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Old 11-28-2009, 12:06 AM
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Default Anyone tried Biofinity Toric?

Hi there, first post here!

I'm currently trialling B&L Purevision Toric lenses after not trying contact lenses for 4 or so years. (Previously tried B&L Softlens 66, they didn't agree with me and air conditioning.) While I find the Purevisions to be tolerated a lot better then the Softlens, I'm wondering if anyone has tried the Biofinity Torics, and whether they might be a bit thinner compared to the Purevision Torics. I notice the Biofinity to be a bit more expensive though...

Any help would be great.

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Old 12-04-2009, 11:04 AM
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Hi there, first post here!

I'm currently trialling B&L Purevision Toric lenses after not trying contact lenses for 4 or so years. (Previously tried B&L Softlens 66, they didn't agree with me and air conditioning.) While I find the Purevisions to be tolerated a lot better then the Softlens, I'm wondering if anyone has tried the Biofinity Torics, and whether they might be a bit thinner compared to the Purevision Torics. I notice the Biofinity to be a bit more expensive though...

Any help would be great.

Cheers!

well...i'm about to try these lenses out in a few days so i'll let you guys know. so far i've tried frequency 55 toric which i found to be horrible as far as stable vision goes....out of focus for me constantly. now i've been wearing oasys for the last wee...and while straight ahead vision has been incredibly stable and never out of focus....the peripheral vision has a slight blur on the edges and it's annoying. so now my doc is gonna try the biofinity torics.....i'm crossing my fingers!!
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Old 12-04-2009, 12:18 PM
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well...i'm about to try these lenses out in a few days so i'll let you guys know. so far i've tried frequency 55 toric which i found to be horrible as far as stable vision goes....out of focus for me constantly. now i've been wearing oasys for the last wee...and while straight ahead vision has been incredibly stable and never out of focus....the peripheral vision has a slight blur on the edges and it's annoying. so now my doc is gonna try the biofinity torics.....i'm crossing my fingers!!
Thanks for this post damedi.

So Biofinity is next, huh? I hope they stay put and are comfortable for you. I'm looking forward to your next report.
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Old 12-04-2009, 02:56 PM
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well...i'm about to try these lenses out in a few days so i'll let you guys know. so far i've tried frequency 55 toric which i found to be horrible as far as stable vision goes....out of focus for me constantly. now i've been wearing oasys for the last week...and while straight ahead vision has been incredibly stable and never out of focus....the peripheral vision has a slight blur on the edges and it's annoying. so now my doc is gonna try the biofinity torics.....i'm crossing my fingers!!
Thank you for your willingness to post your results on Lens 101. How long before you get the Biofinity contact lenses?
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Old 12-04-2009, 04:30 PM
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I will hopefully get my trial lenses on Monday morning before I go away, but not holding my breath!
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Old 12-18-2009, 03:38 PM
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I will hopefully get my trial lenses on Monday morning before I go away, but not holding my breath!
Monday morning, according to the date stamp on your posting, would be Monday December 7, 2009. It is now December 18, 2009. Have you gotten those trial lenses yet?
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Monday morning, according to the date stamp on your posting, would be Monday December 7, 2009. It is now December 18, 2009. Have you gotten those trial lenses yet?
They ended up at the shop on the following Friday - problem being I've been away from home since then! I should be back home on Monday and will give them a go then.
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Old 12-19-2009, 03:07 PM
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I have been wearing Biofinity Torics since August. I had to wait almost two months, from the time my eye doctor prescribed them to the time I got trials and my lens finally ordered. (my prescription wasn't available in their initail release. I had to wait for the second wave since I wear -7.) My trial ripped within a week but I went ahead and purchased them anyway. Wearabilty is fine, until they rip. I have worn SofLens Torics for 6+ years, contacts for over 13 years and have NEVER had this kind of problem. I had a tear a week ago, changed my left lens, and LESS than a week later - IT RIPPED, in two places. Changed that lens again on Thursday night, wore lens for 4 hours or less. It was ripped again in the morning. My eye had been iratated from wearing a torn lens so when I put the new lens in - it could have been rippped straight out of the package. I didn't clean/scrub it that night, just put in case. Was obviously rippped the next morning. It was my last in the box, and I've contacted my eye doctor to switch to another brand. It's a thicker feeling lens when in your hand, not noticably different in your eye. Beware with this lens. I'm sure it will rip or tear on you too! I do NOT recommend!!
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Old 12-20-2009, 07:39 PM
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OK so I got my trial lenses today and put them in.

These are not actually branded Biofinity Torics, they are 'Breeze Toric' branded by 'Australian Contact Lenses'. My optometrist told me they are the same thing and based on the specs (52% comfilicon A, 8.7, 14.5), they are the same.

On these ones, the marker for the 'right way up' for the astigmatic correction is quite hard to find, it's one vertical marker. I found it on the left one OK, but the right one, I couldn't, so I just shoved it in whatever way it was up. The right eye didn't really settle down after a while so I took it out and eventually found the correct marker - put it in and could see clearly.

As far as the feel of the lens, they feel quite 'slimey' in the hands compared to the Purevisions, probably because of the 'hydrophilic' properties of the lens. Lens comfort so far is not too bad and I'll report a bit later on one I've worn them a bit more.

I'll also be on the lookout for lens tearing... hopefully they aren't all as bad as 'neveragain's experience.
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Old 12-21-2009, 10:19 AM
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I have been wearing Biofinity Torics since August. I had to wait almost two months, from the time my eye doctor prescribed them to the time I got trials and my lens finally ordered. (my prescription wasn't available in their initial release. I had to wait for the second wave since I wear -7.) My trial ripped within a week but I went ahead and purchased them anyway. Wearabilty is fine, until they rip. I have worn SofLens Torics for 6+ years, contacts for over 13 years and have NEVER had this kind of problem. I had a tear a week ago, changed my left lens, and LESS than a week later - IT RIPPED, in two places. Changed that lens again on Thursday night, wore lens for 4 hours or less. It was ripped again in the morning. My eye had been irritated from wearing a torn lens so when I put the new lens in - it could have been ripped straight out of the package. I didn't clean/scrub it that night, just put in case. Was obviously ripped the next morning. It was my last in the box, and I've contacted my eye doctor to switch to another brand. It's a thicker feeling lens when in your hand, not noticeably different in your eye. Beware with this lens. I'm sure it will rip or tear on you too! I do NOT recommend!!
Welcome to Lens 101, neveragain. I'm sorry you don't have a better review for us. It looks like Biofinity Torics are just not a good match for you. Please let us in the Lens 101 community know if there's anything we can do to help. What is this new thicker brand you've found?
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Old 12-22-2009, 08:13 AM
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biofinity toric are a no go for me. not so sure i can blame the lenses though. my left eye's axis is at 85...all other torics i've tried 90 works just fine. but these lenses didn't work out in my left eye at 90. vision was blurred. so we tried 80 and although vision was ok (not great just ok) there was a strange glare/aura in my left eye that i couldn't get used to. so now i'm trying acuvue advance.....the problem i had with oasys was a weird "mirror" type effect on my extreme peripheral vision that was very annoying.......otherwise the oasys had great vision for me straight ahead. so far the acuvue advance seem much better. same vision as the oasys without the strange blurring mirror effect. hopefully i found a lens.......

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Old 12-22-2009, 02:45 PM
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biofinity toric are a no go for me. not so sure i can blame the lenses though. my left eye's axis is at 85...all other torics i've tried 90 works just fine. but these lenses didn't work out in my left eye at 90. vision was blurred. so we tried 80 and although vision was ok (not great just ok) there was a strange glare/aura in my left eye that i couldn't get used to. so now i'm trying acuvue advance.....the problem i had with oasys was a weird "mirror" type effect on my extreme peripheral vision that was very annoying.......otherwise the oasys had great vision for me straight ahead. so far the acuvue advance seem much better. same vision as the oasys without the strange blurring mirror effect. hopefully i found a lens.......
Thank you for your review, damedi. I hope you found the right lens, too. Keep us informed.

On last thing, too. Your keyboard--unless it's very unusual--has two keys called "Shift" that allow you to type Capital Letters. It's really cool to start sentences with them.

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I ended up giving up on Biofinity Toric as well... I think they were too tight, or they dried out, or both (one as a result of the other?). My optometrist says I shouldn't go for overnight wear now as my eyes seem to be pretty sensitive. So I'm giving Proclear Toric a go now, will have to see how these turn out.
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Old 02-11-2010, 10:16 AM
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I ended up giving up on Biofinity Toric as well... I think they were too tight, or they dried out, or both (one as a result of the other?). My optometrist says I shouldn't go for overnight wear now as my eyes seem to be pretty sensitive. So I'm giving Proclear Toric a go now, will have to see how these turn out.
Hi closey. I'm sorry you're having trouble finding contacts that work for you. Are you going to try the Proclear Toric lenses and take them out at night?
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Hi closey. I'm sorry you're having trouble finding contacts that work for you. Are you going to try the Proclear Toric lenses and take them out at night?
I've been wearing the Proclear Torics for a year and not one tear, and I have acrylic nails and pinch them out (I just heard all of you gasp) It sounds like you've had a hard time finding lenses that work for you. Good luck!
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I've been wearing the Proclear Torics for a year and not one tear, and I have acrylic nails and pinch them out (I just heard all of you gasp) It sounds like you've had a hard time finding lenses that work for you. Good luck!
Hmmm it seems you might have jinxed me somewhat! After reading this post I looked at one of my trial Proclear Toric lenses and a little chunk is missing from the bottom of it, triangle shaped. Will have to get another trial lens :/. I'll assume it's a rare problem though, based on your comment...
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Old 02-17-2010, 02:56 AM
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Default Biofinity - too much affinity for my eyes!

