I am blind as a bat without my glasses or contact lenses. I cannot even see my alarm clock or my daughter’s face without having her an inch away from me. Everything is so blurry that I do not recognize people. I have worn glasses since I was young and I have worn contact lenses regularly for years. When I was a teenager, I remember begging for contacts and was told not until my 17th birthday. Of course back then, hard contacts were usually bought. I had the hardest time getting them in, taking them out, and cleaning them. So I went back to glasses for a while. A friend was telling me about soft contact lenses and how she could not even feel them, that she would forget about wearing the contacts. This sounded perfect so I made an appointment and went in to get some. Since then, I have worn soft contact lenses. Brands have never been that important to me, comfort really is.
Since having a child, long wearing times come into play too. I was introduced to overnight soft contact lenses when I complained to my doctor that I could not see my child in the middle of the night and my glasses were not cutting it. My glasses had/have started making me feel woozy and sick. So I rarely wear my glasses any more, unless I have the rare eye infection and just cannot put my contacts in. I have been wearing different brands of overnight contact lenses for almost six years.
When we moved here, the local doctor did not have my high-power prescription in stock of overnight contact lenses. He said it would take a few weeks to get them in and asked if I wanted to try a new brand out. I had complained to him about my eyes feeling tired. The doctor thought Johnson & Johnson Acuvue Oasys contact lenses would help my eyes feel less tired. I was told that since I wear my contact lenses excessively and never give my eyes time to rest, I needed contact lenses that would allow more oxygen to get to my eyes. I was given a sample pair of Johnson & Johnson Acuvue Oasys contact lenses to try out.
At first I disliked Johnson & Johnson Acuvue Oasys contact lenses very much. This was the first time I felt as if my contact lenses were going to fall out!! They were slipping all over the place! I went back in to the office and the doctor examined my eyes with the contacts in. He said that I needed a smaller pair. So that was worked out…after receiving a new sample pair in the correct size, the contacts went in easily, stayed in, my eyes did not feel tired, nor as dry as they sometimes would get with other contacts. Even when I woke up the next morning, the contacts still felt great, my eyes were not dry as the desert nor red.
Many doctors over the years have suggested trying new brands to get more oxygen to my eyes but I have never liked any of the newer brands out. They just did not feel comfortable in my eyes. Some felt thick to me. Some made my eyes really dry and red all the time. Of course the prescription in the Johnson & Johnson Acuvue Oasys contacts was my prescription so I could see really well with them too.
Nowadays before a doctor will sell you a box of contacts, he will give you a sample pair to try out. This saves you money! If those contacts do not work out or bother your eyes, he will give you a different type to try. Different places will have different prices on contacts. Sometimes even Walmarts in the same city will have different prices!