Product Type: Johnson & Johnson in Contact Lenses
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Johnson & Johnson Acuvue Advance
Member Name: Ames123
Johnson & Johnson Acuvue Advance
Date: 02/11/10, updated on 09/11/10 (85 review reads)
Advantages: Comfortable, reasonably priced
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.'
Summary: Great lenses that are feel great
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