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Most people wear soft contact lenses. Today, almost all soft contact lenses are disposable. They are made to be worn for a certain number of days and then thrown away and replaced. The most common replacement schedules are daily, 2 week, and monthly.
Daily disposable contact lenses are the fastest growing segment in the contact lens industry. Imagine having a clean, new lens to wear every day! You do not have to clean them, or store them, just throw them away each evening.
Many people think of daily contacts as too expensive. Some of the brands are more expensive. But remember, even if the lenses are more expensive, you don’t have to buy any cleaning solutions. Most people spend more than $200.00 per year on solutions. So, even if the lenses themselves cost more, the total cost might not be as much more as you think!
Daily disposables are a great choice for kids. Parents, you don’t have to worry about whether your child is taking proper care of the lenses. They wear a new pair every day!
These lenses are also great for part time wearers, or those who travel. You don’t have to store lenses, or wonder how old the lenses in your case are. Just wear them, and throw them out. And no worries about whether you can bring that bottle of multi-purpose solution on the plane. Don’t need it with daily disposable lenses!
And if you have ever suffered from dry eye with your contacts, daily disposable lenses may be for you. New lenses tend to feel less dry on the eyes. And there are some exciting, new technologies only available in daily disposable lenses!
Most Daily Disposable contact lenses are sold in convenient 30, 45, or 90 packs. So, you can buy what you need now, and come back for more when you are running low.
Some of the more common Daily Disposable contact lens brands are:
A daily disposable lens that keeps moisture in and irritation out and provides one of the highest levels of UV protection available in a daily contact lens. Lacreon Technology provides a cushion of moisture for enhanced comfort.
HydraLuxe Technology to provide all day comfort and the highest level of UV protection available in a daily contact lens. The lens works with your tears to provide all day comfort.
With Blink Activated Moisture Technology for refreshing comfort all day.
WetLoc Technology attracts and binds water to the lens, providing all day comfort. And the lens also shields the eye from both UVA and UVB rays.
SmartSilicone Technology delivers oxygen to the eyes with built in channels of moisture to prevent dryness. My Day also provides UVA and UVB protection, all in the softest daily contact lens available.
The 1st and only Water Gradient contact lens, Total1 has the highest breathability of any daily and a smooth gliding surface for exceptional comfort all day long.
Often, the more frequently lenses are replaced, the more comfortable they are. If you like the idea of frequent replacement, but find daily replacement a bit too much, maybe 2 week replacement is for you.
2 week replacement lenses are sold in 6, 12 or 24 packs. This allows you to buy your entire year supply right away, or buy some every 3 or 6 months to spread the cost out over time.
Some of the choices in the 2 week replacement category include:
Hydraclear Plus Technology helps stabilize the tear film to minimize dryness. And Oasys has the highest level of UV protection available in a contact lens.
A lens that provides UV protection, is naturally wettable, and lets the eyes breathe and stay moist. 80% of people who wear Avaira report wearing them for over 14 hours per day!
Monthly replacement is currently the most popular schedule among our patients. It is easy- just throw the old lenses away at the end of the month, and start with a new pair on the first of the month. Care systems are more convenient than ever before, and you get a new pair of lenses every month!
These lenses are sold in 6 packs. You can bring your entire year supply home with you.
The links below can be used to investigate some of the choices for monthly replacement contact lenses:
Vita has the highest level of UV protection available in a contact lens and HydraMax Technology delivering hydration throughout the lens. Vita provides lasting comfort throughout the month.
SmartShield Technology creates a protective layer of moisture to reduce deposits and enhance comfort for the entire month.
Aquafrom Technology allows your eyes to breathe and delivers the premium level of comfort that you desire.
Night & Day allows more oxygen through the lens to the eye than any other available soft contact lens. It is FDA approved for up to 30 days of overnight wear.
AerGel material allows natural levels of oxygen to reach your eyes and resists protein build-up. An aspheric design provides exceptional vision.
Seal Technology allows the lens to maintain 95% of its moisture for 16 hours.
Soft contact lenses are also available in a range of colors. However, even if you wear the contacts for cosmetic purposes only, they still require a prescription and proper care. The links below will allow you check out what colors are available.
With a unique, smooth surface, Air Optix Aqua Colors provide breathability, comfort, and a range of colors from subtle to vibrant. Available with and without correction.
3-in-1 Color Technology blends with your natural eye color to enhance or transform your eye color. Available with and without correction.
Remember, all contact lenses are medical devices that are regulated by the U.S. government. By law, whether they correct your vision or not, contact lenses require a prescription. Any type of contact lens that can be purchased without a prescription is being sold illegally- and it might pose serious risks to sight and eye health. This is because, like clear lenses, colored lenses are worn on the eye and carry the same risk of complication as other soft contact lenses.
* Most soft contact lenses are daily wear. This means that they must be removed every night. Some lenses are extended wear. This means that the lens provides enough oxygen to the cornea that it has been tested and approved to be slept in. Some lenses are approved to be slept in occasionally, and some lenses are approved to be slept in regularly. Even when lenses are approved to be slept in, there are more risks to the eye health when lenses are slept in than when they are removed each night. Ask your eye doctor if your eyes are healthy enough to sleep in your contact lenses.