Which Contact Lens Type is Best for You?
The two main categories of contact lenses are hard and soft lenses. While soft lenses are more popular, hard contact lenses have distinct advantages for certain eye and vision conditions. At Williams Eye Care, we’ll explain the pros and cons of all types of contact lenses to you, and we’ll help identify which ones are ideal for helping you achieve crisp and comfortable vision. With offices located conveniently in Plano, Frisco and Fairview, Texas, we offer a full range of contact lenses to serve your unique visual needs.
Soft lenses have a reputation for being extremely comfortable. Depending upon your lifestyle, you may opt for daily-wear lenses, extended-wear lenses, or disposable lenses. In addition to your risk of infection, the financial expense varies with each of these types of contacts.
Your specific vision condition is an important criterion for determining the perfect contact lenses for your needs. If you have astigmatism and aren’t interested in hard lenses, soft toric contacts (usually a costlier option) may work. If you have presbyopia and require bifocals or multifocals to see clearly in all situations, then we’ll help fit you with bifocal or multifocal contact lenses.
Soft contact lenses are one of the most common styles of contact lens both in the United States and also worldwide. Soft contact lenses can be made use of to address different vision concerns, such as:
- Nearsightedness (myopia )
- Farsightedness (hyperopia )
- Obscured vision (astigmatism)
- Age-related loss of near vision (presbyopia)
Soft contact lenses adapt to the form of your eye. They're comfortable and generally remain in position well, so they're a good choice if you take part in sporting activities or lead an active way of life.
Soft contact lenses are available in numerous types, including:
Daily wear. Daily wear soft contact lenses are normally the least pricey choice. You wear the lenses during the day, and remove them each night to be cleaned and also disinfected. How long you may make use of a solitary pair of daily wear lenses varies based on the producer.
Extended wear. You can use extended wear soft contact lenses while you rest, but they need to be taken out for cleansing along with sterilizing a minimum of one day a week. It's still important to be cautious with overnight usage, though, given that it raises the risk of eye infections-- even if the lenses have been sanctioned for extended wear.
Disposable. Disposable soft contact lenses are typically the most costly choice. You use the lenses during the day and dispose of them at night. They don't need to be washed or disinfected. You merely use them for the suggested timeframe-- such as each day, weekly or monthly-- then throw them away. You could consider disposable lenses if you use contacts only periodically, you cannot stand sterilizing solution or you put a high value on comfort.
If you’re seeking a new look, colored lenses may appeal to you! Note that although colored lenses are available over-the-counter, prescription colored lenses are your only safe option. The other types are illegal and may cause infection or extreme injury to the health of your eyes.
Rigid, gas-permeable lenses (“hard”) are composed of plastics and other materials, such as fluoropolymers and silicone, and supply clear, crisp vision for most vision difficulties. These hard contacts will always hold their shape, yet oxygen is permitted to flow freely through the lenses to reach the cornea. If you have astigmatism, hard lenses may be your most suitable option. If you suffer from allergies or have a strong tendency for protein deposits to build up on your contacts, we may also recommend hard lenses for you.
Hard contact lenses might be especially appealing if you have actually attempted soft contact lenses and also been unsatisfied with the end results. Hard contact lenses are frequently much more breathable than are soft contact lenses, which lessens the danger of eye infections.
Many hard contact lenses must be removed for cleansing as well as sterilization during the night. It might require to a week to adjust to hard contact lenses, and also they're more likely to move from the focal point of your eye compared to soft contact lenses-- which might bring about soreness and also blurred sight. If your prescription doesn't vary and you look after your hard contact lenses, you could utilize the very same pair of lenses for up to two to three years.
Specialized contact lenses.
Depending upon your vision needs, you may consider specialized contact lenses, such as:
Hybrid contact lenses. Hybrid contact lenses offer a hard (gas permeable) center surrounded by a soft outer ring. Hybrid contact lenses may be an option if you have an irregular corneal curvature (keratoconus) or you have concerns wearing conventional hard lenses.
Bifocal or multifocal contact lenses. These lenses, which are readily available in both soft and also hard varieties, can fix nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism in combination with age-related loss of near vision (presbyopia).
Tinted contact lenses. Some contact lenses are tinted, either for cosmetic or remedial objectives-- to improve color vision or help compensate for color blindness, for example. Avoid costume or cosmetic contact lenses, though. These lenses could ruin your eyes and trigger potentially major eye infections.
Attaining the right fit.
If you choose to consider contact lenses, consult your eye doctor at Williams Eye Care in Frisco, Fairview or Plano for a complete eye exam and fitting.Plan follow-up exams as suggested by your eye doctor. You might need a follow-up examination after one week, one month as well as 6 months, and then annually.
Keeping clear of eye infections
Using contact lenses of any kind of kind increases the threat of corneal infection, just since contact lenses lower the quantity of oxygen that gets to the corneas. Unfortunately, eye infections are not completely unavoidable.
To stop infections:
Practice good eye hygiene. Wash, rinse and completely dry your hands before handling your contacts.
Take out your contacts prior to falling asleep. This applies to extended wear contacts, too. Although extended wear contacts are made to be worn overnight, continual wear dramatically increases the danger of eye infections.
Lessen contact with water. Remove your contact lenses prior to bathing, swimming or using a hot tub.
Don't dampen your lenses with saliva. Abstain from any sort of pull to place your lenses in your mouth to moisten them.
Take care with contact lens solutions. Utilize solely commercially sold, sterile items designed particularly for the variety of contact lenses you wear-- not water or homemade saline solution. Dispose of the solution in the contact lens holder each time you cleanse the lenses, and also do not "refill" old solution that's currently in the contact lens holder.
'Scrub and rinse' your contact lenses. Carefully scrub your lenses while you're washing them, even if you select no-rub solution. Keep an eye on the expiration date. Don't make use of contact solution that is past the expiration date. Replace contact lenses and also holders as recommended. Follow producer rules for changing your contact lenses-- and change your contact lens holders every three to 6 months.