I just saw my optometrist this afternoon and she gave me a trial pair of Biofinity Torics. Initially I loved them - the clarity was amazing. Though after only 2 hours of wear I noticed my eyes were INCREDIBLY dry - as if I were staring at a blowing AC without blinking. I ended up putting rewetting drops in my eyes 12 times in an six hour period!!! When I got home, I tried to take them out and I could not do it - I have never had this problem, even after wearing contacts for 18-24 hours. I tried everything short of going to the ER to get the darn things out. Finally after two hours of exhausting my bag of tricks and exhausting internet suggestions, I was able to get them out but only by pushing them to the side of my eye with a cotton swab and PINCHING them out with my nails by a tiny fold in the lense (Yes EWWW and bad).

I'm not sure if this was a fluke pair, but I'm betting this will surface as a common problem.

I have worn just about every brand of regular contacts and Torics over the last 15 years (currently Proclear). Despite the occasional tearing problem with Proclear (once in 1.5 years), at least they don't have such an affinity for my eye that they won't let go!

Anyone else had this problem with Biofinity?
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Old 02-20-2010, 12:55 PM
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I was first give Biofinity this last weekend and so far they are great. I am in front of my computer 12 hours or more a day. My eyes are not near as dry as the Vertex Toric that I ahve wore for the past 4 + years.

They are a bit difficult to get out in the evening but if you put a drop of re-wetting drops in your eyes shortly before that helps a great deal. I am going to order them tomorrow. I have wore contacts for 20+ years and have never had one tear on me. I wear acrylic nails so they are never sharp. Maybe that is the problem for some of you. You gotta have smooth nails or you are going to have problems.
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Thumbs up LOVE them.

I am new to contacts and my first pair were acuvue oasys and the were awful. They itched, felt like sandpaper and made my eyes bloodshot by the end of my first 6hrs of wear. And they also made my peripheral vision mirrored, like some other people have complained about. My dr gave me the biofit toric almost 2 weeks ago and I love them. My only complaint is that they are a little harder to remove than the acuvue but I will take it. They stay moist and stay put and my vision 20/20. Luckily my insurance covers them since they are pretty pricey.

Editted to add: My tech said she "thinks" they can be worn for a month (daily wear not continuous) before they have to be changed out for a new pair. I couldnt seem to find that info in my insert or on their website. Does anyone know for sure?

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Old 03-08-2010, 04:13 PM
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I am new to contacts and my first pair were acuvue oasys and the were awful. They itched, felt like sandpaper and made my eyes bloodshot by the end of my first 6hrs of wear. And they also made my peripheral vision mirrored, like some other people have complained about. My dr gave me the biofit toric almost 2 weeks ago and I love them. My only complaint is that they are a little harder to remove than the acuvue but I will take it. They stay moist and stay put and my vision 20/20. Luckily my insurance covers them since they are pretty pricey.

Editted to add: My tech said she "thinks" they can be worn for a month (daily wear not continuous) before they have to be changed out for a new pair. I couldn't seem to find that info in my insert or on their website. Does anyone know for sure?
Hi Erin. Welcome to Lens 101. I'm glad you hear that you love the (Biofinity?) contact lenses. I'm sure you'll get more and more comfortable with removing your lenses as time goes by.
Lastly, Biofinity contact lenses are monthly disposable contact lenses. I think by "monthly" they mean "30 days." These contact lenses come with six lenses in a box, which is usually the case with monthly disposables.

If you have any more questions, we'll be glad to try and help here at Lens 101.
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Hi Erin. Welcome to Lens 101. I'm glad you hear that you love the (Biofinity?) contact lenses. I'm sure you'll get more and more comfortable with removing your lenses as time goes by.
Lastly, Biofinity contact lenses are monthly disposable contact lenses. I think by "monthly" they mean "30 days." These contact lenses come with six lenses in a box, which is usually the case with monthly disposables.

If you have any more questions, we'll be glad to try and help here at Lens 101.
Im running on coffee and a peach today...sorry for the horrible spelling errors. Yeah, I meant Biofinity. I called them "biofit" through my entire eye exam last week too. Oops!

Thanks.
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Old 03-09-2010, 09:49 AM
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I'm running on coffee and a peach today...sorry for the horrible spelling errors. Yeah, I meant Biofinity. I called them "biofit" through my entire eye exam last week too. Oops!

Thanks.
Sounds like you need to have a better breakfast routine. How are the contacts feeling today?
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Sounds like you need to have a better breakfast routine. How are the contacts feeling today?
Hahaha...tell me about it. I still love my contacts! I just ordered my 1yr supply though. Even though insurance covered more than half and gave me 15% off what I had to pay for, I still spent $110. Yikes. But if they are all I can wear with my astigmatism I guess it's worth it. I can't wear glasses.
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Hahaha...tell me about it. I still love my contacts! I just ordered my 1yr supply though. Even though insurance covered more than half and gave me 15% off what I had to pay for, I still spent $110. Yikes. But if they are all I can wear with my astigmatism I guess it's worth it. I can't wear glasses.
$110 for a year sounds pretty good. That works out to less than $10 a month. Sure, it may have been painful to shell out over a hundred bucks, but at least you don't have to pay any more until 2011. I'm glad you love them.
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$110 for a year sounds pretty good. That works out to less than $10 a month. Sure, it may have been painful to shell out over a hundred bucks, but at least you don't have to pay any more until 2011. I'm glad you love them.
Yikes only because they are pricier than others and much more than glasses. The hubby doesn't understand the difference either.
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I have tried many contact lenses. Hard lenses, soft lenses. 2 week, yearly lenses... you name it, I had it.

I tried to wear contacts back in 2000 to 2001 and then again in 2004 and stopped. I finally had enough when my hard lenses were fogging up on the inside of the lens like you were going through a buffet line.

Since there has been 6 years since I have tired, I decided to give it a whirl again.

I went into the eye DR. She said she was pretty sure she could fit me for lenses. I already know my right eye is more difficult than my left, and I am aware that I will not have the same vision that I can achieve with glasses (unless I go RGP lenses).

The DR ordered some acuvue advanced for astigmatism. I pop them open and try to put them in. They are very hard and difficult to put in. They are folding all over the place. I had to use my other hand to keep my lid open because the sucker kept on moving! lol

I finally get both in and realize that the right lens isn't that great. I can see, but not very good. She said, well let me see if I have something in another brand.

She comes in and hands a biofinity toric lens. I pull out the acuvue for my right eye and put in the biofinity. I can immediately feel a difference.

The acuvue had blurred my peripheral vision (I found out this is because of the size according to my eye DR). It bothered me, but I could still see. I could feel the acuvue lens at all times. This was irritating, but tolerable.

This week they received my other trial lens in biofinity. I love it. Vision is clear, contacts are easy for me to put in... they feel great, soft, I forget I am wearing them.

I would recommend these lenses, though of course its going to depend on your own eyes. I am very pleased.
I have had great success with this lens.
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I have tried many contact lenses. Hard lenses, soft lenses. 2 week, yearly lenses... you name it, I had it.

I tried to wear contacts back in 2000 to 2001 and then again in 2004 and stopped. I finally had enough when my hard lenses were fogging up on the inside of the lens like you were going through a buffet line.

Since there has been 6 years since I have tired, I decided to give it a whirl again.

I went into the eye DR. She said she was pretty sure she could fit me for lenses. I already know my right eye is more difficult than my left, and I am aware that I will not have the same vision that I can achieve with glasses (unless I go RGP lenses).

The DR ordered some acuvue advanced for astigmatism. I pop them open and try to put them in. They are very hard and difficult to put in. They are folding all over the place. I had to use my other hand to keep my lid open because the sucker kept on moving! lol

I finally get both in and realize that the right lens isn't that great. I can see, but not very good. She said, well let me see if I have something in another brand.

She comes in and hands a biofinity toric lens. I pull out the acuvue for my right eye and put in the biofinity. I can immediately feel a difference.

The acuvue had blurred my peripheral vision (I found out this is because of the size according to my eye DR). It bothered me, but I could still see. I could feel the acuvue lens at all times. This was irritating, but tolerable.

This week they received my other trial lens in biofinity. I love it. Vision is clear, contacts are easy for me to put in... they feel great, soft, I forget I am wearing them.

I would recommend these lenses, though of course its going to depend on your own eyes. I am very pleased.
I have had great success with this lens.
Hi Jarsie.

