I have had the wear contact lenses since I was about 21, so for the last 7 years. I opted for lenses rather than glasses, as they are more practical for my lifestyle. I am very active and I worried that if I wore glasses, I would end up breaking them or loosing them. My optician explained that he would have to make sure my eyes were suitable for lenses and after thorough tests, he told me about the various options of lenses available to me.
I could have 1-day lenses, which you dispose of every day, weekly lenses, or monthly lenses. I opted for the weekly lenses as I didn't like the idea of having to take the lenses out everyday and I didn't like the idea of keeping something in my eye for a month. However, after a few months of wearing these, it soon became apparent that I wasn't getting on with them. I kept getting eye infections so decided to discuss this with my optician. He suggested trying daily disposable lenses to see how I got on with them instead. So reluctantly I went home with my new daily deposable lenses.
Acuvue 1 day moist daily disposable contacts can be worn all day and then taken out at night and thrown away. The idea, for me at least, was because I seemed to get regular infections, I would wear the lenses and them simply throw them away and replace them with new lenses in the morning.
About Contact Lenses
Contact lenses are small, ultra-thin, optical lenses worn directly on the eye to correct vision problems (like near-sightedness, farsightedness). Contact lenses can be hard or soft, can replace glasses or bifocal glasses and can also enhance or change the colour of your eyes.
Most contact lenses are soft, or "hydrophilic," meaning they are made of water. (This is how soft contact lenses stay soft.) Soft contact lenses are extremely thin and are manufactured from materials that allow oxygen to pass through them and reach the eye surface, meaning your eyes are left to feel as natural as possible while wearing the lenses.
Acuvue 1 Day Moist Lenses
As already mentioned, these lenses can be worn all day, and then are thrown away and replaced with a fresh pair the next morning.. I find these contacts are perfect for my lifestyle, I am a shift worker so I work all kinds of strange hours so my lenses are in one minute, out the next! The daily deposable work well for me because if the lense gets damaged taking it out, it doesn't matter as I will be throwing it away anyway. The worry of the weekly lenses if that if you damage or lose the lense, then it could be up to a weeks supply wasted! These contacts are very fragile as they are super thin! You have to be very careful when handling them not to damage or mis shape them.
Can be thrown away daily meaning that you have less risk of infections
You don't need to worry about loosing the lenses or damaging them because you will only lose a days wear rather than a week
These contacts are also available in 10 different colours as well as clear so if you felt the need to change your eye colour then you could achieve that with this brand.
These contacts have UVA and UVB blocking to help in protecting your eyes against the dangerous rays of the sun.
On some people, these lenses can even be used underwater. I do scuba diving and recently went on holiday where I swam underwater with my eyes open and had no problems at all. My optician explained that some people can use them underwater and other can't.
I am unable to see (pretty much anything) in the mornings! With the weekly lenses, you wear them overnight so it was always nice to wake up in the morning and to be able to see clearly.
They are very thin (please note this is an advantage while you are wearing them but not when you are trying to put them in).
I wear the clear lenses and quite often I find it difficult trying to decipher which side is the right side. My optician explained that one side will be bowl like (this is what it looks like the correct way round) and the other side almost makes the lens go squarish, rather than round. However, once you have taken both your lenses out, it is quite difficult to figure out which side is which, therefore you end up putting your lenses in back to front which is a little uncomfortable.
I pay £36 for two boxes of 30 lenses - which will give me a months supply. I think that you can probably get these contact lens cheaper elsewhere as I am currently registered with a small family run opticians and I think they charge slightly more than others.
Where can I buy them?
You can buy these lenses from most opticians. They are made by Johnson and Johnson so should be available worldwide.
If you are looking for a lens that suits your lifestyle, rather than you having to plan your life around the fact that you wear lenses, then these lenses should be perfect for you. Very comfortable, made by a recognised brand and relatively cheap.
Johnson & Johnson 1 Day Acuvue Moist Contact Lenses
**** Background & History...
My eyes are really quite bad (as in double minus figures) and so my glasses looked liked 'bottle tops' and I was forever having pain on my nose from wearing them so decided to go for a contact lens trial at my eye clinic.
