Types of Contact Lenses

Contact Lenses

Ready to see the world with new eyes? It’s time to try contact lenses! These tiny, almost invisible devices can totally change the way you see the world! But if you’re new to this, you might wonder which type of contact lens is right for you.

What are the different types of contact lenses?

Several types of lenses are offered on the market to fit different vision requirements and lifestyles. To help you decide which type of contact lenses may be right for you, we’ve clarified the various types available according to both the type of correction they’ll provide and their manufacturer’s recommended replacement schedule.

Different materials and comfort

First of all, there are two distinct types of contact lenses.

  • Soft contact lenses

    By far the most common type of lenses. These lenses drape gently over the cornea and can be made of various soft plastics. The most modern lenses incorporate silicone hydrogel, a material that allows more oxygen to your cornea.  Talk to your eye doctor about silicone hydrogel to find out if this material is right for you.

  • Hard contact lenses

    Less common contacts also known as Rigid Gas Permeable lenses (RGP). Hard contacts can provide excellent vision for patients with higher astigmatism and should last longer than your contact lens prescription!

RGP lenses can require days of adaptation, especially for first-time wearers. RGP lenses also require an in-depth fitting process as the lens specifications must be extremely precise.  So precise that each lens is individually made to your specifications! For this reason, they are the only product on our site which is a final sale.

Soft lenses are more common and offer immediate all-day wear and may be worn safely while playing sports (RGP lenses cannot). However, to choose the appropriate material, curvature and replacement schedule, consult your eye care professional and see which lenses may be right for you.

Replacement schedule

Soft lenses are available in a variety of options to reflect different needs and lifestyles. As each contact lens requires a proper replacement schedule and regular maintenance, you could choose between:

  • Daily wear contacts

    Can be worn all day up to a number of hours specified by your eye doctor but require nightly removal, disinfection, and cleansing.

  • Extended wear contacts

    Can be worn overnight under the supervision and approval of your eye doctor or fitter. Depending on the brand, some lenses can be worn up to 30 consecutive nights.  Speak to your doctor to determine if your eyes are healthy enough to sleep in your contact lenses.

Even though some can be worn for a longer period of time, they are all disposable contact lenses. Your eye doctor will work with you to determine an appropriate replacement schedule. Based on your needs, there are various options to choose from:

  • Daily disposable contact lenses

Daily contacts are the healthiest option for your eyes – a fresh lens every day without any worry about protein deposits or cleaning regimens. If you want to give them a try, take a look at our 5 reasons for choosing daily disposable contacts. One day lenses are also a great choice for those who intend on wearing their contact lenses on rare occasions.

  • Weekly/Bi-weekly

Usually, weekly contacts need to be taken out at night for cleaning and are disposed of once a week. These lenses provide a comfortable experience with an economic replacement schedule. Take a look at our weekly contact lenses to find out about our offers.

  • Monthly replacements

These contacts can be worn for up to 30 days. A great way to remember when to change your lens – just pick a day of the month! These lenses are available from many brands for all types of prescriptions. Some are able to be kept on overnight if your eye care professional says it’s okay.

Prescription options

There’s a type of contact lens for almost any vision problem. According to your eyes’ requirements, you’ll get a specific type of contact lens such as:

  • Spherical lenses

The most common type of contact lenses – designed to correct myopia (nearsightedness) and hyperopia (farsightedness). Also, fit for people with little-to-no astigmatism in their prescription- if the “CYL” number in your glasses prescription is 0.75 or less, you’re not even likely to see a CYL in your contact lens numbers and you can wear a spherical lens.

  • Toric

Toric lenses change power going around the lens to correct astigmatism – this is when your lens and/or the cornea is almond-shaped rather than spherical.  The corrective power changes as it goes around the lens.  These lenses will have a CYL and AXIS value that will likely be different to those found on your glasses prescription- your eye doctor or fitter will adjust those values based on how the lens sits naturally on YOUR eye.

  • Multifocal

Everyone begins to need extra magnification around the age of 40, in order to read and see close objects clearly. Presbyopia happens to everybody as the natural lens in our eye stiffens with age and becomes harder to focus close up. Multifocal lenses allow you to ditch that pair of reading glasses swinging from a chain around your neck or stashed in a breast pocket.

  • Colored

To bring some spark in your eyes, you can go for coloured contact lenses! These can be worn simply for cosmetic reasons or for vision correction. Regardless of the correction (or lack of) in the lens, colored contacts are best prescribed by your eye doctor as they are a medical device sitting on your eye’s delicate structure.

Any contact lens, no matter what the replacement schedule, will be available as toric or multifocal if your vision correction requires it.

In order to buy contact lenses online, you need to know how to read your prescription. Your contact lens prescription is based on your glasses prescription, but the values can change, especially for higher prescriptions. This is part of the reason why it’s important to consult an eye care professional.

Eye Safety First!

Your contacts must be chosen with care to make sure they fit your eyes properly. People come in all shapes and sizes – so do your eyes, and they change shape over time. But above all, it’s essential to wear contacts that preserve your eyes’ health.

Contacts must bring optimal oxygen flow and moisture. Your cornea (the clear dome on the front of your eye) gets all its oxygen from the air around it. And your lenses must not only allow oxygen to pass through the material but also move just the right amount to keep a microscopic layer of tears flowing under the lens- those tears help carry oxygen and provide a constant cleaning action around the lens.

A  allow more oxygen to the eye and ensure you see the world as it should be. Yet even a modern material can damage your cornea if the fit is not optimal. Ensure that your eye care professional has reviewed the movement of the lens on your eye and verified it is safe to wear.

Take a look at Clearly’s offers to shop your next contact lenses!

Now that you’ve learned all about the different types of contact lenses, you can discuss with your eye doctor to see which one would be appropriate for your vision, comfort, and lifestyle.

With Clearly, you can shop online for the type of contacts that most fits your needs, whenever you want. And we offer contacts at affordable prices! Just pick the contact lens brand specified on your prescription and order online.

You are now fully equipped and ready to enjoy the clearest vision and awesome eye comfort with our contact lenses!

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