Quora: How often should I change contact lenses when I wear glasses most days?

Posted on June 27, 2012 · Posted in Contact Lenses

I use 30-day contact lenses, but I wear glasses roughly 2/3rds of the time. How often should I change to new lenses?

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“It doesn’t matter how many people I’ve killed. what matters is how I get along with the people who are still alive.” – Jimmy Tudeski in The Whole Nine Yards

Anyway, the question was posed the other day about how a 30-day contact lens wearer was supposed to know when it was time to change his/her lenses when he/she was a very infrequent wearer.  As background for those who don’t wear contacts, a 30-day lens is generally worn daily, removed/cleaned/disinfected at night, and then discarded and replaced after one month.

Athough we have no way of knowing the specifics of this person’s prescription, wearing schedule alone suggests this person to be a great candidate for daily disposable contact lenses.  Why worry about a lens sitting around in solution for various amounts of time risking contamination before it gets placed on the eye again?  Why worry about trying to figure out when it’s time to replace them?

Daily disposable contact lenses are generally supplied in boxes of 30 or 90 and offer the wearer fresh, clean lenses each day as well as freedom from solutions and the usual cleaning/disinfection procedures.  As an added bonus, it’s possible the daily disposable route could also be less expensive for this person than purchasing a six-month or one year supply of 30-day lenses.

Hmmm…more convenient, healthier, and less expensive.  What could be better than that?

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