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Friday, 18 January 2013
Ask our optician your questions
Have your eyes been dry and sore in this cold weather, but you haven't had the time to ask your optician about it, why not ask ours instead?

"I wear Air Optix Aqua, what other lenses could I try?"

"My eyes feel dry by 5pm – Can I change my lenses to fit my lifestyle"

"If I fall asleep in my lenses, will they damage my eyes?"

Whatever your question, we can help, whether it's related to contact lens wear, sight or the general health of your eyes, email Brendan O'Brien, our resident optician at brendan@getlenses.co.uk and he will reply.

Before emailing your question, why not check it hasn't already been asked? The answer may also be posted over at over at getlenses.ie, view their blog post to find out.

Posted By +Emma Haskell


  • Odette Lewis Monday, 21 January 2013 13:09:30 Europe/London

    I wear biofinity multifocal and sleep in them approximately 10 nights a month, not all in one go. Will I do any damage to me eyes sleeping in them so often?

  • Izzie Monday, 21 January 2013 13:14:41 Europe/London

    Hi, I currently wear Sauflon monthly lenses, but have tried Biofinity, because my eyes were feeling dry towards the end of the day. I found the Biofinity lenses more comfortable, however towards the third week of wear, it was common for at least one of the lenses to break. Are there some other contact lenses that I could try, which might be better suited to my eyes?

  • Melanie Rosen Monday, 21 January 2013 13:19:10 Europe/London

    Hi Brendan, I wear air optix and sometimes i sleep in them but when i do i get a lot of sleep in my eyes in the morning. Is this normal?

  • Lk Monday, 21 January 2013 13:36:03 Europe/London

    I wear focus dailes aqua comfort plus, are there any other brands I could try?

  • Jill Monday, 21 January 2013 14:27:23 Europe/London

    I sometimes wear standard acuvue daily lenses but have started finding it very difficult to take them out of my eyes. It can make my eyes sore afterwards. Would wearing a 'moist' lens version work better or is there a different option? I hope you can help. Thanks,

  • Maria Monday, 21 January 2013 14:39:49 Europe/London

    Dear Mr. O'Brien, I have recently changed the brand from the old Frequency Aspheric to Oasys. I am in general satisfied, however, out of 5 pairs that I have used since, 3 of the lenses were impossible to wear and I had to literally rip them of my eyes and throw them away after only a couple of days! Like I say these contacts are new for me and I don't know whether this is normal or they might have been faulty? Also, with some lenses I have felt a bit dizzy the first couple of days, like when you have to get use to a new prescription, that kind of feeling. But then again, some are and fit perfectly. Is there any explanation for it? Thank you very much, Maria

  • Alison Trousdale Monday, 21 January 2013 14:42:01 Europe/London

    I wear Air Optix aqua multifocals which are adorable. I wear the high addition for reading and still need glasses for some close work.Will there ever be a stronger addition available do you think? Currently -5 L and R with High addition.

  • Katie Andrews Monday, 21 January 2013 15:19:35 Europe/London

    Hello, what eye drop for dry eyes do you recommend?

  • Kerry Lavender Monday, 21 January 2013 15:24:46 Europe/London

    Do eye vitamins really work?

  • Tom Monday, 21 January 2013 15:29:17 Europe/London

    Hi Brendan, I sometimes find my eyes get dry when I am wearing my lenses. I read on the internet that Omega-3 supplements can help with this problem, is that true?

  • David Morgan Monday, 21 January 2013 16:48:32 Europe/London

    The corners of my eyes frequently become very itchy even when not wearing lenses and it is very difficult not to rub them. I've tried using refreshing eye drops but these make little difference. Are there any other solutions I could try?

