Many of people, like me, have less than perfect vision and this requires correction by either glasses or contact lenses. I have had short sight for as long as I can remember and I was never happy wearing glasses. I felt that they impeeded many things, and I found a whole new kind of confidence since I started wearing contact lenses.
The two types of lenses I am aware of are hard contact lenses and soft contact lenses. I was given soft contact lenses by my optician when I first asked for them, and I was told that soft lenses would be the better option for me as they are easier to wear and healthier for the eyes. I have never tried hard lenses myself, but I have known others who have worn both hard and soft lenses, and they have all agreed that soft lenses are the preffered way to wear contact lenses.
Soft contact lenses are made from a thin, silcone type material, but there is a fair few different materials these can be made of, so that most people will find a suitable material for their eyes which is comfortable and safe for the health of their eyes. Your optician will find out which material is the most suitable for you. The soft lenses are made in a way so that they allow a good flow of oxygen to the eyes, and keeps them moist, so you do not end up with dry, sore and itchy eyes which can lead to eye infections and other complications.
I was worried about how the lenses would feel in my eyes when I first tried them, but being a soft contact lens, you can not feel them. They fit perfectly to the eye and they really do feel like they are meant to be there. There has been many a time I have forgotten they are there, as they post no feelings as that they are there. I expected to be able to feel the lens on the eyeball itself, or have some constant reminder that they are there, but this is really not the case.
The lenses are very thin, and this can cause problems at first with handling, inserting and removing the lenses, but this is something I easily and quickly got used to, and now it is second nature on how to care for my lenses and how to use them. There is different types of soft lenses available too. I use monthly disposable lenses, which I wear every day during the day, and then I take them out at night whilst I am asleep. When I am not wearing them, the lenses are stored in a special solution which is supplied with the lenses, and then I just pop them back into my eyes in the morning. After 30 days of wear, I throw the pair of lenses away and start again with a fresh pair.
There are also all day, all night lenses, which you can wear continously for a month, and sleep in them, and then you just replace them every month. There are daily disposables, which you wear for one day and then throw them away at the end of each day, and also there is fortnightly wear, which you wear daily for 2 weeks and then replace them. My partner uses the fortnightly wear, as this is what he finds more suitable for him and his eyes, but everyone is different and it may take a little bit of trial and error to find the exact type for you.
I have tried different types of soft lenses, and after a while I found that the best option for me is the monthly disposables. I have always found the lenses comfortable and easy to wear, and my vision is perfect when I wear them. I personally think that the soft lenses are one of the best things I have come across in my life, and I truly am glad that I started using them. I have been wearing them for 12 years now, and I will never look back.
That is not to say that there are no downsides. There has been a few problems along the way, but they do not outweigh the greatness of soft lenses. Soft lenses are easy to tear with fingernails or jewellery, and you do have to be careful when you handle them, and always ensure your hands are clean so that no dirt or grit is transferred to your lenses and then your eye. Dirt on your lenses can lead to an eye infection, which is never going to be nice or comfortable.
I have also dropped and lost a fair few contact lenses over the years, as they are so thin and clear. It can be hard to find them once you have dropped one, and you only have a small amount of time to find them before they dry out and become unuseable. Most lenses these days do have a slight blue tint in order to help you find them when you have dropped them, but sadly my bathroom floor was blue at the time so this was more of a hinderance to me! As time has gone on, I have dropped less and less lenses, as practice really does make perfect.
The only other problem I have had whilst wearing soft contact lenses, is the occasional folding up of a contact lens in the eye. It has only happened to me a couple of times over the years, but it has happened. Basically one of the lenses somehow folds up in my eye and I have to end up searching my eye to find it, take it out, unfold it and put it back in. This is nothing too major and it is slightly uncomfortable when it happens, but it can quickly and easily be rectified.
