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    Default New lens wearer advice

    Greetings forum! Last Friday I was fitted with Air Optix for Astigmatism and I have been wearing them all week (obviously taking them out at night). After a couple of days of red-eyes, I am able to wear them for 12+ hours with no irritation. However, I am having two continuing issues that I wanted to get some input on.

    First, I have an almost constant "halo" effect. What I mean by that is that I see a bit of distortion around the periphery of the lens. It is most apparent for the first couple of hours after I put the lenses in, but I notice it more or less the entire time the lenses are in my eyes. It seems most apparent around the bottom half of my eyes. I have read on the forum that this could be due to the lenses being too small for my eyes. Any opinions on this?

    Second, I notice a grittiness in the bottom of both eyes. I understand this is likely due to the mechanism that keeps the lenses properly aligned in my eyes to deal with the astigmatism. Are there any other brands that minimize this situation better than the Air Optix?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shappy View Post
    Greetings forum! Last Friday I was fitted with Air Optix for Astigmatism and I have been wearing them all week (obviously taking them out at night). After a couple of days of red-eyes, I am able to wear them for 12+ hours with no irritation. However, I am having two continuing issues that I wanted to get some input on.

    First, I have an almost constant "halo" effect. What I mean by that is that I see a bit of distortion around the periphery of the lens. It is most apparent for the first couple of hours after I put the lenses in, but I notice it more or less the entire time the lenses are in my eyes. It seems most apparent around the bottom half of my eyes. I have read on the forum that this could be due to the lenses being too small for my eyes. Any opinions on this?

    Second, I notice a grittiness in the bottom of both eyes. I understand this is likely due to the mechanism that keeps the lenses properly aligned in my eyes to deal with the astigmatism. Are there any other brands that minimize this situation better than the Air Optix?

    Thanks!
    Hi shappy. How's that Florida winter?

    Sorry to read about the problems you've been having with your contact lenses. By your description, I think that maybe you should see your eye doctor again and check into the possibility of some larger diameter lenses. That's my best guess. Hopefully some of the members with training and experience will come along and advise you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CousinMuscles View Post
    Hi shappy. How's that Florida winter?
    It is a brutal 69 here today!

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    Quote Originally Posted by shappy View Post
    It is a brutal 69 here today!
    Aw, my heart is breaking. I hope your contacts don't freeze. I'm in Chicago at the moment, and it's a sweltering 24 degrees right now.

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    I spent my college days in Boulder, CO, so I do have a few winters under my belt...but I don't miss them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by shappy View Post
    I spent my college days in Boulder, CO, so I do have a few winters under my belt...but I don't miss them!
    Yeah, those Colorado winters put Chicago winters to shame. My Dad told me about the time he was in Colorado and the temperature dropped over 100 degrees in less than 24 hours. Florida's got to feel pretty good now, huh?

    Thanks for checking in.

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    Well, yesterday I switched to the Acuvue Oasys. I immediately noticed how much thinner these are compared to the Air Optix. They definitely feel more comfortable in my eyes and I don't see the "halo" effect with them.

    However, I still feel some grittiness, though perhaps not as much as the Air Optix. I hope over the next couple of weeks the feeling goes away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shappy View Post
    Well, yesterday I switched to the Acuvue Oasys. I immediately noticed how much thinner these are compared to the Air Optix. They definitely feel more comfortable in my eyes and I don't see the "halo" effect with them.

    However, I still feel some grittiness, though perhaps not as much as the Air Optix. I hope over the next couple of weeks the feeling goes away.
    Well, I'm glad you found something that was an improvement over Air Optix lenses. Hopefully you can lose the grittiness soon. Let us know either way, okay?

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    I'll be sure to update my progress!

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    Quote Originally Posted by shappy View Post
    I'll be sure to update my progress!
    Great. I love a continuing story. I'm glad FirstDown invited you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mamabear1 View Post
    Great. I love a continuing story.
    Then you will love this story...


    “It was a dark and stormy night, we were standing on the deck. The ship was sinking and the captain said to me, "Tell me a story, my boy.‟ So I began, “It was a dark and stormy night, we were standing on the deck. The ship was sinking and the captain said to me, "Tell me a story, my boy." So I began, “It was a dark and stormy night...”

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    Quote Originally Posted by shappy View Post
    Then you will love this story...


