Daily disposable contact lenses are very convenient- there is no cleaning required, and no need to carry cleaning solutions if going away. They are ideal for the occasional lens wearer because whenever they want to wear them have a brand new pair which can be inserted, and then thrown away after use. Many people wear daily disposable lenses on a daily basis because of the convenience and comfort they achieve.
However, many monthly replacement lenses are available in materials which transmit much more Oxygen to the eye during lens wear, so for the frequent wearer we would usually recommend monthly replacement Silicone Hydrogel lenses. Yes, you need to take them out and clean them (which takes less than 60 seconds), but they allow about 6 times more air through to the eye than traditional lenses, and usually work out cheaper than dailies.
Some clients are resistant to cleaning lenses, and prefer the convenience of the daily disposable lenses. Ciba/Alcon released a new Silicone Hydrogel daily disposable lens late in 2011, but only to trial in Nordic countries initially. The lenses are now becoming mainstream, and they are accepting preorders.
The Ciba Dailies TOTAL1 lenses are being termed a “Water Gradient” lens- they have a very high water content at the lens surface, which reduces further into the contact lens- this mean the surface is very soft (and comfortable), but the low water content in the bulk of the lens allows excellent oxygen transmission.
At launch the lenses are only available in minus powers, and not in torics. If you are currently wearing Focus Dailies All Day Comfort, of Focus Dailies Aquacomfort lenses and you would like to try these new contact lenses (when available), let us know here, and we will order you some free samples to trial.