Back in the day they were 'hard lenses' and upon the contact lenses consultant placing a lens in my eye, he scratched the cornea and my eye inflamed and the pain was excruciating. I went back a few days later to have my eye checked and they gave me a box of 'Acuvue 1 day lenses' in minus 10's to take with me to try. (These were the ones prior to 'Acuvue Moist' and have since been discontinued).
I vowed to never wear contact lenses after this and stored my precious box away... (expiry date was like in five years time -also another good factor!)
Until I was forced to when the lens in my glasses broke in half (it was a tiny scratch!) and I was a few hundred miles from home at university. I had always had my 'box of 30 contact lenses' with me just in case anything happened to my glasses.
I struggled for the first few days putting them in and taking them out whilst my glasses were being repaired back home and actually was quite pleased that I could see a lot clearer then with my specs! I continued to wear these lenses even after my glasses were sent back to me & even requested further contact lenses from my opticians!
**** I had become a contact lens wearer! ****
Off course, it was always good to have a pair of glasses just in case I couldn't wear contacts for whatever reason or I felt like wearing my specs - felt it was good to wear in the morning my glasses until my eyes had 'woken up'.
**** Contact Lenses Progression..
Over the course of the next few years, I continued to use the minus 10 Acuvue 1 day lenses and my eyes became a lot worse and I was struggling to see distance but because I felt comfortable wearing '1 day lenses' I didn't want to change and at this time the lenses didn't go further then a minus 10!
The ultimate reason why I wanted to wear 1 day lenses was that I could just place in another one if it fell out as I couldn't see if it fell out and they did tend to fall out if I opened my eyes too wide or yawned!
It was five years ago when my optician said to me 'You really do need to go up to minus 12 in contact lenses you are really struggling to see BUT we have some good news for you, we have daily disposables in a minus 12 now!'...
THESE WERE THE 1 DAY ACUVUE MOISTs' Hurrah!!
Prior to leaving and awaiting my new contact lens prescription to be ordered, they gave me several 'pro-clear' lenses in minus 12 to try and to see how I got on with the new prescription - over the next couple of days, I was enlightened by the fact I didn't need to be up close to my PC at work, I could see distance, it was amazing that I had waited years for contact lenses to go up further then a minus 10!
I received the new lenses - the 1 Day Acuvue Moist by Johnson & Johnson after confirming that the minus 12 would be acceptable and noticed an immediate difference from my previous lenses not just in sight but in comfort.
I found these lenses:
* Comfortable all day long from the morning until late in the evening
* They didn't fall out as much as my previous ones
* They were slightly tinted so I could see the outline of them and therefore made them far easier to place into the eye.
* They have a high UV protection which is a necessity in order to protect your eyes.
*** What make these lenses different?...
Well the contact lenses have a moisture rich agent inside them so they are extremely comfortable to wear and rarely do I get dry eyes except in excessive day usage and make your eyes feel fresh for the day (normal daily hours) and have a UV blocking of more than 70% UV-A and 95% UV-B.
*** Wearing them...
--------All daily disposables must be changed every day no exceptions. --------
Sometimes if I place my contacts in at 5am, and have a long evening (past midnight) then my eyes can become 'dry' simply because I have exceeded the wear time or my eyes are sleepy, and if I am out for a wee bit longer, I tend to just exchange the lens in the eye affected so not to harm my eyes.
I have become an expert at placing lenses in my eyes over the years and have found myself having a lens suddenly fall out in awkward places!
I get my eyes checked every six months to ensure that these lenses are still correct for me, and one day in the near future I shall await for when the optician says to me 'No these are no good, you need minus 13/14' and my heart will sink because I know that daily disposables do not go beyond minus 12 which is not good!
I have only had a couple of incidences of the lenses splitting in my eye, they are quality.
A box of 30 '1 Day Acuvue Moist' contacts will set you back about £20.00, and as you have two eyes you need two boxes of 30 for the month so about £40.00 dependant on where you go these prices can average between £30.00-£40.00.
Along with the boxes of 30 you can get boxed of 90 lenses for approximately £52.00 as it is always cheaper to buy in quantity then just the one box.
I purchase mine every six months in boxes of 90 lenses.
The lenses come individually packaged with solution in each 'pot'.
