Now that you’ve met with the ophthalmologist, it’s time to consider whether you’d like to replace your contacts daily or weekly.
Daily disposable contacts like Acuvue may be a convenient choice for your lifestyle and advantageous in that no cleaning is necessary. Instead of constantly squeezing solution to clean your tiny filament of a lens, a fresh pair can be worn every day. Daily disposable lenses are contacts that are used once and discarded at the end of the day. A fresh pair of lenses are applied each morning, which may be an attractive option for those unwilling to clean their lenses.
Daily disposable contact lenses are fairly popular among contact wearers and favorable to maintaining healthy eyes. Although you may deem throwing out lenses wasteful, there are other things to consider. Protein, lipids, calcium, and bacteria can easily build up on your lenses. Your tears are a natural vessel for these substances and make your eyes disposed to infection. Cleaning is vital; however, some deposits will inevitably remain and build up over time.
Weekly or Monthly
Daily wear is not to be confused with daily disposable. Daily disposable refers to contact lenses that are meant to be used once and discarded daily. Daily wear is worn daily but not suitable for overnight wear and must be cleaned and removed before sleep. Wearing lenses overnight increases the lens wearer’s risk for eye disease. Therefore lenses are often replaced on a weekly or monthly basis.
Proper cleaning and handling of weekly and monthly lenses is critical to keeping eyes healthy. Lens cleaning is not just an option, but a must in the world of weekly or monthly contacts due to the health risks bacterial deposits may present.
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UV Blocking Contact Lenses
Did you know ultraviolet rays can not only damage skin, but also the eye? UV radiation is prevalent all year round and able to reflect off all surfaces, causing an even higher risk to your eyes. Ultraviolet rays are even present underwater, albeit at 40% the intensity as above the surface.
In any weather condition, UV rays can have negative effects on the eye and therefore must be protected against at anytime. Exposure to UV rays without proper protection can cause eye disease and conditions severe enough to lead to legal blindness. Contacts with UV protection may definitely be an investment you’ll want to consider when choosing the best contact lenses for you.
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