Benefits of Daily Disposable Contact Lenses
Imagine if you had a fresh pair of contact lenses waiting for you each morning? Or if you didn’t have to pack a lens case or bottle of contact lens care solution when you went on a trip? What would this level of convenience be worth to you? How about a dollar or less per day? It doesn’t make sense not to when you think of the many benefits of daily disposable contact lenses. And yet, daily disposable contact lenses are far less utilized in the US than they are in other countries. In Europe and Asia they are the primary type of contact lens that is worn. There are different brands of daily disposable contact lenses with benefits for everyone from teenagers to those who need multi-focal lenses or who want color contacts.
With daily disposable lenses, young patients and first-time wearers of contacts do not have to bother with following cleaning and storing procedures that are necessary for safe and comfortable wear with other disposable contact lenses. Parents of these patients then do not have to worry that their son or daughter is not properly taking care of their contact lenses or doing harm to their eyes. Daily disposables are fast and convenient and great for those patients who want to wear contacts only for sports or recreational activities or simply a night out. Each time they want to wear their contacts, they do not have to worry about how long their pair has been sitting in solution and if they are still clean or not.
Disposable Contacts help with Allergies
Allergy sufferers can have problems with their contacts itching, feeling gritty, and drying out. Some will not even try contacts or stop wearing them and switch to glasses because of this. Sometimes, no matter how well these patients clean their lenses, they are not able to wear contacts comfortably for the full 2 week or monthly time period they are supposedly good for. Daily disposable contacts greatly reduce the amount of protein and biofilm buildup on the lens surface which leads to uncomfortable lens wear and allergic conjunctivitis. Allergic conjunctivitis can occur with a without contact lenses and can affect patients in spring and fall or throughout the year. A more severe allergic reaction that affects contact lens wearers is giant papillary conjunctivitis(GPC), in which bumps form under the eyelid from the mechanical action of the contact lens rubbing against it. This is aggravated by the amount of buildup on a lens. For this reason, daily disposable contacts are recommended to any patient who has had GPC or who is at risk of this happening.
Multifocal disposable contacts and color disposable contacts.
Cibavision® makes multi-focal and color contact lenses in daily disposable form. This gives more freedom to those who normally have to wear reading glasses over their contacts. Focus® Dailies® Progressives are also a good for progressive glasses wearers who want another option for near and far vision correction on special occasions. This was, they don’t have to worry about paying a lot of money for one pair or a package of lenses they may only use once and lose or be unable to keep clean enough for a second time of wear. Teenagers and adults who wear other brands of contact lenses most of the time but who want to change their eye color on occasion can try the Freshlook® One Day Color contact lenses for these times. Both Focus® Dailies® Progressives and Freshlook® One Day Color are available in certain powers so check with your eye doctor to see if you can wear them.
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