The Benefits of Daily Disposable Contact Lenses
Let’s be honest, we all want to save a little money here and there, and sometimes, we put our bank balance before our health.
If you wear contact lenses, chances are you think reusable lenses are more cost effective than disposable lenses. At first glance, that may be true, until you drop a lens down the bathroom sink or somewhere on the floor. But there are many more benefits to choosing disposable lenses than the cost. So let’s take a look at why disposable lenses may be the best choice for your health and also your bank balance.
Daily Disposable Contact Lenses are Healthier
In our opinion, one of the most important reasons for choosing disposable lenses over reusable lenses is the health of your eyes. There is absolutely no doubt that disposable lenses are the healthier choice. If you have worn hard or soft reusable lenses, you may have noticed that they become uncomfortable to wear after a certain period of time; it could be after a few months or up to a year, but however long it takes, the lenses gradually become contaminated with airborne allergens and bacteria, even if they are cleaned regularly. This is due to the fact that your tears contain small deposits of calcium, proteins, and lipids, and these small deposits build up on reusable lenses.
This can lead to nasty eye infections or unattractive bloodshot eyes.
We Have Sloppy Cleaning Habits
Even the most diligent person gets a little sloppy sometimes, and instead of thoroughly cleaning your lenses or your hands before putting the lenses in your eyes, we may just top up the cleaning solution, or lick the lens before placing it in your eye. Even rubbing your eyes with hands that have not been washed can expose your eye to a serious infection such as ulcerative keratitis. This can be uncomfortable, painful, and, if left untreated, it can cause permanent vision damage or loss.
The Long Term Health and Financial Costs
If you wear contact lenses every day, then daily disposable contact lenses are the more expensive choice, but if you wear them once or twice a week, you may find that the cost of daily disposables is comparable to reusables. And more importantly, daily disposable lenses are made from silicone hydrogel. The substance allows oxygen to pass through the lens, which helps protect against dryness.
And if you add up the extra expense of storage solution, eye drops for dryness and red eye, you will find that in the long run, the disposable lenses don’t cost much more.
Daily Disposable Lenses are the Most Convenient Solution
Everyone who wears contact lenses has gone through the anxiety of dropping one down the sink, or on the floor. And when this happens there is no other solution but to buy a new pair.
With daily disposables this will never be an issue, because you always have a back up.
With daily disposables, you can feel confident in the knowledge that the lenses are completely sterile, you can throw a few extra pairs in your bag in case you lose one, and the fun thing is that, many disposable lenses also offer tints and colours, so you can experiment with dazzling new eye colours without committing to one single colour.
As with all eye care treatments and products, check with your Kelowna eye doctor to determine if daily disposables are the best choice for you. There are many choices of lenses on the market, and they may be stored in different solutions, or have differing UV protection rates. Your optometrist will be able to offer you advice and information to help you make the right choice.
Remember, your eyes have to last a lifetime, and an investment in health is always a good choice.