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      09.10.2011 16:18
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      I can see - even in the rain! :)

      Okay, that's a slight exaggeration - I still bump into loads of stuff! ;) Jokes aside, I have been wearing contact lenses since 1995, and this particular brand since its launch c.2004.

      Acuvue Advance are fortnightly-disposable lenses for daily wear: I moved from monthly ones, back in the days when most contact lenses were bought at huge expense for a full year of daily wear! I was always too scared that I'd damage them. That remains the one issue with these: it's still quite easy to nick the edge a little (maybe my nails are too long) - very difficult to spot, but the irritation to your eye is like razor wire! Of course, same problem is true of any lens.

      That's one reason I've stuck with 2-weekly disposables rather than switch to dailies: with these, there's always a new pair ready to switch to! There's also no problem with popping them in and out over the course of the day, unlike dailies. I have tried those, but found them very thin in comparison to these and just too fiddly and easy to tear for me - presumably coming the other way you'd find any longer-term lenses rather thick.

      These aren't very long-term wear lenses: if you need truly all day (or more) wear, higher-oxygen permeability ones are available but I don't really care to have my lenses in all day/night in any case - largely because my prescription is getting too high for comfortable reading.

      Over those 16 years (!) I've been very fortunately not to have any eye problems at all. A large part of that is just hygiene: treat your lenses well, get (and use!!) decent solution (I use OptiFree no rub), and change them when recommended. Or as I've found, three or even four weeks - albeit not of full-time wear - and I still find these lenses perfectly comfortable. I can actually 'feel' when they need changed, as they make my eyes feel tired - but never gritty - more quickly. A fresh pair, though, and I can sit easily for 12-14 hours without discomfort.

      The lenses themselves are available nearly everywhere (including supermarkets these days!) and come in boxes of six (all of the same strength) with each lens in a little blister pack with some solution - that liquid stings my eyes a bit, so do rinse with your usual saline solution before first use! They're blue-tinted just enough to be easy to see - at least if you're not as blind as me!! - and have a subtle 1-2-3 print to tell if they're inside out (no, you can't see it when they're in! ;)). They do only fit comfortably one way, though, so important to get it right.

      There are both cheaper and more expensive lenses out there, with varying pros/cons depending on your personal requirements, but for me it's a case of "if it ain't broke..."! Recommended.

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        31.07.2011 20:48
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        Really good quality contact lenses, the only brand I would consider.

        From the age of about 10 until the age of about 16 I had to wear glasses and I was extremely self-conscious about them. I didn't like wearing them out in public or when I went out with my friends, and when I didn't, I just walked around not seeing anything very well. However, when I got my first set of contact lenses I was delighted. The first and only contact lenses I have used are Johnson's Acuvue Advance contact lenses, and I would not change to a different brand.

        Initially I was a bit squeamish about putting my fingers in my eyes to put lenses in and take them out, but after a bit of practise I soon realised that there was no danger of damaging my eyes at all. You simply have to put the contact lens of the tip of one finger and hold your eye open with your other hand and then simply slot it in, blinking a few times to make sure it settles in the right place. Taking them out is even easier as you can just open your eye wide and then pinch the lens gently. You must make sure your hands are very clean when you do this, and that you have cleaned the lens with solution before you put it in. Otherwise you risk getting dirt or germs in your eye and getting an infection. When you are not wearing them, you must store them in a lens case, which has two separate pots for the left lens and the right lens. When the lenses are new it does not matter which eye you put them in, but once you have worn them once you cannot switch eyes, since the lens adjusts to fit the shape of your eye. You must clean them whenever you take them out and put them in by putting solution (which you can buy at any pharmacy) on them and giving them a gentle rub, then submersing them in solution overnight to clean them. Any all-in-one solution which you can purchase from a pharmacy or from the opticians will probably suffice, but if you are unsure, just ask at the counter and they will assist you. However, when you get your lenses from the opticians they will usually give you some to start off with.

