EXPERIENCE | Getting toric contact lenses

It’s Sunday night Cheeleaders and here is a new post! Whilst this isn’t a review and potentially not exactly life changing, I wanted to share my contact lens experience with you because I have Astigmatism meaning that I don’t have the vast choice of lenses compared to normal contact lens wearers.

What is Astigmatism? So basically my Ophthalmologist explained this as a disturbance in the curve of my eyes, majority of people have a very spherical “football” shaped eye. People with Astigmatism have a more oval “rugby” ball shaped eye. Astigmatism causes the world to be blurry in general opposed to having long or short vision. Having Astigmatism leads to some pretty rubbish symptoms, along with having blurry vision, it also causes headaches, dry eyes and eye strain when left uncorrected. This can be corrected either by using glasses, toric lenses or in the long term corrective eye surgery.

When you are correcting the vision of people who have Astigmatism, they are prescribed Toric lenses. I don’t understand the exact science between the difference of Toric vs regular Contact lenses I do know that you need to put toric lenses in at least 30 minutes before you need to see properly because they have a line going down one side of the lens which needs to rotate to the bottom of your iris and then once this has happened you can see. So I think that toric lenses try and correct the axis of your vision? I don’t know and I should have asked at the consultation.

You can clearly see the line that goes down a toric lense

It was exactly a year ago today that I went to Specsavers to get a very long overdue eye check because I hadn’t been since I was 16 (I was 21 last year) and I work in front of a computer screen all day with long periods of focus and concentration along with being practically glued to my phone like it is a fifth limb. I got two really nice pairs of glasses from the Kylie Minogue collection, I am meant to wear my glasses pretty much all the time especially when staring at screens or doing something that requires a level of detail eg my nail art!

Personally, I have no hang ups over wearing glasses. Everyone in my family has some degree of requiring corrective lenses be it glasses or contacts so it came to no real surprise to me when I was told that I needed glasses. But the one thing that I did resent my glasses for was that it would take the makeup off the bridge of my nose where the glasses rest, now I am aware that I could always touch up my makeup but to be honest, I really don’t have the patience for that. When I am at work, I don’t mind it so much as I am just at work and the makeup doesn’t have to last but out and about I really don’t like having to think about touching up my makeup – I just want to enjoy life! This is why I decided to get contact lenses.

My trial pack of lenses, the lenses I use now and a sweet treat from Vision Direct

I went back to Specsavers in November last year for a free contact lens consultation. Specsavers offer a free contact lense trial providing that you recent eye test with them is in date. You are given a box of 10 pairs, 2 pairs will be used during your teach session to make sure you are able to put in and take out your lenses competently and safely. I really like that with this option, there is no obligation to sign up for a subscription to commit too, in addition to this at any point Specsavers will consider if you are not a suitable candidate for lenses because of your technique or general eye health.

I have really dry eyes, so in addition to being recommended really hydrating eye drops and to drink more the only lenses that was suitable for me were 1-Day Acuvue Moist (I could have opted for long term lenses but then I would have to clean them and I would be forever paranoid that they weren’t clean enough). At the time, I was also on the pill which makes dry eyes 100x times worse, thankfully at my consultation they checked if there was any long lasting damage to my eyes because of the sahara situation going on in there and luckily there wasn’t.

The trial went really well from both my side and Specsavers so they wrote out my prescription and informed me of my options moving forward. I could buy boxes as and when I required, sign up to a subscription plan (where a free contact lens check would be included) and have my lenses sent to me regularly so I was never out of lenses. But as I barely wear them and only for times when I am going out, neither of these options were suitable so in the end I decided to buy them online via Vision Direct and then just pay for my lens check up at Specsavers.

Shopping with Vision Direct was really quick and simple, they even offer a service where they will check your prescription for you but as I had mine and my old boxes I didn’t need to take advantage of this. I bought 30 pairs which will probably last me a whole year and the price came to £39.05 (I applied NUS discount as a first time customer). The purchase was so quick and simple, my details have been saved for when I need to repeat the purchase and I don’t know why but I got a surprise bag of Haribo Tangfastics in my box along with my lenses, so I was a very happy girl and what a great first impression to get!

This option works a lot cheaper for me in the long run as toric lenses are more expensive unfortunately. In addition to this there are literally no coloured options either and I was really looking forward to having green or grey eyes. Apparently there are natural ways you can improve your astigmatism, my friend had it and it just went away so there is hope for me yet.

I hope you enjoyed reading this and that if you are looking in to wearing contact lenses that it helps you out!

Love and (high)light✌

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