All in all, I think soft contact lenses are truly the way to go if you do not like wearing glasses and need a way to correct your vision. I have been able to do so much more since wearing contacts, and I do not think I could recommend them enough to everyone. If you have never worn soft contact lenses before, I recommend you go and try them as soon as you can. I do not think that you will regret it!
I love my soft contact lenses and I would love to be able to give them more than 5 stars, but alas that is the most I can allocate.
I have worn soft contact lenses for quite some time now, I have always used either the fortnightly lenses or more recently the monthlies. There are so many reviews on here dispersed amongst the soft, hard, general topics, I am just going to give you a couple of pointers / checklists here, which you may find helpful when choosing or considering lenses:
What are they?
Soft contact lenses are made from a silicone hydro-gel which are suitable for wear sometimes over night, sometimes for a month at a time, or sometimes for simple 8 hour or daily use. They are durable enough to be cleaned, removed and reinserted but are soft and comfortable to make you feel like you do not have them in. Infact there has been many a time I have had to stare in the mirror and see if I could see the blue-ish ring around my iris, to decide whether or not I had mine in!
Are they safe?
Soft Lenses are breathable or 'oxygen permeable' (oxygen can get through), which means your eye health is not hugely affected, although extended wear users are more susceptible to eye infections according to information I have read. However, having worn soft lenses for years I have never had a problem - my optician says that my eyes are in great shape. Well, aside from the fact I NEED contact lenses in the first place!
Are they suitable for you?
Not at all if you can't bare to touch your eyeball, or wont remember to stick to your lens regime (i.e. cleaning and removing).
They are great for me because I have the Johnson and Johnson Acuvue Oasys which are meant to be the most moisturising lenses on the market - with me working in an office, this is great because the air con dries even non-lens wearers eyes out!
Other than that the only reason I can see for not choosing to wear them is cost, but you can get them quite cheap now, or that glasses suit you better. I look great in my glasses (so people tell me), but I feel more confident in lenses. They are also great for people who play sport!
NB: they are not a complete alternative to glasses, which you will probably still need to wear sometimes, or keep for emergencies.
In selecting your provider, consider:
* Choosing the person who does your sight test - they will normally offer an incentive for choosing them for all of your services
* Shopping around - there are so many opticians competing for business now, and loyalty doesn't count for a lot these days when it comes to retail shopping (which sadly, opticians fall in to)
* Don't be swayed by big loyalty point offers. Specsavers do cheaper frames and lenses than Dolland and Aitchison by about half - you go to D+A and get 2,000 Nectar points - it isn't a saving at all
* If you have your sight test and don't want to buy products from that opticians, perhaps you are considering online suppliers, then remember you don't have too - your prescription is yours immediately after the test, you can then take it elsewhere
* Try to consider that online aftercare services may be limited, if they exist at all
* Do they sell own brand / brand names or combination of both, which will be most suited to your needs and budget?
* Consider cost - you do not want to sign up for a scheme you cant afford
* Go from word of mouth - ask around. Having an optician you can trust who doesn't break your bank would be the best combination
* You have to have a lens check every 12 months - so make sure there is somewhere accessible for you to go and have one done - if you choose a high street provider, this is normally included within the free
There are several different ranges of lenses. I use Johnson and Johnson and always have, I have had no problem from them. But if you settle on provider, like a high street optician for example, you will find that the Range is automatically selected for you as they will only have limited choices - a good optician will advise you taking in to account your needs and budget. I have also used Specsavers own, they weren't as good quality as Johnson and Johnson, but the aftercare service was great.
Value for Money?
They are quite expensive, unless you bulk buy or choose an own brand. I pay £19 per month for my monthly lenses. Over 2 years (the regular interval between full sight tests not your contact lens checks) that equates to £456. Plus my frames, which even with the discount I get from subscribing to the contact lenses still cost me around £50, means my two-yearly opticians bill is over £500. However, I do have a health care cashback scheme which gives me 50% of this back. If they cost me 10 times that amount (and I had it!) they would be worth it, because they make me feel much more confident and happy in myself, than I feel behind my frames.