**** Final thoughts...
Since starting to wear these lenses (just over five years now with the same brand - 1 day acuvue moist) I have noticed that they do tend to fall out a lot less, makes my eyes feel fresher for longer and are easy to place into my eyes as well as take out & dispose off.
I have one requirement that these daily disposables go beyond minus 12, because there are some people with really poor eyesight and don't get along with monthlies that do require them.
I have thought about changing to the pro-clear make as they are also in minus 12s but after reading the reviews saying that they split in your eye and tend to rip I think I have much better off sticking to Johnson & Johnson. (As i used 'pro-clear' for a few days years ago it is hard to remember what it was like.)
For anyone who has had a contact lens split in their eye it is very unpleasant and I don't really want to risk this as I am quite satisfied with my ones!
I still have the pair of glasses that were broken & repaired - they are suitable for TV. I should really invest in a new pair but finding inexpensive/ lightweight ones is a major headache!
I have recently been through a transition in my eyesight and decided that I don't want to be wearing contacts 24-7. I was previously wearing ones for an entire month before I removed them and after five years f this I was concerned for my eyesight and decided to and a break. One way I decided to do this was to wear dailies every other day off. Here are my thoughts.
These contacts are disposable can be worn for just one day. These are good quality and soft and are designed (as are most lenses) to let in as much oxygen as possible and to keep the eye moist.
First of all these are very easy to put it and the lenses for astigmatism are slightly larger than the standard ones. An experienced wearer can get them in within 30 seconds. Once they are in the are really comfortable and take just a couple of minutes to settle and once they are they will not move.
I put these in at about 6 in the morning and by the time I get home 13 hours later these are really uncomfortable and are very drying, but from reading reviews of various other contact lenses I understand anything over 8 hours for dailies is a virtual miracle. Just remember do not fall asleep in them!
Taking them out is just as easy as putting them in as after this length of times the seal has begin to break but they are very dry and brittle, I have a friend that wears them for one day, cleans them over night then wears them again but for me that just would not be possible.
What I will say is they did not move and did not blur my vision at all throughout the day, which was a refreshing change and I didn't have to scratch my cornea to get them out.
Dailies are not for me but I can see why someone would want to a nice new pair of lenses everyday and if I was to go full time on them I would buy these. My eyes definitely feel clearer and I have now found a happy medium with weeklies.
These can be purchased form your optician for around £10 for 20 pairs but I was looking around online and I have seen 30 for just £5.99. This is am amazing deal and I would reccommend them.
I have been wearing contact lenses now for almost 15 years however after a series of recent eye infections; I have made the switch from using Acuvue Oasys weekly disposable lenses, to using 1 day Acuvue Moist.
The key benefit of these lenses for me is that they totally minimise the chances of infection as a fresh lens is used every day and then discarded. With my old weekly lenses, I had to remove them every night, clean them with a contact lens cleaning solution and then soak them in a lens case overnight before putting them back in again each morning. I was spending a fortune on cleaners and cases and was getting recurring eye infections from a build up of bacteria which was accumulating over the course of the week.
Whilst the daily disposable lenses are a bit more expensive than the weekly lenses, I do feel that the cost is justified as I am not buying solutions etc. and my eyes definitely feel healthier with a new lens each day.
The 1 day Acuvue Moist lenses are very similar to the weekly disposable lenses in pretty much every other way. They are very soft and easy to put in and I find they are comfortable for a good 7 or 8 hours before I either have to take them out, or use some artificial tears to keep them moist for a little while longer.
I've worn glasses most of my life, and had wanted contact lenses as soon as i could have them. I got my wish just before starting high school, and began the long rigmarole of taking care of my lenses. Back then you had to buy distilled water, protein tablets to use once a week to dissolve in said water and use to perform a weekly soak to remove calcium and other deposits upon said lens, And saline solution to rinse the lenses off before and after placing in their daily disinfection solution soak. I can tell you, if my vision had not actually been more improved with lenses over glasses AND I hadn't been a slightly vain teen aged girl, I probably would have not bothered.
