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Why Daily Disposable Contact Lenses Are a Healthy Choice for Your Eyes

Posted on April 13th, 2017
man smiling and wearing daily contact lenses

Contact lenses make sight correction simple. Without having to undergo painful laser eye surgery, you can enjoy a life free of glasses. These vision enhancers move with your gaze, allowing for a natural field of view without obstruction or distortion of your environment. Compared with wearing typical eyewear, contacts reduce complications of loss, breakage, and constant cleaning. Freedom from eyewear makes participating in sports and other physical activities effortless and may offer better, more uniform sight than regular eyeglasses.

Daily disposable contact lenses a top choice for maintaining health

Daily disposable lenses are the most hygienic option in the market today. By tossing your contacts out on a regular basis, you can more easily maintain clear, healthy-looking eyes and feel more comfortable.

Many eye care professionals recommend daily disposable lenses because the risk of lens deposit accumulation is not as high a factor. Substances found naturally in your eyes, such as protein, calcium, and lipids, can eventually build up on a longer-wear contact. These deposits make wearing lenses less comfortable than when they were fresh out of the package and can place your eyes at risk of infection. By way of frequent replacement, the cleaning process of lenses and storing of cases is eliminated.

Three tips on choosing the best daily

Switching to daily contact lenses is a lifestyle change, so make sure to consult with your eye doctor about what to consider and expect. The right choice depends on many things, such as your prescription, how your eyes react to a lens underneath the eyelid, and your willingness to commit to a maintenance plan. Here are a few questions to help guide you in making the big decision.

  • Do you experience any complications with dry eyes or allergies?

    Symptoms relating to these issues will affect the comfort level of your contacts. Daily disposables are the best choice for lens-related allergy symptoms as they help reduce related irritation. Ask your eye doctor about brands specifically made for dry eyes.
  • Are you willing to clean and care for your lenses?

    Depending on the type of lens you select, each come with varying cleaning, storage, and care requirements. If you find adhering to a schedule and taking the time to disinfect your contacts to be a challenge, daily disposables may be the best option.
  • How often do you want to wear contacts?

    If you want to switch between glasses and contacts regularly and are looking for a less frequent wear schedule, consider daily disposables. Some hard lenses must be worn and cleaned every day to maintain their comfort and functionality. As well, you may end up saving dollars by wearing disposables since once you remove a contact from its packaging, the clock begins ticking on its expiry date.

You’ve got options

Although dailies are a healthy option for most, they aren’t always the appropriate choice for everyone. Luckily, you’ve got options! There are two categories of contacts on the market today: soft lenses and rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses. Within these types, various materials are used and replacement schedules are followed.

  • Daily wear. These soft flexible plastic disposable lenses are comfortable to wear because they allow oxygen to reach your eyes. Since dailies are tossed after one use, they do not have to be cleaned. Wearers are at less risk of health complications because scrubbing is not required. 
  • RGP. These contacts are made of flexible plastic that allows oxygen to pass through to the eyes. They are comfortable to wear but tend to slip off the centre of the eye. As a result, debris can settle underneath the lenses. Most RGPs have a relatively long life.
  • Extended wear. These lenses come in soft and RGP formats and can be worn for up to seven days at a time. Because they allow for overnight wear, they require regular monitoring and professional care.
  • Extended-wear disposable. These soft lenses can be worn for up to six days. Special formats have a lifespan of 30 days. They decrease your risk of eye infection if proper wear instructions are followed.
  • Planned replacement. These soft lenses are replaced biweekly, monthly, or quarterly. Cleaning and disinfection are required.

Read more about healthy contact lens habits on our blog or book an appointment at a nearby FYidoctors location.