We always strive to stay current with the latest tools in medical and eye care. The latest and greatest contact lenses have been lenses that are worn for a single day only–daily contact lenses. These lenses are used for one day only and thrown away at the end of the day. This is a better lens for several reasons.
First, the lenses can be made thinner so they are less noticeable on your eyes which leads to longer wear times per day without discomfort.
Second, replacing the lenses daily eliminates any residual build up on your lenses from decreasing comfort. All monthly wear contact users have felt their contacts becoming less comfortable over time and can’t wait to get a new pair on again. Imagine that same feeling every day! Daily wear users have the benefit of a fresh, clear, clean lens on their eyes every day!
Third, many people overuse their monthly lenses by wearing them longer than is recommended by the FDA. Many people think that they are VERY careful with their lenses so they can wear them longer. Trust us on this. No one is more careful with their lenses than the test group where every move they make is monitored and scrutinized by the FDA to gain approval of the lenses for public use. And all the tests show that the test lenses are all much less healthy for your eyes after 1 month of use than they were the first day of use, no matter how you treat them. Wearing monthly contacts for the normal month is still not as good as daily use lenses. So wearing them longer than a month will cause stress and damage to your eyes, every time. So daily contacts never become as unhealthy for your eyes as a contact lens you have worn for a month. This is because of a buildup of debris from your tears that occurs every day for the life of the lens. Cleaning removes a lot of the buildup, but never 100% of it.
Fourth, contact solutions aren’t needed with daily lenses. They are prepackaged with enough solution to insert them in your eyes. This means no more cost of solution throughout the year. Typical solutions cost $125-150 per year if you are using them correctly. Reusing solution or “topping off” of solution saves money but was found to be the reason many people had to have eyes removed several years ago. So it was definitely not worth the savings!
Fifth, daily contact lenses have come down in price very dramatically over time. With many manufacturers offering rebates on only the newest lenses, daily contact lenses are often times less costly per year than monthly comparable lenses. This is helped by not needing to purchase solutions as well. In the end, there are very few reasons to stay with older lens technology now. The newer lenses are healthier, more comfortable, more convenient, and now more cost effective!
We prescribe and evaluate all major brands of soft and rigid contact lenses. Additionally, we prescribe custom designed contact lenses for special needs as well as special eye problems. We have many years of experience in fitting people with contact lenses to achieve clearest vision and have the most comfortable contact lenses possible. Specialized fitting may include: multifocal soft and rigid gas permeable lenses, monovision, astigmatism contacts and keratoconus lenses. Our staff members are able to answer many of your questions and are available for ongoing contact lens instruction and training.
Fitting of contact lenses can be an enjoyable experience. For most patients, we will have soft contact lenses in our office that we can use as trial lenses to check your comfort and vision in contact lenses. When we make changes to your prescription powers or lens parameters, we normally have our patients “trial” the new lenses for about a week to monitor for comfort and vision. We feel strongly that patients should come back to the clinic after trying the new lenses for the week so we can fine tune powers and any comfort issues. This ensures we get you in the best lenses for your eye before you buy contacts. This helps you avoid problems of the incorrect lenses on your eyes. It also leads to a happier and longer life of soft contact lens wear for more of our patients.