DIFFERENT TYPES OF CONTACT LENSES
Soft Disposable Contact Lenses
These lenses look and feel like moist cling film and are generally very comfortable even after initial insertion. They are difficult to accidently dislodge from the eyes and dust seldom gets trapped under soft lenses. Consequently,soft lenses are by far the most popular type of contact lenses available.
Soft lenses are available in two disposable options:
- Daily disposable lenses. As the name suggests, these lenses are worn up to one day and are then thrown away. This makes them ideal for occasional use e.g. for sports. No cleaning or maintenance is required.
- Monthly disposable lenses. These lenses are worn on a daily basis however, at the end of the day the lenses are removed from the eyes, cleaned and stored in a special solution. They are only disposed of at the end of a month. Often these lenses represent good value for people wearing lenses every day.
Rigid Gas Permeable Lenses
These lenses are also known as corneal lenses and have been in existence in differing forms, for many years. RGP lenses usually require an adaptation period in order to build up comfortable daily wear. They also require daily cleaning and overnight storage. Some wearers find RGP lenses have a long life and can give excellent clarity of vision.
Other Types of Contact Lens
Nowadays disposable soft and RGP contact lenses are available for people with astigmatism (toric lenses) and for people requiring both distance and near visual correction (multifocal contact lenses).
As a contact lens specialist, Andrew King Optician will assess which of the many lenses available will be most suitable for your prescription and lifestyle.