  • David Morgan Monday, 21 January 2013 16:59:25 Europe/London

    Before I needed multi-focal lenses for many years I used Acuvue extended wear lenses and could leave them in for a month at a time with no problem. When the time came for multi-focals I had to switch to Bausch and Lomb PureVision as Acuevue did not supply multi-focal extended wear lenses. However, I found that I cannot leave these lenses in overnight regularly and only do so very occasionally. As I am not getting the benefit of extended wear with Bausch & Lomb I wondered if Acuevue produce a multifocal lense in my prescription: BC 8.60 SPH -9.00 ADD HIGH DIA 0T 14.00 mm as previously Acuvue lenses were more comfortable.

  • Hayley Monday, 21 January 2013 17:20:38 Europe/London

    Dear Mr O'Brien, I have been wearing Acuvue Advance since I was at school and would like to try the newer lenses that are on the market. What would you suggest?

  • Diane Leiper Tuesday, 22 January 2013 00:04:00 Europe/London

    I wear monthly multi lenses roughly how many hours wear would they give me as I don't wear them every day Thank you

  • Valerie Shields Tuesday, 22 January 2013 09:12:56 Europe/London

    I wear daily contacts approx 3 days/wk in one eye (I have little vision in the other eye). I sometimes would doze off for approx couple of hours - could this damage my eye? After wearing my contact when I would awaken in the night my eye seems dry - what should I use?

  • Sue Ball Tuesday, 22 January 2013 11:20:06 Europe/London

    I wear permanent soft lenses with high water content. I swim in the sea (including the the Bristol Channel!) in them, closing my eyes under water. I prefer to do this rather than wear goggles but my optician says there is a danger of eye infection by some terrible bug and advises using throw away lenses on these occasions and disposing of them afterwards. What would your opinion be?

  • Brendan O Brien - Resident Optician Tuesday, 22 January 2013 11:47:35 Europe/London

    ** Reply to Izzie** Hi Izzie The other lens worth considering is the Air Optix Aqua - http://www.getlenses.co.uk/air-optix-aqua.html This is a new generation material and our customers report excellent comfort with this lens Best regards Brendan

  • Brendan O Brien - Resident Optician Tuesday, 22 January 2013 11:50:09 Europe/London

    **Reply for Melanie ** Hi Melanie, If you are sleeping in your lenses reasonably regularly you might consider the Night & Day version of Air Optix which is specifically designed for this purpose. Best Regards Brendan

  • Brendan O Brien - Resident Optician Tuesday, 22 January 2013 11:55:17 Europe/London

    ** Reply for Jill ** Hi Jill, The 1 Day Acuvue Moist is an enormous step forward in terms of wettability - you should find them much easier to remove Best Regards Brendan

  • Brendan O Brien - Resident Optician Tuesday, 22 January 2013 11:57:50 Europe/London

    **Reply for Lk** There are so many newer generation high quality dailies now on the market - 1 Day Acuvue Moist & Biomedics 1 Day Extra are both excellent products. If you have a really long wearing schedule and want a Silicon Hydrogel lens the Acuvue Trueye is a great solution Best Regards Brendan

  • Brendan O Brien - Resident Optician Tuesday, 22 January 2013 11:58:01 Europe/London

    ** Reply for Odette ** Hi Odette, The Biofinity material is designed to allow you to sleep in your lenses. The best person to advise you on your wearing schedule is your prescribing optician but to my mind 10 days seems like a lot. Regardless of the material quality, sleeping in your lenses reducing the oxygen supply to the cornea and could lead corneal problems later which might mean you need to reduce your wearing schedule significantly Best Regards Brendan

  • Brendan O Brien - Resident Optician Tuesday, 22 January 2013 11:58:41 Europe/London

    **Reply for Maria** Hi Maria, This shouldn't happen. These lenses are a very high quality product directly from Johnson & Johnson. As they are mass produced it is possible on an extremely rare occasion for a lens to dry out etc. If this ever happens to a product purchased from ourselves, please contact our customer service team who will be happy to liaise with the manufacturer and ensure that you receive replacements free of charge Best Regards Brendan

  • Brendan O Brien - Resident Optician Tuesday, 22 January 2013 12:00:42 Europe/London

    ** Reply for Alison ** Hi Alison, They don't have plans to increase the add currently as there are concerns that if the add is too high it could impact on your distance vision. We'll keep you posted if there is a change Best regards Brendan

