Disposable contact lenses are the most commonly used lenses today. Advances in technology mean the newer lens materials provide much better eye health and improved comfort compared with previous lens materials.
Disposable Soft Contact Lenses
Disposable soft contact lenses are designed to be worn during the day and taken out each night. They need to be replaced either daily, weekly, fortnightly or monthly, dependent upon the prescription and type of lens material.
We highly recommend disposable lenses, as frequent replacement of contact lenses provides greater comfort and reduced risk of infection. Lenses with a daily replacement schedule also mean that disinfecting solution does not need to be used, which may cause irritation to sensitive eyes. Most lenses we prescribe are made of silicon hydrogel, which allows much more oxygen to the eye and some also have wetting enhancers which can assist in preventing dry eyes.
Extended wear (or leave-in) contact lenses
Extended wear contact lenses are usually soft contact lenses, which can be worn without removal for seven to thirty days, depending on the type of lens. They are not re-usable, thereby reducing the risk of infection that occurs with lens cleaning and reuse.