It feels more exciting than ever that summertime is finally here! However you plan to spend the season, there are many ways to take care of your eyes while you make the most of your summer.
A great option for those with active lifestyles, or for those who simply wish to be free from glasses this summer, is contact lenses. There are many different types of contact lenses, with a variety of options for different lifestyles, budgets, and visual demands. One of the most popular types of contact lenses is daily disposable lenses – a fresh pair of lenses every time! This eliminates the need for cleaning/storage solutions and makes for a much simpler lens replacement schedule compared to bi-weekly or monthly lenses. Daily disposable lenses are more convenient, tend to be more comfortable, and have a lower risk for contact lens-related complications and serious infections.4,5 They are also ideal for part time wear, such as for sports or special events.
Ask your optometrist if contact lenses are an option for you, based on your prescription, ocular health, and visual goals.
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