One survey of eyecare professionals indicated Acuvue Oasys contact lenses as both the most comfortable lens on the market and the least likely for a user to quit using.
When it comes to your eye health and comfort, you will want more than a single survey. That’s why we created this guide to help you discover if Acuvue Oasys for Astigmatism are right for you. We will cover:
Before we dive into more specifics, let’s take a moment to make sure that Acuvue Oasys fit your vision needs.
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It is important to note that Acuvue has another astigmatism product called Acuvue Vita for Astigmatism. While they share some similarities, they have important differences. In this article we are focused on the Acuvue Oasys line for Astigmatism.
If you are looking to obtain contact lenses which can address your astigmatism, these lenses may be for you.
Astigmatism is a warping of the normally round shape of the eye. The causes can be various. Sometimes it results from injury, and other times you are just born with it.
This condition is not a disease or degenerating condition. Rather, it is considered to be a refractive error, the light does not bend properly coming into the eye. Blurry vision, strain, migraines, and lack of comfort in seeing can all result.
Regular and irregular are the two classes of astigmatism. Within these two designations, there are myopic, hyperopic, and mixed astigmatism. Acuvue Oasys for Astigmatism can address any of these.
Here are five reasons to choose Acuvue Oasys contact lenses to correct your astigmatism.
In the past, contact wearers faced a problem which had never come up for glasses wearers. To stay healthy, the eye needs oxygen.
That’s right. Common sense would suggest that air just dries out our eyes. Science has learned otherwise. Our eyes do their own breathing. While the rest of our body relies on blood to carry oxygen, the cornea of our eye draws oxygen, through our tears, directly from the air.
Older materials of contact lenses have struggled to maintain this aspect of eye health. Just like we don’t want to stop airflow to our lungs, we also shouldn’t suffocate our eyes.
Silicone hydrogel is a material which is oxygen permeable. It allows as much as five times as much oxygen to reach the eye as a simple hydrogel lens (an older material used for contact lenses).
Just like the eye needs to be moistened by our tear ducts to absorb oxygen, silicone hydrogel needs to be moist to allow proper oxygen flow. That’s why we soak such lenses in contact solution. When well cared for, this material allows for a maximum of both comfort and health for your eye.
Due to the effectiveness of the material, silicone hydrogel lenses, like Acuvue Oasys, have accounted for the majority of lenses preferred by contact wearers in recent years.
Just because two brands of contacts are manufactured with the same family of material does not make them the same. Engineering and lens specific technologies like Hydraclear Plus can create wide difference in user experience.
What is Hydraclear Plus technology?
The many good reviews Acuvue Oasys has received are primarily due to this technique. These lenses specialize in maintaining a healthy protective tear film on the eye.
Our eyes rely on our tears to stay moist. Though they may taste like simple salty water, there’s actually a delicate balance of water and natural oils in our tears. When our eyes become dry and irritated, it is often because this balance has been thrown off.
Environments like artificial heating, air conditioning, and just staring at a screen for extended periods all threaten the protective film on our eyes. Hydraclear Plus was designed for exactly these sorts of circumstances and to maintain eye hydration as we transition between them.
The key ingredient for Hydraclear Plus is a wetting agent, Polyvinylpyrrolidone, which coats the lens. This water-soluble polymer can interact with your tear film to keep your eye healthy and comfortable.
An added benefit of Acuvue Oasys’ design is that it ranks in class 1 for UV blocking. This means that it stops at least 90% of UVB rays and 99% of UVA rays from damaging your eye.
A final engineering feat of these lenses, Acuvue Oasys for Astigmatism have Blink Stabilized Design. Through careful shaping of the lens, Johnson & Johnson allows these contacts to cooperate with your eyelid to stay in place without rubbing.
Other lens designs have made varying parts of the contact thicker or thinner to try and keep the lens in the same place before and after a blink. Unfortunately, as the eyelid encounters these different elevations along the lens, it pushes on them and shifts the lens.
