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I have had the wear contact lenses since I was about 21, so for the last 7 years. I opted for lenses rather than glasses, as they are more practical for my lifestyle. I am very active and I worried that if I wore glasses, I would end up breaking them or loosing them. My optician explained that he would have to make sure my eyes were suitable for lenses and after thorough tests, he told me about the various options of lenses available to me.
I could have 1-day lenses, which you dispose of every day, weekly lenses, or monthly lenses. I opted for the weekly lenses as I didn't like the idea of having to take the lenses out everyday and I didn't like the idea of keeping something in my eye for a month. However, after a few months of wearing these, it soon became apparent that I wasn’t getting on with them. I kept getting eye infections so decided to discuss this with my optician. He suggested trying daily disposable lenses to see how I got on with them instead. So reluctantly I went home with my new daily deposable lenses.
Acuvue 1 day moist daily disposable contacts can be worn all day and then taken out at night and thrown away. The idea, for me at least, was because I seemed to get regular infections, I would wear the lenses and them simply throw them away and replace them with new lenses in the morning.
About Contact Lenses Contact lenses are small, ultra-thin, optical lenses worn directly on the eye to correct vision problems (like near-sightedness, farsightedness). Contact lenses can be hard or soft, can replace glasses or bifocal glasses and can also enhance or change the colour of your eyes.
Most contact lenses are soft, or "hydrophilic," meaning they are made of water. (This is how soft contact lenses stay soft.) Soft contact lenses are extremely thin and are manufactured from materials that allow oxygen to pass through them and reach the eye surface, meaning your eyes are left to feel as natural as possible while wearing the lenses.
Acuvue 1 Day Moist Lenses As already mentioned, these lenses can be worn all day, and then are thrown away and replaced with a fresh pair the next morning.. I find these contacts are perfect for my lifestyle, I am a shift worker so I work all kinds of strange hours so my lenses are in one minute, out the next! The daily deposable work well for me because if the lense gets damaged taking it out, it doesn't matter as I will be throwing it away anyway. The worry of the weekly lenses if that if you damage or lose the lense, then it could be up to a weeks supply wasted! These contacts are very fragile as they are super thin! You have to be very careful when handling them not to damage or mis shape them.
Advantages Can be thrown away daily meaning that you have less risk of infections
You don’t need to worry about loosing the lenses or damaging them because you will only lose a days wear rather than a week
These contacts are also available in 10 different colours as well as clear so if you felt the need to change your eye colour then you could achieve that with this brand.
These contacts have UVA and UVB blocking to help in protecting your eyes against the dangerous rays of the sun.
On some people, these lenses can even be used underwater. I do scuba diving and recently went on holiday where I swam underwater with my eyes open and had no problems at all. My optician explained that some people can use them underwater and other can't.
Disadvantages I am unable to see (pretty much anything) in the mornings! With the weekly lenses, you wear them overnight so it was always nice to wake up in the morning and to be able to see clearly.
They are very thin (please note this is an advantage while you are wearing them but not when you are trying to put them in).
I wear the clear lenses and quite often I find it difficult trying to decipher which side is the right side. My optician explained that one side will be bowl like (this is what it looks like the correct way round) and the other side almost makes the lens go squarish, rather than round. However, once you have taken both your lenses out, it is quite difficult to figure out which side is which, therefore you end up putting your lenses in back to front which is a little uncomfortable.
Price I pay £30 for two boxes of 30 lenses – which will give me a months supply. I think that you can probably get these contact lens cheaper elsewhere as I am currently registered with a small family run opticians and I think they charge slightly more than others. Where can I buy them?
You can buy these lenses from most opticians. They are made by Johnson and Johnson so should be available worldwide.
If you are looking for a lens that suits your lifestyle, rather than you having to plan your life around the fact that you wear lenses, then these lenses should be perfect for you. Very comfortable, made by a recognised brand and relatively cheap.