I got new contact lenses last week. I've been using the Acuvue 2 for years and have had no problems at all. But the eye doctor said that because I wear mine so much - around 16 hours a day - that I am developing blood vessels from the lack of oxygen that will make my eyes look red and bloodshot. Add in a newborn and I'm about four seconds away from looking like a meth addict.
So he fitted me for the Air Optix Night And Days - they let in more oxygen and are FDA approved for wear up to 30 days, overnight and all. Right now I can FEEL them. And for those of you who wear contacts, you know that feeling them is not the goal.
However, the doctor said it was because my eyes are so used to the Acuvues, that they need to heal with the new lenses. Something about old cells sloughing off and new ones growing. And because these contacts are made of a new material, I may feel them for up to two weeks while I get used to them.
I protested because with a new baby in the house, the last thing I need, is one more thing to be uncomfortable about. So, he did send me home with a pair of the Acuvues in my new prescription (which is one step away from being blind) but asked me to give the Optix a chance. He made such a good case about the health of my eyes and how great it would be not to have to fumble for glasses when the new baby woke in the middle of the night that I had to ask if he gets kickbacks for this brand of contacts, he was pushing it so hard. He assured me he wasn't.
I'm trying them. I've had them in since yesterday afternoon and they don't hurt and my eyes aren't red. I want to give them a chance because if they do work, the thought of not having to take my contacts out every night (though I'm sure I still would every once in a while to give my eyes a break) is very appealing. Especially when my son needs me to, you know, SEE in the middle of the night.
Anyone have these contacts or have had a similar experiences with "getting used to" new ones?
I also thought I was going to leave there with reading glasses because I've noticed I've had a hard time focusing on my laptop or a book recently when I first look at it. But he assured me it's because I was pregnant/nursing and that my eye muscles are weak and don't focus as well as fast. Pregnancy symptoms never end, do they?