My only main problem with wear is a couple of times I have had an eyelash go in my eye and get behind my contact lens - it is important not to rub your eye - but when this has happened and a lash has gotten in there it hurts like mad! And it is difficult to remove as your eye feels so sensitive - once it happened while I was driving, which was absolutely terrible. I pulled over instantly, fortunately I was on a quiet road! I once, after not wearing them for long rubbed my eye, opened it and I couldn't see; my lens had folded and moved to the upper right corner of my eye socket! It wasn't too bad though, I managed to move it enough by massaging over my lid in the direction I wanted it to move, and then I removed it, cleaned and reinserted it...
I don't know how I lived without them, I love wearing them, they are easy to put in and take out, the cleaning regime is pretty simple, there have been a few mishaps and to some people it may seem expensive to get them from a high street provider, but I don't mind paying the money because I enjoy the after care, replacement lens services and if course, I like to leave my glasses at home!
Bored with or hate wearing glasses? Thinking of wearing lenses but not sure if they are right for you? .......
I discovered the joys of contact lenses approx 15 years ago shortly after realising that I was actually fairly blind and needed some help with my sight - but found that wearing glasses was very uncomfortable and not very attractive!! (I am very short sighted - and get the lovely jam jar effect with glasses where me eyes look like little dots behind the glass).
I tried various types of lenses including the hard ones which apparently some people prefer (I don't know how they possibly could because they felt to me like someone had thrown sand in my eyes!!), but I definetly found the soft lenses to be much more comfortable.
To be honest they are actually so soft & thin that you can hardly feel them as long as they are inserted correctly (one side is the right side, and the other is the wrong side - and if you put them in the wrong way you will soon know about it!!).
You may be squeamish about putting something in your eye - but you don't actually have to look at it as you are doing it, I actually look down or to the side so that I can't see my finger coming towards my eye - which does seem to help - and once they touch your eyeball they can't really be felt at all.
So what are the PRO's of wearing lenses:
* Contact lenses are almost invisible so no-one will know you are even
* You can still wear your favourite sunglasses without looking stupid
because they are on top of your glasses!! (I'm sure most glasses wearing
people have tried this - it is possible BUT not very cool)
* You can swim in them and they won't get steamed up or wet
* If you are one of those secretaries who wears their hair up and hides
behind boring glasses but would like to be the sex siren who lets down
her hair and removes her glasses to reveal a beauty - then lenses could
be your answer!! Shock all your colleagues at the christmas do and
unleash the siren within!!!
* If you are self conscious about wearing glasses then lenses are the
* You can get lenses that change the colour of your eyes so if you have
always fancied been blue eyed and blonde haired there is nothing
But there are some CON's also:
* Your eyes can get quite dry sometimes - but you can try different types
and eye solutions to help with this
* You do have to clean them with the solutions (although you can now get
some that you can keep in day and night for upto a month which would
avoid this - but more pricey obviously)
* You can sometimes lose them if you rub your eye and they fall out - or
sometimes they have been know to go down the side of your eye (bit
uncomfortable but not as bad as it sounds - and they are easily
* They can work out more expensive than buying a pair of glasses - but not
too bad - I pay £10 a month and have monthly disposable lenses which I
have to take out and clean each night, and then after 1 month of use - I
replace them with the next set. I think this is a reasonable price - but
could opt to pay more for ones you wear day & night OR daily disposable
* You are limited with some types how long each day you can wear them for
and therefore if you constantly exceed this you are prone to eye infections.
* If you get sand / grit / dust blown into your face then that can be quite
painful if you are wearing lenses and quite often you will have to take
them out to remove the dirt etc..
SO still undecided? Well why not try a FREE trial. Most opticians do them and you can trial them for a month and see how you get on. I think they are an amazing invention and they have changed my life for the better - so if wearing glasses is something that you hate - why not give lenses a go. You'll never know if you don't try........
