All About Colored Contact Lenses
Disposable Contact Lenses
We live in a disposable society. Most people think of that as a sad thing, but when it comes to your contact lenses, disposables simply make more sense than more traditional contact lenses. Regular contact lenses are meant to be worn repeatedly, and require disinfecting and careful cleaning between wearing. A doctor may prescribe conventional contact lenses that must be removed every day, or extended wear contact lenses that can be worn for up to a month before being removed. Disposable contact lenses also come in daily and extended wear varieties. It's not the length of time that determines whether a lens is disposable or not. It's the fact that they are meant to be worn just once, and then thrown away and replaced with a new, clean pair. The wear time can be as short as daily, or as long as a month.
Benefits of disposable contact lenses?
Are you considering disposable contact lenses, but aren't quite sure yet? Comparing the
pros and cons of using disposable contact lenses can help you decide.
Are disposable contact lenses right for you?
Disposable contact lenses aren't for everyone, but there are lenses available for more
than 90% of contact lens wearers. The biggest potential disadvantage of disposable contact
lenses is the cost, but prices are coming down. When you factor in the cost of lens cleaning
solutions, disposable contact lenses, even daily disposables, can be nearly as inexpensive
as extended wear or conventional soft contact lenses. Buying them online or through a discount
eye house can make them as inexpensive as a dollar a day.
How long can you wear a pair of disposable contact lenses?
Many manufacturers offer disposable ‘dailies’ that are designed to be put in the morning, and disposed of at the end of the day. Next morning, just pop in a new pair. It may be tempting to try to save money by wearing them for longer than your doctor prescribes, but doing so increases the risk of infections and complications. Stick to the wear schedule given to you by your doctor, whether it's daily replacement or a more extended period.
What is the correct replacement schedule?
The right replacement schedule is the one that your doctor prescribes for you. It may
actually differ from the package directions if your eye doctor feels that you need to
replace them more often. The one hard and fast rule in wearing disposables is that you
only wear them once. Do not attempt to disinfect and reuse disposable contact lenses.
They're not made to withstand the chemicals.