I'm glad to read your success story. People typically come to Lens 101 with their problems, which is fine, that's why they're here, but it's nice to read a post by someone who has found contact lenses they like. I hope your story helps other people as well.
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Thanks! I tried to research the differences between the acuvue and the biofinity.

When I went back to the Dr I found that the prescription for my right eye wasn't available in the Acuvue (on top of that they were harder to put in and were slightly uncomfortable), but It doesn't matter since the Biofinity lenses have worked out great!

Since I had to wear two different lenses in my eyes I just compared them to one another, which is hard not to do.

Because of my prescription, I will never have the same vision with soft contacts that I have with my classes. I prefer to wear very light frames when I do wear glasses (silhouette frames) so they can get expensive if I replace them every year.

My cost will go down with these lenses and my insurance. I am very pleased about that!
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Thanks! I tried to research the differences between the acuvue and the biofinity.

When I went back to the Dr I found that the prescription for my right eye wasn't available in the Acuvue (on top of that they were harder to put in and were slightly uncomfortable), but It doesn't matter since the Biofinity lenses have worked out great!

Since I had to wear two different lenses in my eyes I just compared them to one another, which is hard not to do.

Because of my prescription, I will never have the same vision with soft contacts that I have with my classes. I prefer to wear very light frames when I do wear glasses (silhouette frames) so they can get expensive if I replace them every year.

My cost will go down with these lenses and my insurance. I am very pleased about that!
Keep us posted on your progress Jarise, okay?
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I've been wearing the Proclear Torics for a year and not one tear, and I have acrylic nails and pinch them out (I just heard all of you gasp) It sounds like you've had a hard time finding lenses that work for you. Good luck!
So, wait. You use the nails like tweezers to pinch your contacts out?

*Gasp!*
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I just saw my optometrist this afternoon and she gave me a trial pair of Biofinity Torics. Initially I loved them - the clarity was amazing. Though after only 2 hours of wear I noticed my eyes were INCREDIBLY dry - as if I were staring at a blowing AC without blinking. I ended up putting rewetting drops in my eyes 12 times in an six hour period!!! When I got home, I tried to take them out and I could not do it - I have never had this problem, even after wearing contacts for 18-24 hours. I tried everything short of going to the ER to get the darn things out. Finally after two hours of exhausting my bag of tricks and exhausting internet suggestions, I was able to get them out but only by pushing them to the side of my eye with a cotton swab and PINCHING them out with my nails by a tiny fold in the lense (Yes EWWW and bad).

I'm not sure if this was a fluke pair, but I'm betting this will surface as a common problem.

I have worn just about every brand of regular contacts and Torics over the last 15 years (currently Proclear). Despite the occasional tearing problem with Proclear (once in 1.5 years), at least they don't have such an affinity for my eye that they won't let go!

Anyone else had this problem with Biofinity?
What's the latest on your contact lenses adventure, 15yearlensvet? Anything new and exciting?
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Thanks for checking in Elaine -

I just trialed Acuvie Oasys and Air Optix. I really like the Air Optix, though they are only a two week lens - too expensive.

In the meantime, I purchased a pair of really awesome hip glasses. I never realized how convenient glasses actually are. If anything, at least my poor eyes are getting a break.

So I think I'll go back to the Proclear for those days I want to wear my contacts, and stick with the glasses the other days.
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Thanks for checking in Elaine -

I just trialed Acuvie Oasys and Air Optix. I really like the Air Optix, though they are only a two week lens - too expensive.

In the meantime, I purchased a pair of really awesome hip glasses. I never realized how convenient glasses actually are. If anything, at least my poor eyes are getting a break.

So I think I'll go back to the Proclear for those days I want to wear my contacts, and stick with the glasses the other days.
Nice to hear back from you lensvet. So many times a person will post a question, and then vanish, never to be seen again.

I'm glad you found a way to balance your contact lens wearing with your glasses wearing. It sounds like you've worked out a good solution.
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Hi all,

I recently tried the biofinity lenses after having used biomedics for so long. While I agree they felt great putting them on, two issues I noticed was the drying of my eye, which I haven't experienced in the past and how difficult they are to remove almost to the panic point. That is reason enough for me to not wear them again. My past lenses were 14.2 dia, while the Biofinity were 14.0. I don't think that would be the issue. Any possibles ideas from anyone would be appreciated.
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Hi all,

I recently tried the biofinity lenses after having used biomedics for so long. While I agree they felt great putting them on, two issues I noticed was the drying of my eye, which I haven't experienced in the past and how difficult they are to remove almost to the panic point. That is reason enough for me to not wear them again. My past lenses were 14.2 dia, while the Biofinity were 14.0. I don't think that would be the issue. Any possibles ideas from anyone would be appreciated.
Hi Frank317

I doubt that diameter will be a factor.

However, if the lenses are dry or feel dry, then you could put a couple of drops of sterile saline solution (from the optician) or other eye drops, into your eyes just before you are going to take the lenses out. That would rehydrate the lens and also reduce potential damage to the Biofinity lens when taking them out.

I have never had problems with the Biofinity as regards to dry eyes. However, there was a post here a while back from someone who lived in a part of the States where the air was exceptionally dry.

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Thanks Knotlob,

I didn't think diameter would be the issue, but wasn't sure. One factor I found is that the water content in Biofinity is 48%. I have been using Biomedics 55 Premier and their water content is 55%. I'm thinking that the lower water content could be the issue. And if that is the case, I wouldn't be a candiate for the new Avaira lenses as their water content is 46%. Strange is all I have to say.
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Thanks Knotlob,

I didn't think diameter would be the issue, but wasn't sure. One factor I found is that the water content in Biofinity is 48%. I have been using Biomedics 55 Premier and their water content is 55%. I'm thinking that the lower water content could be the issue. And if that is the case, I wouldn't be a candiate for the new Avaira lenses as their water content is 46%. Strange is all I have to say.
The current wisdom is that low water content, i.e. silicone hydrogel lenses will be better if you have a dry eye problem.

Previously, a high water content lens usually offered (relatively) high oxygen permeability. However, a high water content lens was also prone to drying out by loosing moisture to the atmosphere and this in turn drew moisture from your eyes.

Silicone hydrogel lenses don't require water to give good oxygen permeability. In fact the oxygen permeability of silicone hydrogel lenses would be 5-6 times higher than the average conventional hydrogel lens. Oxygen transfer is direct from silicone molecule to silicone molecule in a silicone hydrogel lens. They usually have lower water content and therefore, would be less prone to drying out and causing dry eye problems. I never had a problem with Biofinity lenses, but everyone is different.

CooperVision have managed to engineer the Biofinity with a highish water content and superb oxygen permeability. Water content was always associated with comfort. Silicone hydrogel and similar materials are hydrophobic so repel water and are difficult to wet adequately, making the lenses feel uncomfortable. Lens manufacturers must, therefore, find innovative ways to improve the hydrophilic (water loving) properties of the lens, e.g. plasma coating, incorporating silicates into the silicone hydrogel matrix, etc. Look for a lens with a Low Wetting Angle. This is a hydrophilic lens and will probably feel more comfortable than one with a high wetting angle.

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Yikes only because they are pricier than others and much more than glasses. The hubby doesn't understand the difference either.
So, Erin3085. How are you and your new contact lenses? Have you told your husband that they let you see how handsome he is?
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Thanks! I tried to research the differences between the acuvue and the biofinity.

When I went back to the Dr I found that the prescription for my right eye wasn't available in the Acuvue (on top of that they were harder to put in and were slightly uncomfortable), but It doesn't matter since the Biofinity lenses have worked out great!

Since I had to wear two different lenses in my eyes I just compared them to one another, which is hard not to do.

Because of my prescription, I will never have the same vision with soft contacts that I have with my classes. I prefer to wear very light frames when I do wear glasses (silhouette frames) so they can get expensive if I replace them every year.

My cost will go down with these lenses and my insurance. I am very pleased about that!
What's the latest, Jarsie? Are you happy in your contacts now?
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Hi all,

I recently tried the biofinity lenses after having used biomedics for so long. While I agree they felt great putting them on, two issues I noticed was the drying of my eye, which I haven't experienced in the past and how difficult they are to remove almost to the panic point. That is reason enough for me to not wear them again. My past lenses were 14.2 dia, while the Biofinity were 14.0. I don't think that would be the issue. Any possibles ideas from anyone would be appreciated.
Hi Frank317. Have you seen the posts by John316 around here?

Anyway, did you try the saline solution/eye drops that knotlob recommended? Did that make your contacts easier to remove--once you gathered the courage to put them back in again after what happened last time?
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Hi Frank317. Have you seen the posts by John316 around here?

Anyway, did you try the saline solution/eye drops that knotlob recommended? Did that make your contacts easier to remove--once you gathered the courage to put them back in again after what happened last time?
Hi Chelsee,

No, I gave up on it after the few times dealing with the difficult removal. I did try what knotlob suggested and still had issues. I spoke with someone at 1800contacts where I purchased the lenses and what they stated made some sense: the lower water content or material could be the issue with my eyes. Who knows what is right or wrong anymore.

