The Differences of Daily Contact Lenses

Did you know that there are differences in the selection of daily contacts? The term “dailies” implies that the contacts are worn daily, but in actuality there are multiple types of daily contacts: daily disposable and daily extended use. Here’s an overview of the different varieties:

Daily Disposables

Daily disposable contacts are exactly what they sound like — contacts you can wear during the day and should throw out after. They are single-use lenses that are not designed to be resistant to germs, bacteria, and other buildup that collects on the lens throughout the day, which is why they need to be disposed of after wearing just once.

Daily disposable contacts are much thinner than other lenses and, therefore, usually more comfortable and breathable. Because of this, many people reuse them until they aren’t comfortable anymore, which can cause a variety of risks to their eye health. The material of the lens is not made of a substance that allows for cleaning away germs and other microorganisms. Cleaning these lenses actually breaks down the lens itself, increasing the risk of the lens falling apart while it’s still on the eye.

The biggest benefit of these contacts is the ease and convenience of opening a new lens every day. The fresh feeling allows for clarity without feeling the actual contact, perfect for busy people who don’t have time to worry about their eyes feeling irritated. They are sold in large-quantity boxes, generally anywhere from 30 to 180 lenses per box. This provides another facet of convenience: you can go months or even a year between refills and without worry.

Daily Extended-Wear

Daily extended-wear contacts are lenses that can be re-worn daily, anywhere from two weeks to a month before needing to be thrown away. It’s important to check with your doctor and the manufacturer of the daily wear contacts to find out the recommended wear time, because wearing certain brands for too long can cause irritation.

Although they are called daily extended-wear, they aren’t meant to be slept in and should be cleaned daily. These lenses are made of complex materials that are bonded with a protective layer of synthetic materials that are resistant to the normal buildup of bacteria, protein, germs, and debris that can occur when wearing contact lenses.

With these contacts, the main advantage is the longevity of the lens. Since one pair lasts for at least two weeks, you’ll be able to buy less lenses at a time, plus, the cleaning process for these lenses is relatively easy. Your optometrist will recommend the best process based on the brand of lenses.

ACUVUE® Brand Contacts

A perfect example of the different types of daily contacts is with the brand ACUVUE® and two of their top-selling products — ACUVUE® OASYS and 1-Day ACUVUE® MOIST lenses.

1-Day ACUVUE® MOIST are some of the top selling daily disposable lenses. These lenses feature LACREON®, which provides long-lasting moisture on the contacts and creates a “cushion” for extra comfort. Each day, you open a new pack and toss them when you take them out. These contacts should be changed daily to prevent an increased risk of infection and eye irritation. They come in a large quantity, so each day you get to wear a brand-new lens.

ACUVUE® OASYS lenses come in two modalities, daily disposable or bi-weekly replaceable lenses, so either every day or every two weeks a new pair is used. The daily disposable pair comes with HydraLuxeTM Technology, which has tear like properties that work with the eye’s natural tear film, for all-day moisture. The bi-weekly lenses feature HYDRACLEAR® PLUS Technology, which helps to maintain the tear film for long periods of time.

ACUVUE®’s newest product, the ACUVUE® OASYS with TransitionsTM lenses are also bi-weekly, and contain light-intelligent technology, offering even more protection to the eye. These contacts reduce the stressful impact light can have on your eyes by helping them recover faster from bright lights. They block UVA and UVB rays, making eye strain a thing of the past. These lenses come in a bi-weekly 6-pack, so every two weeks a new pair is opened.

Find What You Need at Golden Vision

Golden Vision knows that with contacts, there can be a lot of guesswork that happens when trying to decide on the type that is best for you. Our specially trained eye care experts can help determine the best product for each patient, taking the question out of the selection. Click below to schedule your appointment today, and see the world more clearly.

* ACUVUE® OASYS with Transitions™ are not a replacement for sunglasses.

Important information for contact lens wearers: ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses are available by prescription only for vision correction. An eye care professional will determine whether contact lenses are right for you. Although rare, serious eye problems can develop while wearing contact lenses. To help avoid these problems, follow the wear and replacement schedule and the lens care instructions provided by your eye doctor. Do not wear contact lenses if you have an eye infection, or experience eye discomfort, excessive tearing, vision changes, redness or other eye problems. If one of these conditions occurs, remove the lens and contact your eye doctor immediately. For more information on proper wear, care and safety, talk to your eye care professional and ask for a Patient Instruction Guide, call 1-800-843-2020 or visit