        Each pair of contacts is to be worn for two weeks, and generally for no more than 10 hours a day. I find that if I wear them for much longer than 10 hours at a time, my eyes become bloodshot and the lenses become uncomfortable. This is simply because the oxygen is restricted from getting to your eyes. I tend to take them out in the evening and just wear my glasses. Also, although I sometimes forget and wear the same pair of lenses for longer than 2 weeks, if you wear them for too long you will notice they start to feel a bit uncomfortable and don't fit as well as when they were new. Also, I would recommend that you be careful not to fall asleep whilst wearing them. I have done this a few times and every time I have woken up with gooey, uncomfortable eyes - not a pleasant experience. Also, be careful not to put them in inside out (you can tell which way they are just by looking at them), as this also makes for a very uncomfortable experience.

        Acuvue have a service called Acuminder, for which you go online and write down when you put your new set of lenses in and then in two weeks when you are due to change your lenses they will send you a reminder by either text or email so you can avoid wearing your lenses for longer than you should. Although I don't use this service, I think it is a very good idea if you have trouble keeping track.

        They are extremely comfortable to wear if you wear them for the right length of time and are really easy to put in and take out. I have heard that other contact lens brands are not very comfortable, but I have heard nothing but good things about Acuvue lenses, and indeed have had no problems with them myself.

        I pay about £20 a month for these lenses, and considering the quality and reliability of them, I think that is a very good price. Although in the long run it adds up to be more expensive than a pair of glasses, if you feel self-conscious about wearing glasses in public (as I am) then you probably won't mind paying a little extra. A bottle of solution will generally be about 250 ml and can be purchased for under a tenner will last a good few months so you won't need to keep stocking up, and these always come with a free lens case so you will always have some lying around (I literally have dozens of them).

        For an affordable, comfortable and reliable set of contact lenses, I would definitely recommend Acuvue advance!

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        06.06.2011 11:19
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        Brilliant lense

        When I went to the opticians the other week for my annual contact lense check up my optician said that my eyes looked very irritated and very sore. Although they didnt feel *very* sore I had noticed that my contacts were feeling quite dry recently and after discussing it with my optician she suggested that I should try a different lense. She decided to give me a trial of Acuvue Advance and asked me to return in a week to discuss how I had been getting on with the lenses.

        ==What are Acuvue Advance?==
        The full name of my contact lenses are Acuvue Advance with Hydraclear. They are made by Johnson and Johnson and are a two weekly lense where you change your lenses after two weeks of wear (if you take them out at night). If you choose to sleep with the lenses in then they must be changed weekly.

        The lenses are meant to be very comfortable due to the hydraclear technology, they provide oxygen and are very soft on the eye.

        ==How much do they cost?==
        Prices for the lenses seem to be pretty similar wherever you shop. Tesco are currently charging £27.00 for a 3 month supply which would be 6 pairs.

        ==How easy are they to put in?==
        I find these so easy to put in compared with my old lenses. For my old lenses I would always need to use a comfort drop to make the lense settle on the eye properly and I would occasionally I have problems putting them in. This is not the case with these lenses, they are so simple to put in, I literally just place them straight onto my eye, blink and then they are settled on the eye for the day. No comfort drop is needed.

        ==How comfortable are they throughout the day?==
        I find these lenses extremely comfortable. With my other lenses I would often get the feeling that my lenses were getting quite dry and they would begin to feel uncomfortable but these contact lenses are so comfortable I hardly realise they are there. I have worn them for up to 16 hours some days and they remain comfortable throughout the day with no need to use a drop or to take them out to clean them.

        ==How do you clean them?==
        To clean the lenses I just pop them in a solution overnight. When I go to wear them the next time they are crystal clear and look very clean with no dirt on them.

        ==How well do they last?==
        I have worn my current pair of lenses for about 10 days now and they are still feeling as good as new. I imagine if you wear them for just a few hours one day and a few hours another day this could be counted as one day because mine seem to be lasting well.

        ==Would I recommend them and will I be buying them again?==
        I would certainly recommend these contact lenses and will definitely be buying them again. I appreciate they cost a little bit more than a lot of lenses do but for the difference in comfort I think it is worth it. These lenses are so comfortable on the eye I often forget I have them in and I find that I can see perfectly with them in. They are the best contact lenses I have tried and would certainly recommned all contact lense wearers to give them a try as I doubt very much that you would be disappointed.

        ==Summary==
        A brilliant quality contact lense from a trusted brand. Extremely comfortable on the eye and good value for money.

