by Melissa Hay, optometrist at Visique Milford
The research reports I’ve come across suggest that half of all contact lenses wearers discontinue wearing their contacts due to discomfort. There are many reasons why people experience discomfort from contact lenses from dry eye to allergy.
We are seeing an upward trend in daily disposable contact lenses. These contact lenses people wear for one day and then throw them away. This means you get a clean lens each day, so no risk of an eye infection. It is also much more comfortable on your eye because your eye gets a fresh lens to wear each day.
Daily disposables now cover a vast range of prescriptions and there are also progressive daily contact lenses available. These progressive lenses allow people over 45 see at all distances – such as the rugby score on TV and their smart phones. They are also available for people with astigmatism.
Daily lenses are a convenient option for people who only want to wear the contact lenses once a week or once every few days. It also means that you don’t need to purchase cleaning solution. The average cost of dailies works out to be less than $3.00 a day.
Travelling is a great time to wear the daily lenses, especially with the airlines restricting the carry-on liquids. It is also useful if your destination doesn’t have clean water readily available, which could cause an eye infection to develop. And, just throw them away at the end of the day – so easy!
Swimming pools are another great time to use a daily lens, as the chemicals in the pool and in the atmosphere can get embedded into the contact lens creating toxicity. But, if the lens is daily, it can just be thrown away.
A large number of people are allergic to contact lens solutions, and using a daily contact lens takes the solutions out of the equation. Even for allergic people, the daily contact lenses can reduce their allergies - the contact lens acts as a barrier to the outside world, and when thrown away – it throws away all the allergens that may have been accumulated over the day.
One study found that 92% of contact lens cases are contaminated with bacteria or fungi. I always say the most common reason for someone to get an eye infection from contact lenses is because they are using a ‘dirty’ contact lens case. So often it is overlooked, people just pop their lenses into it overnight without giving it a clean. So using a daily contact lens takes away the need for a case, therefore lowering the risk of infection.
Daily lenses are thinner than monthly lenses, making them more comfortable on the eye. The technology in the material is also fascinating and always changing. Some new dailies try to mimic the many layers of the tear film, meaning that you almost can’t feel the lens on your eye.
Consider daily contact lenses so you can enjoy what’s in front of your eyes, rather than thinking about what is in them! If you want to find out more about daily contact lenses, contact your local Visique today - 0800 VISIQUE (847 4783).