Anyway, I have returned said lenses and gotten a full refund. Since my eye doctor has not had the patience to deal with trying new lenses and not properly addressing my astigmatism problem, I have sought out another opthlamologist and will go to see the new doctor in the near future.
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Hi Chelsee,

No, I gave up on it after the few times dealing with the difficult removal. I did try what knotlob suggested and still had issues. I spoke with someone at 1800contacts where I purchased the lenses and what they stated made some sense: the lower water content or material could be the issue with my eyes. Who knows what is right or wrong anymore.

Anyway, I have returned said lenses and gotten a full refund. Since my eye doctor has not had the patience to deal with trying new lenses and not properly addressing my astigmatism problem, I have sought out another ophthalmologist and will go to see the new doctor in the near future.
Sorry to hear about your difficulties, Frank 317. At least you got a refund on your lenses. I hope you have more success with your new ophthalmologist. (That's a hard word to spell. Good thing it doesn't come up very often in this forum about eye care. )
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Hmmm it seems you might have jinxed me somewhat! After reading this post I looked at one of my trial Proclear Toric lenses and a little chunk is missing from the bottom of it, triangle shaped. Will have to get another trial lens :/. I'll assume it's a rare problem though, based on your comment...
How are you closey? Have you had any more problems with chipped contact lenses?
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CooperVision have managed to engineer the Biofinity with a highish water content and superb oxygen permeability. Water content was always associated with comfort. Silicone hydrogel and similar materials are hydrophobic so repel water and are difficult to wet adequately, making the lenses feel uncomfortable. Lens manufacturers must, therefore, find innovative ways to improve the hydrophilic (water loving) properties of the lens, e.g. plasma coating, incorporating silicates into the silicone hydrogel matrix, etc. Look for a lens with a Low Wetting Angle. This is a hydrophilic lens and will probably feel more comfortable than one with a high wetting angle.

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Thanks for that analysis on what makes Biofinity such a comfortable lens. Would you recommend them for those who are looking for a good comfortable monthly disposable contact lens?
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Thanks for that analysis on what makes Biofinity such a comfortable lens. Would you recommend them for those who are looking for a good comfortable monthly disposable contact lens?
I have only tried the Biofinity (non-toric) monthly lens and have no experience of the Air Optix or other alternatives, etc. etc.

However, I certainly think the Biofinity lens is worth while trying, as I found them very comfortable, even wearing them up to 18 hours/day, with no need for eye drops, etc. It did take me 2-3 weeks to get used to them though.

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I have only tried the Biofinity (non-toric) monthly lens and have no experience of the Air Optix or other alternatives, etc. etc.

However, I certainly think the Biofinity lens is worth while trying, as I found them very comfortable, even wearing them up to 18 hours/day, with no need for eye drops, etc. It did take me 2-3 weeks to get used to them though.

knotlob
Thanks for the suggestions, knotlob.

Is 2-3 weeks a long time to get used to monthly contact lenses? At least you'll still be on your first pair by then, theoretically.
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Thanks for the suggestions, knotlob.

Is 2-3 weeks a long time to get used to monthly contact lenses? At least you'll still be on your first pair by then, theoretically.
Well, the first pair were a rebranded pair, but CooperVision assured me they were all the same lens. But the prescription was slightly out and it caused a slight imbalance in my close range viewing. Initially the lenses were not good and I could feel the right lens in my eye, which has more astigmatism.

Then I bought a 'trial' pair of Biofinity, Mail Order, with the correct prescription and these were perfect. Couldn't feel the lens in either eye and better vision.

I don't know if the first pair were slightly defective and that led to the longer period to adapt to the lenses. You're right in that I would normally expect no time to adapt to another soft lens after wearing (non silicone hydrogel) soft lenses for 30 odd years.

I did switch to RGP afterwards in the quest for sharper vision (if not comfort) .

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Well, the first pair were a rebranded pair, but CooperVision assured me they were all the same lens. But the prescription was slightly out and it caused a slight imbalance in my close range viewing. Initially the lenses were not good and I could feel the right lens in my eye, which has more astigmatism.

Then I bought a 'trial' pair of Biofinity, Mail Order, with the correct prescription and these were perfect. Couldn't feel the lens in either eye and better vision.

I don't know if the first pair were slightly defective and that led to the longer period to adapt to the lenses. You're right in that I would normally expect no time to adapt to another soft lens after wearing (non silicone hydrogel) soft lenses for 30 odd years.

I did switch to RGP afterwards in the quest for sharper vision (if not comfort) .

knotlob
So, in short what you're saying is, that if your soft contact lenses are of the correct prescription they will feel comfortable right away? What about people who are wearing contact lenses for the first time? Will they like the soft lenses right away too?
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So, in short what you're saying is, that if your soft contact lenses are of the correct prescription they will feel comfortable right away? What about people who are wearing contact lenses for the first time? Will they like the soft lenses right away too?
I'm not sure that they would have felt OK right away, as I found the lenses quite unsharp in the opticians, doing the eye chart test and then very bad in one eye driving home. It is possible of course that one lens was slightly defective.

I was used to standard hydrogel lenses and the Biofinity are of course silicone hydrogel, which may have had some impact on the adjustment time.

I don't know about people trying soft lenses for the first time, as I switched to soft lenses from the original hard oxygen impermeable lenses and of course the soft lenses were bliss after that .

I was a bit surprised how long it took to adjust to the rebranded Biofinity, but equally very happy when I put the new pair in and found them very, very comfortable and vision better. So I cannot say for definite if the Biofinity lenses would have been instantly adapted to, if I had started out with the second pair initially.

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I'm not sure that they would have felt OK right away, as I found the lenses quite unsharp in the opticians, doing the eye chart test and then very bad in one eye driving home. It is possible of course that one lens was slightly defective.

I was used to standard hydrogel lenses and the Biofinity are of course silicone hydrogel, which may have had some impact on the adjustment time.

I don't know about people trying soft lenses for the first time, as I switched to soft lenses from the original hard oxygen impermeable lenses and of course the soft lenses were bliss after that .

I was a bit surprised how long it took to adjust to the rebranded Biofinity, but equally very happy when I put the new pair in and found them very, very comfortable and vision better. So I cannot say for definite if the Biofinity lenses would have been instantly adapted to, if I had started out with the second pair initially.

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biofinity toric are a no go for me. not so sure i can blame the lenses though. my left eye's axis is at 85...all other torics i've tried 90 works just fine. but these lenses didn't work out in my left eye at 90. vision was blurred. so we tried 80 and although vision was ok (not great just ok) there was a strange glare/aura in my left eye that i couldn't get used to. so now i'm trying acuvue advance.....the problem i had with oasys was a weird "mirror" type effect on my extreme peripheral vision that was very annoying.......otherwise the oasys had great vision for me straight ahead. so far the acuvue advance seem much better. same vision as the oasys without the strange blurring mirror effect. hopefully i found a lens.......
So this is when we last heard from you--just before Christmas. How are things going for you in the New Year of 2010?
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I got Biofinity Toric lenses 2 months ago after having Accuvue Oasys for 2 years (have been in a toric lens in left eye for 10 years or so but in the right for only those 2 years). The left one feels amazing and I see so crisply. I cannot figure out what is wrong with the right one, though. The trial lens OD gave me was great--I wore it for a month. But when I opened the new pack of lenses and put one in, it was blurry and felt "off." He claims it is the same Rx. I've tried different lenses just to make sure it isn't a wonky lens. I've been fussing around with this now for a month and am frustrated. I'm convinced it must have something to do with the axis, but I'm not sure. How would I know?

These are overall very comfortable lenses but I agree that they are very difficult to remove. Since I'm a seasoned lens wearer, I'm not afraid to pinch a little, but I would not recommend these for newbies.
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How are you closey? Have you had any more problems with chipped contact lenses?
No more problems with chips but still trying to find lenses to fit me. I think I will have to re-try Purevision Torics in order to see if they are the best of the bad lot, for me at least.
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I got Biofinity Toric lenses 2 months ago after having Accuvue Oasys for 2 years (have been in a toric lens in left eye for 10 years or so but in the right for only those 2 years). The left one feels amazing and I see so crisply. I cannot figure out what is wrong with the right one, though. The trial lens OD gave me was great--I wore it for a month. But when I opened the new pack of lenses and put one in, it was blurry and felt "off." He claims it is the same Rx. I've tried different lenses just to make sure it isn't a wonky lens. I've been fussing around with this now for a month and am frustrated. I'm convinced it must have something to do with the axis, but I'm not sure. How would I know?

These are overall very comfortable lenses but I agree that they are very difficult to remove. Since I'm a seasoned lens wearer, I'm not afraid to pinch a little, but I would not recommend these for newbies.
Hello nolaupr

Welcome to the forum.

Your optician could try Over Refraction lenses - where they try different glass lenses in front of your contact lenses to see if vision can be improved. They should also be able to alter the cylinder angle/axis to see if that is off also.

