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The Ins-and-Outs of Contact Lenses

If you are considering trying contacts, or are a current contact lens wearer that might need a change, our contact lens specialist goes over some factors to consider when choosing your contacts. 

Not that long ago monthly lenses were a standard soft lens when contacts were first put out on the consumer market. However, now there are so many several types of quality and comfortable lenses out there, monthly lenses are no longer the popular choice. Although we still offer a wide variety of monthly and daily lenses, every individual needs to choose the type of contact that best fits their vision and lifestyle. 

To do this, a number of things come into play. To assist our patients at HBRS in making this decision, we offer you the main differences in the wear of daily and monthly lenses. 

DAILY LENSES  These contacts are only worn for 1 day (no more than 24 hours) and discarded when removed. Daily contacts are typically made of very thin material and have a high water content. The reason dailies cannot be worn more than once is natural deposits from your eyes may build up easily on the surface of the lens.

MONTHLY LENSES These lenses are replaced monthly almost always a 30-day time frame from opening. Monthly lenses are made of a thicker material than daily disposables. The thicker composition makes them longer-lasting and more durable, and they are usually more resistant to drying out. However, they need to be disinfected routinely in order to ensure healthy wearing. 

DO YOU HAVE SENSITIVE EYES? Some patients experience irritation with certain types of contact lens materials. If you have sensitive eyes, a lens with a higher water content or increased flow of oxygen permeability might be for you, in order to have a more comfortable feel. That's where the differences in dailies and monthlies start to make you weigh your options. Nowadays, there are so many different types of contacts lenses that even the people with sensitive eyes can enjoy comfortable vision with their contact lenses. Our optometrists at HBRS will evaluate your eyes to determine what style, brand and wear time with contact lenses best fit into your daily lifestyle and health of your eyes. 

DO YOU KNOW WHEN AND WHERE YOU PLAN TO WEAR YOUR CONTACT LENSES? Many people like sports players or anyone with an active lifestyle may prefer the convince of daily lenses, due to being able to remove and replace instantly when coming in contact with dirt, water, sunscreens or sweat. The only thing that may be a disadvantage of daily wear is that sometimes the thinner material may dry out more quickly.  If you are a patient that is only wanting to wear contacts occasionally, then purchasing daily lenses will be your best option. Most daily lenses come in 30 -90 packs so a monthly supply will last you quite a while, with no need in purchasing disinfectants or replenishing your lenses frequently. 

DO DAILY AND MONTHLY LENSES COST THE SAME? The expense is comparable. Take into consideration dailies can be pricer if you’re disposing of daily, yet monthlies come along with the cost of storing lenses and cleaning solution for sterilizing. So you may be paying more upfront with dailies but in the end, you are spending roughly the same amount when taking the extra care steps in monthly lenses. 

WHICH WILL YOU CHOOSE?  Come see us at HBRS for your yearly exam and have our staff and doctors assist you in making the decision which best fits into your lifestyle and health of your eyes! If you already have a current contact lens prescription, just stop on by and we'll be happy to make sure you're in the right ones!

We can also help you find rebates and with insurance to make sure you are using your money wisely while getting the best, most comfortable contact lens for you. 

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