Daily Disposable Contact Lenses

The convenience of daily disposable contact lenses makes these flexible miniature specs popular with lots of people. No cleaning, no muss, no fuss. At the end of the day, each contact lens is removed from the eye and thrown in the trash. The next morning, a new lens is placed in each eye and the routine continues. Though it takes only a few minutes to cleanse a contact, throwing them away takes only seconds. Wearing new lenses each day also has a health advantage. A person's tears naturally contain certain substances, such as protein and calcium. These substances build up on contacts throughout the day. The cleansing process is supposed to clean the lens of these substances, but solutions aren't one hundred percent effective. And some people are in such a hurry that they don't take the time to rinse the lens long enough to clean it thoroughly. Each day a contact is worn, more substances build up and the risk of infection increases. This is why so many eye care professionals recommend daily disposable contact lenses, sometimes referred to as one-day contacts, to their patients.

To avoid the daily cleaning routine, or perhaps out of laziness, some people sleep in their contacts even when they shouldn't. This tendency can also increase eye problems and is not a good habit to get into. Extended wear contacts are especially designed to be worn when sleeping, but even they may not be the healthiest option for optimal eye health. It's always best to follow the advice of one's eye care professional after a thorough vision test and evaluation has been conducted. When a user has a tendency to get infections, perhaps because of allergies, daily disposable contact lenses may be the best option for reducing that risk. The one-day contacts are also great for people who only wear lenses once in a while. For example, someone may be more comfortable wearing glasses, but prefer lenses when participating in some sporting activity where glasses are a nuisance, such as scuba-diving or parasailing. Even when extended wear contacts are approved, the user needs to be diligent in following instructions for healthy eye care. All questions and concerns should be brought to the eye care professional's attention. Sight is a precious gift that needs to be protected from harm as much as possible.

For some people, the cost of daily disposable contact lenses may be prohibitive. Disposing of contacts every day means that the individual no longer has to purchase cleaning and rinsing solutions. However, that savings seldom is enough to compensate for the cost of one-day contacts. These people may find it more economical to use two-week contacts instead. Just as the name implies, these contacts are worn two weeks before being discarded. They aren't extended wear contacts, however, because the lenses are removed each night, cleaned and rinsed, and stored in a solution in a protective case. The only drawback of these types of contacts is keeping track of when the user first began wearing them and remembering when to throw them away. However, this is easily solved by making a notation on a calendar or other type of planner. Both biweekly and daily disposable contact lenses are good options for reducing the risk of infection or other eye problems.

"Deal bountifully with thy servant, that I may live, and keep thy word," wrote the psalmist, "Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law. I am a stranger in the earth: hide not thy commandments from me" (Psalm 119:17-19). This poetic Scripture is a passionate plea for spiritual insight, a much greater gift than physical eyesight. Spiritual vision comes from opening one's eyes to God's Word with a teachable heart. No contacts are needed, only a willingness to learn and a humble attitude. A person who has less than perfect eyesight is blessed to live during a time when such items as extended wear, biweekly, and daily disposable contact lenses are available to improve his physical vision. Many people enjoy wearing contacts instead of glasses which can be heavy and cumbersome. Some people find themselves wearing contacts and reading glasses at the same time!

As far as correcting one's physical vision, a variety of contacts, including daily disposable contact lenses, can be purchased through an eye professional, at some retail locations, and online. The customer will need her prescription to order contacts from a different vendor than her personal eye care professional. The prescription information is used to ensure that the customer gets the needed lenses to correct her vision. Before ordering, prospective customers should check out the vendor and evaluate such factors as the customer service guarantee and shipping policies. Some online sites offer discounts on orders that go over a certain dollar amount or they may offer another benefit, such as free shipping, for larger orders. A customer can take of introductory offers that may be available to test out a specific vendor. Signing up for an account is usually straightforward, but, once again, the prospective customer will need the prescription information before placing an order. Whether a visually-impaired person uses extended wear, biweekly, or daily disposable contact lenses, he needs to take care of his eyes by following the advice of his eye care professional. Contacts should not be worn more than recommended and all but the one-day disposables need to be carefully and thoroughly cleaned to reduce the risk of infection and other eye problems.

