I have worn contact lenses for almost 10 years and have tried several different brands and versions out. The contact lenses marketplace can be very confusing, especially if the large number of different variants available. If you are debating on what type of soft contact lenses to wear, consider my experience with them, for the O2 Optixs, Acuvue 2 and Acuvue Oasys brands. Of course, a prescription from a licensed eye professional is required to buy contacts. Everyone’s eyes are different and my experience with certain contact lenses may be considerably different from you may or may not experience. Still, I hope my thoughts on the following brands are helpful for when you discuss contacts with your eye doctor.
My first eye doctor prescribed O2 Optixs as my first set of soft contacts. I did not know what to expect, having only recently started wearing glasses but never soft contacts. Like many first-time users, it took my forever to get my contacts in. However, I gradually got used to them and was able to put them in quickly. However, I never did quite get used to the exact shape and design of the O2 Optixs. Instead, I constantly had comfort problems while wearing them. They always seemed to slide across and over my eyes, get dust or pollen in them, and often irritated my eyes. I did not like them but tolerated them for several years.
I changed eye doctors after wearing the O2 Optixs and my new one recommended I switch to Acuvue 2. They were priced fairly close together and I was excited to try them out. I have since worn Acuvue 2 for almost 7 years and have not had any major complaints with them. They are reasonably priced at $19.99 for a box. I found them fairly straight forward to wear and didn’t suffer the annoyances I felt with the O2 Optixs soft contacts.
Oasys is one of the newest contacts available from Acuvue. I recently starting wearing them and have enjoyed it. They are very light and feel great. My eye doctor recommended them to me, due to their increased breathability. Supposedly, my cornea was not getting enough oxygen, due to the thicker, less permeable surface of the Acuvue 2 lenses. Increased neovascularization is a possible risk of such complications, according to my eye doctor, and I certainly do not want to have to deal with such dangers! I have been wearing the Oasys for several weeks now and do not have any major complaints, other than the price. They are considerably more expensive than the Acuvue 2 contacts. Acuvue 2 retails for $19.99 at the store I visit, and the Oasys goes for $34.99. An in-between version is the Acuvue Advanced, according to my eye doctor, and it goes for $24.99.