Daily contacts, also known as daily disposable lenses, are designed to be worn for 1 day and then thrown away. They are typically made from a soft material called hydrogel or silicone hydrogel. These materials help more oxygen reach the eyes, which can be essential for maintaining healthy and comfortable eyes when you wear contact lenses.
Unlike traditional contacts that need to be cleaned and stored overnight, daily contacts are discarded after each use and should not be worn more than once. This can make them a convenient option for those with busy lifestyles or those who don’t want to deal with the extra steps of caring for traditional contacts.
Why You Shouldn’t Wear Daily Contacts More than Once
Daily contacts are not designed to be reused, and there are several reasons why this is important, including:
- Vision quality & lens durability: Daily contacts are often made from a thinner and more delicate material. Reusing them can cause damage to the lenses, leading to decreased vision quality.
- Convenience: Daily contacts are meant to be a hassle-free and convenient option. Attempting to clean and store daily contacts safely can be time-consuming and inconvenient.
- Hygiene & safety: Wearing daily contacts more than once can lead to a buildup of bacteria and proteins on the lenses. This can increase your risk of eye infections, as well as cause discomfort and irritation.
Benefits of Using Daily Contacts
One concern for many people when considering daily contacts is the cost. While they may seem more expensive upfront, it’s important to consider the long-term costs and benefits, such as:
- Less cleaning solution needed: With traditional contacts, you constantly need to purchase cleaning solution, which can add up over time. With daily contacts, there is often no need for cleaning solution, which can make them a potentially more cost-effective option.
- No need for contact lens cases: Daily contacts don’t require the use of contact lens cases. This means there’s no need to constantly purchase and replace these items, which can also save you money in the long run.
- Reduced risk of complications: The buildup of bacteria and proteins on traditional contacts can lead to eye infections and other complications. By using daily contacts, you can reduce this risk.
Tips for Caring for Daily Contacts
For the best experience when wearing daily contacts, here are some tips to keep in mind:
- Wash your hands before handling your lenses: This helps prevent transferring any dirt or bacteria onto the lenses.
- Avoid touching the inside of the lens: This can cause damage to the lens or transfer oils from your fingers onto the lens.
- Never reuse daily contacts: As mentioned before, reusing daily contacts is not recommended and can lead to eye complications.
- Use only contact lens solution: Do not use water or any other cleaning solutions to clean or store your daily contacts, as this can cause damage to the lenses and potentially harm your eyes.
- Replace your contacts on schedule: Daily contacts are designed for single use, and even when you don’t use them, they can expire, so make sure to replace them according to the recommended schedule. Using them for longer than instructed can lead to discomfort and potential eye infections.
- Visit your eye doctor regularly: Even with daily contacts, it’s important to have regular checkups with your eye doctor. We can monitor your eye health and the comfort of your contacts.
Alternatives to Daily Contacts
If you’re looking for a different contact lens option, there are alternatives to daily contacts that you may want to consider:
- Weekly or monthly disposable contacts: These contacts can be worn for a longer period of time before needing to be replaced. However, it’s important to properly clean and store them according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Rigid gas-permeable (RGP) contacts: These are hard contact lenses that can offer longer wear and durability. They often require a longer adjustment period and may not be suitable for everyone, but they can be a good option for those who have trouble with soft contacts.
- Glasses: If you’re uncomfortable with the idea of using contact lenses, glasses are always a great alternative. They can also be a fashion statement and come in a variety of styles and designs.
- Laser eye surgery: Laser eye surgery can correct vision problems and reduce or eliminate the need for contact lenses or glasses. However, it is important to consult your doctor and fully understand the risks involved before making a decision.
Comprehensive Eye Exams & Contact Lens Fittings in Pittsburgh
While daily contacts may offer convenience and comfort, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons before making a decision. Consider your lifestyle, budget, and overall eye health when choosing between daily contacts or other alternatives.
At McCauley Celin Eyecare Associates, we provide comprehensive eye exams and contact lens fittings to help you find the best option for your vision needs. With a contact lens exam and fitting, we can provide a personalized recommendation and give you guidance on how to care for your contacts.
We are here to support and guide you in making the best decision for your eye health and comfort. Contact us today and schedule an appointment to take the first step toward finding the contacts that fit your eyes.