TYPES OF CONTACT LENSES
Sharing our expertise so you can make the best choices
Types of Contact Lenses: Soft Contacts
Contact lenses are a great alternative to spectacles for correcting your vision. Contact lenses are small plastic lenses that are worn on the front of your eye, known as the cornea. With the latest advancements in technology, these lenses are now designed to offer great clarity in vision along with increased comfort. There are a variety of types of contact lenses including disposable soft contacts, toric soft lenses, colored and multifocal lenses. This is great news for patients who were previously unable to wear soft contact lenses due to discomfort or dry eye disease.
Types of Contact Lenses: Disposable Soft Contacts
Disposable lenses come in a variety of different wearing schedules including daily, two-week, monthly, and night-and-day lenses. Daily contact lenses are lenses that you throw out after wearing and do not involve storage after use. Two-week lenses are lenses that you store in a container, with appropriate contact lens solution, nightly for cleaning, and can be worn for up to 14 days before discarding. Monthly lenses allow wear of the lenses for up to 30 days, but also require nightly storage and cleaning in a container with appropriate solution.
Types of Contact Lenses: Toric Soft Lenses
Toric lenses are designed to correct astigmatism. Astigmatism is a vision condition caused by an irregularly shaped cornea. Toric lenses also come in daily, two-week or monthly modalities.
Types of Contact Lenses: Colored Soft Contacts
Colored contact lenses can either enhance your natural eye color or can alter your eye color to a different shade. Colored contacts are an aesthetic option for you, even if you do not need corrective lenses.
Types of Contact Lenses: Multifocal Soft Contacts
Multifocal contact lenses are designed to give good vision to patients reaching their 40s and onwards. Designed like a bifocal or progressive spectacle lens, they correct your vision at all ranges, from distance to near. They come in multiple design types therefore a contact lens exam with an Optometrist can help determine which design is best for you. With multifocal contact lenses, some compromise (mild blur) may be noticed in your distance or near vision, but this is a small trade-off for the ease and convenience of wearing contact lenses versus spectacles.
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Do you have dry eyes? With the seemingly endless options and brands available, it’s no wonder that many people can feel overwhelmed and confused when trying to choose the best contacts for dry eyes that meet your specific needs. Check out our article to find the best Optometry recommended types of contact lenses for your dry eyes.