If you are like most people who are on the go, you do not want the hassle of cleaning your contact lenses each night. Even wearing glasses can slow you down as you take the time to clean them several times each day. Fortunately, our Jacksonville eye doctor offers daily disposable contact lenses.
Daily disposable contact lenses are single-use lenses that allow you put a fresh pair in each morning and throw them away at the end of the day. They are one of several types of contact lenses, such as daily wear lenses, which you remove from your eyes and store each night before sleeping, and extended wear lenses that you can wear overnight. Unlike daily disposable lenses that you throw away each night and replace each day, daily wear lenses and extended wear lenses are replaced weekly, monthly or quarterly, depending on the brand.
Contact lens manufacturers make some of today’s daily disposable contact lenses from the same material as their traditional contacts. They make other disposable lenses from new materials and manufacturing designs developed especially for disposable products. Your optometrist can help you decide which brand is right for you.
Daily disposable lenses provide all day comfort without the inconvenience and mess of other contact lenses. Brand new lenses are fresh and clean, so daily contact lenses help you see clearly all day long.
Since you throw them away each night, you do not have to worry about messy cleaning liquids and plastic storage cases. This also saves you from the expense of purchasing contact lens cleaning solutions and machines, and from the inconvenience of toting liquids and machines around with you when you travel.
No matter how well you have washed your hands before handling contact lenses, you still have a little residual dirt, film, and grime or bacteria left on your fingers. This residue spreads onto your contact lens and then into your eye. Grit and grime can grind against your eye to cause irritation, redness, and discomfort. Film covering the contact can blur your vision and cause irritation.
Convenience and comfort have made daily disposable lenses popular with consumers; the health benefits are making these lenses popular with consumers and their eye doctors. Each time you handle your contact lenses, there is a risk of spread bacteria from your fingers to the contact and then to your eye.
Exposure to bacteria increases the risk of bacterial conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye, which is an eye infection that causes redness of the whites of your eyes, itching, burning, blurred vision, increased tear production and thick discharge from your eyes. Conjunctivitis is contagious, inconvenient and potentially expensive, as you have to throw away used lenses and any eye makeup you may use.
Wearing extended wear contact lenses overnight also poses potential health problems as wearing contacts at night may increase the risk of eye infections.
Even though you clean daily wear and extended wear contact lenses frequently, cleaning is not always 100 percent effective. Certain substances, such as protein, calcium, and lipids, can build up on your contacts and these deposits make your contacts less comfortable than when the lenses were new, no matter how much you clean the used lenses.
Protein molecules are large and found in all living cells; the protein in your tears can collect on your contacts to cause cloudy vision. The calcium in your tears can also cloud your vision, as calcium deposits can accumulate on the surface of your lens. Lipids are oily, fatty, waxy substance. Lipids in your tears form an oily layer that keeps your eyes moisturized but lipids can also cause an oily layer to develop on your contact lenses.
An older contact can never be as fresh and clean as a new one. In other words, the more often you change your contact lenses, the healthier and more comfortable your eyes will be. Daily disposable lenses give you a fresh, clean contact every day of the week.
Daily disposable contact lenses are even more convenient than eyeglasses, in that they never need cleaning, do not fog up, you never lose them – and you get to wear sunglasses, which is a treat many eyeglass wearers rarely enjoy.
Daily disposable contact lenses may be for you if you are tired of the messy hassle of cleaning your contact lenses each night, you want clear vision that lasts all day, and you want to avoid eye problems associated with daily wear and extended wear contact lenses.
If you need corrective lenses and are interested in daily disposable contact lenses, make an appointment with our Jacksonville optometrist. VAL-Uvision carries all the major brands of daily contacts, including Air Optix, Biofinity, PureVision and more. Free yourself from the hassle of eyeglasses and cleaning contacts – make your appointment for daily disposable contact lenses from VAL-Uvision by calling one of our 2 optometry locations in Jacksonville, Florida!