Akron optometrist, Dr. Ty Miller sees many patients for contact lens fittings at our eye doctor’s office. During your eye exam we determine the prescription you need and help you decide on the contact lenses that are suitable for your needs, schedule, and lifestyle. Here is a breakdown of the pros and cons of daily disposable contact lenses:
Daily Lenses: Pros
Our patients favorite advantage of 1-day contacts like Dailies Total1 is convenience. What could be easier than opening a fresh pair of lenses in the morning and throwing them out at night. With no need to rinse, rub, disinfect or store them, daily contacts are a breeze.
Optometrists recommend daily contacts too, because they are associated with fewer eye infections and allergies. With contact lenses that are only worn once, you don't have the problems associated with other contacts like protein build-up, germ contamination, and allergen accumulation. Dr. Miller says the healthiest contacts are probably daily disposables.
Daily Lenses: Cons
To be frank, the main disadvantage is cost. While it is true that a month’s worth of dailies is more expensive than a single pair of monthlies, there are some factors that may offset the difference. Single use contacts don't require contact lens solution or contact lens cases. If your contact lenses ever tear or get dirty, you can open a new pair without thinking twice because each daily lens is much cheaper than a reusable pair of contact lenses. Moreover, if you wear contact lenses only sometimes, you would still have to throw out your monthlies 30 days after opening them, but that pack of 30 days' worth of daily disposable lenses will last much longer.
At our practice, Ty Miller O.D. recommends disposable contacts for patients who are prone to eye allergies, those who wear eyeglasses sometimes instead of contacts, young adults and people who don't want to worry about a contact lens care routine.