PureVision Multifocal - Reviews and Ratings
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Review by shiloh8850
After wearing Soflens for a couple of years, I decided to try Bausch & Lomb PureVision. I learned about B&L PureVision back in April and wanted to try them because they are approved for wear up to 30 days and for sleeping in the contacts. I miss sleeping in my contacts. Several years ago I had worn Acuvue which are approved for sleeping. There was also information that suggested that the PureVision would be more healthy for my eyes than the SoftLens because more oxygen gets to the eye. I went to the optometrist, had a contact lens fitting exam and got the trial pair. My eye doctor noted that I have blood vessels in my eyes from the Soflens and felt that the PureVision would improve that condition (reducing the blood vessels which are not good).
The first few days of wear were disappointing. Even though more oxygen gets through the lens, they are more rigid and less comfortable than other lenses. I tried to wear them for a few hours a day and build up tolerance. I went back to the optometrist and he suggested that my eyes were somewhat calloused from my previous lens and that over time the callous would go away and the Soflens would be more comfortable.
I am stubborn and do not like to give up especially knowing that the lens might improve the health of my eyes for the long term. I am in my mid 50’s and I want to be able to continue to wear contact lenses indefinitely. I stuck with the PureVision, purchased two boxes which should have given me 6 months of wear. I started to notice that a brand new pair was comfortable but after several days of wearing they became irritated. I felt that this must be a cleaning problem. I researched on the Internet and contacted my optometrist and tried some new cleaning solutions both Clear Care and AMO UltraCare with Ultrazyme enzymatic cleaner. They seemed to help. However, I still found that I could go for at most 3 weeks with a pair before they were too irritating to wear.
Even with improved cleaning, I still found that I sometimes ended up in a situation where it is late in the day, the lenses are irritating and I am out and it is not convenient to take out my contacts. I still had a pair of SofLens and I started wearing them on days when it was important to have a full day of comfort.
I have now been wearing the Bausch & Lomb PureVision lenses for almost 5 months. It was time to go back to the optometrists for an annual exam. The good news was that the blood vessels in my eyes had reduced from .25 to trace. The bad news is that the lenses still are not as comfortable as I would like for them to be. We decided that I would go on a 2-week wearing schedule and that I would also use Soflens for times when it was really important to me to have the comfort.
I purchased one box of PureVision and one box of Soflens (same prescription in both eyes). Since PureVision are rather expensive, I decided that I will search for the best prices on the Internet and purchase online. I will post my research results soon! To summarize:
- Healthier for the eyes because more oxygen gets to the eyes. In my mind, health has to be the number one factor.
- Approved for sleeping.
- Approved for 30 days of wear.
- Comfort - This has to be subjective. I imagine that some folks do not have the discomfort that I have with them. My suggestion is to get a trial pair and see for yourself.
- Price - They are a newer technology and more expensive than say the Soflens. This is a good reason to shop on the Internet and get the best price. Also, if you are able to get 30 days of wear out of them, the price is actually less than Soflens which are recommended for 2 weeks.
An update on my experience with the PureVision Multifocal contact lenses. Even though they were originally uncomfortable to wear, I chose to stick with them because the silicone hydrogel lenses allow more oxygen to get to the eye. My eye doctor had observed blood vessel growth in my eyes and the growth went to trace after wearing these lenses for 6 months. The health of my eye is worth the price of the lenses and taking the time to overcome the discomfort. I have settled into using Opti-Free Daily Cleaner to clean my lenses. This is a daily cleaner that requires rubbing. It seems to be helping to remove the lipid and protein deposits that were causing my discomfort. I am not sleeping in them regularly but think that I will be able to do so when the contacts are new and clean.