Do your eyes feel tired at the end of the day? Have you had trouble finding a contact lens that lasts all day without drying out and feeling uncomfortable? Have you stopped wearing contacts because your eyes are too dry? If you answered yes to any of these questions we may have a solution for you.
I’ve been wearing contacts for a long time and I have had this problem several times in the past. Most people don’t know this but a lot of my job involves using the computer to enter patient information in my electronic medical record software. So, I spend about half of my day on the computer and by the end of the day my eyes feel pretty tired and dry. Up until about a year ago before I switched to this new lens, I felt like I needed to take my contacts out by the time I got home. The lens that I switch to is called the Acuvue Oasys 1 day. Since I switched I’ve been able to wear my contacts a lot longer on most days. Some days I can keep them in until 9:00-10:00 at night, which is over 14 hours of wear time. With my old lenses I was only able to get about 8-10 hours out of them. This is a huge improvement for me!
The Acuvue Oasys 1-day lens is one of the newest one day lenses available. The designers of this lens realized that in 2017 almost everybody is using electronic devices. In fact most people are using these devices the majority of the day. Using a device for that long can cause a lot of symptoms including dryness and discomfort of your contact lenses by the end of the day. So when this lens was designed it was designed to optimize comfort and vision for digital device use.
Most everybody has heard of the Acuvue Oasys lens, in fact a lot of people still come to my office and request the lens that has Hydraclear. Hydraclear is the moisture technology built into the Acuvue Oasys 2-week lens. They have done a great job of marketing Hydraclear and the Oasys lens over the past 10 years, but it’s 2017 and that lens is over 10 years old. The Acuvue Oasys 1 day lens has a new material called Hydraluxe. This material is made with a tear infused design that mimics the mucin layer in our own tear film. It is also infused with hydrated silicone that naturally integrates with your tear film. Most lenses these days are made with silicone but most of these lenses are not made with hydrated silicone. Silicone is popular in contact lenses because it allows them to be very breathable but they tend to be a little bit rougher and dry out a lot sooner. Hydrated silicone which is in the Acuvue Oasys 1 day lens allows the lens to be breathable and moist at the same time, which are two great properties to have in a contact lens. So basically, this lens is made to integrate naturally into your tear film, which means you shouldn’t feel the lens in your eyes at all for most of the day.
This lens also has an increased optic zone diameter, which makes it better in low-light conditions. This means that most people see less halos while driving at night and see better in dimly lit restaurants. For some people it can even correct small amounts of astigmatism which is helpful because we can avoid putting those patients into lenses that are made for astigmatism. Lenses for astigmatism cost more and are generally less comfortable than regular lenses.Lastly, this lens performs much better than its competitors. In fact, it was preferred 2-1 in comfort and vision and 5-1 in handling over other lenses.
So, if you are somebody that has stopped wearing contacts all together due to discomfort, or if you just want to try a newer, better lens, call us and we will be glad to let you try one for yourself.