Saturday, May 21, 2011

Review #1 Contact Lens for Astigmatism.

It was a mutual love. And it was so deep that our relationship lasted for more than two years. Funny when it all started when I unintentionally ditched G, you were there all along without me knowing, and thank God, I found you. Since then, I never looked back.

I might be young, but I know it was love. You were not so young, after all, but still, you gave it all to be with me. You guided my path when I couldn't find the way. You showed me the direction when I was lost. You were all that I needed. And we were inseparable.

My friends kept saying on how good we looked together. We were the perfect two. Yes, there were scandals and rumors and other parties trying to get into our way. But we remained strong. The bond we had between each other were just, amazing.

Nobody's perfect, and so were you. You hurt me. You made me cry. One minute you were the light to my world, next minute, you turned my world into total darkness. But there wasn't a second I wished you were gone, for I knew you're the best I never had. I was so glad I found you. We spent most of the hours in a day. You were the first thing I saw in the morning, and the last thing on my mind before I went to bed. Ah, good times.

But nothing last forever. I got tired of you. You and your selfishness. You made me cry more than you made me smile. No more bright face when I saw you, just tears streaming down the face. It was devastating for me to let you go. But someone had to do it, even half-heartedly. And that person was me.

I admit, all those times I thought you were irreplaceable. Damn, I was all wrong. I know my current relationship is still new, not even a month, but so far I've been surviving well without you.

I hope you're doing fine too.


Guess you're not so irreplaceable after all.
And he has the same qualities as you did. Sad much, no?
You might be born in Ireland, and though he's from Indonesia, that doesn't make you any better than him. Plus I hate distance, remember?

And he's smaller than you are. Smaller = cuter.

On a more serious note, here goes.

Recently I changed my contact lens from Bausch & Lomb SofLens Toric (alphafilcon A) to Ciba Vision Air Optix for Astigmatism. Yes, both are meant for those with abnormally high astigmatism. Mine is -2.25 for right eye and -1.75 for the left eye. And astigmatism means that all my lens have to be pre-order/custom made.

The main reason why I changed my lens was that I wear lens for long hours, and I think B&L couldn't handle that. At the end of the day, my eyes become so weary and itchy, and switching to glasses after removing them at night makes my vision like pening3.

After some research on the Internet, I found Air Optix, and I fell for the reviews (fake or not, who cares)

B&L SofLens Toric is waaaayyyy cheaper than Air Optix. I can get 7 pairs of B&L for RM190. But for this Air Optix, I have to fork out RM 180 for 4 pairs. And that's a lot of difference, huh?

Air Optix is significantly thinner than B&L. Beginners may find Air Optix quite hard to handle as it's very thin and often slips while handling. And removing the lens might be a bit tedious if they're not used to it. When your fingers are in contact with contact lens solution, removing the lens from your eyes might be a bit tricky since it's very slippery and you couldn't get the grasp of the lens easily. This happened few times to me, but after a bit of practice, you should be okay.

Not sure if it matters, but Air Optix is slightly a bit tinted than B&L. So it's quite obvious when you're wearing them since there's a hue of blue circle around your pupil.

Referring to the name itself, Air Optix claims to offer better long-hour wear, as well as more oxygen permeable. So it's 'highly breathable' and more comfortable. But honestly to me, I found them very comfortable only in the first few days. Could be to psychological effect, all contact lens wearers know that switching to a brand new pair of monthly contact lens is one of the best feelings in the world. Your eyes feel 'refreshed', or so they say. After that, Air Optix feels pretty much like B&L. Worst, lately the lens often slips off the pupil alignment in my right eye (what a weird way to explain it). So my right eye often becomes blurry. Perhaps it's because of the thinness, not so sure about that. Also, I'm using Renew Fresh lens solution, which obviously comes from Bausch & Lomb, the same manufacturer of the B&L SofLens. Perhaps it's not as compatible with Ciba Vision lens, but all this while I keep switching lens solutions brands they all work well for my B&L SofLens.
Renew Fresh lens solution by Bausch & Lomb

In short, so far I think Air Optix and B&L are more or less the same, if not, Air Optix wins with an extra 0.5 point for the 'breathable' part. Maybe due to my eyes, maybe I'm not sensitive enough to sense the 'breath' of the lens, but my vision still become blurry sometimes. And my eyes are still tired at the end of the day. Guess I should give my eyes more time to adapt and sense the permeability of Air Optix.

Semangat gila buat macam paid review segala bagai pfft.

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