I first started wearing contact lenses at the age of 18. I started off with the small hard kind that I found incredibly difficult to get used to and very high maintenance to boot! As a result, over the years I?ve tried and failed to find a pair of comfortable glasses. So, eventually when my budget allowed, I started to investigate other lens options starting with soft lenses that were replaced annually, upgrading to monthly disposables and eventually about four years ago to daily disposables. Even though I?ve worn glasses since I was around 11 or 12 years old, I never did find a pair that I could get on with and found that they really affected my peripheral vision to a large extent. Somehow I seemed to find that they were always ?getting in the way? especially when talking to people. However, it would be very dishonest of me if I also did not admit that vanity also has something to do with the fact that I have chosen to wear lenses! I have quite a small face, but large eye sockets and finding a pair of specs that suited me was like the search for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow! Enter Specsavers. I chose to go with Specsavers own brand given that up until the point that I switched to daily disposables, I had encountered minimal problems with annuals or monthlies, and so thought that this was a pretty safe bet. An added attraction was the Specsavers ?Lensmail? scheme, where 90 pairs are delivered to you on a quarterly basis if you pay by direct debit. This means that you don?t have to think about replacing your lenses as they?re delivered direct to your door. In the time that I?ve been using this scheme, they have always been delivered on time. The current charge for daily disposables is £25 a month. I know this might be considered quite expensive, but it does include all after care and there is no need f
or any additional solutions or maintenance materials. Mine are slightly more expensive than some as they are gas permeable as I have a tendency to wear my lenses way too long, and this means that more oxygen gets through to the eye. The lenses come packed in 6 boxes of 30 lenses. It is common to have a different prescription for each eye and your boxes will be marked appropriately for the left or right eye. I think I?m quite unusual in that the prescription for both of my eyes is identical, so that means I don?t have to think too hard when I?m inserting them after a night on the tiles! Inside the box each lens is individual packed in a small container containing a sterile saline solution. I have also found Specsavers aftercare for lens wearers quite exceptional. This involves a routine six monthly check up of your eyes to assess continuing suitability for wearing lenses, advice on how long to wear them for and to check for any damage or scratches. Whenever I?ve attended these appointments I?ve always felt that I?ve been given a comprehensive check up, the opticians seem genuinely interested and I?ve never felt ?rushed?. The daily disposable lenses are the epitome of comfort for me. Insertion and removal take a little bit of practice, but with time, it is very easy indeed. In fact, I don?t even use a mirror these days to put them in or remove them! These lenses are predominantly made of water and this is what makes them comfortable providing that they are inserted the right way round and are sitting properly on the eye. Most days once I?ve put them in I really do forget that they are there, until I remove them at the end of the day. From my experience of lens wearing I would give people the following tips ? *** It is possible to get a bad batch (low quality) of lenses, although this really does not happen ver
