Types of Contact Lenses: Which Is Right for You?

Are you considering switching to contact lenses? If so, you might feel it a bit daunting to choose the right type of contact lens. However, you do not need to worry. Your eye doctor at Lakhani Vision Care will help you determine the appropriate contact lenses. In addition to being safe and easy to use, contact lenses are highly effective. You need to follow your eye doctor’s instructions.

 

Factors to Consider When Choosing Contact Lenses


 

There are several different types of contact lenses. Like eyeglasses, each type will suit different people. Some of the factors to consider when shopping for contact lenses include:

 

  • Your lifestyle

  • Lens preference

  • Your specific visual problem

  • How often you want to change your lenses

     

Types of Contact Lenses


 

Today, people who wear contact lenses have several options. Knowing the correct lenses means understanding the different options available. These include:

 

Hard Contact Lenses


 

There have been many advances made to hard contact lenses since the 70s. The advances aim to create healthier and more comfortable lenses. They resulted in the creation of rigid gas permeable lenses. These lenses allow oxygen to pass through the eye’s cornea and are slightly more flexible.

 

Eye care professionals still regard rigid gas permeable lenses as hard contact lenses since they maintain their shape on the eye. They provide many benefits in addition to a healthy flow of oxygen. They can help slow down myopia progression in both kids and adults. Other benefits include:

 

  • They do not dehydrate

  • They are extremely durable

  • They are available as multifocal and bifocal

  • They are easy to care for

  • They correct most astigmatism

  • They are easy to wear and handle

  • They offer crisp, clear vision

     

Rigid gas permeable lenses are ideal for those who want to minimize their risk of developing eye infections. They are also suitable for people who are unhappy with soft contact lenses.

 

Soft Contact Lenses


 

These are generally more comfortable to wear than hard contact lenses. Also, they are easier to adjust to and can stay in place better. Made from a flexible plastic combined with water, they allow oxygen to pass through the cornea. This results in increased comfort and healthier eyes. Soft contact lenses can help correct myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism, and presbyopia.

 

Disposable Soft Lenses


 

Disposable contact lenses are a more convenient and healthier option for contact lens wearers. Designed for short-term wear, they are ideal for people with eye allergies and those concerned about eye infections. Disposable contact lenses require minimal disinfection and cleaning before you discard them. They are available as daily, weekly, and monthly disposables.

 

Extended Wear and Daily Wear Lenses


 

You can wear extended wear contact lenses while sleeping, though you must remove them for cleaning and disinfection once a week. However, you need to understand that overnight use can increase your risk of an eye infection.

 

Daily wear contact lenses are designed for use during the day. You should remove them every night for cleaning and disinfecting before reusing them until their intended discard date. So, which type of contact lens is right for you? Schedule a contact lens exam with your eye doctor to answer this question.


 

For more information on types of contact lenses, call Lakhani Vision Care at our office in Marietta, Georgia at 770-509-9932.

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