    “It was a dark and stormy night, we were standing on the deck. The ship was sinking and the captain said to me, "Tell me a story, my boy.‟ So I began, “It was a dark and stormy night, we were standing on the deck. The ship was sinking and the captain said to me, "Tell me a story, my boy." So I began, “It was a dark and stormy night...”
    It's like the Song that Doesn't End. How do you work the quotation marks is what I want to know.

    So does anyone know if there's actually a story out there that beings with "it was a dark and stormy night"?
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    Well, I am three days into these Oasys lenses and I have very mixed feelings about them. They do feel thinner and more comfortable in my eyes than the Air Optix ones.

    However, the thinness also makes them feel like they dry out easier when I am walking or moving around. As though their thinness makes them more susceptible to the air movement as I walk. As a result, my eyes are getting a bit red after 6 hours of having them on. With the Air Optix, after the first full day, I was able to wear them for 12 hrs + with no redness.

    Plus, I still feel that gritty feeling, mostly in the corners of my eyes. My wife is a long-time contact lens wearer, but no astigmatism, and she says she never feels her lenses in her eyes. Me, I am always aware that they are there. Not sure if that is something I am willing to live with.

    I have a follow-up appointment with my eye Dr. on Friday. I am wondering if I should try a different lens. Then again, I am not even sure what to ask for. Perhaps a gas permeable?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shappy View Post
    Well, I am three days into these Oasys lenses and I have very mixed feelings about them. They do feel thinner and more comfortable in my eyes than the Air Optix ones.

    However, the thinness also makes them feel like they dry out easier when I am walking or moving around. As though their thinness makes them more susceptible to the air movement as I walk. As a result, my eyes are getting a bit red after 6 hours of having them on. With the Air Optix, after the first full day, I was able to wear them for 12 hrs + with no redness.

    Plus, I still feel that gritty feeling, mostly in the corners of my eyes. My wife is a long-time contact lens wearer, but no astigmatism, and she says she never feels her lenses in her eyes. Me, I am always aware that they are there. Not sure if that is something I am willing to live with.

    I have a follow-up appointment with my eye Dr. on Friday. I am wondering if I should try a different lens. Then again, I am not even sure what to ask for. Perhaps a gas permeable?
    Hi shappy. Sorry to hear about your discomfort. I would definitely mention it to you the eye doctor on Friday if I were you. He or she can help you a lot more than I can across the cyberspace void.

    If you're troubled by the sensation of contact lenses in your eyes, I would not suggest gas permeable lenses. You may want to ask about "vial" lenses. These lenses come in tiny little jars instead of a box. They are very thin any might be what you need. A warning though. Vial lenses can be rather expensive. I'll choose a vial lens from Lens.com at random:

    Durasoft 3 ColorBlends. If you buy them from Lens.com--one of the least expensive places to buy lenses on line--you will pay about $90 per lens. That sounds like a lot, bit these lenses can last up to a year for most people, and if they're comfortable, they may just be worth the expense.

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    Well, just an update. After 6 days with the Oasys Toric, I was getting very inconsistent comfort and vision from day to day and even hour to hour. My eye Dr basically said that they were not stable in my eyes. I was also getting that gritty feeling with them too.

    So today he tried out another pair. I never got the brand name, but that was because they only stayed in my eyes for five minutes as I had a gritty feeling with them too.

    Then he had me try out the Biofinity Toric lenses. Wow, for the first time I have contacts in my eyes without feeling like I have something in my eyes. It has only been an hour, but so far these are the most comfortable yet.

    I was also able to get better than 20/20 vision with them. Interestingly, and something I didn't realize, was that he told me that my eyes actually need no vision correction in the prescription and that my vision problems were 100% as a result of my astigmatism. He said that made it even harder to fit me with lenses that would give me clear vision.

    Fingers crossed on these! Thanks for reading.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shappy View Post
    Well, just an update. After 6 days with the Oasys Toric, I was getting very inconsistent comfort and vision from day to day and even hour to hour. My eye Dr basically said that they were not stable in my eyes. I was also getting that gritty feeling with them too.

    So today he tried out another pair. I never got the brand name, but that was because they only stayed in my eyes for five minutes as I had a gritty feeling with them too.

    Then he had me try out the Biofinity Toric lenses. Wow, for the first time I have contacts in my eyes without feeling like I have something in my eyes. It has only been an hour, but so far these are the most comfortable yet.

