Disposable Contact Lenses
Introduced in 1987, disposable lenses are designed to be worn for a specific period of time, then thrown out and replaced with a fresh pair of lenses. Disposable lenses are now the most common type of contact lenses because of their health and convenience benefits.
There are several kinds of disposable lenses…
Disposable Lenses: Replace every 2 weeks or sooner.
Frequent Replacement Lenses: Replace monthly.
Traditional (Reusable) Lenses: Replace 6 months or longer.
Why throw out lenses at all?
The more frequently you replace your contact lenses, the healthier and more comfortable your eyes can be.
Deposits like protein, calcium, and lipids- found naturally in your tears- can build up on your lenses. These deposits make your lenses less comfortable and can increase the risk of eye infections and allergies.
Of course, you can always clean your lenses, but disposable lenses save you some time and trouble of doing this.
Can I wear disposables?
Yes, you probably can. Our qualified Optometrists can advise you during your contact lens consultation. The key is whether your prescription is available as a disposable lens, but we can help you with that.
Your frequency of replacement depends on how often you want to wear your lenses and whether your eyes produce a lot of deposits and if you suffer from allergies, (hay fever). Opticare optometrists will advise you on the correct option.