In Praise of Daily Disposable Contact Lenses
- 10 January 2017
- Troy Cassidy
For many people the thought of touching their eye, let alone putting a piece of plastic on it, is quite a scary one. Our eyes are so important to us that we have developed very strong protective reflexes aimed at keeping anything foreign out of our eyes, and generally this is a good thing.
However, in the case of contact lenses, it's worth trying to get over this mental barrier. Modern contact lenses are very soft and remarkably comfortable to wear. Many people find it surprising that the main component in most soft lenses is actually water! It is unusual for our patients to find contact lenses too uncomfortable to wear.
As to the benefits of contact lenses, part of what makes them great is that they are not glasses. While spectacles might be the best choice for most of your day, are there any times when you find your glasses a nuisance? Outdoor hobbies, sports, social occasions? Contact lenses can be a great part-time option for those situations that glasses don't do so well.
At Cassidy Eyecare, we're particularly big fans of daily replacement lenses. Daily replacement lenses are the safest, easiest (no cleaning!), and most comfortable way to wear contact lenses. Because more and more people are choosing the convenience of dailies, contact lens manufacturers have responded by greatly increasing the range of prescriptions available. Most prescriptions can now be effectively corrected in a daily lens, including astigmatism.
What also surprises many people is how affordable daily contact lenses are. Our most popular daily disposable costs less than $1 per lens.
If you are interested in trying contact lenses, let us know at your next eye examination. We're happy to let you try a pair at no charge.
About Troy Cassidy
Troy graduated from the University of Auckland Optometry programme in 1995, and has worked in optometry practices in NZ, Australia & the UK since then. Along with wife Stephanie, he has owned and operated Cassidy Eyecare in west Auckland since 2010.