y often. I think in the four years I?ve been wearing them, I?ve had two bad lots. My perception of ?bad? would be that these seemed to be slightly ?drier? than normal and had a tendency to ?break? in the eye sometimes without touching and sometimes if I rubbed my eye slightly. Presumably because they were more brittle than good lenses. My advice would be to take them back ? I do! And I?ve never had any problem with customer service, as they?ve been replaced promptly and without question. ***Don?t wear them longer than the recommended time. I have done this and suffered from broken blood vessels in the eye, which can cause permanent damage. Thanks to Specsaver?s excellent aftercare, they were able to recommend a lens that I could wear for longer and which would not cause any damage. *** If you spend large amounts of time doing computer work or in front of a VDU, make a conscious effort to blink! There?s nothing worse than wearing lenses and having dry eyes! However, there are solutions that can alleviate this. Air conditioning has a similar effect. *** Take full advantage of the aftercare and follow the advice of your optician to get maximum benefits from lens wearing. *** Daily lenses are just that ? meant for daily use. Don?t try to extend their lifespan by cleaning and re-using them. This could potentially damage your eye and you lose the element of comfort. CONCLUSION Specsaver?s daily disposables are generally of superb quality and are extremely comfortable to wear, to the extent that you really do forget they are there. I would recommend them to anyone against any of the big ?brand? names, so they get 5/5 from me, and I?ll be continuing to use them for a long time to come, I hope! Customer service and aftercare are exceptional and I h
ave found nothing to date to complain about. Thanks for reading. Cheers. Christina ;-) x
I've been wearing contact lenses since I was 13 years old, and it isn't just vanity it is about more than that, especially to a 13 year old girl. Personally I think it is a matter of confidence even if they don't make you look better they definately make you feel it, and they way you feel definately affects how you act and how you are recieved. Looks get you everywhere, I did psychology coursework to prove it, even in court attractive people are more likely to get off. Personally I hate the stereotype associated with glasses, the swotty, unattractive, studious, maybe intelligent loners. Not everyone is like that but that is unimportant. Contacts changed my life, I got contacts for my 13 birthday in August and went back to school in September and I felt like everything was different I my first boyfriend a few weeks later. I love my contacts they come in a box (through the door) every three months, 3 sets of contact lenses, 3 sets of solution and a new case. Plus two tonnes of advertising on how to get new glasses (if they haven't noticed i don't wear them) Basically I roll out of bed every morning, throw contact lense solution all over the lenses put them in and forget about them for the day. It doesn't hurt and it takes about 20 seconds with or without a mirror, pour boiling water over the case and it is ready to use in the evening. I can wear my contacts for 14 hours a day, and I do, I get up about 7:00am have them in by 8:00am and take them out about 10:00pm, if I am going out I have to take them out for a couple of hours during the day. My sister wears contacts and is at uni and more or less lives in them and she hasn't come to any harm but I wouldn't recommend that. Taking them out takes about 10 second (I do both eyes at the same time one with each hand) so basically for a minute a day you can see all angles. I hate wearing my glasses now, when I read music and stu
ff in glasses it is twice as hard I find myself looking over the glasses and you can't see right to the edge. Plus I don't like being seen in my glasses, I wear them in public very rarely. They are very useful and they are much better than glasses, you can actually see better in them, and you can swim in them so you don't have to be blind when you do sport, if you do sleep in them for short periods of time maybe in a car, you get air under them when you wake which is slightly annoying but if you blink a few times it goes away. If you cry the same thing happens but they aren't likely to fall out even if you rub you eyes as long as it isn't too hard. With them being 80% water they don't hurt at all you you can't even feel them, when you first put them in it feels like a drip of water on the eye, you can't lose a contact in your eye but they do occasionally split with them being so soft, but you can keep a spare pair from the month before. What else is there to say. I love them, they changed my life, they are the best thing I own and it would take a lot to stop me wearing them.
