Understanding about Regular and Disposable Contact Lenses

By | March 2, 2015

The risk free, comfortable, convenient and painless usability of contact lenses make them recommended widely as an eye corrective measure. All that accompanies is the traditional caretaking of the lens.  Some contact lenses are designed to let in more oxygen for you to wear them for 12 or 14 hours per day, without any issues. Also special and comfortable lenses are available for those sensitive eyes that are unable to handle regular contacts. Softer lenses for astigmatism are available as well. Bausch and Lomb contact lenses is one of the more popular contact lens brands, used by many. There are two broad types of contact lenses namely conventional contact lenses and disposable contact lenses.

Difference between Regular and Disposable Contact Lenses

Conventional Contact Lenses and Disposable Contacts

Conventional contacts are a type of soft lens, usable for a long term, which is recognized by the typical vials they are packaged in. Proper care, cleaning and disinfection with correct lens care products on a regular basis can make these lenses last from several months up to a year.

Disposable contacts are the use and throw lenses. They are worn for a limited time, after they are thrown and are replaced by a fresh set. Over time, they have become the choicest option for many.

It was after the introduction of the disposable lenses that the most popular vial lenses became less popular in the market. Conventional contacts have been around for ages now with a few yet inevitable benefits over the disposable soft lens type.

Chances of Eye Infection:

When we delve deeper, it is seen that the eye health practitioners increasingly choose disposable contact lenses over regular contact lenses. This is because of manifold advantages of the former over the latter. One very common problem of the regular wear contact lenses is that since they are worn for a longer time, failing to clean them can form deposits of proteins produced by the eyes and other undesirable materials like dirt and dust, accumulated on them not only leads to an initial clouded vision but also a progressive irritation or full blown infection.

The disposable contact lenses are used and thrown at a quicker interval which leads to no such problems. Daily disposable contact lenses are changed every day, so one fresh set leaves no room for infection. This leads to another aspect, that using disposable contacts gives you a “fresh from the box” feeling every morning, with brand new contact lenses every new day.

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Materials used in Disposable Lenses:

Disposable contacts do not feature superior materials and optics unlike conventional contact lenses, which make the latter better suited for correcting complicated eye conditions such as astigmatism.


Regular Contact lenses do no not require an early replacement due to damage or misplacement and therefore, are assumed to be more affordable over disposables on a yearly basis.


Next, disposable lenses accounts for an increased waste generation, unlike conventional lenses. Thus, we can say that regular contact lenses are an environment friendly in nature.



Also, disposable lenses are exclusively designed for one day usage hence they are the most fragile lenses available in the market and they have a high chance of getting easily ripped due to mishandling. Also, due to overuse or whenever they come in contact with dirt or other tiny particles that cause friction, they get damaged very quickly.

Cleaning and Storing the Lenses:

The best feature of daily disposables is the liberty from the tedious and mundane job of cleaning and storing them before going to bed every night. All you have to do is use the disposables for a day and then throw them in the trash at night and start with a fresh one from next morning.

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The Price Factor:

It is the price of the contact lenses that finally concerns us, so the good news in this context is that daily disposable contacts are pretty cost effective. Firstly, as the disposables don’t need to be durable or long lasting unlike the regular lenses, so automatically the former is cheaper. Secondly, the money spent on buying more contacts in case of disposables is offset by the expenditure on lens cleaning, care, maintenance and storage products, in case of the regular lenses. Thirdly, the replacement costs for the conventional contact lens, if it was subjected to tear or loss, prove to be much higher than the disposable lens types.

User guide:

Adolescents, teenagers and many other people indulge into excessive misuse and abuse of daily disposable contacts, which again poses a threat. Some keep the lenses inside the eye too long while some even wear them during the sleep, that too day after day. Disposables are not designed for such improper use and hence such ill practitioners are exposed to potential infections or worse. It is expected that the disposable lenses strictly to be used as prescribed to prevent any potential risks. Bausch and Lomb monthly disposable contact lenses are an ideal type of disposable contacts prescribed and used broadly. However, if you are cautious of the problems arising from wearing lenses overnight, daily disposables are what you should opt for as you just wear it in the morning, throw them out at night before sleep.

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