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Daily disposable contact lenses are gaining in popularity amongst both users and eye doctors. They have many advantages, including health and comfort benefits. Here at OptimEYES in Ashburn, we recommend daily disposable lenses to most people who can wear them.
Daily disposable contacts are single-wear lenses designed to be put in at the beginning of the day and discarded when you take them out at the end of the day. They are different from other contact lenses that are designed to be worn daily for a week, two weeks, or a month before replacement.
Be careful when reading about daily disposables, though: the term 'daily wear' applies to non-disposable contacts that are not designed to be worn overnight, not disposable lenses. The same is true of the term 'disposable' because some lenses designed to be replaced as infrequently as once a month are labeled as disposable.
There are a number of health, comfort, and convenience benefits to wearing daily disposable lenses. From a health perspective, disposable lenses are ideal because they do not have a chance to accumulate debris, proteins, minerals, and other materials. Even when you clean your contacts properly, it is impossible to get everything off, so the longer you wear them, the more things build up on them.
In terms of comfort, many people find daily disposable lenses more comfortable because there is nothing built up on the lens. Especially for people with allergies or other conditions aggravated by the presence of these things in their eyes, disposable lenses may be the best option.
Daily disposable contact lenses are also the most convenient option. There is no need to buy and use cleaning solutions or to store your contacts. Every day, you simply put in a new pair of lenses in the morning and throw them away when you go to bed.
Most people who need contact lenses can wear daily disposables. However, there are a few people who need special prescriptions who might not be able to. If you are not sure whether you can wear them or not, make an appointment to be fitted by our eye doctor. We can discuss your options for lenses as well as provide you with the best possible fit during your exam.
We offer contact lens exams here at OptimEYES in Ashburn, for patients who are interested in both disposable and traditional, longer-wearing lenses. If you already wear contact lenses or would like to, give us a call at (703)687-4719 to make an appointment.