I trialled a lot of daily disposable lenses before coming to the conclusion I was going to have to try monthly or bi-weekly disposables to get the great vision I wanted. This is because I have an astigmatism, which standard lenses don't correct. An astigmatism usually happens if your eye is rugby ball shaped instead of round and occurs at different 'axis' on your eye. If you have an astigmatism your glasses prescription will have a number written under the 'axis' column. My right eye has an astigmatism at an axis of 105 and my left at 85. You can now get daily lenses for astigmatism, but they only come in limited axis. I did trial a few of these, but the nearest axis I could get them in was 90 which meant that I got fairly good vision out of my left eye but not from my right eye. In fact, when my optician checked my eyesight with these she was quite surprised to find my eyesight was better with my standard daily lenses! I didn't really want the hassle of cleaning lenses every night so I stuck to my usual standard acuvue dailies for a while until taking the plunge into monthly/ bi-weeklies. I tried quite a few brands before asking my optician for a free trial of Acuvue advance for astigmatism. As with most monthly/bi-weekly toric lenses, they come in a fantastic range of axis, every 10 degrees. My optician tried me with 100 for my right eye and 80 for my left, which is only 5 degrees out from my usual glasses prescription. These particular lenses are bi-weekly, so you wear them for two weeks before changing them. I felt that was more hygienic than monthly wear lenses. I do admit I sometimes wear them for a few days over this if I forget to change them. I've never had any detrimental effects from doing this. As soon as I put these lenses in my eye, I couldn't feel them. I was really shocked as toric lenses are quite large and all the other ones I tried felt like grit in my eye. My vision while wearing them is very good, practically as good as my glasses. I can wear them all day without them drying out. I don't need to use re-wetting drops anymore. I literally forget I've got them in. While wearing them I feel like I've got normal eyesight. I really cannot praise them enough. I've got used to cleaning them every night now and it only takes a few minutes. Please note though that these are silicone hydrogel lenses so you have to make sure you use a cleaning solution suitable for these. I use opti-free express and have never had any problems with deposits building up on my lenses. As the lenses are made of the newer silicone hydrogel material they are better for the health of your eye as they allow more oxygen through, which is an added bonus. The only slight downside is that they can be hard to take out sometimes, but I think this is the case woth most toric lenses.
I have been using these contact lenses now for over 3 years and they are the only type of lens I have used. They are two-weekly lenses but they are worn for fifteen days of the month so that 2 pairs lasts for a month.
These lenses are easy to put in; being new to lenses can make putting them in and taking them out a daunting experience however, these lenses cause no problems. It is easy to tell if they are 'inside out' when you look at them on the tip of you finger before putting them in and, as long as you keep them clean, you cannot feel them once they are in. Taking out is just as easy and cleaning and storing the lenses is very straightforward.
Once you are at the end of the two weeks for wearing your lenses, they usually still feel comfortable unless the edges have become torn or chipped, take care with long fingernails when handling them!
I have never had a problem with these lenses and don't feel the need to try any other kind.
I am new to contact lenses and these are the first ones I have used. I personally think they are very comfortable. I can wear them all day and not feel them at all, it's possible to even forget that they are there! If you are new to contact lenses then they can be a little difficult to put in at first but once you have gotten used to them, which won't take long, it is a breeze to put them in. I am using the two-weekly lenses but even when it is getting close to having been wearing them for the whole two weeks they still feel as comfortable as at the start of the two weeks.
After wearing them for more than 12 hours at a time, I find it can sting a little when I take them out, but only for a a minute or so. Also, occasionally, if you forget to blink for whatever reason(!) I find that they can cloud over a bit, but they are fine if you just blink a few times.
Overall, I would definitely recommend these contact lenses. I find them comfortable, easy to put in and they have not given me any real troubles so far at all.
I've worn contact lenses for a number of years but struggled to find a comfortable pair that I could tolerate for a decent amount of time.
The standard lenses for Astigmatism were always weighted and a bit harder so if your eyes were sensitive they were no good.
Johnson & Johnson Acuvue advance for Astigmatism are just a god send, they are comforable for long periods of time, easy to handle and clean. I have on a few occassions accidently slept in the lenses but continued to wear them the next day, in any lenses prior to this sleeping with them would have been a definite no!
The only thing I would say about them is they're the more expensive lense on the market there are plenty of other alternatives but these are the only pair that I have manged to get along with, so if you're struggling to find a decent pair of lenses I would defniitely recommend giving them a try.
I've worn glasses for more than twenty years, and I finally decided that contacts would be the best way forward, as it would mean that I could come into a warm house from the cold outside and not have my glasses steam up, or have to worry about cleaning them to ensure I could see clearly!
I started wearing a different brand at first, which weren't perfect as they didn't quite provide the clearest degree of sight. After about six months my optician recommended that, as I suffer from astigmatism, I should try this brand. It's been two years since and I'm still more than happy with these contacts.
Although they are a little expensive, it's a necessary issue as they are perfect for my poor sight and well worth it. There have been a couple of times where I've accidentally pinched the side or caught it on a nail and rendered one useless, but this is common with a soft lense and, providing you are careful then there's no problem with them at all. They are very easy to pop in and out and, as I wear them for up to seventeen or eighteen hours in a day, they very rarely cause irritation or require me to remove them early.
I cannot recommend this brand enough - I couldn't compare them against other toric lenses but these far surpass my requirements.
