My entire life, I’ve had issues surrounding my eyes and vision. In addition to wearing glasses since the age of 3, I’ve also undergone multiple surgeries and (needless to say) have very sensitive eyes. I also have astigmatism. What’s that, you say? Well if you’ve ever been fitted for contacts and what you thought was the $50 fitting fee turns out to be more like $250… odds are you probably have it too. Astigmatism is when your cornea is misshaped and can’t create focused images even if there’s no distance vision problem. And for us lucky ones that have this, we’ve always had much more limited options when it comes to the kinds of contact lenses we can wear. Until recently, that meant that we had no choice but to stick to the bi-weekly or monthly disposables. I remember -even a decade ago- being incredibly jealous of my friends who had the daily disposable lenses, while I was still doing the rub and clean routine every night. I mean, really? I was waiting for some contact lens company to get with it and not leave us blurry eyed folks out of all the fun.
Well now, I can finally join all the other lucky contact lens wearers and a just throw out my lenses every night and put in a fully fresh pair in the morning. That’s because my favorite lens brand, Acuvue (which I’ve worn for years), is the first company to produce one day lenses made specifically for astigmatism and- as of this month, it is available to all consumers. I was lucky enough to get a preview a few months ago, and let me tell you- I’m in love. The lenses are comfortable enough to wear all day and don’t move around too much on my eye, so it rarely gets blurry (that’s another thing us folks with astigmatism have to deal with- contact lenses that basically become useless if you blink the wrong way). But the best part is that I can just throw them out at the end of the day, without having to worry about anything.
If you have astigmatism and have been dying for a daily disposable option, it might be worth it to ask your eye doctor about the 1 Day Acuvue Moist for Astigmatism Lens. I asked my eye doctor, Dr Susan Resnick to shed some light on who would be the best candidate for these lenses. She says:
“1-DAY ACUVUE® MOIST® Brand Contact Lenses are usually the best choice for all lens wearers, but in particular patients who have allergies, wear makeup, have dry eyes, who travel, and who wear their lenses on a part time basis. The key benefits include wearing a fresh clean lens each day which eliminates concerns surrounding makeup and allergen buildup as well as taking disinfecting regimens out of the picture. Noncompliance with proper disinfection and lens case hygiene are risk factors for complications of contact lens wear including infection and irritation. Daily disposables significantly reduce these risks.”
For more info, check out acuvue.com.