Disposable contact lenses are soft lenses which are designed to be replaced on a regular basis – daily, fortnightly or monthly. Disposable lenses have been around since the early 1990s and the majority of new lens fits in the twentyfirst century are for disposable lenses. This means that many of the problems that wearers experienced when contact lenses were replaced annually or less often are rarely seen now. The more often a lens is replaced, the less dirty and deposited it becomes In addition, twentyfirst century materials minimise problems related to oxygen deprivation due to their superior oxygen transmissibility.
Daily disposable contact lenses are the ultimate in disposable lenses since they are thrown away after only one day’s wear. They don’t need to be cleaned ard offer exceptional convenience and good value for money. Lenses which are replaced on a fortnightly or monthly are usually a slightly cheaper option and are available for a slightly wider range of prescriptions, including multifocals . They must be cleaned and disinfected after each wear.
For more on caring for contact lenses, go to our ” safe contact lens wear” page.