Thursday, April 30, 2015

Contact Lens: Biofinity is My New BFF

My new BFF is a contact lens.
I started wearing glasses when... when I was very, very young. You can safely say that I have been wearing glasses my whole life. The weird thing is, I wanted to wear glasses even before I started wearing them. Even right before I decided to wear contacts, I never thought I looked hideous in them; in fact I thought it added dimension to my otherwise boring look. I'm so conceited tee hee.

So, when I decided to change to contacts, I wanted it to be a worthwhile change and to make sure I did it right. There was a hitch with Biomedics 38 but I have since changed to Biofinity which was in my list of possible contact lenses to try.

But first, to sum up what I wanted in a pair of contacts, I can say three things were important:
  • Comfort
  • Long-wearing
  • Able to take occasional short naps in
And Biofinity checks with all of the above.

Let's see what's inside... hmm... contacts.
In comparison with the Biomedics 38 contacts, I notice Biofinity contacts are a bit rigid. Being silicone hydrogel contacts, they are definitely unlike glass but somewhat stiffer than Biomedics 38, which are soft hydrogels.

What Do I Think of Them?
I love, love, love, love the Biofinity [VisionDirect | eBay] contacts. Did I say I love them? Yes, I love them. From the moment I put them on, they have been so comfortable that the only disappointing thing about them is when it's time to take them off.

I followed the recommended wearing time on CooperVision's Package Insert [PDF] - starting with six hours and increasing by two until it got to "all waking hours," and monitored my eyes constantly; a bit obsessively I can say, and took note of the blood vessels on the white of my eyes. I'm happy to report that the blood vessels are significantly less prominent compared to Biomedics 38.

With daily cleansing, I wore the first pair for almost a month [the right one wouldn't stay in shape a few days before the one-month mark].

Have I Slept in Them Yet?
Remember I said I wanted to take naps in my contacts? Well, Biofinity is FDA approved to be worn for six nights and seven days straight. However, I haven't slept overnight in them yet [but I have taken 45-minute to 2-hour naps in them]; the reason because as comfortable as they are, at the end of the day [literally] my blood vessels are worrying me. As I said, they are less prominent than when I was wearing Biomedics 38, but more so than when I'm not wearing any contacts; which is to be expected I suppose - you do have a foreign object in your eye. Since there is no need for me to sleep overnight in my contacts yet, I'm content with removing them daily for now.

How Long Have I Stretched These Contacts?
As I'm writing this, I have been wearing my Biofinity contacts for almost twelve hours. I have worn them for longer than that though; once going nineteen hours straight. I'm not going to lie that they stayed comfortable after so long; they did get dry and my eyes did get blurry and I couldn't blink fast enough to clear my vision, but they were bearable and if I had to wear them for that long again I would probably get some sort of a rewetting drops. It is also important to note that wind, water, debris and air-conditioners [dry air] will make these contacts uncomfortable to wear; only that in my experience, less severely so compared to when I was wearing Biomedics 38.

For anyone interested in contacts especially extended-wear contacts, please do a research on them first. It is always a good thing to make an informed decision.

Have you worn your contacts continuously for more than a day?

3 comments:

  1. Why is it disappointing to take them off?

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    1. Because my world would be blurry again, and I would have to wear my glasses :(

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