    I was also able to get better than 20/20 vision with them. Interestingly, and something I didn't realize, was that he told me that my eyes actually need no vision correction in the prescription and that my vision problems were 100% as a result of my astigmatism. He said that made it even harder to fit me with lenses that would give me clear vision.

    Fingers crossed on these! Thanks for reading.
    Cool. I'm glad you seem to have found some contact lenses that can help you and do so comfortably.
    As for your prescription, if you have astigmatism your prescription will have three numbers. The first one is the "sphere." That bends the light so that it focuses on your retina properly. My guess is that on your prescription the first number is 0.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainKremen View Post
    It's like the Song that Doesn't End. How do you work the quotation marks is what I want to know.

    So does anyone know if there's actually a story out there that beings with "it was a dark and stormy night"?
    Wikipedia, take it away.

    "It was a dark and stormy night" is an infamous phrase written by Victorian novelist Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton at the beginning of his 1830 novel Paul Clifford. The annual Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest uses the phrase as a signifier of purple prose. The original opening sentence of Paul Clifford is an example:

    "It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents — except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness."

    Again, with the quotation marks. I did my best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CousinMuscles View Post
    Wikipedia, take it away.

    "It was a dark and stormy night" is an infamous phrase written by Victorian novelist Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton at the beginning of his 1830 novel Paul Clifford. The annual Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest uses the phrase as a signifier of purple prose. The original opening sentence of Paul Clifford is an example:

    "It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents — except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness."

    Again, with the quotation marks. I did my best.
    So now we know about that "dark and stormy night," so what is "purple prose"?

    Purple prose is a term of literary criticism used to describe passages, or sometimes entire literary works, written in prose so overly extravagant, ornate, or flowery as to break the flow and draw attention to itself. Purple prose is sensually evocative beyond the requirements of its context. It also refers to writing that employs certain rhetorical effects such as exaggerated sentiment or pathos in an attempt to manipulate a reader's response.

    I think I've been guilty of that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by madeinshades View Post
    So now we know about that "dark and stormy night," so what is "purple prose"?

    Purple prose is a term of literary criticism used to describe passages, or sometimes entire literary works, written in prose so overly extravagant, ornate, or flowery as to break the flow and draw attention to itself. Purple prose is sensually evocative beyond the requirements of its context. It also refers to writing that employs certain rhetorical effects such as exaggerated sentiment or pathos in an attempt to manipulate a reader's response.

    I think I've been guilty of that.
    I hope you haven't posted any "purple prose" on Lens 101. If you were to do that, the very heavens would fall with a mighty crash and the stars that now twinkle cheerfully in the vast expanse of the celestial firmament would plummet from their preordained place and stream to the abode of mortal men!

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    How are the Biofinity? I'm currently in Proclear and while they seem pretty good (Better than my B&L SoftLens 66), I'm always looking for improvement

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrshickadance9 View Post
    How are the Biofinity? I'm currently in Proclear and while they seem pretty good (Better than my B&L SoftLens 66), I'm always looking for improvement
    You might want to check the Biofinity section of Lens 101: http://www.lens101.com/biofinity.html

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    I've been wearing contacts since Nov. 06. It took me about 2 or 3 weeks to get used to them because they were so different than just wearing my glasses. I didn't really have headaches though, I just had trouble putting them on (it took me like 30 Min. the first couple of days to put them on).
    It stings sometimes if there's something on the lens that's not completely off. I just take it off and clean it and put it back on.

    And when there's a tear or cut on the lens, you just need to change the one. I mean you could change both but contacts cost a lot of money. I usually wear my 2 week disposables longer than usual but I don't recommend wearing them longer than you're supposed to.

    Other tip: No need to follow the instructions for washing the contact lens for 5 seconds of solution.

    Also, I wear my contacts in the shower if I have them on at the time and they aren't a problem for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emma Brown View Post
    Other tip: No need to follow the instructions for washing the contact lens for 5 seconds of solution.

    Also, I wear my contacts in the shower if I have them on at the time and they aren't a problem for me.
    You're handing out some really questionable and irresponsible advice. Showering in soft contact lenses exposes them to tap water, which can lead to acanthamoeba keratitis, a rare but serious infection. I'm glad this hasn't happened to you (yet), but please don't recommend this to anyone. People should consult their eye care professional for advice on wearing and caring for their lenses, and I'm fairly sure most would recommend using Clear Care for the full five seconds as dIrected, and removing lenses before showering or swimming.


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