“ Brand: Johnson & Johnson / Weekly Contact Lenses „
Contact Lenses ~ Acuvue Oasys with Hydra Clear Plus
I've had to wear glasses for the past six years. At first, I only needed them for driving as I am short-sighted, but I ended up wearing them all the time. Over time my eyesight has deteriorated, so a few months ago I decided to go to Vision Express to see if contact lenses would be more suitable.
I had the sight test and was told that my prescription was easy to fix, so both my eyes take the same strength lens. The lenses themselves feel very soft to the touch, and are really moist when you open them from the packet. I was told that one pair would last me two weeks provided I didn't have them in for more than 12-14 hours a day. Unfortunately, I've only managed the full two weeks on one occasion. They are usually fine for the first few days, but despite cleaning and soaking them overnight in the recommended solution (synergi), I find I get itchy eyes when wearing them after 5 or 6 days. I'm hoping this will improve once I become more comfortable with putting them in and taking them out. It does seem you need to handle these with care - and it's imperative your hands are clean before touching the lenses.
If I know I'm very tired, or will be working a long day staring at a computer screen, I just wear my glasses on those days. If your eyes are dry and sticky, contact lenses can feel very uncomfortable. It's been a learning process though, and it's just about finding what works best for. The optician said don't wear them any longer than 14 hours a day - I try and limit myself to no more than 10 hours.
When the lenses are new, I can barely feel I'm wearing them, but this feeling doesn't last! I can't complain too much though because contact lenses do allow me to play football, and also go running without having to wear my glasses.
I pay £25 a month with Vision Express for the Contact Lens After Care Scheme. I get a supply of lenses and solution through the post every 3 months, get two eye tests a year, and get discounted glasses. Personally, I think this is really expensive, and I'm thinking of cancelling my direct debit and sourcing the lenses myself.
These contacts are not bad but not the greatest either. Do tend to get dry around 3+ hours of wear. Some redness on removal but clear vision & light weight plus no protein build up.
I have worn contact lenses for 30 years, so have experienced many different types. I can only wear soft lenses and have a sensitivity to some solutions, so I have to be extra careful about my choice of lenses. I also have a hectic lifestyle as a fitness instructor, which means I often need to put in my lenses at 8am and can't take them out until 10pm or later, by which time I'm sometimes too exhausted to bother about lens cleaning routines, protein removal, etc.
For several years I wore daily disposable lenses, but as time went on, I found that my eyes were dry and uncomfortable in the latter part of the day. My optician recommended these Acuvue Oasys lenses as they have a high water content, which stops the eyes drying out. They can be either left in for a week and then changed, or taken out and cleaned every night, in which case they last a fortnight. I tend to go for a mixture of the two. When I wear the lenses during the day, my eyes stay comfortable the whole time. If I wear them through the night, I only need to open my eyes and blink a couple of times and I can see perfectly clearly and comfortably.
These lenses are unbelievably comfortable and adaptable to suit any lifestyle.