I would speak with your eyeMD about the kinds of contact lenses available for you. It is not wise to overwear your lenses as microscopic debris and proteins can build up and induce a reaction causing discomfort. There are many sources of contact lenses for reasonable prices.
Sandy T. Feldman, M.D., M.S.
ClearView Eye and Laser Medical Center
San Diego, California
Disposable contacts are made to be worn for a limited time only. I really love my 1-day Acuvue moist lenses--they are always super-comfortable and never collect deposits, since I throw them away at the end of the day. This significantly reduces the danger of developing an infection. And the newer disposable contacts are made of materials which are healthier for the eyes than the older hard contacts. Yes, you may end up paying more over time for disposable contacts. But eyeglasses today have become very expensive, too, especially if you need a high prescription. I've heard of people paying $800 (and much more) for eyeglasses.
I imagine you could probably pay as much as $200,000 for a pair of glasses from Cartier with diamond encrusted rims if you want to.
I bought a designer pair of frames. Michael Kors to be more precise. And walked out shy a few hundred dollars / including the exam.
I don't know much about the medical details of the materials used today in comparison to before. But I do not buy much of the hype. I believe the materials used now are made to degrade. So if they test the quality of the lenses using a new pair against the old brands that would last a full year. I would not be exactly surprised if the tests showed the newer disposable to be better.
But try testing that disposable lens a week after it has been worn . . . or better yet 10 days. And I can guarantee with certainty the old brands that lasted are safer on your eyes.
I am not a doctor. But I sure as heck can recognize irritation additional blood vessels and such in my eyes that come after wearing these new lenses a few days. And my eyes feel more irritated and bothersome with these new trash can ready contacts . . .
My .02. I think it is about money. Why have the consumer buy 1 pair when we can get them to buy 100?
Disposable contacts are probably more about comfort than money. In my experience, anyway, they are much more comfortable. They are also safer for your eyes because they allow more oxygen to reach the cornea. The 1-day contacts just about eliminate the possibility of infection, which can cause blindness. You're right--disposable contacts can irritate your eyes if you wear them for longer than the time period designated by the manufacturer. But hard contacts are still available if you prefer them--and you'll probably save some money.
Your opinion is your own.
If the "new" lenses you are referring to are for reasons of comfort. I would have to disagree with you. Considering the comfort level of the new lenses at day 12 is equivalent to day 320 of older longer lasting lenses.
My .02. I got a great pair of glasses for a really good price. I am giving them a 2 or 3 year shelf life. No more 1800 contacts. No more truck loads of them. No more pieces of junk that are made to fall apart.
Something is severely wrong when 14 days of a new lens is the equivalent of several hundred of the older ones. I have more irritation with the new disposable brands. And do not believe they are making quality products any more.