Disclaimer: Tried this when there was a free box of contacts promotion back in the day. I'm sure the formulation has improved since.
I've been afflicted with poor eyesight my whole life and even wore hard contacts back in the day. These were more painful than those. There's no way around it; they're just not very comfortable lenses and when I wore them for about a week they severely exacerbated my dry eye. I think the technology that differentiates an Acuvue is a legitimate barrier to entry in this category and it doesn't seem like this product has caught up yet.