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        02.11.2010 16:27
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        Great lenses that are feel great

        Here is a fact I bet you didn't know. Leonardo Da Vinci actually sketched the first lens as we know it in the early 1500s, although they were not brought into reality until the 1800s. The soft lens as we know today was invented last century by the Czech chemist Otto Wichterle and his assistant Drahoslav Lím.

        For me personally, I have been wearing lenses for nearly five years, nearly as long as I have been wearing glasses. I find them easy to use, comfortable and it is almost as if I have perfect sight again. I prefer them to glasses as I find it hard to find glasses to suit me, in the summer I cannot wear sunglasses as well as glasses and the glasses I have always seem to be either misplaced or too loose on my face. I wear my contact lenses for most of the day; wearing my glasses only when I get up and at night when my eyes are getting dry.

        There are a wide choice of lenses available depending on your lifestyle. I think the most popular lens are either the daily disposable in which you have a pair for each day and simply throw away each night. Although this ensures lenses are always clean and dispenses of the need for solution they can take up a lot of room if traveling and is more expensive.
        Monthly or two-weekly lenses in my opinion are the most popular. Here you have one pair of lenses which you change either monthly of every two weeks. These work out cheaper with less packaging to store however you will need to purchase solution to clean them.
        There are two other options. One pair of lenses that last you the whole year and lenses which you can keep in all the time and just need replacing once a month. Although they are constantly improving the quality of lenses so that they are more breathable I still do not like the idea of keep them in all the time. Although I wear mine more than I should my eyes at least get a break every night.
        You will often hear the term hard or soft lenses about. Hard lenses tend to be more hard-wearing and ones you wear for longer periods of time, whereas soft lenses tend to be the ones you change more regularly.

        Why did I purchase these? The first type I had were monthly lenses from Specsavers which I was happy with, however when I was in Australia and needed some more the optician recommended I try Acuvue two-weekly lenses and gave me a trial. I found these comfortable and stronger in their tear ability than my monthly ones so happily swapped. The price difference was not too much although I did have to purchase solution on top of that.

        The exact name is Acuvue Advance with Hydraclear by Johnson and Johnson and are intended to be replaced every two weeks. The small cardboard box is white and sky blue with the picture of a lens and water running through it. It tells you on the side the strength, the base curve and the expiry. They last a while with the packet in front of me having a date of 03/2016.
        Inside are 6 small blisters containing one lens each. Each blister contains all the above details too.

        To use these simply remove from the blister and the solution and place on the top of your finger. They have to be the right way out which is concave. Some find it difficult to tell, for me it is easy, but there are the numbers 123 on the lens so you can tell if they are the wrong out or not. Don't worry though; you cannot see these numbers when wearing! Prising the eyelid and lower lid apart gently place on the surface of the eye.

        I find these lenses to be comfortable pretty quickly after insertion. Occasionally I need to take out, rinse with solution and re-insert, but I think that is probably my fault as I don't always rinse them properly. Each night you need to rinse them with solution and place them in the contact lens case to soak in the same solution.

        As I said earlier these lens do not tear much. I used find more rips in my monthly lenses. These seem to be more durable.
        I generally wear these for up to 15 hours most days, which is a few hours more than is recommended. You cannot feel these in your eye, only at the end of the day when they start to feel dry, but considering the time I wear these for this is impressive!

        I have not found any make-up that irritates the lens. The only time I get a problem is when applying eye shadow as eyeliner on my lower lashes. It gets onto the lens so I simply take out the lens, remove all traces of eye shadow and re-insert.

        These lenses claim to provide long-lasting comfort, excellent oxygen delivery (from the silicone hydrogel material galyfilcon A), wettable lenses and UV blocking. I cannot comment on the UV blocking but my lens always feel moist apart from at night and when it is time to change the lens and they always feel comfortable as I can never feel them in.

        The price of these is reasonable. For a three month supply I pay just under £30 online. This works out at the same price I was paying at Specsavers for the monthly lenses, although solutions and aftercare was included. As you can gather you can buy lenses either instore or online. Online you have to provide details of your current prescription and they do check which is good as I think people could do harm trying lenses without having a check at the opticians first.
        Instore you can buy them as a one off or sign up to a scheme where they send lenses to you every month. Although slightly more expensive, they mostly include the solution and aftercare too.