I changed to wearing these lenses over a year ago. My previous lenses weren't suitab;e for the length of time i was wearing them for and they were beginning to damage my eyes so my optitin suggested these. Having an astigmatism generally has meant in the past that i have been pretty limited in alternative options so it was nice to have another option. The lenses are incredibly comfortable to wear and i usually have them in from about 7.30 am till around 10pm occasionally later and they are always really comfortable. I have had no problems at all with my eyes since switching to these. I have also been able to take short naps wearing them which was a definite no no with the old lenses. However, with a few eye drops on waking these lenses were perfectly comfortable to continue wearing. Overall these lenses come highly recommended by me! The only negatice i can think of and it is only a smal problem really is that they have a tendancy to fold in haf when you are handling them to try to put them in due to them beng so soft and thin. A minor incovenience really though!
I had never worn contact lenses before until just over a year and a half ago. I was fed up of going everywhere and having to wear glasses. When I had photos taken of me I had to take my glasses off and when I went to the gym I had to either wear them, which was not very nice when you're sweaty or walk around without them not being able to see very much. So I took the plunge and went to D&A to see what they could offer me in the way of contact lenses.
The initial consultation took a long time, during which we discovered that had astigmatism. This automatically pushes the price up of contact lenses. We decided that two weeklys would be best for my eyes, apparently cheaper than dailys but they allow more oxygen through to the eye than monthlys. As I had never had contact lenses before I was fairly in the dark and so only had what the optician said to go on. So I agreed to pay the £30 a month price and had them ordered.
I had previously seen my friends contact lenses which were also two weeklys but were quite small. So when I got back to the opticians to try them for the first time i was horrified to see the size of the lens they expected me to fit into my eye. It was huge, probably about twice the size of my friends contact lens had been. However after a few tries I managed to successfully get them in and out of my eyes and went away satisfied that I would now have a new freedom with my contact lenses.
To start off with I was very pleased. I enjoyed not wearing my glasses. But i soon noticed that they made my eyes very dry and tired after the recommended 8 hours. As i wore them more often I managed to beable to get to around 10 hours before my eyes would start to dry out but when you've got a long day ahead of you it really is frustrating to find your eyes are sore and you've still got a few hours before you can get home to take them out. Several times I have actually given in and taken them out without having anything to put them and so had to throw them away as I coudnt stand it any longer.
It is also very hard to keep them grit free. I found that even after soaking in solution over night they often made my eyes itch uncontrollably the next morning so that I had to take them out and wash them again with solution, which normally solved the problem but a pain if you're in rush.
Another problem I found with them is that if you look down or up alot, for example if your reading they would start to feel like they were being dislodged. As a student this really got on my nerves when doing essays as I would find that when i had been reading for a while they would become uncomfortable and i have to move them around to stop them moving themselves.
Another problem is you cant sleep in them, although this is true of most contact lenses, I have M.E and so often nap during the day which resulted in me wearing my glasses more and more often and only wearing my contact lenses when I was going out on a special event of some sort. In the end, also due to the current economic climate, I have decided that contact lenses, for the moment are an unnecessary expense that I can cut back on, especially as their convenience have many inconvenient draw backs to them.
As I have no experience of any other contact lenses I will just have to tell you about these. They come in a box just like the picture. Two sets come in a box for one eye. They are in a tray sachet which houses the contact lens and solution to keep it moist. These are sometimes difficult to open and can spurt the solution at you when you do open it. The lenses are easy to slide out with your finger when you open them. They feel soft and moist and cold. Its hard to describe the texture of them, they are flexible and I was suprised at how flexible they were when you consider how hard glasses are and I was amazed that they would enable me to see just as well as my glasses. They feel a little slimy with the solution on them but if they are dry they will stick to your finger and you wont beable to put them in. Mine were about 1cm x 1cm in size. It doesnt sound very big but when you have to fit them in your eye its rather massive.
As i didnt wear them all the time I was able to make them last 2 weeks but I imagine that if you did wear them all day every day they would become quite irritable after about a week and a half. At least with 2 weeklys they are more enviromentally friendly.
Overall I would say that these contact lenses were great and I would go back to them when I feel i would wear them more often, but at the moment I find glasses more convenient and comfortable.
Johnson and Johnson Acuvue Advance Contact lenses for Astigmatism are superb. If you have this eye defect you will know that until recent years it was only corrected with hard lenses. These were often uncomfortable leading to more corneal abrasions and reduced wearing times.
These lenses are so comfortable you will forget you are wearing them. They are soft, easy to handle and they have a uv filter on them. Available online or at the opticians with a current lens precription which you will need first as it is the UK law.This protects your eyes as it is really important with all lenses to have the surface of your eye checked regularly for signs of overwear/infection/protein build up etc.
With these lenses you'll get total freedom and I have to say without mine I would be lost! I had hard lenses and these are so different.Why not try them?- you will be delighted!
Although this product is quite expensive, I find it worth it. I'm both far-sighted and near-sighted and I've got very sensitive eyes to the point where many things will redden and irritate them. I've always been careless so I've never wanted to wear glasses but I thought, after a while, that was my only option. It is hard enough to find contacts that are moist enough for me, much more when it comes to astigmatism as well!
Imagine my surprise when my doctor recommended this. She said that we should try them out and we did and I have not been able to switch since. They are really moist and they're durable, easy to handle and completely worth their price. I would never use a different brand of contact lenses again for my eye problems! I'd definitely recommend this to anyone, you can hardly notice it and even the person who is wearing it forgets they're wearing them sometimes!