2017 has been a wild ride and the past summer and fall have been particularly busy and full on. From project managing the renovation of our beach house to two whirlwind trips back across the Atlantic to England for friends’ weddings, as well as running the business and having to have an emergency surgery, it all left me feeling absolutely exhausted. I was ready to escape for a weekend with my heart mate and do all the things I love to do to recharge: spend some quiet time reading, walking, riding and exploring a new-to-me place for inspiration in my own time. So, I headed to Hudson, NY for some much needed downtime.
Over the summer I was approached by ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses to try their new 30-day daily wear contact lenses. I’d been wanting to introduce contact lenses into my eye care routine for a year or so (before I was wearing glasses for driving and at the theatre etc.) as my husband has worn and been an advocate for contact lenses since we met eleven years ago. However, I’d still heard stories of people complaining about discomfort while wearing contact lenses and how they were annoying to put in and take out. So, I kept putting off exploring the possibility of wearing them. Now was the time for me to actually give them a go and see how I got on wearing lenses, but there was a twist…!I was set up with an optometrist to get an eye exam, who also fitted me for contact lenses without me knowing the brand of lenses. I had one month with the first brand of contact lenses, but felt such a difference in comfort when I switched to the second set of lenses in month two, which I discovered were the ACUVUE® VITA ® Brand Contact LensesBoth brands were 30-day wear lenses but the difference was so noticeable between them. The first brand left my eyes feeling dry and itchy by the end of the day, especially by the third week of the month. In fact, in the fourth week they were so uncomfortable I couldn’t wear them at all.The experience wearing the new ACUVUE® VITA® Contact Lenses couldn’t have been more different. Thanks to their innovative HydraMax™ Technology they stayed comfortable throughout the entire month. Comparing my experience with the other lenses that I’d tried the month previous made the fact that the ACUVUE® VITA® lenses were just as comfortable to wear on day thirty as they were on day one, all the more impressive. The fact they were so reliable made the transition into wearing contact lens super easy. I don’t write this lightly but they truly transformed my eye care routine and are so much less obtrusive than wearing glasses for day-to-day activities. They were so comfortable to wear that I didn’t even feel like I wanted to take them out when relaxing at home, and they became part of my must-haves for travel.I arrived in Hudson quite late so after a quick dinner and a long soak in the tub I headed to bed. Then, after spending the next morning relaxing in my hotel room reading and listening to music I popped downstairs to browse the newspaper and catch up with some of my favorite blogs. There’s something about a change of scenery and routine that does wonders for re-centering my body, both physically and emotionally. Even if I’m doing similar activities to what I do at home, I still notice the positive shift in my body.I was in my element color hunting in Hudson.After a slow morning at the hotel, I headed out color hunting. Hudson was full of the cutest little houses and had stacks of #MakeYouSmileStyle doors for me to capture. I loved that wearing the ACUVUE® VITA® contact lenses meant I had the benefit of clear vision while taking photos. When I used to wear glasses I had to take them off when taking photos as they prevented me from putting my eye right up against the viewfinder.Golden hour is one of my favorite times of day, so I took a long ride though the town and surrounding country roads. The light was just incredible! I made a mental note to head back upstate soon. Do you wear contact lenses? I’d love to hear your thoughts on whether they transformed your eye care routine too.// Styling by Will Taylor | Photography by Jean-Laurent Gaudy
Important Information for contact lens wearers: ACUVUE® VITA® Brand Contact Lenses are only available by prescription for vision correction as a daily wear lens with one-month recommended replacement. An eye care professional will determine whether contact lenses are right for you. Although rare, serious eye problems can develop while wearing contact lenses. To help avoid these problems, follow the wear and replacement schedule and the lens care instructions provided by your eye doctor. Do not wear contact lenses if you have an eye infection, or experience eye discomfort, excessive tearing, vision changes, redness or other eye problems. If one of these conditions occurs, contact your eye doctor immediately. For more information on proper wear, care and safety, talk to your eye care professional and ask for a Patient Instruction Guide, call 1-800-843-2020 or visit www.acuvue.com.
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