  • Brendan O Brien - Resident Optician Tuesday, 22 January 2013 12:08:06 Europe/London

    ** Reply for Katie ** Hi Katie, We have had really fabulous feedback in relation to the Hycosan family of drops. They are preservative free and are excellent for dry eyes Best Regards Brendan

  • Brendan O Brien - Resident Optician Tuesday, 22 January 2013 12:10:31 Europe/London

    ** Reply for Kerry ** Hi Kerry, Ocular vitamins do work. However, the impact of the vitamins can be greater for some people rather than others. Much in the same way that some people feel enormously better taking vitamins and some people report just a small difference. However, the formulations have been carefully produced to provide elements which may be lacking elsewhere Best regards Brendan

  • Brendan O Brien - Resident Optician Tuesday, 22 January 2013 12:12:06 Europe/London

    **Reply to Tom ** Hi Tom, Categorically yes - I take Omega 3 myself every day Best Regards Brendan

  • Brendan O Brien - Resident Optician Tuesday, 22 January 2013 12:13:17 Europe/London

    **Reply for David ** Hi David, As per Kerry's reply above - try Hycosan drops, they can really help. Best Regards Brendan

  • Brendan O Brien - Resident Optician Tuesday, 22 January 2013 12:15:30 Europe/London

    ** Reply for David ** Hi David the Acuvue Oasys for presbyopia is available up to -9.00 with a high Add. Feedback is extremely good Best Regards Brendan

  • Brendan O Brien - Resident Optician Tuesday, 22 January 2013 12:16:48 Europe/London

    **Reply for Hayley** Hi Hayley, the newest version of the lens you are wearing is the Acuvue Oasys - it wets better and comfort is reported as much improved. Best Regards Brendan

  • Brendan O Brien - Resident Optician Tuesday, 22 January 2013 12:19:55 Europe/London

    **Reply for Diane** Hi Diane, this is really difficult to answer without seeing your eyes and lenses. You should always aim to have at least 3-4 waking hours without your lenses in every day. Ideally, a morning off at the weekend really helps also. Having said that some people can be sensitive to longer contact lens wear and need to reduce these times Best Regards Brendan

  • Brendan O Brien - Resident Optician Tuesday, 22 January 2013 12:22:16 Europe/London

    **Reply for Valerie ** Hi Valerie, Ideally don't every even doze in your lenses. It sounds like your lenses are drying out very quickly when you sleep which is quite common. As I've mentioned before Hycosan is excellent for dry eyes. It's preservative free and can be used with your contact lenses. Best Regards Brendan

  • Brendan O Brien - Resident Optician Tuesday, 22 January 2013 12:23:48 Europe/London

    ** Reply for Sue ** Hi Sue, I do tend to agree with your optician. Contact lenses absorb whatever liquid comes in contact with them and then releases it slowly in the hours afterwards. A good daily disposable for those occasions when you swim sounds like a good solution Best regards Brendan

  • Pat Batchelor Tuesday, 22 January 2013 13:30:46 Europe/London

    Hi, I moved to Cyprus last April and since then I have had a corneal ulcer in my right eye and the herpes virus in my left eye. I have never had any previous problems like this despite wearing contact lenses for about 20 years. Could these problems be caused by the sun or do you think there could be another problem?

  • Scott Thomas Tuesday, 22 January 2013 13:53:53 Europe/London

    Hi, I wear Frequency Xcel Toric XR is there any daily's that I could wear as I do a lot of sport it would be such a help? Base Curve - Diameter - Power - Cylinder - Axis Right - 8.7 / 14.4 / -200 / -3.75 / 180 Left - 8.7 / 14.4 / -2.25 / -3.25 / 180

  • Elaine Tuesday, 22 January 2013 14:18:00 Europe/London

    Hello, I wear monthly Biofinity lenses for astigmatism. I do not sleep in the lenses but I wear them for around 13 hours each day. I work in a lab Mon-Fri and I find that the inner part of my left eye becomes red. My right eye is okay, and at the weekends I dont have any trouble. The lenses do not feel uncomfortable but I am concious of how my eye looks! Is there anything you would recommend please?