But as the years went by, wearing contacts got much more convenient. The cleansing routines became simplified with all in one solutions, followed by monthly and weekly disposables. Then came the daily disposables, which seemed an extravagance, but once my optician talked me into a free trial, one I've gladly kept indulging. The Moist version of these lenses is an added bonus- I suffer from allergies (hayfever) and my eyes tend to get dry from the antihistamines. Likewise, in winter, central heating can cause dryness. During these times, I had been simply removing my lenses and rinsing with saline to re-wet them some, or using contact lens friendly eye drops, but these are a lot of faff, not very cheap, nor convenient. These lenses are made of a ultrathin polymer which has a high water content in its make up. This added moisture helps keep the eye moisturised while adding breatheability to the lens so that oxygen flow to teh eye is improved. From having worn soft lenses in several of their incarnations for over 25 years now, I can also tell you that it makes the lenses super light and except for a brief kiss of cool, welcome moisture to my eye when putting it in, I can't feel them at all unless I've somehow managed to turn the lens inside out when placing it upon my fingertip.
This is also a fairly painless procedure. A normal visit to my optician (Vision Express in my case), for an exam for glasses and contacts. They check my vision, examine the health of my eyes, measure my eye to make sure I get the correct size diameter lens for each eye as well as the correct diopter (the correction) , then make sure my direct debit information and delivery details are all still correct. the first time, I got a free trial, but as I've used these now for a few years, it's merely a continuing prescription. Hubby pays a month set amount, and they send me my lenses for the month by post. if that's not convenient, one can also elct to pick up from instore instead, so if you're usually not at home, and work close to your optician, this might be a better option.
We pay about £18 a month, and I get enough lenses to wear for the entire month as well as a 6 month eye check up and and any other aftercare that is needed. I do wear my lenses most days, as I've said, I see better with contacts, and my optician tells me it's because the way the eye focuses to see things- I'm not focusing through a lens sitting away from the eye and having to ignore sensory input that's excluded by the glasses lens. It's more natural and less of a strain on the eye while focusing as contact lens nestles against the eye as if it is part of it. I can tell you that as a writer, translator, and editor, not to mention reviewer, my eyes get quite the work out, and my eyes are much less tired when wearing contacts, and much less dry after a day spent eyeballing a PC monitor doing editing proofs than days when I'm lazy and wear my glasses instead. To me, this makes the expense well worth while, especially as i don't have to pay out for the eye drops and cleaning solutions any longer. i do keep ordinary saline solution on hand however, in case i need to remove a lens to rinse out dust or anything else that may decide to invite itself into my eyes. That way, I not only get to rinse the irritant out, but make sure nothing is on my lens, and I'm able to pop it back in without having to get a new lens out. I've had the one bottle Tesco branded saline solution (about £2) for over 6 months now and it's still 3/4 full, so it's not like it's a great expense either.
***It's a disposable product- what about waste?***
Actually, I DID worry about this. Once removed and kept out of any solutions, the lenses dry out, leaving behind only a plastic polymer. if worn daily, the resulting amount of plastic is the same as is present in two credit cards. being daily wear, there are no other plastic bottles or aerosols to dispose of, no additional chemicals to end up possibly affecting the water table, etc. the lenses themselves are packaged in plastic blister packs with heavy foil lids, both of which are recyclable and which go into my by the kerb collection. the blister packs come in strips, placed in a box made of the same kind of card as a cereal box, also recyclable, and a one month supply means I get 4 of these small boxes, which are delivered in a single cardboard box, also recyclable. We don't generate a lot of waste in general, and it's rare for our bin to be anywhere near full of landfill destined materials (usually only a single carrier bag full a week), so I don't feel horrible about the two credit cards' worth of plastic yearly waste.
These are perhaps the best soft lenses I've had to date, though as my astigmatism has grown to where it needs addressing a bit, I probably will move onto the version of these that are especially for astigmatism. I prefer to try those as this version has been fantastic, keeping my eyes from being dry and slightly irritated, the lack of faffing about with cleansers and storage chemicals, and the convenience of the delivery. I have been recommended to not wear lenses for more than 8 hours a day, so I still have to keep a pair of glasses to hand, but really, this is a must anyway...if one gets a stye or other eye infection, or even a nasty cold that makes the eyes go red and possibly even slimy, then wearing lenses is a huge no no anyway. But for everyday general wear, these are fantastic.
