Can you explain the difference between contacts that can be worn for a month and those that are meant to be worn for only a day?
Dr. Galbrecht: Dailies are made of a different material than monthly lenses. The coatings on dailies are different because they are meant to be worn for only one day. If you try to clean them at the end of the day you will clean off the coating and the lens will not be comfortable to wear. With a monthly lens you can clean off the top coating and make it perfect, the coating won’t come off.
What does single use mean?
Dr. Galbrecht: Single use means you use for only one day. Daily wear means you can re-use the same lens or pick a new lens. Daily means you don't sleep in them, and then you pick your replacement schedule, daily, 2 week, weekly, monthly, annual, all of it. Daily wear means you wear them for one day before taking them out.
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Are they any medical advantages to single-use contact lenses?
Dr. Galbrecht: You don’t have to store them or clean them, you just toss them which is fantastic. They help alleviate some dry eye symptoms, and they are good for those who get end of the day discomfort. They are also good for those who collect a lot of allergens on the eye, so for people with really bad allergies, or who live with a lot of pets, single-use lenses are great because all the allergens that have gotten on the lens get thrown out, and you use a new one the next day.
Why use anything else besides a single-use lens?
Dr. Galbrecht: Because people like to save money. Dailies are about twice the cost of a monthly lens. The only advantage is to save money. I prefer the single-use lenses. A new pair every single day makes it easy and simple and clean.
Do you get mostly positive feedback about the single-use lenses?
Dr. Galbrecht: Mostly. Most people love the lenses. Some people complain about how thin they are compared to a monthly lens. It can be easier to handle the monthly lenses. And the cost.
Is there any reason you would not recommend a single-use lens?
Dr. Galbrecht: No. Unless you have a corneal disease then maybe a different lens would be better. But for the general population, I recommend a single-use lens.
What about specialty contact lens?
Dr. Galbrecht: Most are available in a single-use lens, not all.
Are there any other advantages to single-use lenses?
Dr. Galbrecht: Single use lenses do decrease the chance of getting an infection compared to a two week or a monthly lens, because you are more likely to comply with the wear schedule, so you won't overuse the lens which can cause ulcers or infections.
Do you have patients who are afraid to wear lenses?
Dr. Galbrecht: For patients who are afraid of contacts, I recommend glasses. For patients who have been told in the past that they could not wear contacts, we talk about it to see if they would like to try the process.
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