Branded vs. Unbranded Contact Lenses
Branded vs. Unbranded Contact Lenses
Contact lenses come in different brands with different materials. Designed to maintain both your eye health and your comfort. When it comes to something as important as your eyesight, it is better to prioritize quality over cost.
Unfortunately, patients aren’t quite aware of the effects of some actions on their day-to-day eye health such as wearing unbranded contact lenses with unknown materials.
Unbranded Contact Lenses
Unbranded contact lenses are easily available without a prescription but are they safe for your eyes? The answer is: No.
Wearing unbranded lenses can be accompanied by a number of complications ranging from self-limiting conditions to serious cases of eye diseases. These lenses fail to meet basic quality and safety tests.
Let’s explore the most common side effects of wearing unbranded contact lenses:
Contact lenses are meant to improve vision, but wearing unbranded ones with no prescription will most likely cause impairment in a person’s vision. Most people experience blurry vision, eye strain, and headaches.
Dry Eye Syndrome
Dry eye syndrome is a condition in which a person doesn't have enough quality tears to lubricate and nourish the eye. Tears are necessary for maintaining the health of the front surface of the eye and for providing clear vision.
Unbranded contact lenses absorb most of the tears to keep itself soft. That's why people are more likely to suffer from dry eye syndrome while wearing these lenses in the long term.
Quality branded lenses might cost a bit more but they provide more comfort since they are designed to fit your eyes as needed. Contacts rest on the cornea, so the measurements need to be 100% accurate for comfort and health. This is something unbranded lenses don’t provide. The ill-fitting of the lens allows the lens to move around, possibly scratching the eye’s surface.
Corneal ulcers are another possible result of wearing unbranded lenses with an incorrect prescription. A corneal ulcer is an infection of the cornea and will typically cause eye pain, tearing, and light sensitivity.
If you experience these symptoms, you should immediately stop wearing the contact lenses and visit an eye specialist. Not getting treatment on time could result in permanent scarring of the cornea.
If your eyelids start drooling and you find it hard to open them, you may have ptosis. Sometimes the fluid may also move into the tissues and retract the lid, especially when the lens is about to be removed.
Allergies and Eye Infections
If you wear unbranded contact lenses for too long, you may get eye infections or allergies in the long run. The reason behind infections is corneal abrasion. If you have dry eyes or if the contact lenses do not sit properly on the surface of your eyes, it may lead to corneal abrasion.
Branded Contact Lenses
Prescriptions are the sensible choice since only a doctor can truly determine what will work best for you, including checking the shape of your eye to make sure you have the right fit. Branded contact lenses take all of these aspects into consideration.
What makes these lenses trustworthy is the years of researching and testing companies have spent to ensure quality and healthy vision. Doctors have also approved these brands to ensure safety.
Here are some benefits of wearing prescribed branded lenses:
Branded contacts are available in different materials and lens types with each one engineered to correct specific eye care needs. After doing an eye exam, you can properly determine the best type of contact lenses suitable for you to improve your eyesight.
Unlike unbranded contacts, branded ones will stay in place - taking away every possibility of scratching the eye’s surface regardless of the extent of your movement.
Branded lenses provide the feature of reducing glare and improving contrast. You might want to consider custom-tinted soft contact lenses - these lenses selectively filter light rays to give you greater visual comfort.
Most Popular Contact Lens Brands
Here are the 3 most popular brands of contact lenses:
Acuvue is one of the most popular brands in the market and the top-selling one as well. The brand is very well known for making lenses that are comfortable for the eyes, especially dry eyes.
Acuvue produces a wide variety of different types of lenses, which includes daily lenses such as 1-Day Acuvue Moist, Acuvue Oasys contact lenses for astigmatism, and many more.
Another brand that is popular and worth considering is Dailies. As the name suggests, the brand produces a wide range of disposable contact lenses, including contact lenses for astigmatism.
Dailies AquaComfort Plus is one of their popular products that is known for its water and moist retention.
Air Optix offers a wide range of contact lenses, however, their most famous contact lenses would be the Air Optix Aqua for multi-focal and the Air Optix Day and Night.
These two contact lenses are known to be extremely comfortable to wear and it has technology that allows oxygen to pass through the lenses. This allows your eyes to stay moist and look healthy.
In the Long Run
It is far better to have good quality branded lenses that have been prescribed to suit you rather than trying to save a few bucks and wearing the unbranded lenses. Investing in quality lenses could save you from a lot of pain and further medical bills in the long run.
We have a wide range of branded contact lenses available online at ADASAT where you will be asked to put in your updated prescription details to make sure that you are fully protected.