I find these contact lenses very comfortable to wear. They come in their own small cases so you can carry them around with you, so they are quite portable. I usually take these to work with me and use them when necessary, usually when I know that i'm going to be doing paperwork as that makes my eyes ache. The lenses are easy to fit. They fit like any other lense but I find these much quicker and much easier to fit as opposed to own brand lenses (like the Boots ones). They're a little expensive compared to own label ones but I don't mind paying extra for quality and these are quality lenses. They're also easy to remove at the end of the day and they aren't uncomfortable to remove either. They help to keep my eyes fresh and my eyes never look red and/ or sore after wearing them. In fact, my eyes feel great!
They improve my vision and they take away the strain on my eyes. They're flexible and excellent quality. I would go as far as to say that they're the best lenses on the market and I have tried a few! You can also use eye drops with these to give your eyes extra moisture.
I would recommend these lenses to everyone who needs them.
I wear daily contact lenses every day, I do not like to wear glasses as I do not suit the glasses look. I have tried many brands of Contact lenses within 3 years.
I started out with the Johnson 1 Day Acuvue Moist as I knew that these were one of the best and well known brands.
Eyes are so important so I had always thought It doesn't matter how much you need to spend to get good eyesight.
I started out with Johnson Acuvue moist I felt like I was being spoilt as I didn't know any better/worse. The Moist in the title is 100% correct, these lenses are definitely the most moisturized out of many lense wear brands I have tried. My eyes stayed completely moisturized throughout everyday wearing these.
The lenses are nice and thick and easy to apply unlike other cheaper brands which tend to be thinner and not able to hold and lock in the moisture.
I love Acuvue moist ;-)
I recently had a contact lens check up as I had been wearing the same lenses for quite a while and needed to make sure my prescription was still right (which thankfully it was). My nice optician gave me a free 3 day trial of these daily disposables to see if they might be better for me as currently I use the two weekly disposables but then I might not wear them more than twice in a month so they sit in the solution for long periods of time and apparently that is not ideal.
My prejudice against daily disposables is purely on price. I can buy a set of 6 pairs (3 months) of the two weekly disposables (also from the Acuvue range) for around £29 via Getlenses.com but the dailies are more like £89 for a 3 month (90 sets of lenses) supply. Now arguably this many might well last me a year or so but I don't like the initial outlay being so high. Anyway, I decided to give them a try.
My initial thoughts on removing these from the holders was amazement at how delicate and thin they are. My current two weekly lenses are already pretty thin in comparison to non-disposable lenses but these ones are even thinner again! This has the benefit that they feel even less intrusive in your eyes. I really could feel a difference, the lenses are lighter and do not dry out, I wore one pair all the way through a day at work and then well into the evening and they still were not feeling dry when I took them out, I start to feel ready to remove the two weeklies by the end of the day although they are fine for up to 8 hours or so.
One of the major plus points of these lenses is that you literally just sling them in the bin when you are finished and do not have to bother with storage and cleaning, the convenience is brilliant. You also do not have to carry cleaning fluid with you as each lense comes in it's own pod type sealed container with a tiny bit of fluid in it, this means that you can put your lenses in just about anywhere quickly and easily as they are ready to go the moment you open them.
In order to tell that you have the lens the right way round to go in your eye there is a tiny 1 2 3 printed on the very edge of the rim, this is the same as with the two weeklies although arguably it is easier to see on the thicker two weekly lenses but there is not much in it. This is very useful although in my experience it is unusual for the lenses to come out of the pod packet the wrong way round.
Overall these are very convenient, if a bit expensive. They would be brilliant for a wedding or a big event where I did not want to be worried about taking lenses out at the end of the night and storing/cleaning them and maybe if I only bought a packet of 30 lenses (1 months supply) for £30 they could be something I used only for occassions like this. I certainly could not justify wearing these daily but they are a very good quality and easy to use product.
