I have been wearing contact lenses since I was in the eighth grade. I hit my thirteenth birthday and my mother finally caved in to my constant whining and complaining and brought me to the eye doctor for my very first pair of contact lenses. This was back in the 1970’s when the selection of eyeglasses for young girls were of two categories: ugly and uglier. At least the ones my parents could afford while raising four kids on one income. For almost twenty four years now, I have been switching from one brand to the next.
I started off with the traditional contact lenses that are worn during the course of the day, and sterilized in cleaning solution at night. These lenses are supposed to last for at least a year with the proper handling, cleaning and storage techniques being applied. The problems I encountered with the traditional lenses is that no matter how well I sterilized them each night in their little storage case, after a few months they no longer felt clean and would become bothersome. As I have gotten older, I have developed “dry eye” which also contributed to the discomfort of the traditional contact lenses.
Thus began my journey of wearing disposable contact lenses. The advantages of disposable contact lenses is that they are thinner which allows for more oxygen to the eye and every week or two, you are wearing brand new contact lenses completely free of accumulated protein deposits which is healthier for the eyes and much more comfortable. The first pair of disposable lenses I tried were the Bausch & Lomb Two Week Disposable Lenses.
The very first thing I noticed about the Bausch & Lomb Two Week Disposable Contact Lenses was the very wet feeling I had in both my eyes. I kept blinking as though to shed tears, but it didn’t help. The eye doctor advised me to wait a few minutes so I could accurately judge the comfort of the lenses. After a while they did feel a bit better. The eye doctor examined me again and said that the fit was good, so I decided to give them a fair try. I wore them until bedtime and then removed, rinsed and stored them as directed. The next morning I popped them back in my eyes and went about my business. The first few hours were relatively comfortable, although as the day wore on, they began to feel like they were slipping out of place. My eyes began to tear a little and I had the constant urge to rub my eyes. Contact lens wearers know that rubbing your eyes while they are in can cause them to dislodge from the proper position. I finally gave in to the temptation and gave my right eye a gentle little rub to try and alleviate the discomfort. Sure enough, it popped right out! Here I am in the frozen foods section of Safeway, trying to pick out an ice cream dessert for my two impatient daughters with one of my contacts in my hand…..Grrrrr! I called the eye doctor when I got home and told her that the Bausch & Lomb Two Week Disposable Contact Lenses were not working for me and I couldn’t make it through two days with them, never mind two weeks.
I made another trip back to the vision center and came home with a pair of Acuvue Disposable Contact Lenses inserted in my eyes and two boxes in my pocketbook. From the first moment the Acuvue Disposable Contact Lenses were placed in my eyes, I could feel the difference. I wore them for a few hours that night and removed them at bedtime. The next morning I popped them back in and went about my business. The Acuvue brand was so comfortable, it was almost like not wearing contact lenses at all. I had no problem with them slipping out of position or teary eyes. There was absolutely no discomfort at all. I was hooked!
The Bausch & Lomb Two Week Disposable Lenses cost me forty four dollars and change for two boxes of six contact lenses in each. The Acuvue Disposable Lenses were more expensive, costing me a little over fifty dollars for the same quantity. I am glad to pay the extra money for the comfort and the convenience of being able to put them in and then forgetting about them for the rest of day. I am now a loyal consumer of Acuvue Disposable Lenses.