Momma Told Me: I Can See Clearly Now The Frames Are Gone- ACUVUE Moist

Monday, May 20, 2013

I Can See Clearly Now The Frames Are Gone- ACUVUE Moist

***I received a 1 month trial of new ACUVUE Moist Astigmatism 1-Day lenses for an editorial here on the blog. Regardless all opinions are authentic, and all images original content, copyright Momma Told Me Blog 2013.
Momma Told Me: I'll wear Coke bottles, so long as I can see!

I'm not going to lie, I love my glasses; but that just may be because I've been wearing them nearly every day for 20 years. Believe me, the first time Momma drug me through Lenscrafters, at 6, I was absolutely mortified. Peering up at Momma's circa 80s frames, with lenses as big as an orange in width, I wanted no part in the fashion statement that would only further extend my awkward social status. I'd already had my gorgeous long hair chopped into a bowl cut, thanks to the great hair cleaning incident of '91, and was about to inherit a pair of round metal frames with a nylon neck catcher on them. It was a very low day in my childhood; one I'd avoided for months with lively declarations that I was not squinting in class. As it turns out, my decline in vision was just beginning, and would prove to be a lifelong 'circumstance,' as these things tend to be. So I learned to live with my frames, even hide behind them, and invested in as many pairs as possible to help ease the impact on my fashion life.
Sometime shortly before graduating high school I finally convinced my father to allow me to be fitted for a contact prescription. Back then the lenses that were available were quite hard and rigid, intended for multiple wears throughout the week. I didn't care much for the handling involved with my eyes, but was more concerned with decreasing my nerd status (graduating at 16), and toughed it out. That was until, I moved out on my own and, sans insurance, was faced with swallowing $300 for a pair of new frames of $580 for a year of contacts. So back to glasses I went, until several years later I found the finances to foray into the frame-less world once more. I tell you this because that last lens fitting experience was a nightmare for me. All my life I have had astigmatism, the football shape the cornea assumes from excessive squinting, with the condition being more pronounced in my left eye. At the time, some 3 years ago, I returned to my optometrist for 4 fittings, all without finding a lens that would sit stationery on my left eye.
1-day contact lenses
I was heartbroken; I had learned to love my frames, but living as an adult with my eyes hung off my nose 365/7 was not all flowers and giggles. There are many things us glasses wearers have to contend with and even forgo due to our extended eyes. One of the things I seem to encounter most commonly today is the need to don 3-D spectacles when out to view a feature film in a theater. Every other blockbuster hit is cranked out in the latest technology, HD 3D, and that means putting smeared plastic glasses over my own frames; the experience is NOT the same. And don't even get me started on visiting a theme park with the family, where I have to tote around a glasses case the entire afternoon to secure my frames on rides. And, since I can't see more than 1 foot in front of my face, without my 'eyes,' it's simply not the same thrill everyone else gets. And don't even get me started on how embarrassing it is to have to fumble with smeared and sliding frames during smooch time on date nights! Yes, I love the fashion and expression my everyday frames offer, but having contact lenses on hand simply open my world to more everyday opportunities.
After cutting nearly all sugar from my diet late last year I noticed an immediate and (to me) dramatic change in my vision. Some things that had once been crisp now seemed blurred, almost doubled, through my prescription frames. Alarmed I visited my optometrist, a year before my old prescription was due for renewal, and had my eyes examined. While it turns out I was simply being one of "the most visually discerning patients" my optometrist had ever encountered (my vision had changed, but only by the slightest margins), it was also the perfect time to investigate the health of my eyes. I agreed to a full retina mapping (it's as simple as looking in a computer window for 20 seconds), and prepared myself to hear the "have you ever tried contacts" shpeel again. I immediately opened my mouth to protest, telling the optometrist that contacts simply didn't work for me, when he handed me a flyer for new 1-Day ACUVUE Moist Astigmatism. He informed me that, even in the past 3 years, advances had been made in contact lens technology, and this particular lens was his personal top pick.
I was entirely skeptical, but agreed to the added measurement costs, and waited anxiously for my special ordered prescription sample lenses to come in. It took me near a half hour to get both of those lenses in the first time (a little rusty!) I was surprised how thin and light the lenses were, yet wider in diameter than I had expected. The 1-Day ACUVUE Moist Astigmatism lenses also feature one of the highest levels of UV protection available in 1-Day lenses and patented LACREON technology that extended oxygenation to the eye and maintains that 'fresh lens' feeling all day long. As it turns out, my astigmatism is a special 'diagonal' kind that often keeps lenses from staying put on the cornea. However, with a few special measurements, my optometrist found the perfect prescription and lens for me. Not only do the 1-Day ACUVUE Moist Astigmatism lenses stay put all day, but the improved crispness and clarity, over frame lenses is remarkable. It's the difference between standard and high def vision, for me!

I am in love with the comfort level and clarity of my new ACUVUE Moist Astigmatism lenses; especially the fact that they are 1-Day and can simply be tossed at the end of the night. This cuts down my fuss time spend cleaning and money spent on solution and cases. Even better, I can use them once or twice a week, on days when glasses are less practical, and always have options on hand! I'm not going to lie, these are top of the line lenses, and not the cheapest; but there are many wonderful contact lens rebates available now through your optometrist and the ACUVUE website. Even if Astigmatism lenses aren't for you, I highly recommend requesting a trial of ACUVUE lenses during your next appointment!

What Daughter Says: Don't let your vision get in the way of life, ask your optometrist about new ACUVUE Moist 1-Day lenses!

9 comments:

  1. Very cool. I wore glasses when I was little but now only need them to drive. I'd go with contacts if I had to wear them 24/7.

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  2. I couldn't get contacts until I was in 12th grade. I remember when I finally could it was like heaven. I felt so beautiful. Thanks for sharing your story.

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  3. I'm asking for these at my next appointment. I wear contacts until the MINUTE I get in bd because I hate wearing glasses.

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  4. My husband has an astigmatism too. I will share this with him.

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  5. I have to say you have beautiful eyes! I really miss not being able to wear contact lens any more. I developed dry spots that no "moist" contact lens could survive. Within an hour of having them it feels like the contact lens is glued to my eye! I do have an Astigmatism too. Just for the heck of it I may have to ask again. :-)

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  6. I absolutely love Acuvue! I use their lenses myself, and they are my absolute favorite! Love this brand!,

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  7. You are lucky that you look totally cool in glasses, but revealing your lovely eyes with the contacts is nice too.

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  8. This is the contacts I wear - I honestly felt like it's a waste to throw them out every day, but I do love the feeling of starting fresh every day

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  9. I need to get some new contacts. I always loved the fresh feel.

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