Having started wearing spectacles over a year ago for some reason I began to have less confidence in my appearance at times. After having a conversation with a contact lense wearer I decided it would be a good idea to look into wearing contact lenses. I went back to Boots and they had to carry out another eye test - one specific for contact lenses, and I were deemed suitable for wearing contact lenses. After I were assessed for the lense strength I were asked a number of questions about the purpose for wearing contact lenses. I wanted to wear them on a weekend when I go out with friends, and through the week I would continue wearing glasses. Bearing this in mind I were prescribed the Johnson and Johnson 1-Day Acuvue Moist contact lenses. Boots gave me the choice to subscribe to buying 10 pairs a month for £15.50 per month, or paying £38 for 30 pairs as and when I need them. I opted for buying lenses as and when I required them, as I don't wear them that frequently. As I am new to wearing contact lenses I obviously can't compare them to other lenses, but I did certainly have some trouble at first putting them in and taking them out. I put this down to the fact I were new to wearing contact lenses, but this may be due to just how moist these particular lenses are. I am now used to wearing contacts and find the 1-Day Acuvue Moist lenses very helpful in enabling me to see without the need for wearing glasses. The application and removal process is now very simple having mastered the technique, and I have little to complain about these lenses.
As I did mention, I cannot compare these lenses to any other brands or types as I have solely worn these lenses. My one minor gripe is that I can often find the lenses coming out unexpectedly. Sometimes a lense will move out of place and into the corner of my eye, but they are very simple to replace. Some days I find the lenses don't sit right on my eyes, and this creates a flurry effect in one eye. By simply reapplying the lense it can improve. The fact that these are daily lenses also gives me the reassurance that once I apply the lense I don't need to think about looking after it in solutions at night, and storing them etc. Each lense comes in its own 'yoghurt pot' capsule, and this allows me to carry them easily in a pocket when I go away for the weekend. If I do forget to remove them at night I have been advised to leave it an hour when I wake up before removal, as eyes can be dry in the morning. I havn't let this happen, but when I have nodded off on the sofa I find them easy to remove afterwards. Overall I must say that the 1-Day Acuvue Moist contact lenses are growing on me, but I can understand why a lot of contact lense wearers don't agree with me. The advantages over glasses isn't enough to persuade me to wear contacts all the time, but the 1-Day Acuvue Moist lenses are not far behind in terms of convenience and vision.
I used to wear these contact lenses on a daily basis, but now only wear them now and again simply because I don't mind wearing my glasses all that much. These lenses are, on the whole, very comfortable and I don't even remember they're in most of the time. However, I do not wear them for lengthy periods of time. About 8 hours of wear, in my work environment, will leave my eyes feeling tired and slightly itchy with the contact lenses in at the end of the day, but this could be down to such things as air conditioning etc. I would not recommend these for extended periods of use, but this could be just my eyes, as I do have an astigmatism and suffer from hay fever, which naturally irritates the lenses. In my opinion, these lenses are better than those without some sort of extra moisture to them, and as such I would recommend them for those who only wear contact lenses occasionally.
Contact lenses are an everyday expense of mine. While some people may suit glasses, others just have to hope they can find a pair that don't make them look too ridiculous. I'm in the latter category. My current pair do however draw attention from the rest of me, which can only be a good thing.
At work though, I prefer to use contact lenses. The wider field of vision I get with them is much nicer than that of my glasses.
~ Different strokes ~
Contact lenses fall mainly into two categories: hard lenses and soft lenses.
I have never worn hard lenses, and quite frankly wouldn't ever want to. The only advantage I can see that they have over their soft contemporaries is that they are non porous. That is, any fumes or chemicals in your immediate vicinity can't be absorbed by these, as they might with soft lenses.
The big advantage soft lenses have is that they are so easy to wear. I can remember putting in my first pair at the opticians and not even being aware that they were there, aside from my much improved vision. I started off wearing Boots own brand around ten years ago. They were monthly disposables that needed cleaning every time I took them out. I was happy using these for the next six years or so, but the monthly contract I was on with Boots was getting expensive, so I decided to look elsewhere.
After a while of wearing the regular Acuvue 1 day lenses, my optician recommended these. My eyes had become increasingly dry and tired during the day. Although a check of my eyes revealed there was no medical reason behind this, she recommended changing to these as they contained a higher water content and would inhibit the dry eyed feeling. I've been using these now for nearly three years and haven't looked back.
~ The positives: ~
A much bigger field of vision than that of any glasses.
