For those who rely on visual correction in order to see clearly, daily contact lenses have become a popular choice. Besides being very convenient, these single-use contact lenses carry health benefits that make them a popular choice among eye doctors and their patients. For those who wear glasses and are looking to make the switch to contact lenses, or for contact lens wearers who are ready to switch up their routine, daily disposable contacts can be an appealing option. Keep reading to learn more about daily disposable lenses and how they may be able to help you.
What Makes Daily Contact Lenses Special?
Traditional soft contact lenses are worn during the day, taken out at the end of the day, cleaned and left in a case overnight, and then re-used the next morning. Daily disposable contact lenses differ from this; they are single-use contacts. In the morning, a fresh pair is worn, then the lenses are disposed of at the end of the day. The short-term use of daily disposable lenses provides health benefits for the eyes. Since the lenses are discarded each night, there is no accumulation of proteins, lipids, or even bacteria on the lenses. This not only prevents discomfort and irritation associated with extended-wear contact lenses, it also reduces the risk of infection. By eliminating the need to wash and store lenses overnight, there is also a lower risk of contamination from a dirty contact lens case or ineffective cleaning strategy. Besides reducing the risk of infection, daily disposable lenses are an extremely convenient option, and have proven to be a great option for those contact lens wearers with busy, hectic lifestyles. There is no hassle of thoroughly cleaning and safely storing lenses, making the daily routine of inserting and removing lenses easier and faster. They also eliminate the need for contact lens solution, which saves time and money.
Dry Eyes? Daily Disposable Lenses May Be Right for You
The same properties that make daily disposable contact lenses such a healthy option, also make them a great selection in cases of dry eye disease. Decreasing the amount of build-up on the lenses reduces discomfort and irritation that many dry eye sufferers find intolerable. Additionally, some brands of daily disposable lenses are specifically designed with a unique material, called silicone hydrogel, that helps the lens to retain water and stay lubricated throughout the day. Daily lenses in this special material have proven to be a comfortable option for many people affected by dry eye disease. For those who have struggled with wearing contact lenses in the past due to symptoms of dryness, ask your doctor if daily disposable contact lenses can help.
Are There Disadvantages?
The benefits of daily disposable lenses are becoming well-known, but there are still some perceived drawbacks of the lenses. Supplies of daily disposable contact lenses tend to be more expensive than traditional monthly or two-week lenses; however, it’s important to remember that vision insurance can help pay for a portion of your supply. Additionally, you can save money in the long run by eliminating the need for contact lens solution, and you may save yourself an emergency trip to the eye doctor due to an infection. Others worry about the environmental impact of daily disposable lenses due to the higher amount of packaging. Luckily, one contact lens manufacturer has teamed up with TerraCycle, an innovative recycling program, to help reduce the waste associated with daily disposable contact lenses.
If you or a family member is interested in all the benefits daily disposable contact lenses have to offer, ask your doctor at Wilmington Family Eye Care if they are right for you.