Different types of contact lenses
Are you ready to see the world with no glasses? Contact lenses are the answer. Contact lenses are tiny and almost invisible devices that can completely change how you perceive the world around you. You might be unsure which type of contact lens is best for you if you are new to the world of contact lenses.
What types of contact lenses are there?
There are many types of lenses on the market, each designed to suit different lifestyles and vision requirements. We have clarified which contact lenses are best for you based on the type of correction and the manufacturer’s replacement schedule.
Comfort and materials
First, contact lenses come in two types. Soft lenses are more popular and offer all-day comfort. They can also be used safely for sports, while RGP lenses are not. To determine the right material, curvature, and replacement schedule for your lenses, you should consult your eye doctor.
Soft contact lenses
Soft contacts are the most popular type of lens. These lenses are soft and drape over the cornea. They can also be made from various soft plastics. Modern lenses include silicone hydrogel, which allows for more oxygen to your eyes. To find out if silicone hydrogel is right for your eyes, talk to your eye doctor.
Hard contact lenses
Hard contacts are rarer. These contacts are also known as Rigid Gas Permeable Lenses (RGP). RGP lenses are better for people with high prescriptions (high astigmatism or myopia) and last longer than soft contacts.
RGP lenses, especially for the first-time wearer, can take days to adapt. Because of the precision required for lens specifications, they require a thorough fitting process. Each lens is made individually to your specifications. They are therefore the only product that is final sale on our website.
There are many options for soft lenses to suit different lifestyles and needs. You can choose from daily, weekly or bi-weekly contact lenses.
Daily disposable contacts lenses
Daily contacts are best for your eyes. Daily disposable contacts provide a fresh, new lens feel without worrying about protein deposits or cleaning routines. You can give them a shot by checking out our 5 reasons to choose daily disposable contacts. One-day lenses can also be a good option for people who only need to wear their contacts on very rare occasions.
Each week’s and bi-weekly contacts must be removed at night for cleaning. Weekly contacts must be disposed of once per week, while bi-weekly lenses should be disposed of two weeks after opening. These lenses offer a pleasant experience and an economical replacement schedule. Check out our weekly contacts lenses to learn more about our special offers.
Monthly contacts can be worn for up to 30 days. It is a great way to remember when you need to change your lenses. Many brands offer these lenses for different prescriptions. If your eye doctor approves, some can be left on overnight.
Contacts for extended wear
Extended wear contacts can also be worn overnight under the supervision of your eye doctor. Some lenses can be worn for up to 30 consecutive nights, depending on their brand. Talk to your doctor to find out if you can wear contact lenses. Also, get tips on how to care for them properly.
Some lenses can be worn longer than others, but they are all disposable contact lenses. Your eye doctor will help you determine the best replacement schedule. There are many options available, ranging from daily wear to monthly wear, depending on your needs.
There is a contact lens that will suit almost every vision need. You will receive a particular type of contact lens depending on your vision needs, such as:
These lenses are the most commonly used to correct myopia (nearsightedness) and hyperopia (farsightedness). They are suitable for those with very little to no astigmatism. It is unlikely that your prescription will have a “CYL” number of less than 0.75.
Toric lenses alter the power flowing around the lens to correct astigmatism. This is when the cornea and lens are almond-shaped. As the corrective power travels around the lens, it changes. These lenses have a CYL or AXIS value which will be different from the prescription for your glasses. These values will be adjusted by your contact lens fitter or eye doctor based on how the lens fits naturally to your eyes.
Around 40 years old, everyone starts to require more magnification to read and see close objects. As we age, our natural lenses in the eyes become more rigid, and it becomes more difficult to focus on close-up objects. Multifocal contacts let you ditch those reading glasses hanging around your neck or in your breast pocket.
Colored contact lenses can bring out the beauty in your eyes. No matter what correction is needed in the lens, colored contact lenses should be prescribed by an eye doctor. They are medical devices that sit on the delicate eye structure and do not replace your natural vision.
Regardless of the replacement schedule, contact lenses are available in multifocal or toric form if you require them.
You need to be able to read your prescription to purchase contact lenses online. One thing you need to know about prescription glasses and contact lenses is that the measurements of each one are different. This is why it is important to consult an eye doctor.
Eye safety first
To ensure that your contacts fit properly, you must choose carefully. Your eyes are unique. They can change over time and come in many shapes. Contacts must be worn to protect your eyes.
Contacts should provide optimal oxygen flow and moisture. This is because your cornea, the clear dome at the front of your eyes, needs oxygen to function properly. Your lenses must allow oxygen to flow through the material and also transport the right amount of water to maintain a microscopic layer under the lens. These tears carry oxygen around the lens and act as a constant cleaning agent.
You can see the world clearly if there is enough oxygen. Even modern materials can cause cornea damage if they are not fitted correctly. Make sure your eye doctor has examined the movement of your lens and confirmed that it is safe to use.
Shop your next contact lenses with Clearly.
Now you know all about contact lenses and can talk to your eye doctor to find the right one for you.
You can shop online with Clearly to find the right type of contact for you, any time you like. We also offer affordable contacts! Order online by selecting the brand of contact lenses you prefer from your prescription.
Now you are fully prepared and ready to enjoy clear vision and amazing eye comfort with our contacts!