Daily disposable contacts are lenses offer convenience and health benefits, making them a popular option among practitioners and patients. These lenses are used one time and then discarded at the end of the day. A fresh pair of contact lenses is used the next day and so on.
The term “daily disposable” specifically describes lenses that are removed and thrown away each day and should not be confused with “daily wear” lenses that can be on a weekly, monthly, or quarterly disposal schedule. Before deciding if this contact lens option will work for you, it is essential to understand the pros and cons of daily disposable lenses.
The Convenience of Daily Contact Lenses
If you are looking for a way to avoid the hassle of contact lens care, you have a few options.
You could wear extended wear lenses for several days at a time and then throw them away after you remove them. Wearing contact lenses overnight isn’t the best option for everyone and can increase the risk of eye problems, such as infection, in many people.
Disposable lenses are lenses that you wear during the day, remove at night while sleeping, and then throw away after a determined amount of time. Monthly lenses are a very common disposable option. These lenses are removed at night. They must then go through an in-depth cleaning process to lessen the risk of infections. After a month, the lenses are thrown away.
Daily disposable contact lenses are another alternative that can give contact lens wearers the best of both worlds. These lenses require no cleaning, and since they are thrown out daily, they are healthier with no daily accumulation of deposits on lenses and no overnight wear.
Healthier and More Comfortable Wear
Substances naturally found in tears such as proteins, lipids, and calcium can build up on your lenses, making them less comfortable. This build-up can also make your eyes more prone to infection. Even with cleaning, you will not be able to remove all the deposits, causing some to remain and build up over time, so by replacing them daily, you avoid this uncomfortable and unhealthy accumulation of deposits.
Common Myths of Daily Disposable Lenses
Depending on the brand, daily disposable contacts may cost less than your daily coffee habit, while providing you with clear and comfortable vision all day long.
A common myth about daily disposable lenses is that using 730 daily contact lenses per year compared to only using 24 monthly-replacement lenses per year, will generally cost more. The truth is with the manufacturers’ rebates, daily lenses can actually be cheaper than other modalities in many cases. Also, with daily disposable contact lenses, you don’t have to spend money on lens care products like cleaning solution which can also save you money.
Some people object to the extra waste that daily disposable lenses create. Be sure to check out contact lens and blister pack recycling programs, offered by companies like Bausch + Lomb, and keep in mind that the cardboard contact lens boxes can be recycled as usual to help minimize the waste.
Consult with the Experts at Dittman Eyecare
Be sure to consult with the professionals at Dittman Eyecare to see if daily disposable contact lenses are the right option for you. At Dittman Eyecare, we offer comprehensive contact lens exams and fitting services to ensure your contacts are the correct size, prescription, and shape for your eyes. We also offer competitive pricing and availability, serving as your local choice for contact lenses and contact care accessories. Contact us today to schedule a contact lens exam or to learn more about our contact lens options.