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:
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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?