In Europe the optician normally checks the eyesight after one week and if it isn't so good, then would try with the Over Refraction lenses to try and optimise the vision.

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Well, the first pair were a rebranded pair, but CooperVision assured me they were all the same lens. But the prescription was slightly out and it caused a slight imbalance in my close range viewing. Initially the lenses were not good and I could feel the right lens in my eye, which has more astigmatism.

Then I bought a 'trial' pair of Biofinity, Mail Order, with the correct prescription and these were perfect. Couldn't feel the lens in either eye and better vision.

I don't know if the first pair were slightly defective and that led to the longer period to adapt to the lenses. You're right in that I would normally expect no time to adapt to another soft lens after wearing (non silicone hydrogel) soft lenses for 30 odd years.

I did switch to RGP afterwards in the quest for sharper vision (if not comfort) .

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So how long would you expect someone, on average, to adapt to a new brand of contact lens--assuming it's pretty similar to the old brand?
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Hello nolaupr

Welcome to the forum.

Your optician could try Over Refraction lenses - where they try different glass lenses in front of your contact lenses to see if vision can be improved. They should also be able to alter the cylinder angle/axis to see if that is off also.

In Europe the optician normally checks the eyesight after one week and if it isn't so good, then would try with the Over Refraction lenses to try and optimise the vision.

knotlob
Have any of you here on Lens 101 gone back to your eye doctor a week after getting new lenses just to see how you're getting along? My eye doctor has never done that.
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Have any of you here on Lens 101 gone back to your eye doctor a week after getting new lenses just to see how you're getting along? My eye doctor has never done that.
After being dispensed a trial lens, it is often common to be asked to come back and see the optometrist/eye doctor after a week, to see if the fit is correct. It's especially important with toric lenses because they can rotate and may require adjustment to the prescription depending on how they sit on the eye.
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So how long would you expect someone, on average, to adapt to a new brand of contact lens--assuming it's pretty similar to the old brand?
Speaking personally, it depends on the lenses.

I have switched (temporarily) from a yearly Omniflex soft lens to Bausch & Lomb Soflens Monthly and there was no adapting time.

But when I switched to Biofinity it seemed to take a couple of weeks. However, the optician didn't get my prescription correct to my satisfaction, so that probably added to the time, etc. When I bought another sample of Biofinity lenses on the Internet to the 'correct' prescription, the lenses were far superior, so much so that I thought there must have been some sort of manufacturing fault in the first (rebranded) pair of Biofinity lenses.

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After being dispensed a trial lens, it is often common to be asked to come back and see the optometrist/eye doctor after a week, to see if the fit is correct. It's especially important with toric lenses because they can rotate and may require adjustment to the prescription depending on how they sit on the eye.
I guess captaineo has never had trial lenses.
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Speaking personally, it depends on the lenses.

I have switched (temporarily) from a yearly Onmiflex soft lens to Bausch & Lomb Soflens Monthly and there was no adapting time.

But when I switched to Biofinity it seemed to take a couple of weeks. However, the optician didn't get my prescription correct to my satisfaction, so that probably added to the time, etc. When I bought another sample of Biofinity lenses on the Internet to the 'correct' prescription, the lenses were far superior, so much so that I thought there must have been some sort of manufacturing fault in the first (rebranded) pair of Biofinity lenses.

knotlob
So as long as you have the correct prescription and you're not making a big change in the type of lenses you wear, you should adapt fairly quickly, say a day or two?
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So as long as you have the correct prescription and you're not making a big change in the type of lenses you wear, you should adapt fairly quickly, say a day or two?
That's what I would have expected, though I was changing from regular hydrogel to silicone hydrogel lenses, but more importantly changed opticians also.

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My eye doctor told me that it was finally time to address the astigmatism in left eye due to my slight difficulty in reading up close. I opted out of the bifocals lenses and glasses. He gave me a trial Biofinity Toric lens for my right eye and I have a regular Biomedic for the left eye. Initially I got that feeling of panic on the emergency room level when removing the toric that night. My concern was scratching the cornea which I had done with hard contact lenses many many years ago so never want to do that again. I spoke with my eye doctor about three weeks later and he was willing to go back to Biomedics if I thought that I could not get the lens out at night. I have nonacrylic nails but I don't like to grab my lenses that way. I tried juicing my eye with saline and it helped to relax me when all I could think about was not scratching my cornea. I have been taking the toric out everyday for a month with no problem. I am going to order a 6 month supply. The only thing that I don't like is wearing the same lens for 1 month. But if tearing is common occurence I may not have to worry about that either. Early on my sister had toric lenses and they ripped all the time AND they were very very expensive ($495 each) back then. She won't buy them anymore so you can imagine her vision is not that sharp.
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My eye doctor told me that it was finally time to address the astigmatism in left eye due to my slight difficulty in reading up close. I opted out of the bifocals lenses and glasses. He gave me a trial Biofinity Toric lens for my right eye and I have a regular Biomedic for the left eye. Initially I got that feeling of panic on the emergency room level when removing the toric that night. My concern was scratching the cornea which I had done with hard contact lenses many many years ago so never want to do that again. I spoke with my eye doctor about three weeks later and he was willing to go back to Biomedics if I thought that I could not get the lens out at night. I have nonacrylic nails but I don't like to grab my lenses that way. I tried juicing my eye with saline and it helped to relax me when all I could think about was not scratching my cornea. I have been taking the toric out everyday for a month with no problem. I am going to order a 6 month supply. The only thing that I don't like is wearing the same lens for 1 month. But if tearing is common occurence I may not have to worry about that either. Early on my sister had toric lenses and they ripped all the time AND they were very very expensive ($495 each) back then. She won't buy them anymore so you can imagine her vision is not that sharp.
Hello swapcatjr and welcome to Lens101 forum.

Thanks for relating your experiences. Slight confusion - is the astigmatism in your right or your left eye? You said astigmatism was in your left eye but are wearing a Biofinity toric in your right eye??

So, are you wearing Biofinity or Biomedic torics in your eye with astigmatism? I have not tried the Biofinity toric, though have worn the Biofinity lenses and also had a minor problem with the lens being slightly damaged on it's periphery, but I think that may have been the type of lens case I was using.

It is possible to crease a lens, which is slightly dehydrated, when pinching it off the cornea and than can lead to tears in the lens, but you already rehydrate the lens with saline, so that isn't going to be a likely cause.

I think, as you are aware of the long nail problem, you are taking extra care there already.

There is an alternative way to remove the lens using pressure from your eyelids (maybe a bit like for RGP lenses) so maybe your eye care professional could teach you that method, in case you find it easier and it should be less prone to tearing the lenses.

Biofinity lenses for me were exceptionally comfortable but I went to RGP Menicon lenses to correct about -0.50D astigmatism in both eyes (without the hassle of toric lenses). But comfort was definitely sacrificed!

I have heard scratched/inflamed corneas are painful and best avoided, so I understand your concerns when handling your contact lenses.

The Biofinity would be better for your eyes than Biomedics based on the oxygen permeability (Dk value) if you can work with Biofinity lenses. They will provide more oxygen to your corneas and are, therefore, a better option.

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Hi all-

I was a contact wearer (always wore toric) for about 13 years, then my eyes starting getting dry and blood vessels running to my cornea, probably from sleeping in my contacts a few too many times. Well, just about 15 months ago they got so bad I wasn't able to wear them and running from dr. to dr. to help with the dryness hoping to be able to wear contacts again. Well, what I found that worked best for my condition was pataday. I tried restesis also fora while but seemed to be causing more grief then help. Well, I didn't try contacts for a few months then tried up again and it was awful was not even able to wear them for 6 hours, then would take days for them to heal back. I waited some more and now am trying them again after really 15 months without wearing any. I am trying the biofinity toric lenses. This is day 5 and so far no real problems. With out a daubt the best as far as comfort and dryness. I do put rewetting drops in my eyes throughout the day, but my eyes still looked ok at the end of the day after wearing them for 10 hours yesterday! So keeping my fingers crossed. I see the Dr. on Wed. and I still need to increase 2 hours everyday, till I reach full day which is about 14 or 15 hours. Wish me luck.

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Hi all-

I was a contact wearer (always wore toric) for about 13 years, then my eyes starting getting dry and blood vessels running to my cornea, probably from sleeping in my contacts a few too many times. Well, just about 15 months ago they got so bad I wasn't able to wear them and running from dr. to dr. to help with the dryness hoping to be able to wear contacts again. Well, what I found that worked best for my condition was pataday. I tried restesis also fora while but seemed to be causing more grief then help. Well, I didn't try contacts for a few months then tried up again and it was awful was not even able to wear them for 6 hours, then would take days for them to heal back. I waited some more and now am trying them again after really 15 months without wearing any. I am trying the biofinity toric lenses. This is day 5 and so far no real problems. With out a daubt the best as far as comfort and dryness. I do put rewetting drops in my eyes throughout the day, but my eyes still looked ok at the end of the day after wearing them for 10 hours yesterday! So keeping my fingers crossed. I see the Dr. on Wed. and I still need to increase 2 hours everyday, till I reach full day which is about 14 or 15 hours. Wish me luck.

