Differences in Contact Lens Types
Daily Wear Contacts
Daily wear contact lenses are meant to be disposed of on a daily basis. There are advantages to this such as reduced time caring for lenses and not having to buy contact lens solutions and storage for lenses. These contact lenses are not regulated by the FDA for overnight wear.
Extended Wear Contacts
Extended wear contact lenses have been approved by the FDA to be worn for a certain time period continuously. Some brands can be worn for up to seven days while others can be worn for up to one month. These contact lenses are most commonly prescribed to be worn for two weeks at a time in the U.S. It is important to follow the wear schedule prescribed by your contact lens brand and your optometrist.
It can be dangerous to wear daily wear contact lenses for an extended time period. Extended wear contact lenses are designed to allow more oxygen to reach the surface of your eye. With daily wear contact lenses, the material is different and doesn't allow as much oxygen to reach the surface of the eye.
Not all extended wear contact lenses are FDA approved to wear at night, but some are. If you may plan to sleep in your contacts, be sure to let your optometrist know before the prescription is written as this could determine which lens is prescribed.
Advantages of Ordering Contact Lenses Online: Other than the obvious time savings, there are other advantages to buying contact lenses online.
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