I have been wearing glasses for a number of years now, and was becoming increasingly annoyed when I went out of having them cracked against my nose as people inevitably knocked into me. This and the fact that I kept putting my glasses down and losing them all the time is what made me decide to go and see the optician about getting some contact lenses. It was also quite near to Christmas, so I thought a nice pair of new eyes for myself would be a treat. Before you start wearing any type of contact lenses, whether you have used them before or not, I would advise going to your optician to get a consultation, to check whether you can / still can wear them effectively at all. It takes about 20-30 minutes (well it did in my case), and costs about £15-20. I don’t know if all opticians are the same, but during my consultation I had my prescription checked and was told that I could wear contact lenses effectively despite having a slight stigmatism in my left eye. (I am short sighted if anyone is remotely interested). After discussing the various lenses available, and knowing that I was too lazy to ever look after anything else I decided to try out the Johnson & Johnson 1.DAY ACUVUE Lenses. At this point was my first taste of contact lenses… the optician popped one lens into each eye and directed me towards the door where I was to spend 20 minutes out in the wilderness. I wondered off down the street, and it was truly amazing to see the shop fronts without feeling my glasses also. My sight is not at all bad, but I was amazed at how much difference the lenses made and I was instantly sold, but carried on down the street anyway because I was enjoying it so much. Upon returning to the opticians and having my eyes checked over once again, all was fine so off I went to the counter (with my glasses back) to place my order. I was also booked in at this point to have and introduction to putting in and taking out the lenses, and how to do this sa
fely and hygienically. I won’t go into these in this op, because any person is much better off taking this advice from the optician if they decide to go ahead with lenses. I placed my order for 120 lenses straight away, as they were doing these for the price of 90 at the time. This type of lens doesn’t work out the cheapest, but I assume is one of the easiest to use, and costs about £1 per wear. A week later I returned to the optician to try what was going to be the most frustrating thing I have ever tried to do… putting in a contact lens by myself for the first time. It took me about 4-5 attempts, but once the lens slotted into place and I could see clearly I realised it was all going to be worthwhile. I followed all the advise given by the optician, and drove home with my new lenses only disappointed by the fact that I couldn’t keep them in longer than a couple of hours on the first day. (oh, and wondering if I would be able to get them out when I got home, but this turned out to be a doddle). A couple of days later, Christmas was upon us and my first attempt at putting the lenses in my self was Christmas day. It was quite an experience, and I did get some funny looks when I returned to my family red eyed and sobbing, but a few festive drinks later everything was settled nicely. If you do drink, I would recommend a few first few times you use the lenses, as it can help you not to think about it or rub your eyes. (TIP. Don’t get too drunk until you’re used to taking them out). Anyway, my wish from Santa had been granted, I could see without my glasses and even managed to find my way to the pub on Christmas day. (I came back with my beer goggles on, but that’s another story). Well, that’s how it all started, but I hear you ask… How am I getting on after 9 Months? The answer to that question is “I’ve never looked back” I have found the soft daily disposable lenses
to be absolutely wonderful for me, and for that reason I won’t bother trying anything else unless any other problems pop up, or my sight is miraculously cured! (OK, maybe not). When I started with the lenses, I was almost addicted, and wore them 4-5 days a week, but have since lapsed back to the ease of just slipping a pair of glasses on and just wearing lenses when I go out at the weekends. OK, hopefully this part might be useful to some of you… my tips on using the 1.DAY ACUVUE Lenses after 9 months of experience. * They are not particularly comfortable to wear if you use a computer for extended periods, as they tend to dry out very quickly, and make your eyes itch wildly. * It can sometimes be difficult to see whether the lens is the correct way out before putting it into your eye. This is explained by the optician, but I have found with these lenses that 95% of the time they come out of the packet the right way up, so it’s usually easier to just pop them straight in, and if they the wrong way you’ll know, because they don’t stay centred on your eye very easily. * You can sleep in the lenses for short periods of time, but I wouldn’t recommend anything over an hour. I have fallen asleep in them after a night out b4 which isn’t pleasant, especially if you have been in a smoky atmosphere, but even after that the lenses were not too dry, and were easily removed… after just 10 Mins of itching my attention was restored to having a bad hangover! * Always wash your hands before inserting and removing your lenses. It may seem like a chore, but you could easily damage your eye or get an infection just for the sake of saving a few seconds. * I have found the lenses comfortable to wear for between 10-14 hours at a time, if this is an issue you may want to ask about a different type of lens. I have worn the lenses longer on occasions without a problem, but they usually start
to feel dry. It is also not recommended by the optician. Right, that seems like quite enough to write about such a tiny product. I would recommend that anyone who uses contact lenses, or would like to give them a try, consider using the Johnson & Johnson 1.DAY ACUVUE as they have been a god send to me. If you’re thinking about it now, then stop and book yourself an appointment at the opticians.
