Product Type: Johnson & Johnson in Contact Lenses
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Comfortable everyday sight
Johnson & Johnson Acuvue Advance
Member Name: MadameTriceratop
Johnson & Johnson Acuvue Advance
Date: 05/04/09, updated on 06/04/09 (153 review reads)
Advantages: Comfortable, long lasting, reasonable price
Disadvantages: Can dry out at the end of the day with your eyes
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.
Summary: It's great to have peripheral vision again!