        Acuvue also do lenses for those with astigmatism or presbyopia (having to hold material at arms length) and lenses that are more suited for those living in a city environment or working for length at a computer and also daily lenses.

        They say this type is perfect for young people who want to wear lens frequently. I'm not so sure on the young people bit as I don't see why anyone cannot wear these lenses as long as their eye is healthy!
        To sum up I will quote what the Acuvue website says these are ideal for. I love these lenses and thoroughly recommend them if you want 'a well-rounded, quality lens that gives excellent value for money.'

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          19.09.2010 16:31
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          Decent lenses for a reasonable price

          When I first started wearing contact lenses, which was 5 years ago now, I was initially advised by my optician to start with daily wear lenses.
          However, I quickly moved on from these as they felt very thick, even with me having nothing to compare them to, and as a consequence it felt as though very little air was getting through them to my eyes.

          A few months later I started ordering my lenses through a different optician, and when I explained the problems I was having with these lenses, they instead gave me these acuvue advance lenses, which are fortnightly, rather than daily.

          The first thing to mention, then, is that these are quite permeable. I can't give you an exact percentage, but they do let in far more air than the dailies I was using. Apparently they're made of a 'unique silicone hydrogel material called galyfilcon A' so maybe that explains it. Who knows! All I know is that this means I can wear them for about 7 hours a day before they start to make my eyes feel a bit tired and scratchy. Of course, I can't compare them with monthly or more expensive brands of lens, as I've only used these two types, but they certainly work for me.

          I generally find it quite hard to tell whether my lenses are turned inside out or not, except by actually putting them into my eyes and noticing how uncomfortable they feel. According to the acuvue website, these lenses contain a 'visibility tint' and an 'Inside-Out mark' which means this shouldn't cause a problem. However, as mentioned above, I have difficulty with this so not sure these features work too well.

          As for looking after the lenses, it's not too difficult. Unlike the dailies, which of course you can throw away after each wear, these should be cleansed and stored overnight until the fortnight is up, before switching to a new pair. You just clean them as you would any other lens i.e. by placing a drop of water in one hand, putting the lens into it and gently rubbing it with a finger, after which you put each one into its container with some fresh saline solution, screw the top on and leave it to soak. Taking both lenses out and cleaning them each evening must only take me all of two minutes.

          They're also relatively simple to put in. Aside from the point mentioned above, which isn't usually an issue after the first time wearing a new pair, as they stay the right way around in the container, all I have to do is take them out one by one and put them into the correct eye.

          Sometimes I find they have a piece of fluff stuck to them, which is a bit uncomfortable, so I usually give them a quick rinse with a bit more solution before wearing them.

          As long as they're looked after carefully, these are very durable lenses. I often find that one pair lasts a fair bit longer than a fortnight, although perhaps I shouldn't mention this for fear of getting into trouble with any opticians out there! You can tell when a pair of lenses are getting beyond wearable, as they become uncomfortable in your eyes. That's when you throw them away and start on a fresh pair.

          The one thing that does happen to these sometimes is that a small corner will tear off if I clean them too vigorously. However, this doesn't affect the daily usage, and I don't think any pieces have ever got stuck in my eyes!!

          I would definitely recommend these if you're either long or short sighted (there's another type made by the same company -Johnson & Johnson- for astigmatism.) I don't know what the average cost is, but I get 2 pairs a month for £15, although this is £20 including a bottle of solution. I don't find I need a bottle of solution each month though, and the solution can be bought separately for a much better price in most supermarkets.

          Also, I noticed that if you look on the acuvue website, you can print out a 'free trial pair certificate' to take to your optician if you fancy giving them a go.

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            16.02.2010 12:30
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            Highly recommended if you're fed up with those spectacles!

            I've been wearing glasses since I was in Year 3 and I discovered that I couldn't read whiteboards properly at school. I had glasses for about six years and then decided that contact lenses would be a good idea. Especially as I had braces at the time, I didn't really want to go about like Ugly Betty.

            I was very excited to be getting contacts because they seemed so much easier than having to worry about whether my glasses would fall off every time I bent over. It was also annoying because every time I went swimming I was blind after having to take my glasses off.