  • Elaine Wednesday, 23 January 2013 11:48:10 Europe/London

    Hi I currently buy focus dailies from you. My optician has said my eyes are very dry and I should wear a more oxygenating lens. I have previously had an overactive thyroid which is now settled but this adds to the dryness and I have been wearing my lenses a great deal. Which brand of dailies would be a good alternative?

  • Brendan O Brien - Resident Optician Wednesday, 23 January 2013 15:19:46 Europe/London

    ** Reply for Pat ** Hi Pat, I'm afraid this sounds like an unfortunate coincidence. I wouldn't be surprised if the corneal ulcer is as a result of the virus. This virus can be picked up in any country regardless of the temperature. The important thing at this stage is to follow the recommended treatment regime Best Regards Brendan

  • Brendan O Brien - Resident Optician Wednesday, 23 January 2013 15:22:28 Europe/London

    **Reply for Scott ** Hi Scott, Unfortunately, as yet the highest cylinder correction available is 2.25 DC. This means that you would have to accept a lot less clear vision if you wore dailies. The range will increase in time. Best Regards Brendan

  • Brendan O Brien - Resident Optician Wednesday, 23 January 2013 15:25:37 Europe/London

    **Reply for Elaine** Hi Elaine, This does sound like dryness in your left eye. Hycosan products will help. Though, it would be sensible to get your local optician to check your left eye as it is unusual for this to affect one eye significantly more than the other. Best Regards Brendan

  • Brendan O Brien - Resident Optician Wednesday, 23 January 2013 15:27:21 Europe/London

    **Reply for Elaine** Hi Elaine, The new generatyion daily disposable lenses are all much better when it comes to dry eyes. Focus Dailies Aqua Comfort Plus, Acuvue Moist or True Eye and Biomedics 1 Day Extra are all excellent products Best Regards Brendan

  • Juvaria Wednesday, 23 January 2013 19:32:34 Europe/London

    Hi Brendan, I use Air optix Aqua because I found it was similiar to Specsavers' Easyvision Irisian Sphere contact lenses that you can sleep in, which I used previously, but I've found that by the end of the day, the Air optix has started to become quite blurry in my right eye and the contact starts sliding up a tad, making it uncomfortable to wear. They used to be fine but this has just started happening! What do you suggest I do? Thanks!

  • Brendan O Brien - Resident Optometrist Tuesday, 29 January 2013 12:35:57 Europe/London

    **Reply for Juvaria** Hi Juvaria, The Air Optix Aqua is identical to the Specsavers Irisian lens so there should be no issue. The only 2 possibilities are that something has changed to the contact lenses or to your eyes. Have you tried using a new pair of lenses. If not try that first. If you have and the problem persists it is possible that you have developed a slight allergic reaction to your solution. It might be easier to discuss this by phone. If you like you can send me your telephone number directly to brendan@getlenses.co.uk

  • David Blount Tuesday, 29 January 2013 16:35:46 Europe/London

    I am using monthly lenses at present. I wish to try some dailies from yourselves. I use a toric lens in my left eye. My present lens is a 0.80 axis and base curve of 8.7 and diameter 14.5. Your daily lens are 14.2, 8.6 base curve and either 0.7 or 0.9 axis. Will I be able to use these or will my vision be impaired ?

  • Brendan O Brien - Resident Optometrist Thursday, 31 January 2013 12:46:17 Europe/London

    **Reply for David** Hi David, Moving from a monthly to a daily you will notice some slight difference in terms of fit and comfort, though they tend to be minimal. To be honest, it's really difficult to advise you in terms of the axes differential as some patients notice very little visual difference while some are very aware. Unfortunately, until you have tried the lenses you won't know for sure. Perhaps your local optician might have a small trial pack for you to try? Best Regards Brendan

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