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I can see... wait... no no.. now I can't

  • Oct 6, 2010
Pros: Help vision

Cons: Stick to eyelids, slightly irritating.

The Bottom Line: It corrects vision, but the weight is slightly uncomfortable. I'm sure that you could get used to it, but I couldn't with this one.

I haven't been wearing contact lenses all that long, however in the six months since I have started, I have used three different lenses, mostly due to availability in Alaska. The very first lenses that I ever tried with the CIBA Vision Torisoft lenses. These were provided for free as a two week trial, but because they were my first lenses, I figured all were the same and ordered my first month after my Optometrist approved of the lenses.

As I have an astigmatism, I'm required to have a different style of lens, which is slightly weighted in order to fit properly on the eye. This of course changes the way in which a contact lens feels when it is on your eye.

I don't have a lot of experience handling contact lenses, however, I have experienced enough now to know that these lenses felt extremely fragile. I had a lot of issues attempting to get these into a 'bowl' shape so that I could just get them in place on my finger for placement into my eye. I would also have issues with them folding over after placement into the solution. This however hasn't be an issue with the other two brands that I have used.

This particular brand also seems to stick to my finger more, rather than sliding right off when I'm attempting to place them into my eyes. They also seem to hold to the eye a little firmer, making it much more difficult to take off. Due to the issues with them sucking to the eye, I often had eye irritation shortly afterward, which would generally clear up within a few hours.

Comfort of wear
Out of all of the contacts that I have worn, these were probably the most uncomfortable. They weren't so uncomfortable that they were unbearable, however, I knew that they were in my eye all day long. My biggest issue was that the weighting for this particular contact felt like a sizable raised edge than anything. Each time I moved my eye around or blinked I could feel this rough edge on both eyes. This didn't really cause pain as much as it annoyed me.

Another issue that I had with these contacts, which I attribute mostly to it being my first set of contacts was the extreme sensitivity that I had to them. My eyes felt like they were rejecting these contacts, and I would constantly find my eyes welling up, regardless of how long I had been wearing them that day or how long I had been using the product in general.

During the 45 days that I used this product, I didn't have any issues with durability. I found them to be just as strong and scratch resistant as any of the other brands, they just felt a bit flimsy in comparison.

Other issues
The strange thing that I kept having issues with, was that I would blink and suddenly everything would go blurry. At first I didn't realize what was happening, but after a while, I found out that sometimes when closing my eye lid, the slightly raised weight would get stuck to my eye lid and shift. I haven't had this issue with the other contact brands that I have used, it was for this brand specifically. The biggest problem with this, would be that I would lose my vision suddenly just by blinking. This of course, creates a number of issues, especially while driving. This of course could be fairly quickly corrected by rotating my eye and closing my eyes slowly, but when you are driving, you don't want to have to do this.

These lenses are packaged in a vial filled with saline, individually. They cost about $65 per lens. You can purchase them virtually everywhere.

As I haven't been wearing contacts too long, I don't know too much about the sizing of them, however, if you go to drugstore.com, 1800contacts.com, or any of the other sites they have a massive number of options to choose from. It looks as if they must carry most everything if not everything for the approved Toric lens wearer.

Overall, I would say that the lenses aren't too bad, they aren't great, but they aren't too bad. They helped with my vision and that's the main thing. The biggest problem was that they were just difficult to handle, didn't feel the greatest while they were on, and would give me moments of blindness when they would come off of my eyes.


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Astigmatism is a condition where the cornea is irregularly shaped causing distorted vision. A toric lens is specially shaped and designed to provide 2 different powers to the eye to correct this vision problem. This uniquely designed toric lens has thin
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