Disposable contact lenses are extremely popular these days. As an alternative to hard lenses of the past and rigid gas permeable lenses of today, they are generally considered to be far superior in comfort and wearability. They come in many different varieties, and it is important to know which is best for you. Below, our trusted eyecare professionals give you a brief explanation of some of the major types of disposable contact lenses on the market today.
Daily disposable contact lenses
These lenses are, as the name describes, meant to be worn daily then disposed of at the end of the day. Putting on a fresh pair of lenses every morning allows the lenses to stay clean and avoid eye irritation. The lenses are thin and water like. That means they stay moist throughout the day but can really only be worn once. Dangerous calcium or hairspray deposits, normally associated with bi-weekly and monthly contact lenses, are no longer an issue, and the chances of developing contact lens-related eye infections, normally associated with monthly and bi-weekly contact lenses, become almost a non-issue. We have found that more and more patients are requesting daily disposable lenses and now, the majority of our contact lenses wearing patients at our Poway location is wearing daily disposable lenses.
Monthly or bi-monthly contact lenses
These contact lenses are thicker than daily disposables. They are thus more durable. However, the longer they are worn, they tend to build up residue and deposits. They require daily disinfectant material such as contact lens solution.
What are the differences between daily and monthly contact lenses?
For a long time, the go-to disposable contact lens was the monthly or bi-monthly contact lens. The standard was to wear these lenses a couple weeks (or more if you wanted to live dangerously). Every night, you would put them in some form of contact lens solution. However, in recent years, daily disposable contact lenses have really burst onto the scene. It allows the wearer the feeling of a fresh pair of lenses, every day plus the ease of simply disposing of their contact lenses at the end of every day instead of hassling with contact lens solution.
Is there a difference in cost?
For a time, daily disposables were far more expensive than monthly lenses. However, manufacturers have developed better technology to lower the cost of the materials needed to make the daily disposables. While daily disposables are still more expensive, the price gap has shrunk.
Based on the fact that the daily disposables are a healthier fit for the eye, causing less dryness and redness, we like to recommend these contact lenses to patients. Obviously, it depends on a person's budget and lifestyle and it is a decision we can ultimately make together. Call us to book an appointment to discuss what works best for you.
It should be noted that many disposable contact lenses, of all varieties, also offer tints and colors that may accent your natural eye color or change your eye color altogether. Those with Presbyopia normally would need to have bi-weekly or monthly contacts, although new daily disposable options are also beginning to emerge. For more information, speak with your eye doctor today.