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    Default First time lesne wearer

    Hello! I am new to the site and also new to Sight!
    Today I have my trial pair of Biofintiy Toric lenses, and also the Acuvue Oasys. I have never worn lenses before so it all seems a little odd!
    I am stuggling with getting them, but I think this might be a newbie issue, just can't ever seem to get my eye wide enough, also when I do the damn thing sticks to my finger! But I will learn. It also doesnt help that I keep putting them into the wrong eye!
    The Oasys I dont think will be for me, they are blurred around the edges, and as I have read on previous threads, and my partner tells me, thats because the B.C. isnt right, they are 8.6.
    The Biofinity seem to be a better fit, they are 8.7 and I don't have any blurred edges. They also seem to be lighter on my eyes, I'm not rubbing as much and my eyes arent going red.
    I have a few questions, if anyone could help? How are they supposed to feel? Should be as though I have nothing in my eye? Also, is there a right way and a wrong way to put them in? I notice that the oyass have little lines on them, is that supposed to line up with left and right or top and bottom? The woman who helo me fit them didnt really explain all that much. If that is the case do the biofinity also have that? I has am experiencing a slight halo effect.. what is that?
    I am so excited about having lense. I waas so terrible at wearin my glasses that I havent done so in years (maybe 10), so I am hoping lenses will be a new leaf for me!

    Can anyone explain my perscription to me? left eye is -1.75 +1.75x180 and right is -0.75 +0.75 x 10
    Thank you!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by alyss View Post
    Hello! I am new to the site and also new to Sight!
    Today I have my trial pair of Biofintiy Toric lenses, and also the Acuvue Oasys. I have never worn lenses before so it all seems a little odd!

    I have a few questions, if anyone could help? How are they supposed to feel? Should be as though I have nothing in my eye? Also, is there a right way and a wrong way to put them in? I notice that the Oasys have little lines on them, is that supposed to line up with left and right or top and bottom? The woman who help me fit them didn't really explain all that much. If that is the case do the Biofinity also have that? I has am experiencing a slight halo effect.. what is that?
    I am so excited about having lens. I was so terrible at wearing my glasses that I haven't done so in years (maybe 10), so I am hoping lenses will be a new leaf for me!

    Can anyone explain my perscription to me? left eye is -1.75 +1.75x180 and right is -0.75 +0.75 x 10
    Thank you!!
    Hi alyss. Welcome to Lens 101. I'm glad you're here.

    I'll do my best to answer your questions, but if you're still no sure about something, just search for it here. There's a LOT of information on this site.

    Your contact lenses may feel a bit funny to you at first, but it shouldn't take too long before you forget they're in there.

    Your contact lenses are toric, which means that they correct astigmatism, which means that you have to wear them on your eyes a certain way. Believe it or not, it is possible to put these lenses in upside down. I read on another site where it says "CooperVision also got the little things right with Biofinity Toric. The lens has a single orientation mark at 6 o'clock, and it is very easy to see."
    You said your lens had "lines," though, right? More than one?
    In any case, don't worry too much about the lines, because most (if not all) toric lenses are made with something called a "ballast" which is an edge of the lens that's a little thicker and heavier than the rest. When you wear them, the contacts will rotate with gravity to the proper orientation.

    The "halo effect" you described can sometimes happen when the "clear spot" in the middle of the lens--called the "optic zone"--is too small and your pupil opens up wider than the optic zone. Do you notice the halos happening more in dim light? Have you eye doctor check that for you.

    Prescription. The first number is the power of the lens. The bigger the number, the more powerful the correction. In your case the first number is negative, and that means that you can see things close up better than far away.

    The second number is the cylinder, and that's a correction for the astigmatism. Finally, the third number is the axis, and that's also a way that your lenses correct your astigmatism. So now that you know what those numbers are called--power (or "sphere"), cylinder and axis, you can look them up on line for more information.

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    I realize that this is an old thread.

    Toric contact lenses (lenses that correct astigmatism) have lines on them. These small lines are perpendicular to the edge of the lens. They're used for identification and so that the eye care professional can see how well the lens stays in the proper position.

    You don't have to worry about lining the lens up yourself. Since toric lenses are slightly weighted, they will settle into place as you blink. This can take anywhere from a few seconds to a couple of minutes. Once it's set, there shouldn't be any further problem.

    Note that a toric lens will move a little as you blink. It may take some getting used to. However, if you're constantly aware of its presence (it feels like something is on your eye) or it's irritating the eye, you should remove it and contact your eye care professional (i.e. optometrist).

    Accuvue Oasys lenses have two lines on them at (compared to how they're supposed to line up in your eye) 12:00 and 6:00 o'clock.

    Air Optix have three lines, at 3:00, 6:00, and 9:00 o'clock.

    Biofinity lenses have one line, at 6:00.

    There are other brands, but I don't know how the lines are set up on those.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tom barrister View Post
    I realize that this is an old thread.

    Toric contact lenses (lenses that correct astigmatism) have lines on them. These small lines are perpendicular to the edge of the lens. They're used for identification and so that the eye care professional can see how well the lens stays in the proper position.

    You don't have to worry about lining the lens up yourself. Since toric lenses are slightly weighted, they will settle into place as you blink. This can take anywhere from a few seconds to a couple of minutes. Once it's set, there shouldn't be any further problem.

    Note that a toric lens will move a little as you blink. It may take some getting used to. However, if you're constantly aware of its presence (it feels like something is on your eye) or it's irritating the eye, you should remove it and contact your eye care professional (i.e. optometrist).

    Accuvue Oasys lenses have two lines on them at (compared to how they're supposed to line up in your eye) 12:00 and 6:00 o'clock.

    Air Optix have three lines, at 3:00, 6:00, and 9:00 o'clock.

    Biofinity lenses have one line, at 6:00.

    There are other brands, but I don't know how the lines are set up on those.
    Thank you Metsman and tom barrister. You both seem like you know a lot about contact lenses.

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