Lisa
Hello lisas142

Yes, the Biofinity lenses are very comfortable.

Too bad you had to experience first hand the effects of contact lens abuse. Perhaps some of the doubters on this forum will learn from your unpleasant experiences and some good will come out of it

I wish you well with the Biofinity lenses and your Docs visit on Wednesday. let us know how it went.

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For anyone who is interested here is a site comparing some of acuvue's lenses to biofinity's.
http://www.acuvue-now.com/acuvue-lenses/acuvue-oasys/292-acuvue-oasys-versus-biofinity.html

Here is another site comparing Acuvue Oysais vs. biofinty in a patient study.

http://www.coopervision.com/data/us/documents/biofinity_toric_clinical_patient.pdf

Here is some more info on biofinty and other toric brands for you to view.http://www.coopervision.com/us/patient/contactlenses/brands/biofinity/biofinitytoric/

I think you would agree that biofinity toric rates right up there for overall comfort, perfomance and handling. Let me know what you all think?
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For anyone who is interested here is a site comparing some of acuvue's lenses to biofinity's.
http://www.acuvue-now.com/acuvue-lenses/acuvue-oasys/292-acuvue-oasys-versus-biofinity.html

Here is another site comparing Acuvue Oysais vs. biofinty in a patient study.

http://www.coopervision.com/data/us/documents/biofinity_toric_clinical_patient.pdf

Here is some more info on biofinty and other toric brands for you to view.http://www.coopervision.com/us/patient/contactlenses/brands/biofinity/biofinitytoric/

I think you would agree that biofinity toric rates right up there for overall comfort, perfomance and handling. Let me know what you all think?
Hello lisas142

Thanks for the links. Your first link is, I think semi independent, though I would expect CooperVision to publish data favourable to their own products. But, having said that I found the Biofinity lenses very comfortable (though didn't try their torics).

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Hello lisas142

Thanks for the links. Your first link is, I think semi independent, though I would expect CooperVision to publish data favourable to their own products. But, having said that I found the Biofinity lenses very comfortable (though didn't try their torics).

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Hi,

I think acuvue was trying to "sell" their products with the first link, but surprisingly enough they still ranked biofinity high. If you look at the link it says "Acuvue Now". They even stated though, "Can we call one of the lenses the winner in this comparison? We don't think so." so I think that's saying a lot for Biofinity toric lenses.

Update on my eye Dr. visit. Dr. checked my vision and it was good. In fact, even lower the power by .25 for my L eye. Gave the ok for me to go ahead and order the lenses. So I'm very happy that I finally found a lens I can wear after trying so many. I wonder why they didn't have me try this lens to begin with last year when I was having all the eye problems? Well, I just hope that biofinity toric continues to work out for me, but looks very promising after a week of trialing them and having no real problems with them. I would diffinitely recommend giving them a chance to anyone who has dry eye problems and can't tolerate other soft lenses.
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Hi,

I think acuvue was trying to "sell" their products with the first link, but surprisingly enough they still ranked biofinity high. If you look at the link it says "Acuvue Now". They even stated though, "Can we call one of the lenses the winner in this comparison? We don't think so." so I think that's saying a lot for Biofinity toric lenses.

Update on my eye Dr. visit. Dr. checked my vision and it was good. In fact, even lower the power by .25 for my L eye. Gave the ok for me to go ahead and order the lenses. So I'm very happy that I finally found a lens I can wear after trying so many. I wonder why they didn't have me try this lens to begin with last year when I was having all the eye problems? Well, I just hope that biofinity toric continues to work out for me, but looks very promising after a week of trialing them and having no real problems with them. I would diffinitely recommend giving them a chance to anyone who has dry eye problems and can't tolerate other soft lenses.
It looks like your story has a happy ending, lisas142. Thanks for sharing. Keep us posted on how you like the Biofinity lenses. You might want to start a new thread though. This one's getting quite long.
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Hi all-

I was a contact wearer (always wore toric) for about 13 years, then my eyes starting getting dry and blood vessels running to my cornea, probably from sleeping in my contacts a few too many times. Well, just about 15 months ago they got so bad I wasn't able to wear them and running from dr. to dr. to help with the dryness hoping to be able to wear contacts again. Well, what I found that worked best for my condition was pataday. I tried restesis also fora while but seemed to be causing more grief then help. Well, I didn't try contacts for a few months then tried up again and it was awful was not even able to wear them for 6 hours, then would take days for them to heal back. I waited some more and now am trying them again after really 15 months without wearing any. I am trying the biofinity toric lenses. This is day 5 and so far no real problems. With out a daubt the best as far as comfort and dryness. I do put rewetting drops in my eyes throughout the day, but my eyes still looked ok at the end of the day after wearing them for 10 hours yesterday! So keeping my fingers crossed. I see the Dr. on Wed. and I still need to increase 2 hours everyday, till I reach full day which is about 14 or 15 hours. Wish me luck.

Lisa
I'm sorry to hear about your problems, Lisa. It seems kind of ironic that after wearing your contacts too often, you couldn't wear them at all for a while. I hope you feel better.
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I am currently using this lens. I find it very comfortable. The first 2 times that I took them out and put them in, I found it a little difficult as I had not used a toric lense in the past. Now it is very easy. I am very pleased with them. I use reading glasses over them, my distance vision is great and they are extremly comfortable. I would recommend this lense. By the way, I am nearly 61 years of age and have not had any problems with dry eyes.

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I have never been fit with toric lense in the past, although I had astigmatisim. Ay my last exam, I was given the Biofinity toric. It took twice to get the hang of putting in and removing the weighted lenses, but that was my only problem. I see much better and have no problem with dry eye or headaches since I got this prescription. I am very pleased with this lenses.
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I have never been fit with toric lense in the past, although I had astigmatisim. Ay my last exam, I was given the Biofinity toric. It took twice to get the hang of putting in and removing the weighted lenses, but that was my only problem. I see much better and have no problem with dry eye or headaches since I got this prescription. I am very pleased with this lenses.
Allow me to officially welcome you to Lens 101. Thank you for that detailed report, Linrie. That's just the sort of thing we love around here.
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I just saw my optometrist this afternoon and she gave me a trial pair of Biofinity Torics. Initially I loved them - the clarity was amazing. Though after only 2 hours of wear I noticed my eyes were INCREDIBLY dry - as if I were staring at a blowing AC without blinking. I ended up putting rewetting drops in my eyes 12 times in an six hour period!!! When I got home, I tried to take them out and I could not do it - I have never had this problem, even after wearing contacts for 18-24 hours. I tried everything short of going to the ER to get the darn things out. Finally after two hours of exhausting my bag of tricks and exhausting internet suggestions, I was able to get them out but only by pushing them to the side of my eye with a cotton swab and PINCHING them out with my nails by a tiny fold in the lense (Yes EWWW and bad).

I'm not sure if this was a fluke pair, but I'm betting this will surface as a common problem.

I have worn just about every brand of regular contacts and Torics over the last 15 years (currently Proclear). Despite the occasional tearing problem with Proclear (once in 1.5 years), at least they don't have such an affinity for my eye that they won't let go!

Anyone else had this problem with Biofinity?
I have had EXACTLY the same problem. While the Biofinity lenses feel a lot better to wear - they withstand wind, dust and air conditioners much better than any other lens Iíve ever worn, there is, however a major flaw: they are very difficult to get out of your eyes. The first time I wore them they were almost impossible to get out. And in the subsequent days they are still very difficult to take out. Itís traumatic poking in your eyes trying to get contact lenses out that seemed glued to your eyes. I will definitely NOT be wearing the Biofinity lenses every again.
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I have had EXACTLY the same problem. While the Biofinity lenses feel a lot better to wear - they withstand wind, dust and air conditioners much better than any other lens Iíve ever worn, there is, however a major flaw: they are very difficult to get out of your eyes. The first time I wore them they were almost impossible to get out. And in the subsequent days they are still very difficult to take out. Itís traumatic poking in your eyes trying to get contact lenses out that seemed glued to your eyes. I will definitely NOT be wearing the Biofinity lenses every again.
Hello Red and welcome to the forum.

Was this problem with Biofinity or Biofinity Toric?

(I have only tried the Biofinity non-toric, but never had any problems taking them out of my eye, though I did manage to damage them slightly after only 6 days - possibly with the lens case I was using).