            Anyway, I went down to my optician, Specsavers, to look into getting contacts and had the various tests. I decided that two weeklies would be
            easier and cheaper than getting dailies because otherwise you would have to keep throwing them away. Dailies are however, perfect if you are going on holiday and you go swimming, in case you lose them you can just change them the next day. It felt very strange sticking my finger in my eye to put this tiny lense in and then move it around to make it comfortable. It took me nearly an hour when I first tried to put them in! I hadn't quite got the jist that if you blink they will adjust themselves. I found them much easier, and still do, to take them out as you only have to pinch them.

            I am now a -5 in both eyes so I can't get confused when putting them in. A piece of advice: Do NOT wear them at night! Been there done that.. I forgot I still had them in and you end up with very gungy eyes in the morning.. not pleasant but shouldn't leave any lasting damage.
            Also leave these contacts in for the maximum of about nine hours a day or your eyes will feel sore and perhaps look bloodshot (also from experience).

            I get these lenses on Direct Debit which means you can pay with a Debit Card and they get posted directly to your door. They cost around £20 a month, a much cheaper option than glasses. With two weeklies, you receive a 3 month supply, 2 boxes of lenses and I think its either 2 or 3 bottles of solution. The solution is called easyvision for soft contacts, 250ml and is brilliant. There are also some lenses pots included. Another piece of advice: solution bottles build up very quickly so stop your supply if you find you have too many, it will be cheaper per month and you won't end up with a cupboard full of solution!

            You have to clean them regularly with the solution but they generally give you very clear vision.

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              12.11.2009 22:59
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              Good lenses, cheaper option than dailies

              I have had to wear glasses since school days, now in my thirties, I have gone through various styles, some good, some very bad. I have always liked the idea of being able to see without looking through a window, so decided to try contacts. After the initial shock of poking my finger in my eyes every morning, I have found them really comfortable to wear. Most of the time not realizing I have them in at all!
              As yet these are the only type I have tried and the only fault I can think to mention is that if you don't give them a bit of a rinse and rub down occasionally, they can get a little uncomfortable and 'foggy'. This, I imagine, is the same for all weekly / fortnightly lenses. Though it does work out considerably cheaper wearing fortnightly lenses than dailies.
              I have also found a few lenses with little nicks in the side, if you find one, don't put it in, it is the most irritating sensation I have ever experienced! I suppose it's just the luck of the draw on that one though!!

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              16.07.2009 23:22

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              Excelent product and good value.

              I have been using Johnson acuvue lenses for just over a year, I have found them very easy to put in and comfortable whilst in. I used to wear glasses and always thought the idea of putting something in my eye was horrible, but with Johnson acuvue lenses you can't even feel them in. I have used other brands before and had to go back to the opticians because they were very dry at the end of a long day and became very uncomfortable. I wear mine for about 9 hours a day and find they don't dry up like some lenses I have used in the past. I sometimes wear them longer and still find the same results. I wear them everywhere in all conditions and never have any problems. I find they are good value compared to other lenses. I will definately be using johnson acuvue lenses for a long time.

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              23.05.2009 00:11

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              Comfort, relief for the eyes, great product

              As a daily user of Johnson's Acuvue series I am able to provide a good review.

              I have been wearing Johnson's products for the past 20 years, Acuvue - about ten. The advance series is one of the best so far by Johnson's - soft, light and very efficient. I am using them for about a month - sometimes more, sometimes slightly shorter. What is surprising - they were not extremaly recommended by the optician, who claimed they are not soft enough for my eyes.

              An excellent value for money - in comparison to some other products I had a chance to use. As long as you do not take them from the optician, but order online from a legitimate company (much cheaper) - you will be happy with those.

              Very good for computer work, hot sun, windy or dusty conditions. Overall - excellent product at a very good price.

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              17.05.2009 21:31

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              all in all recommended

              Generally a pretty good all round contact lens. It provides reasonable comfort for the wearer all day long and can be worn for a reasoanble length of time without any issues. The one main problem i found with wearing them was if i happened to fall asleep with them in, i would wake up with very sore and dry eyes but then thats probably my own fault for falling asleep with them in! They are easy to use and relatively good value for money so all in all i would recommend them to anyone. They are also changed every two weeks which means they always stay reasonably fresh and in good condition which is an advantage over the monthly contact lenses. they are a good brand although i did have a couple which when i put the lenses in the image was fuzzy and when i complained they wouldnt send me any new lenses!

