Since the first contact lens for vision correction was invented in the late 1800s, much has changed. The first lenses were made of glass, were heavy, and covered the whole eye surface. Later, they became smaller, lighter, and only covered the front of the eye. After that came the new softer materials that gave rise to soft contact lenses.
Today, you can get lenses made of different materials to fit your lifestyle and health. Some people may need lenses friendly for dry eye, others require them to fix irregular corneas, and some have them to deal with common vision conditions. Some contact lenses that are quickly growing in popularity are daily disposable lenses.
Daily disposable lenses are a type of soft contact lens. Unlike their predecessors, you only wear them once and then get rid of them, hence the name. These lenses are gaining popularity because of several factors.
One reason is that they are much safer for your eyes. Because you only wear them once, you do not have to worry about bacteria building up on the lenses. Consequentially, the chances of eye infections fall significantly.
Another reason is that they need less care. Older and extended-care lenses require you to leave them in a disinfectant solution every night. It requires much more commitment than daily disposables you throw away at the end of the day. However, this does not mean you can be careless with these lenses. You will still need to take some care.
Because these lenses are only worn once, the care regimen has more to do with the habits you build around using them. The practices you need will also apply to most other contact lens types.
You must get your contacts from your optometrist for the best and safest experience. Your eye doctor at Advanced Eye Care and Optical will guide you on how to wear them and care for them. Also, getting your contacts from a licensed eye doctor will ensure they are the right fit.
When you wear lenses that do not fit you right, you can develop eye problems like abrasions. Also, your eye doctor will guide you on the best choice based on the condition of your eyes. For instance, you may need lenses with lower water content if you have dry eyes.
When you get your lenses, your eye doctor will give instructions on how to use them. Ensure that you keep to them to the best of your ability. It is the best way to have a good experience using the lenses.
The most appealing thing about daily disposable lenses is that you only wear them for a day and dispose of them. However, you may have to take them out in the middle of the day. You must keep them in the contact lens case with lens solution if you do. It is the only way to ensure they are safe to put back on.
Before putting on your daily disposable lenses, ensure your hands are clean. Hands collect bacteria and dirt; you do not want them to enter your eyes. Having clean hands is the best strategy to avoid eye infections.
Despite being daily disposable lenses, you may find you need to take your lenses off for one reason or another. You will need your contact lens case for this. To ensure your eyes stay safe from germs and dirt, maintain a clean lens case.
For more about how to take care of daily disposable contacts, visit Advanced Eye Care and Optical at our office in Jacksonville, Florida. Call (904) 996-1533 to book an appointment today.