They don't steam up or get wet in the rain unlike glasses.
Acuvue 1 day moist have UV Protection. Johnson and Johnson claim that these particular lenses block up to 82% of UV-A and 97% of UV-B radiation.
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.
~ Any drawbacks? ~
Potentially any contact lenses can fall out, but I've never had that happen to me.
It may sound obvious, but you need to be comfortable touching your eyes. This doesn't bother me, and once you've got the knack of putting them in, there's really nothing to it.
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 are even more expensive than other daily disposables.
Once you start wearing any contact lenses, you should go for six monthly check ups. This is so your optician can check for any changes to the cornea, or any eye or eyelid infection which might not otherwise be discernable.
~ Putting them in ~
You should be able to see them quite clearly in the blister pack as they've been tinted slightly blue. This doesn't affect your vision, but makes it easier to find them - the gentler you handle them, the less chance of damaging one.
~ Check they're the right way out. ~
Occasionally I'll open a blister pack and either the two sides have stuck together, or it's inside out. Cleverly, Acuvue have marked 123 on each lens. If you can't read the digits (or if the lens edges look like they're tilting out) then it's inside out, so flip it over.
I always start with my right eye. I put the lens on my right index finger and use the middle finger of my right hand to pull down my lower eyelid and the index finger of my left hand to pull up my top eyelid. I look down and pop the lens on the eye. Once I've let go of both eyelids, I blink and that centres the lens automatically. After washing my hands I do the same for the left eye, using the same fingers as before.
Taking them out is much the same. I draw my lower lid down with my left index finger and use my right index and middle fingers to pinch it out from the sides. It's all very quick and painless.
~ Would I recommend them? ~
For those that already use other contact lenses or would like to start, then absolutely. I've had no problems with these 1 day moist lenses. They're pricier than some lenses by other manufacturers, but I feel they're worth paying the extra for. I can wear them for 10 or 11 hours a day (the recommended maximum) and by the time I take them out my eyes still feel comfortable.
A single box of 30 costs around £25, depending on where you buy them from. You can buy them from many internet stores as well as opticians, and generally the larger the quantity you are buying, the cheaper it becomes. If you are tempted to buy online, you must of course still visit an optician regularly to check the condition of your eyes whilst using any contact lenses.
I paid just under £168 for my last lot, which was four boxes for each eye, each box containing 30 lenses. Considering I usually only wear these on weekdays, they should last me for 24 weeks.
Whilst this might be an expense many will baulk at, especially in times of a double dip recession, I feel if I'm going to use contact lenses, then I want to use the best available, and I think these are it.
I started using Acuvue Moist one-day contact lenses approximately eight months ago. These were the second type of daily disposables I have used, before that I used monthly ones, and I definitely prefer a fresh pair every day. It means there is no build up on the lenses, and as my eyes are apparently prone to infection, it makes much better sense for me to have daily ones. The first disposables I tried were Focus Dailies and I always had problems with the way they sat on my eye. I often experienced them moving around when I blinked or disappearing under my eyelid.
Acuvue are one of the few one-day brands that are actually available in two different base curves, which means you are much more likely to find a pair that fit you properly than with other lenses. These now fit much better and stay in place all day, and don't go up under my eyelid or move when I blink, which is something I have experienced with other lenses.
For the most part, they are very comfortable and I really like how clear they are in your eye.
Occasionally I find them slightly difficult to put in, which is frustrating, especially as I have been wearing contacts for over ten years. This may be as they are a bit flimsier than long-term use contacts, as it is a problem I sometimes had with previous daily disposables as well. However I rarely get problems where they fold over and stick together, and have never torn a pair.
My vision stays very clear with them, it is very rare that they go cloudy partway through the day, which is something I have experienced with some other contact lenses. Unfortunately they do sometimes go a bit dry later in the day, I usually put mine in early in the morning and sometimes by mid-afternoon they start becoming slightly dry and uncomfortable. Often this can be solved with eye drops that are suitable for use with contact lenses, but it can still be annoying. I like to be able to wear my contacts for a large part of the day when I am using them. This effect is definitely far less than with other contacts I have used so far.
