Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Biomedics 38 Soft Contact Lens: My Second First Contacts

Soft contacts live here.
I had my first encounter with contact lenses more than a decade ago. It was a few months trial and believe it or not I don't even remember the contacts brand. The trial was not a failure but I never felt there was a need for me to make a full transition as I was happy with my glasses.

Biomedics 38 by CooperVision is the first brand of contact lens I bought and tried after that trial. After an episode of uncomfortable glasses, which you can read here, I decided to try contacts once again and this time hopefully for good.

I like to do some research before I do or purchase anything important, and it was no different when I decided to try contacts once again. I had a few contacts in mind, but during the purchase, when I asked if they had extended-wear contacts, I was told that they had not had those in stock in a long time. I was recommended Biomedics 38 instead for monthly contacts. I agreed since I didn't know how my eyes would react extended-wear or not.

Just to make things clear, the Biomedics 38 contacts are not for extended wear.

First Contact
When I first tried them on, there was a slight itch on my eyelids. But I was so happy to finally not wearing my glasses that I didn't mind at all, besides it was only slight and very bearable; and I thought I was getting used to the lenses.

I wore the contacts for twelve hours straight, which is not recommended for first time users - you should ease your eyes into it, increasing wear time as you go.

The Itch Did Not Persist, Blurriness Ensued
Wearing the contacts daily, a few days into it, the itch became less noticeable - maybe I got used to it; but another problem emerged. It became increasingly difficult for me to focus and my vision got blurry as the day went on. Still a newbie to this, I had to search what could be causing the blurriness, and according to 1800Contacts, it could be a number of things which include deposits on the lenses and dryness of the lenses and eyes - both of which I think applied to me.

I See Blood Vessels
Right from the get go I monitored my eyes every few hours just to see if anything changes. I started to notice [more] visible blood vessels in the white of my eyes, which indicated to me that my eyes needed more oxygen since blood carry err... oxygen.

Now, when we start to pay attention to something we wouldn't normally do, sometimes we might 'notice' something that is otherwise normal. So, I was careful to compare my eyes with contacts and without contacts. Having said that, cutting the wear time might solve this problem but that means more time with my glasses. Do. Not. Want.

The Verdict
By the end of first week, my eyes got uncomfortable after three hours of wear; and the blood vessels kind of worried me. That's when I decided to try new contacts - the one I wanted to wear in the first place; and my experience with Biomedics 38 ends here.

I will write about my next contacts [which I love] in my upcoming post. Stay tuned!

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