Whether you’ve tried them in the past or are considering wearing them for the first time, we’ve put together some useful information to help you decide if, and which type of, contact lenses are right for you

WHAT ARE CONTACT LENSES?

Contact lenses are small, thin, optical lenses worn directly on the eye to correct your vision. You can wear contact lenses to correct common vision problems such as these…

  • Myopia (short sightedness)
  • Hyperopia  (long sightedness)
  • Astigmatism
  • Presbyopia

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF CONTACT LENSES?

With so many different contact lenses available, it can be confusing. We can group contact lenses by the material they’re made from (hard or soft) and how long you wear them for. Lenses will also be prescribed by your optician based on your vision problem.

HARD OR SOFT LENSES?

Most contact lenses today are soft or ‘hydrophilic’ which means they are made of water (this is how they stay soft). Soft lenses are extremely thin and made from materials that allow oxygen to pass through them to the eye. Today’s advances in contact lens technology have virtually eliminated the earlier hard lenses.

THERE ARE 3 TYPES OF SOFT CONTACT LENSES:

CONTACT LENSES FOR MYOPIA AND HYPEROPIA

These are spherical lenses. They correct basic vision problems including
short-sightedness (myopia) and long-sightedness (hyperopia).

CONTACT LENSES FOR ASTIGMATISM

These are toric lenses. They correct astigmatism by compensating for the irregular surface of the eye.

CONTACT LENSES FOR PRESBYOPIA

These are bifocal or multifocal contact lenses. They are used to correct presbyopia (the inability to focus sharply for near vision)

SOFT LENSES COME IN 2 BASIC WEAR SCHEDULES:

DAILY DISPOSABLE LENSES

The healthiest, most convenient way to wear lenses. At the end of each day you simply throw your lenses away and use a fresh, new pair the next morning.

REUSABLE LENSES

These are lenses you can reuse and keep rather than throw away. At the end of each day, you take the lenses out and clean and disinfect them. The next morning you put the same pair back in again. Reusable contact lenses worn as a daily wear are replaced every two weeks with a new pair.

EXTENDED WEAR LENSES

You can also wear some contact lenses continuously, even while sleeping. Acuvue Oasys can be worn for up to six nights before you discard them and replace with a fresh pair. If you remove them before the end of the wear schedule, you’ll need to clean and disinfect them before you reapply.