Overall I think they are very good quality lenses, and I am happy to stick with Acuvue since they have lenses that fit properly and don't move around on my eye. However I think it may be worth upgrading to the True Eye ones, as I think maybe these will be better for extended wear. It may also be just the way my eyes are (they are quite dry in general), as I think different lenses are better for different people, and if you're not happy with the ones you're using, it's really important to try to find the best pair for you. Take advantage of free trials that your optician probably offers.
Having been persuaded by my optician to try contacts (I use D&A and they have a one month free trial offer) these were the ones prescribed to me, as my eyes are quite small and these apparently were the easiest to put in, and best for my eye type. You will have to see your optician to try out different ones or ask them for their expertise.
I decided to get contacts, mainly for appearance (as I look better without glasses than with), and also for convenience and freedom; it seemed like the perfect opportunity to make use of such offer to try them out.
Having signed up for direct debit, the contacts are delivered to your door, and are packaged in monthly boxes. Each contact lens is housed in saline solution in a small round plastic tray with a foil cover that is pulled back and removed to retrieve the contact lens.
~~~USING THE PRODUCT~~~
I have never been very good at putting them in, and even after a lot of practise fail to put them in first time. It is probably due to the size and shape of my eyes. I do just as they taught me and sometimes half get them in which becomes frustrating.
The first few times, putting them in was hell, and of course you will need to slowly adjust to them, so the first time, wear them for two hours, and then slowly increase to about twelve hours or so.
Despite my difficulty in putting them in, once they are in there, it is amazing. I can see without glasses!! It is a weird sensation at first but you get used to it and it really does feel great. However, sometimes the lenses move and it is a bit weird, and generally it all needs getting used to.
The contact lenses cost around £17.99 per month which is rather expensive as I don't wear them that often, and I have since stopped the direct debit as I have contacts left over, with aftercare lasting up to and including twelve months after cancellation.
Wearing contact lenses have been a big relief and does feel great, but cannot be worn for too long or eyes get dry and tired. It is perhaps best to use eye drops as well. Also, for me, wearing contacts is a particular hassle and takes quite a while, which makes it rather inconvenient and time consuming. Plus, it is rather expensive in my opinion, so in the end, I just bought a pair of glasses I really really like (Raybans, costing £100) which has lasted about a year, and much cheaper in comparison to the contact lenses.
I have been wearing contact lenses for the past 6 years now and in terms of one day lenses, this is the best brand. I started out on Focus Dailies, but found I could only have them in for about 6 hours before they started to dry out and feel uncomfortable in my eyes. Now, I switch between monthly contact lenses and dailies (for those lazy days of course). For those used to monthly lenses where they can be in for around 10-12 hours, I wholy recommend Acuvue One Day Moist. I have found that they can be in for around the same period and yet still feel comfortable. (My monthly contact lenses are Air Optix.)
Although other brands are cheaper, I do believe you get what you pay for with contact lenses. With the price being twice as much (compared to some other brands) per box, I think this reflects the quality of these contact lenses. They don't dry my eyes out after a few hours of wear and they are comfortable.
One good thing about these contact lenses are the fact that there is a '123' marked on them. This helps you tell if they are inside out or not. I find this useful as compared to monthly contact lenses, I find it harder to distinguish inside out or not on daily contact lenses.
Needless to say, my experience with these contact lenses have only been good, but one tip would be to either buy these from a reputable optician overseas (which is what I do, no VAT, etc) or order many boxes in one go, although the latter is a bit of a gamble as your eyesight may change before you have finished using the boxes!
Well, they certainly do what they say on the tin!
Compared to my previous lenses, these were an amazing improvement! I feel like I can finally banish the bottles of contact lens solution to the back of the bathroom cabinet!
Extremely good quality and comfortable, you never even know they are there. Easy to remove, and compared to some others on the market I feel like I've got more for my money from these ones. They're apparently UV blocking; I'm not exactly sure what that means but when it comes to my eyes it seems important!
If I had to say any downside, I would say that sometimes it's difficult to open the packs. They come in little foil-covered plastic trays, immersed in solution. A few times when I've tried to gently pull off the foil, I've ended up having to use a fair bit force which led to the solution (and the lens) going flying. I found the lens, but didn't have any solution to wash it in.
Daily disposable lenses that help keep eyes moist.