Circle lenses and contact lenses in general can be a bit of trial and error. Especially when it comes to purchasing them online. Over the past year or so, I know there has been a lot of upheaval and commentary with which stores are reliable and carry authentic products etc., but I've been lucky to not have experienced any problems. My policy is pretty simple. If you find a reliable distributor, stick with them. If the contact lens feels funny, throw it out and don't give it another chance (this goes for clear contacts as well).
I'm not blogging today to strike down a reputation of a store or anything (and that's why I will not mention the name of the store), but just sharing my experience in general. Now don't get me wrong, I did not have a health-threatening experience, just simply an annoying one in which I kind of wanted to blog about.
So for the past two years, I've pretty much just stuck with Geo lenses as they have many certifications and have Health Canada and recently FDA clearance. Geo has released some new monthly models this summer and I was really eager to try them out. The strange thing is that not many of the popular Circle Lens retailers carry them online (the ones that I order from anyway) so I took the jump and purchased a few models: Geo Sparkling Grey, Geo Holicat Monthly Blue and Geo Eyescream Ray Ray Gray.
The company I purchased them from is a fairly popular online retailer and honestly, I don't have anything bad to say to them. Their customer service was fairly good, but maybe I just had a bit of bad luck on my end.
I was really looking forward to trying the Geo Sparkling Grey. The design seemed really new and interesting and not so harsh. As well, they came in standard blister packaging which is SO much easier to open then those darn vials.
I soaked these lenses in contact solution for 8 hours, as you should do for any type of circle lenses. But when it came time to trying them out, I'm pretty sure the left one was defective. No matter how much I tried, it would not centre onto the middle of my eye. Now don't get me wrong, it was not a painful feeling, but just so strange that it kind of freaked me out (I've been wearing conventional clear contacts for 5 years and this has never happened before). Right away, I tossed them out so I don't really have any photos to show you.
The second pair was the newly released monthly-disposable lenses from Geo-Geo Holicat Funky Blue. These lenses also come in blister packaging and of course I soaked them before trying them on. Now for these lenses, I do have pictures to show you.
Now I did not experience the same problem I had with the Geo Sparkling Grey, but these lenses were just oddly so uncomfortable for me (they kind of stung) and my vision was not clear with at all. No matter how many times I cleaned the lenses or took them in and out. After two wears, I gave up and disheartened, threw them out. It's not worth it to suffer with uncomfortable lenses and you are doing your eyes a favour in the long run. They are pretty lenses though and they reminded me of a blue version of the Geo Starmish or Princess Mimi series without making me look too bug-eyed.
As for the Geo Eyescream Ray Ray Grey? They were totally missing from the package. I e-mailed the company about it and they apologized for their error immediately. After waiting a few days though, they e-mailed me back letting me know it was out of stock and offered me a refund. I'm glad to say that I did receive my refund (as well as a coupon code...), so as you can see I don't have anything bad to say about them. People make mistakes, but this certainly was the first time something was missing from a package for me.
In all, I'm glad to have walked away without really anything happening to my eyes and getting my money back. I've stated this over and over again but it's pretty much life advice: anytime something feels uncomfortable, just don't stick with it. Luckily though, I have some future (and definitely more comfortable) lenses to review :). I think I will probably just stick with good old Candylens in the future...