One Day use contact lenses have been around for several years, but only recently become a more popular mode of wearing contact lenses. There are many advantages to wearing one day, also called ‘single use’, contact lenses ranging from better health, convenience, and problem solving. This article will review some of the reasons you may want to consider using one day contact lenses.
Why are One Day lenses better than traditional disposable contact lenses?
When traditional disposable lenses appeared on the market in the late 80’s, they were welcomed by eye doctors and patients as a much needed improvement over their predecessor – individual lenses. Doctors were seeing less problems with infections and other complications, and patients were experiencing better comfort and the convenience of having multiple pairs of contact lenses. At first the lenses were a little pricey for some patients, but over time with the advancement of technology and the addition of competition, the prices dropped and more patients opted for this improved contact lens option.
The next step in the evolution of contact lenses would be the single-use contact lens modality. With traditional disposable contact lenses, you still have to clean the lenses, keep track of your replacement schedule and buy contact lens solutions. Plus, eye doctors were still seeing complications and infections, although more so with patients who were overwearing or abusing their traditional contact lenses. Now with single use lenses, doctors are seeing even fewer complications and the patient convenience factor is better so everyone is happy.
Who should wear One Day contact lenses?
Single use lenses are ideal for virtually every patient, but there are some particular situations where single use lenses are the preferred option for health, convenience, and successful contact lens wear. Single use lenses are ideal for:
- Children and teenagers – easier to comply with directions, great way to begin contact lens wear.
- Dry eye patients – lenses are their most moist when they are brand new, replaced daily.
- History of eye infections – most recurrent eye infections are resolved.
- Non-compliant patients
One Day contact lenses are slightly more expensive that traditional disposable contact lenses, but the advantages are valuable as well. Ask you eye doctor if One Day lenses are right for you.