Affordable, works out a lot cheaper than 1-day lens. On the net, I had a quick look and find that they are about 20 pounds per box. Of course, bulk ordering will give you good discount, which works out around 16-18 per box. Aside from the contact lens itself, you'd also have to buy contact lens cleaning/storing solutions, but those are not very expensive - under 10 pounds per bottle and each bottle can last around 3 months even if you use it everyday.
I started wearing contact lens in 2006 and I used these up until last year. I have very dry eyes and I tend to wear contact lens for more than 12 hours a day. These were very good at the beginning, quite permeable so that my eyes could breathe throughout the day. But last year when I went to get a checkup on my eyes with my ophthalmologist, I was told that these contact lens are not quite good enough for my eyes, in the sense that they had made my eyes quite dry as a result of long wear. So if you have naturally dry eyes, or if you're worry about your eyes not being able to breathe as much, don't go for the weekly ones - go for the daily disposable ones which are more expensive, but definitely better in my opinion.
This being said, acuvue 2 is easy to put on and quite comfortable. I also like it because it offers options according to the curve of your eyeballs, instead of the daily ones which have only one universal curve option. Provided that you clean your lens thoroughly everyday, dirt/ proteins should not be a problem at all. For people who are starting to wear contact lens and are looking for an affordable and relatively hassle-free option, I would definitely recommend these.
I have had the wear contact lenses since May 2006. I opted for lenses rather than glasses, as they are more practical for my lifestyle. 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.
Acuvue 2 weekly disposable contacts can be worn in two different ways. You can wear them 24/7 for a week (including sleeping in them) and then dispose of them, or you can take them out each night, which means that the contacts will last for two weeks. Personally I tend to wear them for a week and then start a new pair.
About Contact Lenses
Contact lenses are small, ultra-thin, optical lenses worn directly on the eye to correct vision problems (like nearsightedness, 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 2 Lenses
As already mentioned, these contacts can be worn as a two week daily wear lens if you take the lenses out each night, or as a one week continuous lens if you were to sleep in them for 6 nights. I find these contacts are perfect for my lifestyle, I am a shift worker, and if I am working nights, I take my contacts out when I go to sleep which means I get two weeks wear out of them. On the other hand, if I am working a week of earlies (getting up at 5am) then I wear them continuously for a week as it suits me better.
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 worn however you choose, either for the week continuously or for two weeks taking them out every night
· 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.
· Wearing them non stop for a week means that they can sometimes get a bit grimy and you have to take them out and give them a clean anyway which kind of defeats the object of wearing them 24/7.
· 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.
Other information regarding Acuvue 2 Lenses
If you are planning on wearing these lenses on a 2-week basis, then you will also need to purchase some contact lens solutions and a lens case. Obviously when you take the contacts out for the evening, you will need to store them in the solution, inside the lens case. The contact lens solution can be brought pretty much anywhere; I get mine from Tesco's and it costs about £6 a bottle. The lens case comes included with the bottle. The bottle lasts me for ages, about 3 months so far as you don't need much solution to soak them in.
I pay £36 for 6 weeks worth of these contact lenses. If I were to wear them on a 2 weekly basis, then I would be paying £36 for 12 weeks, as I would get double the wear from them. 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.
Unfortunately I am only able to compare these lenses with one other pair. I had an eye infection a couple of months ago and was advised to wear daily disposable for a week. The daily disposables felt thicker and were actually larger than the weekly disposables although to be honest I still found them to be as comfortable. 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.
I have worn contact lenses since I was fifteen years old. I find glasses very uncomfortable and cannot wear them for more than an hour or two without developing an extreme headache. Therefore having comfortable contacts is vital to me. Over the years I have tried about 6-8 different types of contacts. Acuvue 2 lenses are by far the best I have ever used.
Acuvue 2 lenses are soft contacts made by Johnson and Johnson. They are made from a material called Hydrogel (etafilcon A). They can be used to correct near or farsightedness. The name comes from the fact they are designed to wear daily for two weeks before discarding. According to the website, you can alternatively wear them continuously for 6 days (although my very dry eyes make continuous wear of any lenses impossible, so I can not verify this claim). They were developed in 1999 and remain the best selling hydrogel contacts on the market because they are easy to use, comfortable, and provide very crisp, clear vision.
