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Old 09-23-2011, 10:00 PM
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Hey guys, new to this forum!

I've been wearing contacts for over 5 years, and have gradually developed astigmatism about 2 years ago (I'm around the +1.75 mark on both eyes now). Have been wearing my trusty Bausch and Lomb (I think that's how you spell them?) lenses for the past 2 years and decided I'm tired of my eyes feeling crusty stings for wearing them too long.

Anyway, optometrist has given me some samples of Acuvue, Air Optix, and Biofinity Toric to try out. The Acuvue wasn't great– a bit harder to put on than the other two, and stung a bit & I could constantly feel them inside my eye. They just didn't work for me. So I'm kinda juggling between the Air Optix and Biofinity Toric for now. Here are my thoughts so far:

Air Optix
- Super easy to put on! I discovered that I can do it without a mirror sometimes, which I've never done with any contact lenses before!
- Clear all over. I haven't really tried to wear in the dark while reading or watching TV/computer screens tho.
- I get a stingy feeling after having them on for 8+ hours on some days. I guess I get them with my normal lenses anyway, but has anyone else experienced this? Is it dependent on weather or how you feel on the day? Usually I just rub/dab some water on my eyes and the bad feelings go away, lol.

Biofinity Torics
- These feel REALLY thin! They slip off my fingers quite easily when I'm trying to put them on, so I'm a bit paranoid of losing them!
- Takes a while to settle in my eye. I could always feel a bit of a 'lump'/the lens itself in the right eye for about half an hour to an hour after I put them on. Sometimes it goes away, and other times it doesn't. Do other users here get this feeling? Is there a special way I should be putting them on to make sure it's in the right place?
- They're also really hard to take off for the above reason! I gave myself a sore right eye because I was struggling to take out the lens and it was practically stuck to my corneas... does this mean that they stay nice and moist and is therefore actually a good thing?
- When they're settled in, they're about as clear as the Air Optix lenses. I can even go as far as to say that they're about as good as having glasses on!
- Feels okay with 8+ hours of wear as far as I know. Again, comfortable except for the feeling in my right eye sometimes.



I haven't really tested both in the dark or in my sleep. I always take my contacts off before I sleep anyway, because I need them and I am paranoid of waking up with eye infections or something like that! Also read a 'scientific research' piece that says that more people prefer the Biofinity for comfort (statistics don't mean a lot to me though). Any thoughts? Are both made to last for extended periods of wear?
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Old 09-26-2011, 04:29 PM
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Hey guys, new to this forum!

I've been wearing contacts for over 5 years, and have gradually developed astigmatism about 2 years ago (I'm around the +1.75 mark on both eyes now). Have been wearing my trusty Bausch and Lomb (I think that's how you spell them?) lenses for the past 2 years and decided I'm tired of my eyes feeling crusty stings for wearing them too long.
Okay, dumb question time. What if you didn't wear them for too long?
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Old 09-27-2011, 02:16 PM
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I haven't really tested both in the dark or in my sleep. I always take my contacts off before I sleep anyway, because I need them and I am paranoid of waking up with eye infections or something like that! Also read a 'scientific research' piece that says that more people prefer the Biofinity for comfort (statistics don't mean a lot to me though). Any thoughts? Are both made to last for extended periods of wear?
It's probably a good idea not to sleep in your contact lenses. I'd like to know if you've tested in dim light yet.
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Old 09-28-2011, 05:20 AM
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Okay, dumb question time. What if you didn't wear them for too long?
Then they remain mega comfortable. I guess it depends on the weather/how much sleep I've had on the day, but sometimes my eyes get stingy if they're on for anything beyond 8 hours.
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Old 09-28-2011, 05:27 AM
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It's probably a good idea not to sleep in your contact lenses. I'd like to know if you've tested in dim light yet.
The Air Optix ones seem to work better in dim lighting. My field of vision isn't 100% under those conditions, plus I was wearing those lenses for over 8 hours or so, but they're certainly better than the Biofinity ones. The latter gets rather blur (I guess that's how I'd describe it?) in dimmer lighting for me. Weird how different these two rather similar products turned out to be!*

*I just find this interesting as I've never really felt the difference between brands when it comes to my previous lenses!
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Old 09-28-2011, 08:53 AM
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The Air Optix ones seem to work better in dim lighting. My field of vision isn't 100% under those conditions, plus I was wearing those lenses for over 8 hours or so, but they're certainly better than the Biofinity ones. The latter gets rather blur (I guess that's how I'd describe it?) in dimmer lighting for me. Weird how different these two rather similar products turned out to be!*