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I have had EXACTLY the same problem. While the Biofinity lenses feel a lot better to wear - they withstand wind, dust and air conditioners much better than any other lens Iíve ever worn, there is, however a major flaw: they are very difficult to get out of your eyes. The first time I wore them they were almost impossible to get out. And in the subsequent days they are still very difficult to take out. Itís traumatic poking in your eyes trying to get contact lenses out that seemed glued to your eyes. I will definitely NOT be wearing the Biofinity lenses every again.
I don't experience problems getting Biofinity (not toric) out of my eyes. The come out just as easily as any other lens I have worn
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I don't experience problems getting Biofinity (not toric) out of my eyes. The come out just as easily as any other lens I have worn
Hi I had problems with the Toric lenses (and I've worn lenses for years - and different brands.) Good to know that the normal Biofinity lenses work as normal, however, Coopervision really do need to look at the Toric lenses.
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I have had EXACTLY the same problem. While the Biofinity lenses feel a lot better to wear - they withstand wind, dust and air conditioners much better than any other lens Iíve ever worn . . .
Hi red. I was just passing by and I noticed this posting. You said that Biofinity contact lenses "withstand wind, dust and air conditioners much better than any other lens" you've worn. I'm curious about air conditioning. I don't wear Biofinity, so I don't what it's like. What happens when you enter into an air conditioned building? Do your eyes feel dry? Do you feel uncomfortable right away, or is it something that comes on gradually?
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I tried a the Acuvue toric for my left eye but they irritated the left part of my eye so bad after 6 hours that I got a broken blood vessel and couldn't wear contacts for a couple days. I thought that just was the way it was and didn't know there were different curves! I mentioned it to my eye Dr the next year when I had an eye exam and he had me try the Biofinity. The curve is great and they are comfortable but they are really hard to get out... I've never had trouble getting a lens out before but I feel like I'm squeezing my eyeball when I try to get these out. Drops seem to make it harder to get out. Last week it took me so many tries to get the lens out that my eye was so red I couldn't wear contacts for 4 days until my eye settled down. Right not I'm hesitating using them just because I think I'll eventually harm my eye trying to pop these things off. I use the Acuvue Oasys for my right eye (not toric) and it is great... the Oasys toric didn't fit well on my toric eye. Wish there was some way they could make the Biofinity easier to take out!!!!
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I tried a the Acuvue toric for my left eye but they irritated the left part of my eye so bad after 6 hours that I got a broken blood vessel and couldn't wear contacts for a couple days. I thought that just was the way it was and didn't know there were different curves! I mentioned it to my eye Dr the next year when I had an eye exam and he had me try the Biofinity. The curve is great and they are comfortable but they are really hard to get out... I've never had trouble getting a lens out before but I feel like I'm squeezing my eyeball when I try to get these out. Drops seem to make it harder to get out. Last week it took me so many tries to get the lens out that my eye was so red I couldn't wear contacts for 4 days until my eye settled down. Right not I'm hesitating using them just because I think I'll eventually harm my eye trying to pop these things off. I use the Acuvue Oasys for my right eye (not toric) and it is great... the Oasys toric didn't fit well on my toric eye. Wish there was some way they could make the Biofinity easier to take out!!!!
Wow. 80 posts about Biofinity Toric. The first one asked of anyone has tied it. It looks like plenty of people have.

Sorry you're having a tough time getting your Biofinity Toric lenses out of your eye. (So you only wear the one, right?)
Evidently it's not because you haven't had enough practice if the Oasys in your right eye comes out easily. Perhaps you can tell your eye doctor about your struggles and see if maybe you can get a lens that fits a little better. Have you tried that?
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Since I wanted extended wear, my options were limited. The Acuvue Oasys curve doesn't fit my left toric eye that well.... feels like I have a tear or something on one side of the lens when I wear it. My last hope was the Biofinity Toric for my left eye. When he gave me the Biofinity to try, he said it was the last option for my toric eye! I'm so worn out from trying different toric contact lens. Everything was working fine with the Acuvue until my left eye got toric! I have an appt with the eye Dr tororrow I'm going to have him watch me take them out and maybe he can suggest a different way... although there aren't too many ways to take them out. I'm wondering if I just have to go back to a daily wear... assuming there is a daily wear with Coopervision that has the same curve the biofinity does.
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Since I wanted extended wear, my options were limited. The Acuvue Oasys curve doesn't fit my left toric eye that well.... feels like I have a tear or something on one side of the lens when I wear it. My last hope was the Biofinity Toric for my left eye. When he gave me the Biofinity to try, he said it was the last option for my toric eye! I'm so worn out from trying different toric contact lens. Everything was working fine with the Acuvue until my left eye got toric! I have an appt with the eye Dr tororrow I'm going to have him watch me take them out and maybe he can suggest a different way... although there aren't too many ways to take them out. I'm wondering if I just have to go back to a daily wear... assuming there is a daily wear with Coopervision that has the same curve the biofinity does.
Hello satellite and welcome to the forum. There seems to be some problem with Biofinity torics taking them out, though no reports of difficulties with the non toric Biofinity. Very odd.

There is a sucker type tool (DMV) which some people who have difficulty with lenses have used - not sure how well it works for soft lenses. I always avoid such tools, but if there are too many problems removing the lenses, maybe it's worth trying the sucker tool.

http://www.lens101.com/durasoft-2-colors-d2-op/69532-no-hole-dmv-ultra-tool-durasoft-2-colors-contact.html

There is an alternative method of removing contact lenses. When I wear soft lenses I simply pinch the lens lightly on the surface of the cornea to remove it and I guess that is what you are trying at present.

It is also possible to simply slide the contact lens off the cornea to the side of the eye.

When I had some problems tearing Biofinity lenses, my optician told me about another method, which sounds a bit similar to that used for RGP/hard lenses. Basically you dislodge the lens using your eye lids. Perhaps you can have your eye care specialist teach you that method. It is probably gentler on the contact lenses also.

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I use the "pinch lightly on cornea" method. The first time I tried about 5 times and then gave a harder pinch the 6th time and it finally came off but felt like it was suctioning my cornea when it came off... kind of scared me. My eye was real red/dry for days. The next time I tried moving it down to the white of my eye, still took bunches of tries to get it out and ended up with a red/dry eye again for days. I have to put it in tomorrow when I go to the Dr as he wants to see it in... I'm not looking forward to getting it out!

I didn't try the Biofinity non-toric for my right eye as the Acuvue Oasys feels like I have nothing on my right eye, so "if it works, don't mess with it" I always say. It is interesting to hear the non-toric Biofinity comes out easy.

I'll ask the Dr about the dislodge technique, but deep down inside I feel that if the lens is grabbing on to my eye this hard and I have to use odd techniques to get it out, then it will eventually cause damage to my eye. So I'd really like to find another toric brand.

It looks like the Biofinity is made from a "water-loving" (hydrophilic) material that has the ability to absorb water (and it is 48% water). Wonder if when it gets dry, it takes water from your eye like a sponge and then adheres to your eye... but then if the non-toric doesn't have problems, that wouldn't be the problem... unless the curve of the toric in combination with the sponge action is the problem.

Oh well, it's such a pain finding the right contacts. At least I have the right eye figured out!

added.....Just found the below on the CooperVision site. Looks like pinching on the cornea isn't suggested!

Pinch Method for removing lens:
Step 1. Look up; slide the lens to the lower part of the eye using the forefinger.
Step 2. Gently pinch the lens between the thumb and forefinger.
Step 3. Remove the lens.

Forefinger and Thumb Method for removing lens:
Step 1. Place your hand or a towel under your eye to catch the lens.
Step 2. Place your forefinger on the center of the upper lid and your thumb on the
center of the lower lid.
Step 3. Press in and force a blink. The lens should fall onto your hand.

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I use the "pinch lightly on cornea" method. The first time I tried about 5 times and then gave a harder pinch the 6th time and it finally came off but felt like it was suctioning my cornea when it came off... kind of scared me. My eye was real red/dry for days. The next time I tried moving it down to the white of my eye, still took bunches of tries to get it out and ended up with a red/dry eye again for days. I have to put it in tomorrow when I go to the Dr as he wants to see it in... I'm not looking forward to getting it out!

I didn't try the Biofinity non-toric for my right eye as the Acuvue Oasys feels like I have nothing on my right eye, so "if it works, don't mess with it" I always say. It is interesting to hear the non-toric Biofinity comes out easy.

I'll ask the Dr about the dislodge technique, but deep down inside I feel that if the lens is grabbing on to my eye this hard and I have to use odd techniques to get it out, then it will eventually cause damage to my eye. So I'd really like to find another toric brand.

It looks like the Biofinity is made from a "water-loving" (hydrophilic) material that has the ability to absorb water (and it is 48% water). Wonder if when it gets dry, it takes water from your eye like a sponge and then adheres to your eye... but then if the non-toric doesn't have problems, that wouldn't be the problem... unless the curve of the toric in combination with the sponge action is the problem.

Oh well, it's such a pain finding the right contacts. At least I have the right eye figured out!

added.....Just found the below on the CooperVision site. Looks like pinching on the cornea isn't suggested!

Pinch Method for removing lens:
Step 1. Look up; slide the lens to the lower part of the eye using the forefinger.
Step 2. Gently pinch the lens between the thumb and forefinger.
Step 3. Remove the lens.

Forefinger and Thumb Method for removing lens:
Step 1. Place your hand or a towel under your eye to catch the lens.
Step 2. Place your forefinger on the center of the upper lid and your thumb on the
center of the lower lid.
Step 3. Press in and force a blink. The lens should fall onto your hand.
Hello satellite

As you say, it seems unlikely that the lens is drying your eye when there are very few reports of that happening with the Biofinity standard lens. I did see one poster here complain that the Biofinity did dry the eyes, but there were living in a rather dry part of the US.

