The Benefits of Disposable Contact Lenses

By Gordon Wong, OD on March 29, 2019

A disposable contact lensContact lenses are a great option for those who require vision correction but don't want to wear eyeglasses all of the time.

There are many different types of contact lenses, with disposable options being some of the most popular. At Gordon Wong Eye Designs & Optometry, Drs. Gordon G. Wong and Wildon C. Wong are proud to offer daily and monthly disposable contact lenses that provide many benefits to our patients in the La Jolla, CA area.

To learn more about how you may benefit from disposable contact lenses, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with one of our doctors.

Disposable Contact Lenses Offer Many Benefits

Today, contact lenses are available in daily disposable and monthly disposable options. Daily disposable contact lenses are worn for one day, generally as long as 16 hours, and then removed and thrown away.

Monthly contact lenses are used for a month before being thrown away and replaced with a new pair. Some monthly disposable contacts can be worn for extended periods of time, from several days to a full 30 days, while others may need to be removed and cleaned regularly.

Both daily and monthly disposable contact lenses offer many benefits, making them popular choices for contact lens wearers. Let's take a closer look at some of the greatest benefits of disposable contact lenses.

More Comfortable Than Rigid Gas Permeable Lenses

Disposable contact lenses are made of a soft, flexible plastic, which many find more comfortable than today's rigid gas permeable lenses.

Because of the soft, flexible nature of disposable contacts, most people find that they adjust to wearing these contacts quicker than they adjust to wearing rigid lenses.

Another reason disposable contact lenses are more comfortable is that the material used to make them allows oxygen to easily pass through the lens and to the eye. In addition to making disposable lenses more comfortable, the flow of oxygen through these lenses also helps to maintain eye health.

Daily Disposable Contact Lenses Don't Need Cleaning

One of the biggest benefits of daily disposable contact lenses is that they don't need cleaning. Just as the name suggests, daily disposable contacts are worn once and discarded at the end of the day.

People who wear daily disposable contact lenses don't need to clean their contacts since they simply get thrown away, helping to save time and allowing contact wearers to enjoy a fresh pair of contacts every day.

Disposable Contact Lenses Reduce the Risk of Eye Infections

Naturally occurring substances, such as calcium, lipids, and proteins found in tears can build up on contact lenses over time. Regularly cleaning non-disposable lenses can help remove these substances, but it's common for some deposits to remain on the lenses. Over time, as substances accumulate on the contacts, the eyes can become irritated or infected.

Frequently replacing contact lenses can help prevent lens build up and reduce the risk of infection, which is just one significant benefit of daily disposable contacts and monthly disposable contacts.

Some Monthly Disposables May Be Worn for Extended Periods of Time

Monthly disposable contacts are often available as extended wear options, meaning that they can be worn for multiple days at a time. Some monthly disposable contacts may be worn continuously for as long as 30 days.

However, it should be noted that when opting for a 30-day extended wear disposable contact, it is important to understand that it is recommended that extended wear contacts be removed and cleaned at least once a week.

Are Disposable Contact Lenses Right for You?

If you currently wear contact lenses or wear eyeglasses and are ready to make the switch, disposable contact lenses may be right for you. For more information, please call (858) 454-4699 to schedule a consultation with one of our doctors.

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