It’s hard to believe that it was 25 years ago as of March 1st, 2012, that disposable contact lenses were introduced to the greater public. Through those quick 25 years, disposable contacts became immensely popular not only due to their comfort and low-maintenance nature, but also due to their low replacement cost, and greater sanitary qualities.
History of Disposable Contact Lenses
Disposable Contact lenses were initially introduced to the greater public on March 1st, 1987 by Acuvue, and are still being developed to this day. All major brands of contact lenses now manufacture disposable contact lenses for all major vision problems, including Myopia, Hyperopia, Presbyopia, and even Astigmatism. In the 1990’s, daily disposable contacts were invented, which almost entirely eliminated the need for daily contact lens maintenance, and grew popularity of contact lenses even further.
Due to the introduction of daily and weekly disposable contacts, children, elderly, or anyone who otherwise would have difficulty maintaining and wearing contacts on a daily basis now had an easy alternative to wearing eyeglasses for vision correction. Ever since then, contact lens wear has been growing on a yearly basis as more and more people drop their glasses in favor of contact lenses. Currently, it’s estimated that over 35 Million people wear contacts in the United States alone, and that large number can be directly attributed to the introduction of the disposable contact lens by Acuvue.
It’s certainly been a fast 25 years of disposable contacts, and we’re excited to see how contact lenses continue to develop for the next 25 years. How long have you been wearing disposable contacts for?