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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

You’ll find everything you need to know about getting contacts, and the difference between daily disposable and monthly replacement contact lenses below.

You’ll find everything you need to know about getting contacts, and the difference between daily disposable and monthly replacement contact lenses below.

GETTING CONTACT LENSES

Which type of contact lens is best for me?

Contact lens options differ by lifestyle, length of time they’re meant to be worn and replaced, and the type of vision correction needed. There are many varieties of contact lenses, but your eye doctor can help you decide which lens is right for you.

Are contact lenses comfortable?

Yes. Especially, DAILIES TOTAL1® contact lenses. With Water Gradient Technology, only a cushion of moisture touches your eye, giving you exceptional comfort. 

Are contact lenses affordable?

Though the cost of contact lenses varies based on individual vision needs and duration of lens wear, Alcon offers contact lenses that best fit your vision needs and budget. Alcon also offers a free* trial on most of our contact lenses, so you can try before you buy.

 

*Eye exam may be required before lens trial. Professional fees may apply. Offer available at participating offices.

Are contact lenses covered by insurance?

If your health insurance plan includes vision coverage, you’re usually fully or partially covered. Benefits provided by vision coverage often include a contact lens discount (e.g., 15% off) at participating retail stores, or directly from an eye doctor. Other plans may offer an annual allowance to cover the cost of your contact lenses and an eye exam. Contact your individual insurer to find out about your specific coverage.

How do I find an eye doctor?

Visit our Find An Eye Doctor page. 

How old do you have to be to wear contact lenses?

Children can safely and successfully wear contact lenses when they are responsible enough to care for them. DAILIES® and PRECISION1® contact lenses are especially easy to use as they require no lens care. Consult your eye doctor for proper guidelines to help your child get started.

Why is it important to get regular eye exams?

Regular eye exams are an important part of preventative care. Your contact lenses require continued care too. Many eye and vision conditions present no obvious symptoms, so most people are unaware that a problem exists.

 

Wondering where to get an eye exam? Start with a visit to our Find An Eye Doctor page.

Can I return my contact lenses?

Sure. Our Platinum Total Satisfaction Guarantee lets you bring your lenses back if you don’t love them. 

 

Purchase Alcon contact lenses risk free for 60 days. If you are not 100% satisfied, you can return the lenses to your eye care professional for a full refund. Alcon will also reimburse you up to $60 (in the form of a VISA® pre-paid card) toward your fitting fee. Additional restrictions apply. See Official Claim Form for full terms & conditions.

DAILY DISPOSABLE CONTACT LENSES

What are daily contact lenses?

Daily disposable contact lenses are single-use contact lenses. You put them in in the morning and toss them at night before sleeping. It's that simple.

How long can daily disposable contact lenses be worn?

Daily disposable contact lenses are designed for one day single use. Put in a fresh new pair every morning, toss them at night before bed, and you'll be good to go.

Can daily contact lenses be worn more than once?

 

No. Daily disposable contact lenses are made to be worn only once. Start each day with a fresh pair and throw them away at the end of the day.

Is it easy to care for and clean daily disposable contact lenses?

Daily disposable contact lenses require no lens care and should only be worn once. Every day should start with a fresh pair and end with throwing them out before bed.

Are daily disposable contact lenses better than monthly replacement contact lenses?

Starting every day with a fresh new lens is healthy for your eyes. However, with the proper care, monthly replacement contact lenses can be a great option for you, too. Ultimately, your eye doctor will determine which type of contact lenses are best for you based on your prescription, vision needs and lifestyle.

Is it okay to play most sports while wearing daily contact lenses?

Yes. Wearing contact lenses for most sports may improve your peripheral vision and lessen concerns that your glasses may fall off or break. Your eye doctor can help you determine the best type of contact lenses based on your particular sport or activity.

Can you sleep in daily contact lenses?

 

No. Throw your daily disposable lenses away before bed each day. Sleeping in contact lenses increases the risk of certain contact-lens related complications.

Are daily contact lenses safe?

 

Yes. Always remember to only use them as directed. To maintain healthy eyes and get the most clear and comfortable vision possible, schedule regular visits with your eye doctor.

I’m nervous about putting something in my eye. Are daily contact lenses easy to use?

Yes. And the more you use them, the easier it is. Here are some tips for putting in and taking out contact lenses. 

MONTHLY REPLACEMENT CONTACT LENSES

What are monthly contact lenses made of?

That depends on the brand. AIR OPTIX® contact lenses are made of proprietary silicone hydrogel materials. The unique structure of these materials allows plenty of oxygen to flow through the contact lenses, so they feel comfortable and breathable.

Can I sleep in a monthly contact lens?

You can ONLY wear your AIR OPTIX® plus HydraGlyde®, AIR OPTIX® plus HydraGlyde® Multifocal, AIR OPTIX® plus HydraGlyde® for Astigmatism, AIR OPTIX® for Astigmatism, AIR OPTIX® NIGHT & DAY® AQUA, AIR OPTIX® AQUA, and AIR OPTIX® AQUA Multifocal lenses overnight if directed by your eye doctor. Extended wear of contact lenses has been shown to increase the risk of certain serious contact lens-related complications. Always follow an eye doctor’s recommendations for lens wear, care, and replacement schedule, along with the products directions for use.