I would have thought that if you slid the lens onto the sclera (white part of the eye), which is much less sensitive than the cornea, it would have caused less problems.

Ask your eye care practitioner about the DMV tool.

The only obvious difference between Biofinity Toric & non toric, is that it will be profiled to fit your astigmatism and this may make it grip better. The Comfilcon A used in the Biofinity lenses is very flexible/low modulus compared to many other silicone hydrogel lenses, so the lenses will probably fit very closely over the surface of the cornea. Silicone hydrogel materials, I read, are usually higher in modulus/less flexible and can, therefore, sometimes feel less comfortable, but obviously CooperVision solved this problem.

It will be interesting to hear how you get on with your Eye Care Practitioner.

knotlob
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I decided to cancel the appt today and try the 2 methods above of taking it out. I can't believe all these years I've been pinching contacts on my cornea rather than taking them down to the white part. When I tried it on the white part with the biofinity, I took it down more to one side than straight down as was shown in the diagram where I read these instructions on the CooperVision site. Maybe it makes a difference if you take it straight down on the white and pinch it. It that doesn't work, then I'll try that blink method you mentioned that CooperVision also suggests. The Biofinity FEELS good on my eye... I don't get that feeling like there is grain of something on the left side of the lens that I did with the Acuvue Toric. I'll let you know how it goes using the right techniques to take it out!

One thing as I was reading by searching on "biofinity contact lens problems" is that I came across a lot of writings on general problems with contact lens. There are some really high numbers or ulcers and eye damage with extended wear as compared to daily. So although I'd like to sleep in them and avoid the hassle of taking out daily, think I'm going to take them out every night unless there is an urgent need to keep them in overnight. Now I see why my Dr said they are extended wear but he suggests taking them out every night. You only have one pair of eyes!
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I decided to cancel the appt today and try the 2 methods above of taking it out. I can't believe all these years I've been pinching contacts on my cornea rather than taking them down to the white part. When I tried it on the white part with the biofinity, I took it down more to one side than straight down as was shown in the diagram where I read these instructions on the CooperVision site. Maybe it makes a difference if you take it straight down on the white and pinch it. It that doesn't work, then I'll try that blink method you mentioned that CooperVision also suggests. The Biofinity FEELS good on my eye... I don't get that feeling like there is grain of something on the left side of the lens that I did with the Acuvue Toric. I'll let you know how it goes using the right techniques to take it out!

One thing as I was reading by searching on "biofinity contact lens problems" is that I came across a lot of writings on general problems with contact lens. There are some really high numbers or ulcers and eye damage with extended wear as compared to daily. So although I'd like to sleep in them and avoid the hassle of taking out daily, think I'm going to take them out every night unless there is an urgent need to keep them in overnight. Now I see why my Dr said they are extended wear but he suggests taking them out every night. You only have one pair of eyes!
Hello satellite

Yes, the doctor advised you against extended wear for a good reason. Probably sleeping in them occasionally/accidentally would be OK, but I would avoid it. The risk increases the longer you wear the lenses in extended wear mode.

I don't know how easy it is to teach yourself how to remove the soft lenses using your eyelids. I was told about it after I switched to RGP. The method for RGP is a little similar but you pull the side of the eye after raising the top eye lid to uncover the lens. Then when pulling sideways both eyelids squeeze the lens out and if you are lucky it pops into your hand. Otherwise you are grovelling about on the floor looking for it in a semi blind state . I sometimes do it over a towel, but if you use a sink, put the plug in!! It gets easier with practice.

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Good suggestion! It would just be my luck I'd get it out using the blink method and it would go down the drain. These toric ones are expensive... although after comparing the cost at my Dr Office, Costco, and TheLensKing.com, I found thelensking was half the cost my Dr charged and also less than Costco... so in actuality, I paid the same amount for the toric that I had been paying my Doctor to order the regular ones! I called up CooperVision and asked if thelensking was an approved distributor because they were so cheap - the gal I talked to said she didn't have that info but if the box was the same and not expired, they should be the same. She also mentioned the reason thelensking could probably sell them cheaper was because of volume. Kind of like getting a cheaper hotel at hotels.com I guess.
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Good suggestion! It would just be my luck I'd get it out using the blink method and it would go down the drain. These toric ones are expensive... although after comparing the cost at my Dr Office, Costco, and TheLensKing.com, I found thelensking was half the cost my Dr charged and also less than Costco... so in actuality, I paid the same amount for the toric that I had been paying my Doctor to order the regular ones! I called up CooperVision and asked if thelensking was an approved distributor because they were so cheap - the gal I talked to said she didn't have that info but if the box was the same and not expired, they should be the same. She also mentioned the reason thelensking could probably sell them cheaper was because of volume. Kind of like getting a cheaper hotel at hotels.com I guess.
Yes, in Germany at a standard run of the mill optician you are likely to pay around twice as much as on-line. My present optician is very much more competitive so for RGP lenses I would probably buy from them, unless I started to loose lenses frequently.

You could also look at this site's sponsor www.lens.com (click on the red bar at the top of the page and it will probably take you straight to the page with your Biofinity lenses on it).

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wait so the pinch of cornea method is not recommenened?

I have been doing that all along, it works like after 1-2 tries, not 6 lol
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wait so the pinch of cornea method is not recommenened?

I have been doing that all along, it works like after 1-2 tries, not 6 lol
I always used the pinch method for soft lenses, but I never tried Biofinity torics. Are you wearing Biofinity Torics fubag? I don't think there is any problem with non toric Biofinity lenses.

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I always used the pinch method for soft lenses, but I never tried Biofinity torics. Are you wearing Biofinity Torics fubag? I don't think there is any problem with non toric Biofinity lenses.

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ya im wearin torics....the pinch works for me..but is it safe?
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ya im wearin torics....the pinch works for me..but is it safe?
The pinch method is probably the most common method of removing soft lenses. If it works for you, then that is OK.

My optician mentioned the other method (using the eyelids to eject the lens) because I was damaging my Biofinity monthly lenses after 6 days. If the lenses were too dry, the pinch method may crease the lens and leave a weakness where a tear may eventually start. However, in my case, I think the problem was the barrel lens case I was using, not the method of removal.

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Just found the below on the CooperVision site. Looks like pinching on the cornea isn't suggested!

Pinch Method for removing lens:
Step 1. Look up; slide the lens to the lower part of the eye using the forefinger.
Step 2. Gently pinch the lens between the thumb and forefinger.
Step 3. Remove the lens.

Forefinger and Thumb Method for removing lens:
Step 1. Place your hand or a towel under your eye to catch the lens.
Step 2. Place your forefinger on the center of the upper lid and your thumb on the
center of the lower lid.
Step 3. Press in and force a blink. The lens should fall onto your hand.
Thanks for the step-by-step instructions, satellite.
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*First post*

Ok, I read this entire thread yesterday, while wearing my brand new Biofinity Toric contacts.
The fit and focus factor is GREAT. No problems there whatsoever, for me. After reading everyone's troubles with getting them out, I was a tidge nervous on that end. I knew I'd get em out eventually, but, with so many people having problems, I figured it might be a chore. It was. My left eye was easier than the right. Possibly because I'm left handed? I'd say it took me better than five minutes of constant work at it to get the right one out. My eye was red when I was done, but recovered right away, and I went ahead and put them in again today. I'm going to try and put eye drops in shortly before taking them out and see (no pun intended *snort*) if that helps.

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Ok, to follow up.... I have not had a single problem getting my biofinity torics out of my eyes (either of them) since that first time. I've worn them every day since then, and gotten them out easily each time.

I'm very pleased with these contacts and will likely order more VERY soon!
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Ok, to follow up.... I have not had a single problem getting my biofinity torics out of my eyes (either of them) since that first time. I've worn them every day since then, and gotten them out easily each time.

I'm very pleased with these contacts and will likely order more VERY soon!
Thanks nexis777 for posting your success story.

By the way, what is your prescription, to get an idea if this affects handling?

Thanks

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Ok, to follow up.... I have not had a single problem getting my biofinity torics out of my eyes (either of them) since that first time. I've worn them every day since then, and gotten them out easily each time.

I'm very pleased with these contacts and will likely order more VERY soon!

*120th post*

That's great news nexis77. Let us know when you get your lenses and how you like them.
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Thanks nexis777 for posting your success story.

By the way, what is your prescription, to get an idea if this affects handling?

Thanks

knotlob

Mine are pretty bad, I know one eye is -6.25 and I think the other is -5.75.
Glad to find the forum and read/learn from others experiences
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Mine are pretty bad, I know one eye is -6.25 and I think the other is -5.75.
Glad to find the forum and read/learn from others experiences
Is this the spherical correction? What about the cylinder astigmatism prescription?

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Is this the spherical correction? What about the cylinder astigmatism prescription?

knotlob
Sorry, that other was the power. I thought that's what you were talking about. The cylinder is -1.25 on one eye, and -0.75 for the other.

Is that what you were wondering?
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