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              16.05.2009 00:50

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              A quality lens.

              If your looking for a reliable and durable lens then Acuvue Advance are a great option. They retain moisture really well and have just the right consistency to prevent tearing and rarely 'invert' which can be a major problem with other brands.

              The price is a little higher than others, but the quality more than makes up for this and Boots Vision Plan allows you to spread the cost, get reduced price glasses and include a solutions pack. You can often get an extra weeks wear from these lenses which is great if your on the vision plan, as you begin to build up a reserve.

              The only downside I have found is the occasional clouding of the lens. I have tried repeatedly cleaning them and ensuring they are dirt free, but it is a strange problem that often resolves itself. This is very rare and is a minor quibble for a quality product.

              Well worth the extra cash.

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              13.05.2009 16:32

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              A good, reliable lens, if you've got the cash.

              I've been using Acuvue Advance now for several years, and although they're not the cheapest on the market, I definitely wouldn't consider changing. They're much stronger than other lenses I've used in the past, rarely tearing, and they never seem to dry out - even when I've accidentally slept in them! I've also sanded down paintwork and done lots of housework in them and they don't even make my eyes sensitive then! The 'no rub' contact lens solutions you can use with them are also great - much less faffing at night when you're tired! Even though they're recommended for fortnightly disposal, I find they last me a good month per pair, so I get good value for money from them! I tend to buy mine online from Tesco, who I've always found to be the cheapest, although I think Boots also offer them on a good 6-monthly subscription scheme.

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              05.05.2009 16:47
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              Worth the slightly higher price due to the comfort and clear vision

              I had been wearing Specsavers Standard monthly lenses for around 10 years with very little issues. However, I went for a recent eye test and was told by the optician that I had a scar in my left eye caused by an ulcer. Due to this, I was advised to switch to a hydraclear lens to allow as much oxygen as possible into my eyes to prevent a further occurrence.

              I trialled the Cibavision Air Optix lenses and had numerous problems with dry, red eyes so I decided to give the Acuvue Advance lenses a try. I was very impressed. I encountered no problems and my eyes still felt moist at the end of a long day. They are letting more oxygen into my eyes and they are also two weekly lenses which mean I am changing them more regularly which is a good prevention for getting ulcer scars.

              On having tried these lenses for around a month I can say they feel better than the standard monthly lenses I have always worn. I have worn them from 7am in the morning until after midnight and I haven't encountered the problem that I used to have of them getting stuck to my eyes; they still feel moist and clear. I have got them out of the solution in the morning a couple of times and they have curled in my hand but just a drop of solution which is what I need to do anyway to clean them and they are fine.

              As it is a hydraclear lens and is a two weekly lens, it does mean the lenses are £15 a month with Specsavers rather than the £10 I was paying for the standard lenses. However, I feel this is entirely worth the price increase as they are better for my eyes in many ways.

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                05.04.2009 11:30
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                It's great to have peripheral vision again!

                I've been wearing contact lenses for about four years now, since I started doing a lot of martial arts and glasses weren't really practical for being thrown around during training!

                I'm short-sighted, with no astigmatism, at -2.75 in my left eye and -2.00 in my right eye.

                I change my lenses on a fortnightly basis, which means they work out as cheaper than dailies, but are changed more often than monthlies and so there's less time for the lens to deteriorate and get dirty. I'm paying about £25 a month on direct debit with Leighton's Opticians, receiving 6 pairs of lenses, which includes 6 monthly lens health checks and gets me a 10% discount on lens solution in their shops.

                I use the solution that came with the lenses, Mirage Light. One of the massive bottles will last me about three months, and it works well for cleaning my lenses, as well as lubricating them if they're a bit dry when I'm trying to put them in my eyes.

                I wear my lenses for an insanely long time each day, putting them in generally about 9 and then not taking them out usually until about 11 or 12 at night! I do notice that by the night, as I get tired, my eyes will start to dry out a bit, and there will be a sensation of the lenses starting to 'stick' to my eyes, but considering how many hours I'm wearing them for, they stay very comfortable throughout the day, and taking them out and rinsing them with some of the solution can help to perk them up.