*I just find this interesting as I've never really felt the difference between brands when it comes to my previous lenses!
Thanks for the low light comparison. Oh, and contact lenses that are out of focus are "blurry."
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Thanks for the low light comparison. Oh, and contact lenses that are out of focus are "blurry."
Interesting! They focus okay in normal lighting though. I'm strongly considering the Air Optix lenses anyway!
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Old 09-29-2011, 09:56 AM
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Interesting! They focus okay in normal lighting though. I'm strongly considering the Air Optix lenses anyway!
Are you thinking about the Air Optix lenses because of something you read here? In any case, I hope you'll continue to tell us how you're doing.
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Are you thinking about the Air Optix lenses because of something you read here? In any case, I hope you'll continue to tell us how you're doing.
No, because I've tried both for almost two weeks now and the Air Optix lenses are definitely more comfortable! I've worn this pair for about 12+ hours today and I still can't feel them inside. It's great.
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No, because I've tried both for almost two weeks now and the Air Optix lenses are definitely more comfortable!
Were they both trial lenses that you got from your eye doctor?
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Were they both trial lenses that you got from your eye doctor?
They were indeed.
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They were indeed.
It sounds like we have a winner. Congratulations, MyIronLung.
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No, because I've tried both for almost two weeks now and the Air Optix lenses are definitely more comfortable! I've worn this pair for about 12+ hours today and I still can't feel them inside. It's great.
Okay so even if reading Lens 101 didn't inspire you to try those lenses, we're glad you're here telling us about your experience with them.
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Okay so even if reading Lens 101 didn't inspire you to try those lenses, we're glad you're here telling us about your experience with them.
Yeah, me too. I'm always eager to hear the real life experiences of people who wear contact lenses. It's better than theory any day.
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Yeah, me too. I'm always eager to hear the real life experiences of people who wear contact lenses. It's better than theory any day.
That's what makes this forum so special. Real answers from real people.
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Hey guys, new to this forum!

I've been wearing contacts for over 5 years, and have gradually developed astigmatism about 2 years ago (I'm around the +1.75 mark on both eyes now). Have been wearing my trusty Bausch and Lomb (I think that's how you spell them?) lenses for the past 2 years and decided I'm tired of my eyes feeling crusty stings for wearing them too long.

Anyway, optometrist has given me some samples of Acuvue, Air Optix, and Biofinity Toric to try out. The Acuvue wasn't great– a bit harder to put on than the other two, and stung a bit & I could constantly feel them inside my eye. They just didn't work for me. So I'm kinda juggling between the Air Optix and Biofinity Toric for now. Here are my thoughts so far:

Air Optix
- Super easy to put on! I discovered that I can do it without a mirror sometimes, which I've never done with any contact lenses before!
- Clear all over. I haven't really tried to wear in the dark while reading or watching TV/computer screens tho.
- I get a stingy feeling after having them on for 8+ hours on some days. I guess I get them with my normal lenses anyway, but has anyone else experienced this? Is it dependent on weather or how you feel on the day? Usually I just rub/dab some water on my eyes and the bad feelings go away, lol.

Biofinity Torics
- These feel REALLY thin! They slip off my fingers quite easily when I'm trying to put them on, so I'm a bit paranoid of losing them!
- Takes a while to settle in my eye. I could always feel a bit of a 'lump'/the lens itself in the right eye for about half an hour to an hour after I put them on. Sometimes it goes away, and other times it doesn't. Do other users here get this feeling? Is there a special way I should be putting them on to make sure it's in the right place?
- They're also really hard to take off for the above reason! I gave myself a sore right eye because I was struggling to take out the lens and it was practically stuck to my corneas... does this mean that they stay nice and moist and is therefore actually a good thing?
- When they're settled in, they're about as clear as the Air Optix lenses. I can even go as far as to say that they're about as good as having glasses on!
- Feels okay with 8+ hours of wear as far as I know. Again, comfortable except for the feeling in my right eye sometimes.



I haven't really tested both in the dark or in my sleep. I always take my contacts off before I sleep anyway, because I need them and I am paranoid of waking up with eye infections or something like that! Also read a 'scientific research' piece that says that more people prefer the Biofinity for comfort (statistics don't mean a lot to me though). Any thoughts? Are both made to last for extended periods of wear?
soft Toric Contact Lenses may not fit both eyes depending on your power, curvature and astigmatism....this is common btw. for one eye to not fit.

Have you ever had a discussion about RGP lenses for astigmatism with your eye doc....from experience, rgp lenses are custom ordered for each eye and the fit is more exact. The clarity that my patients get from rgp lenses cannot compare to soft toric lenses.......They take about 6 weeks to adjust to!

ps> coopervision makes a custom version of their proclear astigmatism and frequency astigmatism.....for people needing extended ranges. Inquire about this. At this time biofinity lenses dont come in extended ranges.
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They take about 6 weeks to adjust to!
Is that the average time or the maximum time to adapt to contact lenses?
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Is that the average time or the maximum time to adapt to contact lenses?
shorter with soft contact lenses...48hrs to a week....and rgp lenses 4-6 weeks.
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shorter with soft contact lenses...48hrs to a week....and rgp lenses 4-6 weeks.
Hey, that's good to know. Everyone is different, as we all know, but it's nice that you gave us a guideline.
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shorter with soft contact lenses...48hrs to a week....and rgp lenses 4-6 weeks.
So how do RGP lenses feel after about four weeks? Can you actually call them "comfortable" by then?
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So how do RGP lenses feel after about four weeks? Can you actually call them "comfortable" by then?
I hope they would be after all that time.
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glad it wont take so long to get used to these
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I have better vision with the Air Optix than the Biofinity. However sometimes they get dry when working on a computer
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Default air optix for astigmatism in colour?

Does anyone know if Air Optix for Astigmatism in colour exist??? Or maybe any Other Contact Lenses for astigmatism in colour?

Thank you!
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