Your Guide To Contact Lenses

April 2, 2013


Contact Lenses

Contact Lenses

Contact lenses have come a long way since they first came out.  Individuals with vision problems now have a variety of different options for when it comes to choosing a type of lens.  For those of you who don’t know, contact lenses are thin plastic lenses that fit over your cornea (the thin, front part of your eye).  These lenses are used to correct vision problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism.  Individuals should talk to their eye doctor about which type of lens would work best for you, however in the meantime it never hurts to consider your options.  Here are a few of the different types of contact lenses currently available on the market today:

Soft Lenses

Soft contacts are made of a type of plastic that is combined with water.  The water in these lenses lets oxygen pass through the contact lens to your cornea, thus increasing comfort, reducing dry eyes, and aiding in the health of your cornea.  What many people love about soft lenses is that most of them are disposable which means that you can throw them away after using them for a short time.  Having a fresh pair of lenses reduces your chances of infection.  Other soft lenses are used for about a year and require you to clean them each night.  These are typically more custom designed contact lenses.  Sometimes soft lenses may even provide UV protection. One disadvantage to this type of lens is the fact that they are so fragile and can tear easily.

Visibility Tint

These contact lenses are lightly tinted, making it easier to find your lens if you happen to drop it.

Enhancement Tint

Enhancement tint lenses have a translucent tint to enhance your natural eye color.

Color Tint

These lenses are darker, opaque, and change the color of your eyes.  Many individuals use these contact lenses for cosmetic reasons.  Some colors available in this lens are violet and green.

Rigid Gas Permeable Lenses

These lenses are made from silicone materials and let oxygen pass through them to your cornea.  Many prefer this type of lens because they offer clearer vision than contacts with soft lenses and are extremely durable.  On disadvantage is that they take a little longer to get used to the way they feel in your eye.

Other Types Of Lenses

These are only a few types of contact lenses available for those who need contacts.  There are also bifocal lenses, toric lenses, etc. Talk to your eye doctor before purchasing contact lenses to see what is best for you.


Your Guide To Contact Lenses

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