                These lenses are soft and made of a special gas permeable material, with the back of the box informing us that they are made of 47% water. This makes them so comfortable to wear, and also means that there's plenty of opportunity for your eye to 'breathe'- after four years of such long periods of wear, my eyes are still fully healthy. On the odd occasion when I've worn my lenses too much, taking a day's break from them does restore my eyes.

                I wear my lenses for 6 days a week and wear glasses all day on a Sunday, which does allow my eyes to properly recover.

                It is incredibly important to wash your hands properly before doing anything with your lenses. Also, only use solution to clean the cases and never tap water, as the bacteria in tap water can grow on your lenses/ in the cases, which is never good for your eyes! Sometimes I find I get fluff from the towel I've used to dry my hands on the lens, in which case it can sting when it goes in my eye. I just take it out and wash it with solution, and then it's comfortable to insert again.

                One final thing is that I cannot stress enough how important it is to carry a mini bottle of solution, a lens case and your glasses around with you when you are wearing your lenses! A couple of years ago, I managed to get a tiny tear on my lens as I put it in my eye, didn't notice, and kept it in my eye as it got steadily more uncomfortable, resulting in scratching my retina and being unable to see for a week as my eye healed! This is nothing to do with the lenses and more my own stupidity, but it is so important to take them out the second they become uncomfortable.

                Overall though, these lenses are very comfortable and enduring, and a reasonable price. Obviously, proper care needs to be taken with them, and you shoul always discuss any problems with your optician.

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                  19.03.2009 11:14
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                  A great lens for new users and very easy on the eye (!)

                  I recently started wearing contact lenses after a couple of years of needing glasses for short sightedness. I love these lenses, they were the second type I tried and for me they represent great value for money and real quality and comfort for my eyes.

                  I originally tried daily lenses which are much thinner than these bi-weekly ones and although they were comfortable once in I found them so thin that I struggled as a newcomer to lenses, with putting them in and out, they were also pretty expensive, working out at around £30 a month. My optician recommend I try these and I have never looked back.

                  These lenses have a special surface which allows air and moisture through and I really do find them comfortable enough to keep in all day at work and well into the evening. These are designed to be removed and cleaned before storing in usual soft contact lense solution (check for supermarket own brands which work out much cheaper, I use an ASDA one which is only £3 versus around a tenner for the same amount from opticians). Once you have used them for 14 days they are to be disposed of and you open the next packet.

                  Each packet contains 6 lenses or 3 months worth (for one eye). I buy mine via Getlenses.com who can provide them for only £27 for 3 months worth and also offer 10% cashback via topcashback. This is fantastic value in my opinion. As I dont tend to wear my lenses all the time and quite often just use them for going out, a set can last me anywhere up to 6 months and this makes them affordable rather than an expensive luxury.

                  They are very easy to put in and take out, in my opinion and easier than the thinner daily ones which feel more fiddly. It is more time consuming that they need to be cleaned and stored after use rather than just whipping them out and chucking them, but you soon get used to it and its only a few minutes out of your day.

                  As I dont often wear them for the 14 days straight before changing them I have to keep an eye on the lens itself to know when to change them for a new pair. This is pretty easy though, I keep a rough tally in my head of how many days worth of wear a pair has had but you can tell when they need replacing as they will start to feel slightly less comfortable in your eyes, not to an irritating amount, just enough that you will notice your eyes feel drier quicker, you will also start to be able to see wear on the surface of the lenses if you hold them up to the light.

                  One of the things I love about these lenses is that they have a great way of showing you if you have the lens the right way round or inside out before you put it in your eye. This was something I really struggled with at the beginning, apparently seasoned lens wearers can tell immediately on looking at the lens once its on your fingertip as to whether its the right way round from the shape, I could not (and still cannot) see any difference whatsoever. On these acuvue lenses though they have printed a tiny little '123' on the lens which only reads properly if the lens is the right way for putting in. Very handy and you honestly cannot see it once its in your eye (how weird would that be!?).

                  These really are great lenses and especially for newcomers to wearing them I would highly recommend them. Just do not be pressurised to always buy them from your opticians, you can get a much better deal (once you know what works for you) by shopping around.

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