switch to focus dailies?

Discussion in 'Optometry Archives' started by anonymous, Jul 11, 2004.

  1. anonymous

    anonymous Guest

    Hi,

    I've been a very long time user of CSI daily wear contacts. Arrived at
    them many years ago through some trial and error. (For instance couldn't
    wear a B&L lens - had bad deposit problems). I had not considered daily
    disposables in the past because the cost seemed prohibitive. Now, it
    seems like saline solutions, cleansers etc. are getting increasingly
    costly so that daily disposables might not be out of consideration.

    How do Focus Dailies compare to CSI DW (by Wesley J. now I think?) in
    terms of wearability, focus, etc. I am beginning to have some concerns
    re: oxygen and blood vessels. Would these daily disposables be better in
    that regard?

    thanks for any comments.
     
    anonymous, Jul 11, 2004
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  2. anonymous

    Keith Morris Guest

    I wore CSI dailies for over a decade and always had problems with irritation
    in my left eye. it turns out I believe this was a combination of dry eye
    and Mebeonitis (inflammation of the tiny glands that produce the outer lipid
    layer of tears). Anyway they discontinued the 14.8mm diameter CSI DW I was
    wearing (what do you wear?) and only make the 13.8mm diameter. So I switched
    to the Focus. It took weeks and weeks to adapt and I'm still having a
    comfort problem in my RIGHT eye, which a new doc attributes to the wrong
    base burve being prescribed -- I'm waiting for the correct ones now and I'm
    optimistic it'll work out. The left eye is great and vision in both eyes is
    just as good or better than with the CSIs.

    The more often you replace a lens the better seems to be the conventional
    wisdom, so I would try the Focus dailies or monthlies but be prepared to
    give your eyes time to adapt.
     
    Keith Morris, Jul 11, 2004
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  3. anonymous

    The Real Bev Guest

    Target offers its own multi-purpose solution for under $2/12-oz bottle.
    I guess I use 2 bottles of that per year, along with a couple of bottles
    of saline, which costs about the same. Negligible cost. Is there a
    reason you have to spend significant money on solutions?
    --
    Cheers,
    Bev
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    the legislature is in session." -- Mark Twain
     
    The Real Bev, Jul 12, 2004
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  4. anonymous

    Gryphon Guest

    Hi Keith,

    I'm considering the Focus Dailies because I am wearing 13.8 and 8.6 in
    my CSI which is exactly the specs I saw for focus dailies.

    Does anyone know if it can be assumed that the specs for the CSI would
    be same for the Focus Dailies? Or would the fitting change from CSI to
    Focus?

    I have no comfort problems with CSI, I'm just intrigued by the thought
    of dailies and figure the cost wouldn't be that much more if you figure
    yearly cost of everything involved with daily wear (I'm very good about
    daily cleaning, weekly enzymatic cleaning, etc.)

    Keith, did you have any issues with removing the focus dailies? I've
    read some posts of people complaining they can't get them out.

    I'm also wondering if the focus are better for oxygen to the eye if
    anyone knows.

    Thanks a lot for the response!
     
    Gryphon, Jul 12, 2004
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  5. anonymous

    Keith Morris Guest

    My (new) optician recommended the 8.9 base curve, based on my eye
    measurements, for the Focus, while I had 8.6 in the CSI (but with some
    problems in the 13.8 diameter). The 8.6 Focus is much more uncomfortable
    than the 8.6 CSI.
    Also, my prescription had to be lowered by 0.5 (-13.0 to -12.5) going to the
    Focus. No one could explain why but I suspect something to do with tear
    film thickness. The CSIs always had a thick tear film. So thick, in fact,
    that you could see a prominent ring in my eye after removal.

    It took weeks for my eyes to adapt to the Focus. Maybe because of the
    ill-fitting 8.6 base curve, or maybe just that my eyes were used to the
    thick CSI tear film. I had blurred vision, irritation, you name it. But it
    gradually got better (except for the right eye!)
    A couple of times the new Focus were hard to grab -- but my eyes were dry at
    the time. When they are not dry i don't have any trouble removing them.
    The Focus have more water content, which I thin helps more oxygen get to the
    eye, but also causes problems if you're prone to dry eye (the water
    evaporates).

    Keith
     
    Keith Morris, Jul 13, 2004
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  6. anonymous

    Gryphon Guest

    My (new) optician recommended the 8.9 base curve, based on my eye
    measurements, for the Focus, while I had 8.6 in the CSI (but with some
    problems in the 13.8 diameter). The 8.6 Focus is much more uncomfortable
    than the 8.6 CSI.
    Also, my prescription had to be lowered by 0.5 (-13.0 to -12.5) going to the
    Focus. No one could explain why but I suspect something to do with tear
    film thickness. The CSIs always had a thick tear film. So thick, in fact,
    that you could see a prominent ring in my eye after removal.

    It took weeks for my eyes to adapt to the Focus. Maybe because of the
    ill-fitting 8.6 base curve, or maybe just that my eyes were used to the
    thick CSI tear film. I had blurred vision, irritation, you name it. But it
    gradually got better (except for the right eye!)[/QUOTE]

    Hmmmm...that's really interesting. Everywhere I've looked on the net at
    purchasing Focus Dailies lists 8.6 bc and 13.8 diameter ONLY. I thought
    since that's exactly what I wear in my CSI that they might be the best
    choice. I've been trying to research disposables a little before asking
    my doctor about them. The only other disposables I've seen talked about
    a lot are the Acuvue but I don't know how they compare with my CSI.
    Maybe I should try another thread that's not so specific to Focus
    Dailies.

    thanks again for sharing your info, it's been quite helpful.
     
    Gryphon, Jul 14, 2004
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