I posted before about my experience with my Acuvue Advance with Hydraclear contacts, that I had then had in for 14 days! As awesome as this seemed when I posted, I knew it wasn’t really stretching it for contacts. My friend I blogged about had worn his for months straight I think. I thought my vision was worth updating about.
This Saturday, November 19, 2011, will make 3 weeks that I have had my contacts in. I actually thought about taking them out last week after I blogged about them because they were becoming quite clouded. I actually decided to pop them out and give them a quick rub down with saline solution. (I would normally do this with multi-purpose solution and be using rewetting drops throughout the day but during this whole “experimental experience” I have only had saline solution and been rewetting multiple times a day and cleaning occasionally with that. I still have yet to pick up some MPS and drops.)
I was about to take out the contacts because my vision was blurred but after cleaning them they seemed okay and daily upon rising I am able to refresh them to a good state by simply using saline. I know that this probably isn’t the best for my eyes, but I don’t feel like they are hurting or not breathing right and they aren’t red, puffy or sore or anything and I can see pretty well considering.
I actually plan on ordering some contacts off of the internet and wearing them more often now instead of my contacts. All in all, even when my eyes are blurry from deposits, it doesn’t interfere with my vision as much as grime on my glasses or all of the scratches or distortion from being away from my eyes. I know this wouldn’t be good to stretch them out like this all of the time, but it was my last pair from the prescription I already had. It’s like running your car down to E until it runs out to find out how big of a tank it has; I want to see how long I can get out of them. Before what I am not sure, before I get an infection or am blind? Definitively; I'm not pushing the limits of safety for my health in the name of my silly pseudo "science experiment" or anything like that. I have always been very clean and thorough about my contact routine and have not noted any problems with my eyes during this time.
I am definitely buying more contacts and incorporating them into my daily life more often like this. I also miss my glasses, though. I would like to have two pairs I could switch between, but vision equipment is so expensive, I’m lucky to get a pair of glasses AND contacts. I went to Wal-Mart’s vision center for these contacts and my current pair of glasses, which isn’t exactly current at 3+ years now. I really do not want to go back to Wal-Mart, for many reasons, so I plan on weighing my options. I have never ordered contacts off of the internet before. This prescription seems okay, so I think I might do that. It’s worth a shot. Who knows? It may change my life.
I put these contacts in on October 29th. It is now November 19. I have had them in for a total of 3 weeks day and night without even using multi-purpose solution (I know, I know.) But hey, they have stamina.