Having worn contact lenses for over 20 years, I have tried many brands and styles. I have dry eyes and an astigmatism, so finding a perfect fit was always challenging, and eventually I gave up wearing contacts altogether. For several years I wore glasses, but an upcoming family vacation (and a need for bit of vanity, I suppose) had me back at the eye doctor's office with high hopes of finding the perfect pair of comfy contacts.
My trial pair of Acuvue Oasys with Hydraclear Plus was initially very comfortable. In fact, once the lens was in place, I could not even tell that something was in my eye. This was a lovely change from the scratchy feeling that I'd had around the edges of many other brands of contacts, but I didn't get my hopes up just yet. I assumed that as the day wore on, the lenses would become less comfortable.
Reading through the information that came with my trial lenses, I was pleased to find that the Acuvue Oasys with Hydraclear Plus contact lenses block between 96 and 100 percent of ultraviolet rays. It is still recommended that you wear sunglasses that block additional UV rays, but I love having the extra UV protection built right into the contact lenses. Acuvue uses a silicone hydrogel material that allows the contact lens to stay moist during the day, while still allowing plenty of oxygen to get through to the eye. The lenses are extremely flexible without feeling flimsy, so they conform to the eye without the feeling of a ridge around the edge and have a very light blue tint, making them easy to see in the storage case (or if you drop one). Another nice feature is the tiny mark on each lens that lets you know if you've accidently flipped it inside-out. More information was available at the Acuvue website (www.acuvue.com), but for me, the proof would be in how the lenses felt at the end of my day.
As the day ended, I realized that I still could not feel the contact lenses in my eyes. I'd worn them for nearly 12 hours without any dryness or discomfort. I didn't even need my eye drops! The Acuvue Oasys with Hydraclear Plus contact lenses are easy to care for. You simply store them in a sterile disinfecting solution each night. No rubbing or special cleansers are needed. Each box contains 6 individually packaged contact lenses, and each pair is designed to last about 2 weeks. A year's supply would include 4 boxes of lenses for each eye, or 48 lenses total.
While the feeling of fresh contacts is always nice, I've found that I can wear them up to a month in a pinch. I've used the Acuvue Oasys with Hydraclear Plus lenses for two years, and I'm planning on sticking with this brand and style as long as possible.