Why Use Contact Lenses
Contact lenses can be used for myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), astigmatism (blurred vision) and presbyopia (loss of close up sight due to ageing). The soft lenses mould into the shape of your eye which provides comfort and they stay in place if you have an active lifestyle such as playing sports whereas the hard lenses are more rigid but last longer.
We can break down soft lenses down into 3 groups:
Daily lenses are usually the cheapest ones to buy and they are worn during the day, removed at night and disinfected to eliminate bacteria and any chance of getting an eye infection. Typically they last for a few days at a time before you need to use a new pair.
Extended wear lenses last longer and they can stay in your eyes 24/7 even when you are sleeping. They do need to be cleaned at least once a week however and can be used for 30 days.
Disposable lenses are generally more expensive but given that you don’t need to clean them., you save on cleaning fluids. With disposable lenses you simply use them for the specified period (this can be a day, week or even a month in some cases), take them out and throw them away. For people who only need contacts in certain situations (i.e. they play sports and can’t wear glasses) then these are a good option.
The hard lenses are rigid but are in fact more ‘breathable’ than the soft lenses helping to reduce any risk of infection.
Hard lenses can last for months and even years if you look after them properly with cleaning and disinfection.
Even though they may take a few weeks before they are comfortable, after the initial period then you barely notice them.
Looking After Your Contact Lenses
It’s very important that you follow the recommended regime for cleaning and looking after the type of contact lenses you have chosen. This way you will keep your eyes healthy and your contact lenses in optimum condition.
The Beauty of Contact Lenses
The beauty of contact lenses is obvious, they are unobtrusive and very practical. In fact most people aren’t aware of who actually does wear contact lenses, they are invisible to most.
An Opticians Advice
For professional advice you must consult an optician to see what lenses are the best fit for you. The optician will take into account your eyes, prescription and lifestyle.
These days there is so much choice with contact lenses that there is something to suite everyone.
Bookmark this Contact Lens Checklist for later reference.