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The best thing I ever did was to get these contact lenses.
SpecSavers Aspheric Monthly Contact Lenses
Member Name: Gemma_C
SpecSavers Aspheric Monthly Contact Lenses
Date: 09/08/09, updated on 09/08/09 (452 review reads)
Advantages: Brilliant 'package' and aftercare from Specsavers, and not too expensive!
Disadvantages: There isn't any, aside from the fact I need to wear lens in the first place.
I have been short sighted ever since I was younger, and it is something I really hate. I wore glasses for years, but because I hated wearing them, I would often walk around during the day, barely being able to see! When I reached 18 I decided it was time to invest in contact lenses, and I have never regretted it since.
I have been with Specsavers since I was younger so naturally my choice was to go to Specsavers for my lenses. I discovered that you got a 2 week free trial of the lenses, which was a relief as I wasn't sure if I would like wearing them! I had to book a contact lens assessment, different from an eye test but quite similar in that it involves having lights in your eyes! They basically test to make sure you are suitable to wear contact lens, making sure that the lens will fit you properly. The optician then places your first contact lens into your eyes for you. It felt very strange at first, I could really feel them in my eyes, and it felt very strange being able to see without having those annoying frames from my glasses!
I was ushered into the waiting room, sitting there blinking like a mad woman and using tissues as my eyes were watering a bit. A lady came over and led me towards a desk and explained she was going to teach me how to take out, and put in, my new contact lens. I found it very hard at first, I couldn't grasp the idea of putting my finger in my eye and dragging the lens to the corner, then being able to 'pinch' it out! Putting the lens in also felt extremely weird, placing it in then moving my eye around till it settled in place. Indeed it took a few turns to get used to it, involving me dropping the lens on the table and floor, having to wash my eyes, and pouring more solution onto the lens! Never the less, the lady was very patient with me and I got there in the end.
I was then allowed home with the lenses, and an appointment was booked for 2 weeks later. I was given a leaflet explaining how to take care of my lens, and instructions on how to put them in and take them out in case I forgot! Also, for the first week or so you can't wear your lenses all day. You have to wear them for 2 hours on your first day, 4 hours the next, 5 the next etc, slowly building up and letting your eyes adjust to using your lenses.
Back home with my lenses I was really pleased. My eyes began to get used to them and I loved being able to see everywhere I went! It felt like I was 'normal' and it was so nice not having to wear my glasses to see. I did notice in the first week or so of having them that my eyes had more 'sleep' on them on a morning, in fact quite a bit more, often feeling as if my eyes were slightly glued shut! This did disappear and I was told by friends who also wore lens that this had happened to them at first.
My eyes got used to the lens, and I began to not even notice they were there, indeed I can't 'feel' them in my eyes at all!
Back at the opticians they checked my eyes, and I was more than happy to sign up to having monthly lenses. They have different price plans depending on the lens, however my price plan is the 'Elite' and I pay £13 a month. Every 3 months I recieve a large , flat package that comes thudding through the letter box. Inside I recieve 3 bottles of the contact lens solution, 2 boxes containing 3 contact lens each, and a new case for my contact lens. Not only do I get this, but you also receive Specsaver's 'Aftercare Package.' This means I get all routine aftercare checks, and any additional contact lens checks included. I also have up to 2 free lenses a year to replace any lens that are lost or damaged and Specsavers glasses at discounted prices (often half price).
You often get called in for a Contact Lens assessment, around once a year, which is included in your plan. They check to make sure everything is fine with your lenses and that you don't need to change your prescription.
If you are having problems with your lenses you can go in and book an appointment, also included. I needed this when I was learning to drive. Just before my driving test my teacher pointed out the distance of the registration plate I was supposed to be able to see. I was shocked though as I had to squint a bit to see it! When it came to my test I struggled a bit, though I could read it on my 3rd attempt. I failed my test in the end and knowing I would have another test I went to Specsavers explaning what had happened. I had a contact lens appointment where it was decided I had a slight astigmatism and would need special contact lens, which had slight 'weights' in them. I believe these are called 'Toric' contact lens.
I however hated these lens and went back not long after for my normal lens. The optician agreed that not many people could get away with those special contact lens, and it would be fine for me to use the normal lens. I wore my glasses for my test, but my contact lens are no problem at all for me being able to see.
I was happy with the service I received from Specsavers concerning this matter, and I was glad it was all included.
Until recently the proper eye test was also included, however a month ago I received a letter explaining this was no longer the case. They did include a voucher in my letter though to have my next proper eye test for free which was nice of them to do. Considering I only need an eye test once every 2 years this is nothing I complain about, and the contact lens assessments are still included in the plan.
Specsavers also do other contact lens such as Daily Disposables and multifocal. You can ask in store about the contact lens and they will always advise what is best for you.
I have never had any problems with my contact lens from Specsavers. I love the fact they come through the post, in a box designed to fit through your letterbox. At other opticians you often have to go in-store to pick them, however this saves a journey, and all the years I've used them they have always arrived on time! It's nice knowing the appointments are included, along with the solutions and cases, and if you lose any you can always get 2 free a year. I've personally only ever had to use this once, for 1 lens, it's very hard to lose or damage the soft, monthly lens!
If you wear glasses and have always wanted to give contact lens a go, I would suggest popping into a Specsavers and discussing this, and giving the 2 week free trial a go. I am so glad I did!
Summary: Good contact lens package from Specsavers, which has never let me down.