A little known secret that I’ve been keeping until recently is that I’ve never worn contact lenses. Oh, I mean, I’ve TRIED to wear them but let’s say that I’ve had little to no success. I have scary allergies and there’s never been a contact lens that wouldn’t irritate me or make me want to claw my own eyes out by the end of the evening. I resolved to be stuck in my glasses forever, destined for a life of eyewear and vainly taking off my glasses for photos.
Recently, ACUVUE asked me to give their contact lenses a try. I sort of scoffed at the idea – how would this experience any different? Um, VERY different. First of all, let’s start with the experience of the eye doctor visit. Dr. Susan Resnick is a warm, funny optometrist in Midtown Manhattan (and if you’re local, I will just say that there is no better eye doctor ever – call 212.355.5145 to make an appointment – I’m not kidding) and very serious about the health of your eyes. After a pre-screening for health conditions and an admission of guilt (I hadn’t been to the eye doctor for almost five years – so wrong, I know,) Dr. Resnick ran a whole battery of tests to make sure that my eyes were fine: pressure, hi-resolution imaging of the backside of my eye, vision test, etc – the works. Everything seemed to be ok, so on to the contact lens fitting. I won’t tell you how this went. I’ll show you. This is Dr. Resnick’s staff teaching me how to put contact lenses in for the first time:
We decided the best solution for my eyes (nearsighted, slightly dry, allergy-prone) were the 1-Day ACUVUE TruEye lenses, perfect single-wear contacts that I simply open in the morning, pop into my eye and then in the evening, I take them out and throw them away. They’re truly breathable lenses created with Narafilcon B, an innovative silicone hydrogel saturated with a locked-in super smooth wetting agent which delivers a whopping 98% oxygen flux to the cornea. What does that mean? They’re super wet, super smooth and extremely comfortable. Best of all, your eyes aren’t pink at the end of a day of wear: they’re white.
This is a perfect solution for people like me who have rabid allergies, are too lazy to clean lenses at night and are basically irritable about putting things in our eyes. I honestly can say that I can’t feel them, I’m addicted to them and I will never be without them again. If you need a new pair of lenses or, like me, need to try them for the first time, I highly recommend these gorgeous single-wear lenses from ACUVUE.
Does this mean that I won’t be wearing glasses at all? No, but I love the option to throw in a pair of lenses and bat my eyelashes every once in a while sans eyewear. Or maybe not completely sans eyewear – a huge pair of sunglasses could be cool inside the tents this time. Very Anna Wintour, no?
FTC disclosure: lenses received for review