Acuvue 2 lenses are available in prescriptions ranging from -12.00 to +8.00 and with a base curve of either 8.3 or 8.7mm. The diameter of all lenses is 14.0mm. The contacts are tinted a very slight blue colour, which does not cause your eyes to look different, but it helps you to see the contact (which can be very helpful if you drop it in the sink). If you want to change the appearance of your eyes they are a number of coloured options available; however I have never tried any of these.
Acuvue 2 lenses provide Class II UV protection. The website says they blocks up to 82% UV-A and 97% UV-B radiation. It should be noted that you should still wear sunglasses/goggles when in bright sunshine.
Each lense has an inside out mark of 1-2-3. So if the 1-2-3 is the correct way up than the lense isn't inside out. The lense also looks more rounded/bowl shaped if it is in the correct position and flatter and more splayed out if it is inside out.
Price and Availability
Prices of these contacts very enormously depending on where you purchase them and what offers/rebates/discounts you can get. I have bought mine online for the past several years because they tend to be much less expensive. I bought my last batch in America for about $15 per box of 6. Currently the cheapest I see them in the UK is £12.38 per box from Feel Good Contact Lenses when you buy 8 boxes (plus 10% cash back from Quidco). Boots has them for £15.45 per box.
Acuvue 2 contact lenses were the first form of vision correction I had ever used. Despite being new to contacts, I found them very, very easy to use. I've never had a problem inserting or remove the lenses. Once the contacts are in place I can't feel them at all.
Over the years new and "improved" contacts came to the market. There were contacts made to keep moisture in your eyes better, ones that allowed more oxygen in to your eyes, ones that were better for allergy sufferers, etc. I was persuaded to try other lenses. Some where passable; others were painful; NONE were as good as Acuvue 2 lenses. I eventually decided to go against the advice of my eye doctor and return to using Acuvue 2 lenses. I have no intention of switching unless they stop making them (which they thankfully have no plans to do as they are still one of Acuvue's best sellers).
For me Acuvue 2 lenses didn't dry out as much as other lenses (specifically Acuvue Oasys or Acuvue Hydraclear). My eyes are naturally extremely dry, so I have to keep rewetting drops with me at all times. I usually need to apply drops 2-3 times throughout the day with these lenses compared to 5-6 times a day with other contacts I have tried.
My eyes itch far less with Acuvue 2 lenses than daily lenses which the experts deem better for allergy sufferers. In fact, my eyes itch less with these contacts than with no contacts. I think they provide a protective barrier of sorts in my eyes. (On the other hand, my eyes itched loads with daily contacts).
I find Acuvue 2 lenses to be very high quality. In the 7 or so years I have worn them, I have maybe had 1 or 2 lenses damaged out of the package and another 6 or so ripped before the end of the two weeks. With proper care (see my review on Opti-free Express) I normally wear each pair for about 4 weeks before discarding. In contrast, I had more than those numbers damaged in the single year I wore Acuvue Hydraclear and the single month I wore Acuvue 1-Days.
I cannot feel Acuvue 2 lenses in my eyes. I could feel every other type of contact I have tried. Also, my vision is extremely clear and sharp with these contacts. With some others (1-Days, Oasys, and Hydraclear) I sometimes felt my vision go a bit fluid or as if I were looking through very slightly wavy glass. I have never had these problems with the Acuvue 2 lenses.
Acuvue 2 lenses are the best contacts I have ever tried. They are comfortable, easy to use, and top quality. I highly recommend any contact wearer try them. As an added plus, they are also one of the more affordable contacts on the market.
I have also posted this review on ciao under the name j9j8j7 and on viewpoints.com under the name j9j
before Acuvue Oasys, there was Acuvue 2. Then it was pretty amazing already. my eyes used to get really red by the time it was 9 pm in the evening (having worn it from 9 in the morning) but with Acuvue 2 i could stay up stil 12 midnight before it started to get red.
The lens were comfortable and there was little irritation during the duration of the wear. The lens were fairly easy to put in and take out. I say fairly, cos usually when I've worn them for 12 hours they tend to stick to the eye a little.
As weekly disposables, there's less worry about build up of dirt or particles on your lens if they havent been cleaned properly. Also they were much cheaper then the daily ones.
Now i use Oasys, but its alot pricier. For starters i would definately reccomended this!
good for starters especially if you do wear your lens for long periods of time.