Daily Contact Lenses

Disposable daily contact lenses are extremely convenient for people who have visual problems that need correction. A new len is placed in each eye and thrown away when it's removed. The wearer doesn't have to worry about cleaning or disinfecting the lenses. They don't have to be stored in a lens case. The wearer doesn't even have to worry about losing her contacts since she has additional packets of her prescription just waiting to be opened. Perhaps the biggest drawback to disposable dailies is the cost. The price of disposables is slightly offset by the savings from not buying cleansing and disinfecting solutions, but can still add up for someone who wears contacts every day. However, some people wear eyeglasses most of the time and may only wear contacts on certain occasions. For example, a person who works from home doing extensive work on a computer may prefer wearing glasses most of the time. But he may wish to wear contacts when meeting clients or going out with friends. For this individual, who is wearing contacts only two or three times a week, daily contact lenses are a nominal expense.

Researchers know that proteins and other substances are naturally found in tears. When a person wears contacts, these substances build up on the lenses. This is why it's so important to clean and disinfect contacts after wearing them and before putting them back into one's eyes. This procedure used to be very cumbersome, especially for those who wore soft contacts. Each lens needed to be carefully positioned and locked in place, then sterilized in a small electrical appliance for several hours every day. Thanks to improvements in the effectiveness of disinfecting solutions, these appliances are no longer necessary. However, disposable daily contact lenses are a more hygienic option than using cleaning solutions. This is because even the most careful cleaning and disinfecting cannot completely remove the protein buildup. Additionally, not everyone takes proper care of their contacts or the storage case. Every time the contacts are handled, there is an increased risk of infection. Eye infections can be very serious. Contacts rest on the cornea and dirty lenses can create major problems.

Those who can't afford disposable daily contact lenses do have other options. Some contacts are made to be worn for up to two weeks before disposing of them. With proper cleaning and disinfecting of the contacts and the storage case, these lenses can be an economical option for lens wearers. Even though the contacts will be disposed, the wearer should still use proper handling techniques to reduce the risk of infection. Then, after keeping track of the two-week period, the contacts can be disposed and new ones placed in the eyes. The two-week disposables should not be confused with extended wear contacts. The latter are promoted as lenses that can be placed in the eyes for an extended period of time without being removed. This means that the person sleeps while wearing the contacts. However, most eye care professionals don't recommend that practice. Wearing contacts while sleeping is a sure way to increase the risk of getting a serious eye infection. It's better to remove the lenses, either cleaning and storing them or throwing them away, before going to bed. Here again, disposable daily contact lenses are very convenient since they don't need to be cleaned.

Jesus was questioned by the Pharisees for giving a blind man the gift of sight. The apostle John records Jesus' response: "And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind. And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also?" (John 9:39-40). Though the Pharisees had physical sight, they were blinded to the spiritual blessings that Jesus offered. Spiritual sight has the greater, eternal value. But proper care of physical sight honors this precious gift. Advances in technology have increased the availability of such options as disposable daily contact lenses for consumers. Because of improved materials and manufacturing methods, contacts can be produced in great volume which lowers the unit costs. The economy of scale means that contacts are more affordable than they were a decade or so ago.

Contacts are easier to purchase than ever. After an evaluation by an eye care professional, the consumer can receive a copy of the prescription that shows the information needed to purchase extended wear, biweekly, or disposable daily contact lenses. With the prescription in hand, the consumer can check out a few of the online stores that sell contacts to find the one with the best combination of pricing, customer service, and other benefits. For example, an online store may offer discounts for volume purchasing or free shipping for orders that total more than a certain amount. Reliability and reputation are two important factors when choosing a vendor. The consumer wants to be sure to do business with a company that provides a sterile product, offers a variety of shipping options, and has a helpful customer service staff. Disposable daily contact lenses are convenient and the most hygienic option for consumers. But the cost of daily replacing lenses may be too much for many people. When that's the case, consumers can look into wearing their contacts on a less frequent basis or opting for biweekly disposables. Whatever lenses the consumer chooses (after consulting with her eye care professional), it's important to develop and maintain proper handling and cleaning techniques of the contacts and, when used, the storage case.





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