What to Know Before You Buy Contact Lenses

Are you in the market for some new eye wear options, specifically contact lenses? With the improvements to the design and versatility of contact lenses, these are more commonly used then ever before for eye wear.

Soft contact lenses

Soft contact lenses are the contact lenses that people are most familiar with worldwide. Soft contact lenses can be used to correct various vision problems, including:

  • Nearsightedness (myopia)
  • Farsightedness (hyperopia)
  • Blurred vision (astigmatism)
  • Age-related loss of close-up vision (presbyopia)

Soft contact lenses conform to the shape of your eye making them comfortable and allowing them to stay in place easier. Soft contacts are a good alternative to your every day eye glass if you are involved in sports or lead an active lifestyle.

Soft contact lenses are available in various types for people with come in various types, such as:

  • Daily wear. Typically the least expensive of lenses and worn during the day, and should be removed each night to be cleaned and disinfected. How long you can use a single pair of daily wear lenses varies depending on the manufacturer.
  • Extended wear. You can wear extended wear soft contact lenses while you sleep, but they must be removed for cleaning and disinfecting at least once a week. Although designed for overnight use, they should be cleaned and disinfected once a week as it increases the risk of eye infections — even if the lenses have been approved for extended wear.
  • Disposable. Disposable soft contact lenses are generally the most expensive option. You wear the lenses during the day and remove them at night. They don’t need to be cleaned or disinfected. You simply use them for the recommended timeframe — such as daily, weekly or monthly — and then discard them. You might consider disposable lenses if you wear contacts only occasionally, you can’t tolerate disinfecting solution or you place a premium on convenience.

Hard contact lenses

Hard contact lenses are rigid and crisp for most vision problems and could be good if you’ve tried soft contact lenses and been unsatisfied with the results.

Hard contact lenses reduce the risk of eye infections because they are often more breathable than soft contact lenses. Like some soft contact lenses, Most hard contact lenses must be removed for cleaning and disinfection at night.

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