Being Blink Stabilized, Acuvue Oasys has uniform thinness all around its edge so it doesn’t touch the eyelid. Four inner areas on the lens are elevated to be the points of contact with the eyelid. By carefully arranging these and keeping them uniform, the lens avoids being displaced.
This technique limits the amount of interaction between contact and eyelid. If the lens has slipped or shifted at all, the remaining eye-to-lens interaction actually guides the lens back into place.
What does this mean in practice? Many lenses struggle to fit properly to an eye with astigmatism due to its unusual curvature. The Blink Stabilized design solves this problem.
When putting in your contacts, you don’t need to worry about placing the lens just right. A few blinks will be all it takes to properly adjust an Acuvue Oasys lens.
Different contact lenses are worn for varying periods of time. More specifically, there are three categories of lens disposability: daily, weekly, and monthly. Acuvue Oasys for Astigmatism falls in the second category as a bi-weekly disposable lens.
Some lenses should be disposed at the end of the day they are worn. Some can last a month without damage to the eye. For Acuvue Oasys, you will switch to a fresh pair of lenses every two weeks.
It is worth noting that any lens worn for more than a day needs proper care. Fortunately, you’re not the first person to own contacts. There are easy resources for proper cleaning and care which can help you with Acuvue Oasys lenses.
Being be-weekly disposable lenses, you can use Acuvue Oasys for Astigmatism every day for 14 days straight. This durability makes such lenses cost effective. Daily wear lenses, on average, cost twice as much.
As a side note, the length of wear is the primary distinguishing feature of Acuvue Oasys from Acuvue Vita. Many people prefer the cost-effectiveness of Oasys while still enjoying the comfort of a new lens multiple times a month.
In the digital age, the greatest convenience of all is ease of purchase. You can’t just pick up lenses like you pick up your eggs at the supermarket. As a matter of fact, you don’t want to. Our eyes are too important to take lightly.
You could go the traditional route and buy your lenses through a doctor’s office. Many doctors recommend these lenses. Yet, this tends to be the more expensive option and requires all the hassle of scheduling, attending, and paying for an appointment.
Fortunately, there are more convenient ways to acquire Acuvue Oasys lenses and still ensure you are getting the right fit for your life and look.
Simple Contacts offers an array of contact lenses at rates 10-25% lower than other retailers. Acuvue Oasys for Astigmatism is no exception (check our offer). You can subscribe to make additional savings or just buy a one-off box. Shipping is always free.
All of the major insurance companies will reimburse lenses bought from Simple Contacts. We have guides to help you with your particular insurance company.
What about renewing your prescription?
Simple Contacts has a team of doctors ready to help you renew your expiring prescription without ever leaving the comfort of your living room.
Compared to your normal $100+ doctor’s visit, Simple Contact’s online eye exam only costs $20.
The test only takes 5 minutes. Within 24 hours, one of our qualified doctors will review your test to make sure your prescribed contacts are still right for you. With your prescription renewed, we can then send your lenses right to your doorstep.
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Have a prescription already: Buy Acuvue Oasys for Astigmatism Lenses
Acuvue Oasys for Astigmatism, while correcting your vision needs, prioritizes keeping your eyes hydrated and comfortable. A quick review suggests these as the lenses’ main perks:
On the question of price, a hasty consumer can expect to pay around $50/box for Acuvue Oasys for Astigmatism.
We have something a step better. This competitive price of $40.50 for a box of six lenses with free shipping does not even require the hassle of rebates.
With six lenses coming in a pack, this purchase covers six weeks of lens wear. If you need different prescriptions for each eye, then two boxes (one for each) would cover twelve weeks. For those who think in annual budgets, that comes to $351 for an entire year of constant wear.
Some daily contact lenses which can cost $900 for a year. Acuvue Oasys can be a cost effective way to correct astigmatism without breaking the bank.
Acuvue Oasys for Astigmatism Contact Lenses: $40.50 per box of 6 lenses.
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