Choosing between contact lenses and glasses mainly depends upon the preference of the person who is going to wear them. However, a lot of people who have realized the fact that they usually look more attractive without glasses have started using contact lenses. Based on the replacement schedule, you Ophthalmologist may ask you to choose from any of the following types of lens, quarterly disposable, weekly disposable and daily disposable.
WHICH KIND ARE BEST FOR YOU?
These contact lenses are to be replaced every three months. These lenses used to be very popular in the past, but people have started to conceive the fact that, lenses that are frequently changed provide more comfort. Quarterly disposable lenses are usually made of rigid material and might be highly uncomfortable in the beginning.
These lenses are designed to last for a week to two weeks. Many people these days choose weekly disposable lenses.
Daily disposable lenses could be called “use and throw away.” As the name suggests, people use them for the day and replace them with new lenses the next day. These are the most comfortable to the eye and also prevent most eye problems stemming from contact lens usage.
Now that you have understood how contact lenses are classified based on replacement schedule let us see why daily disposables are the most popular when it comes to hygiene and comfort.
You will feel extremely comfortable with daily disposable lenses. Since these lenses are designed for only one day’s use, they are made out of fragile and soft material. You will not even feel you are wearing daily lenses. Many people who sport quarterly disposables are bothered by the fact that they can actually see their contacts. You cannot detect daily disposable lenses.
The longer you wear your contacts, the more likely you will get dust and protein accumulated on your lenses. You will have no issues regarding dirt or deposits accumulating in your daily disposables since you are going to use them just one day and replace them with a new pair the next morning. This is one of the greatest advantages of using daily disposables; since you don’t let dirt or another unwanted stuff build-up on your contacts, you will always have a clear vision.
Your eyes need to breathe; a constant supply of oxygen is needed by your cornea. When you are asleep, the oxygen will be supplied to your cornea using blood vessels that is present on the back of your eyelids. Daily disposable lenses are very flimsy and so they allow maximum oxygen to pass through. If your cornea is not supplied with ample oxygen, it might lead to an eye condition called corneal hypoxia, which might lead to other conditions including a decrease in vision.
Dirt & Infection
The two most sensitive parts of our body that are exposed to a constant bombardment of dirt and affected by pollution are our skin and eyes. The human eye has a self-cleaning mechanism using cleaning all the dirt, deposited calcium and protein through tears. If you are going to wear a quarterly/annual disposal contacts, then you might be at the risk of getting infected since you will have to handle the same contacts over and over for several months. In the case of daily contacts, you don’t have to worry about infection since you are going to change your contacts every single day. Therefore, hygiene conscious lens users’ trend to go for daily disposable these days.
A lot of times you might find yourself damaging your contacts by handling them roughly or accidentally dropping. It could be very depressing if you are wearing hard quarterly or annual disposable contacts which are a bit expensive to replace. When it comes to daily disposable, you don’t have to mourn about damaging or tearing your contacts. You can easily replace the damaged lenses with a brand-new pair of lenses for a very affordable price.
CONTACT LENSES SAFETY TIPS
It is highly recommended to always wash your hands before picking your contacts from your lens case. It’s better if you wash your hands with anti-bacterial soap or hand wash for at least 10 seconds.
Always use the recommended lens solution. Never use ordinary tap water to wash your contact lenses. You might sometimes find school kids, and naïve adults were doing this. This might affect your lens quality. Even if you have daily disposables and find the need to wash them, only use your lens solution.
Finally, never buy colored contact lenses from beach shops and convenience stores, just because they are cheap. They can do considerable damage to your eyes.