last week I was sitting in my work constantly pushing my glasses back up my face when I decided to ring the contact lens clinic in Glasgow. I had got contacts from them 4 years ago and I decided to give them a try again. I phoned up for an appointment and was fitted in that afternoon. When I turned up the service was second to none and I wondered how I stayed away for so long. The optician was great and really gave me a thouough eye test. When I fitted the lenses in again it was as if I was seeing clearly again. They are so easy to wear and very comfortable. I can understand why some people are a bit wary after all it is a bit of plastic in your eye but there is nothing to be afraid of. They really take there time and make sure you understand how to clean them every night and how to insert them and take them out as well. I have the 6 monthly ones but you can also ger daily disosables and monthly disposables which are dearer but you dont need cleaning fluid with the daily's. i am really glad that I made the switch from glasses to contacts again it's the best thing i've done for ages.They range from £8.95 per month to £25 per month at the contact lens clinic in Glasgow and they have branches everywhere.
I was first given these lenses by D&A (I no longer go there for reasons I may write in another review). I now get them from an internet site. They are much cheaper but you will need to have an up to date prescription and contact lenses check up with an optician. If anyone wants to know the website let me know and I will find out. These have got to be the most comfortable lenses I have ever worn. I don't tend to wear contact lenses too often because I work with a computer all day and you are not supposed to wear lenses because the radiation from the screen drys your eyes out - there, you've learnt something today now. Dry eye syndome isn't nice. Apart from not having to bother cleaning them because you just chuck them away when you take them out you also don't have to fork out for cleaner, lens holder etc. They are a tad more expensive than normal monthly lenses but I'm lazy so I'll pay extra. The lenses are very thin, not so thin that they rip as soon as you take them out of the container but thin so that you can't feel them. Once I forgot weather or not I had taken them out and had to look in a mirror and feel my eyeball to check. Reading the leaflet it says that these lenses have been tested and are safe to sleep in. This is a great bonus, don't you always fall asleep in the car then wake up to find your lens stuck half way round your eyeball and dry eye syndrome? Well, you won't get that with these lenses. If you wear lenses every day I wouldn't recommend these, it might get a bit expensive but if you only wear them occasionally they are a very good idea. Money saving tip: get a friend to share the price with you and wear one each, just shut one eye all day, bonus!!!
I have recently joined the Specsavers contact lens scheme, partly for cosmetic reasons, but mainly because I have a young baby who has become very adept with his hands and likes nothing better than pulling my glasses. I also do Karate, so glasses are inconvenient. I have always been scared of contact lenses, and in fact anything to do with my eyes. I have a condition in my left eye, which since childhood has caused problems. Right through my childhood, from an early age this meant that I had to attend an eye hospital for check ups, which were always unpleasant, so I developed a phobia about anybody touching my eyes. But I finally plucked up the courage to make an appointment with my local branch of Specsavers. The initial appointment cost me £36, and the optician checked my eyes, and whilst I was there he fitted some daily disposable lenses, which are very soft, almost like condoms in texture :-). He then told me to go and walk about outside for around half an hour, and then go back so he could check how I was getting on with them. I was amazed, I could see clearly and couldn’t even feel them. When I returned to the opticians I was shown how to take them out and put them back in, and how to clean and store them. I have now had them for 3 months, and haven’t had any trouble at all, apart from the initial period of occasional cursing trying to get them out at night. But they are really easy. I am now on the lensmail scheme, which means that every 3 months I have delivered to my house 3 sets of lenses, 3 bottles of cleaning solution, and a storage case, and all this costs me £10 per month which I pay on direct debit. My eye checks are also covered in this price. So when I worked it out it’s no more expensive than having new glasses every year. Now my life is much easier. I put my lenses in every morning, take them out at night, clean them, and put them in their storage container, which
takes about 5 minutes. I just change them every month for a new set. No more hassle with my glasses falling of during Karate, no more baby torturing them into weird shapes, and best of all, I can now wear cool sunglasses again and gone is the need for windscreen wipers when it’s raining!! I would recommend these to anybody :-).