At John O’Connor Optometrist we are focused on getting you the best comfort and vision. So, let’s look at contact lenses and whether they are the answer for you.
Most people are able to wear contact lenses. Contacts can correct vision issues due to presbyopia, hyperopia, myopia, and astigmatism. With newer technology, they are now more comfortable than ever. They are convenient and hygienic. Their greater flexibility makes them a popular alternative to glasses.
Soft contact lenses
Contact lenses come in a variety of types, including daily disposable lenses. These are a great option for those who want the convenience and comfort of contact lenses without the hassle of cleaning and maintaining them. They are designed to be worn for a single day and then discarded, making them ideal for those who lead an active lifestyle.
However, it’s important to note that there are also potential disadvantages to wearing daily contact lenses. Notably, the cost and environmental impact.
If you are considering wearing disposable contact lenses, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons carefully. Then come and talk to one of our Auckland optometrists about which type is best for you.
Advantages of wearing daily contact lenses:
- Convenience: You don’t have to worry about cleaning and storing them as you would with other types of contact lenses. Instead, you simply throw them away at the end of the day. Then start with a fresh pair the next day.
- No need for solutions: You save money on cleaning solutions and cases. Not needing cleaning solutions is also beneficial for those who have allergies or sensitivities to the chemicals found in some of them.
- Comfort: Made from a soft and flexible material that conforms to the shape of your eye, most people find them very comfortable to wear, even for extended periods.
- Hygiene: Because you’re using a fresh pair every day, you don’t have to worry about the buildup of bacteria and other harmful microorganisms that can cause eye infections. This is especially important for those who are prone to eye infections or have sensitive eyes.
- Visual acuity: They are designed to sit directly on your eye, providing a clear and crisp view of the world. Additionally, because they conform to the shape of your eye, they provide an even better level of visual acuity than glasses.
- Flexibility: Unlike glasses, you don’t have to worry about contacts falling off or getting in the way during physical activity. Nor do they fog up in cold weather or become smudged as glasses can.
- Aesthetics: Some people prefer their appearance without glasses.
Disadvantages of wearing daily contact lenses
- Cost: Daily contact lenses are more expensive than other types of contacts, as they need to be replaced daily.
- Environmental impact: Daily contact lenses generate a lot of waste. Because they are typically packaged in individual blister packs, they are far from being environmentally friendly.
- Dry eyes: Some people may experience dry eyes when wearing contact lenses, particularly in air conditioning or dry environments.
- Inconvenience: While convenient to wear, daily contact lenses can be inconvenient. You have to remember to carry them around with you if you are travelling or visiting friends overnight.
- Difficulty with handling: Some people may find it difficult to handle daily contact lenses, particularly if they have dexterity issues. Inserting and removing contact lenses requires some practice and patience, and it may take some time to get used to doing it.
- Availability: Daily contact lenses may not be available for all prescriptions. If you have a high prescription or a complex vision problem, you may not be able to find suitable daily contact lenses.
What are the best options for me?
For you to see the world clearly, there are a number of options available. Ultimately, the choice between prescription glasses and contacts should be based on individual preferences, lifestyle, and vision needs. It is important to consult with an optician or optometrist to determine what’s right for you. If you would like to try daily contact lenses, they can evaluate your eyes and see which contacts may suit you best.
Between our Henderson optometrists and our optometrists in Newmarket, we sell most international brands of contact lenses including Johnson & Johnson, Bausch & Lomb, Ciba and Cooper Vision. If you’d to talk about changes in your vision and your options, call 09 522 1283 to schedule a comprehensive eye test.