Contact lens types: an introduction
If you're considering getting contact lenses, it's possible that you may be finding it difficult to choose between the many different types available. Selecting the right contact lens type will depend on a variety of factors, including your vision correction needs, your lifestyle and your personal preferences. The best way to decide on the right lenses is to get a thorough eye examination and discuss your situation with an eye care professional. They will help you to consider your options and choose the best contacts for your particular situation.
What are your vision correction needs?
In most cases, contacts are used for correcting a vision problem and the type of lens you choose should be designed to cater for your particular requirements. For example, toric lenses are for the treatment of astigmatism, while bifocal and varifocal lenses are for those with presbyopia.
These days, there are many kinds of contact lenses, and even those who do not have problems with their sight may still choose to get coloured lenses for cosmetic reasons.
When choosing coloured contact lenses, you can select from a rainbow of colours that alter your appearance. Options include natural blues, greens, browns and hazels, as well as more dramatic tones like brilliant blue or gemstone green.
Consider your wear schedule
In addition to your prescription, you should take some time to think about how long you want to wear the lenses for each day and how much time you want to spend caring for them. This is sometimes referred to as the wear schedule and there are many different options to cater for various lifestyles.
Disposables are one of the most popular contact lens types available. Depending on the item you choose, you can get disposable lenses that last for a single day, two weeks or a month.
With disposable lenses, the length of time they can be worn depends on the materials used to make them. The more oxygen that can permeate the lenses, the longer they can be worn without being removed. Some disposable contacts should be removed and cleaned every day, while others can be worn continuously for many days or weeks.
Whichever lens type you choose, you should pay close attention to wear schedule recommendations and cleaning instructions. This will help you to ensure that your eyes stay healthy and that you get the optimal vision correction.
Find the right contact lenses for you
Once you know which type of contact lens is the right choice for you, you'll also need to get a fitting done to ensure you get the right size for your eyes. Your eye care professional will be able to do this for you. When you're ready to start shopping for contacts, look no further than Contactlenses.co.uk. We are dedicated to providing high-quality products and low prices and we even offer free shipping.
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Author: John Dreyer Optometrist Bsc(Hons), MCOPTOM, DipCLP
Created: 24 Apr 2015, Last modified: 17 Jul 2019