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Contact lenses, commonly known as contacts, is a thin lens placed directly on the surface of the eye

Designed to correct refractive errors they float on the tear film layer on the surface of the cornea.  As the lenses stick to the tear fluid on your eye surface, they move naturally with you.


Why do people wear contact lens?

Contacts nowadays are a popular choice amongst spectacle wearers.

Modern improvements in contact lenses have made them more comfortable and easier to wear and are often the lens of choice in today’s world. For these people, contact lenses offer a relatively safe and effective way of correcting vision problems.

If you don’t like to fuss around with your glasses, contacts can help you with correcting vision and you can even play around with your  eye colour with coloured contacts.

Contacts are ideal for sports and other outdoor activities as they provide better peripheral vision and do not collect moisture such as rain, snow, condensation, or sweat like glasses do.

An added plus is that you can also wear sunglasses, goggles, or other eyewear of your choice without having to fit them with prescription lenses or worry about compatibility with glasses.


 

Types of Contact Lens available

There are two major groups of contact lenses: Soft contact lens and Hard contact lenses. Soft contacts are extremely thin and comfortable to wear. They are made mostly of water, which is why they are soft and more popular amongst wearers

Soft disposable lenses

Soft contacts are extremely thin and comfortable to wear. They are made mostly of water, which is why they are soft and more popular amongst wearers

  • Daily disposable contact lenses: Key benefit is that they are convenient and hygienic. Minimal maintenance as there is no solution, cleaning or storage required. You simply pop them on and dispose them at end of day. They are perfect for sports and first time wearers and delivers maximum oxygen to the eye. Ideal for lens wearer on the go and have a very low infection rate.

  • Fortnightly disposable contact lenses: Good for moderate contact lens wearers. These lenses are reusable for up to a fortnight and tend to be more affordable than daily disposables.

  • Monthly disposable lenses: This lens is popular amongst frequent contact lens wearers as they are ultra soft and comfortable to wear. Third generation Silicon hydrogel material delivers highest oxygen transmissibility to the eye.Your eyes can breathe better while still staying moist, a balance that is achieved with modern contact lens technology.

Hard lenses*

Hard contact lenses are made of hard plastic that gives crisp, clear vision and corrects most vision problems. They are durable and last considerably longer than soft contact lenses.

  • Hard lenses or known as Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) lenses are made of a stiffer plastic. They correct vision with less distortion than soft contact lenses. Certain prescriptions are unable to be fitted into a soft contact lens material and require RGP lenses. Strong prescriptions and eye conditions  such as Keratoconus may require RGP lenses.


 

How do I clean and care for my contacts?

The care of contact lenses varies according to the type of lens prescribed. It is important to follow directions for lens care carefully to avoid infections and other complications. If it hard to keep up with following the cleaning steps, let us know and we can walk you through it or you may want to switch to disposable lenses to suit your lifestyle.

Correct design and fitting of the lenses are essential for comfort, safety, and accurate correction. Come and speak to our Optometrists if you are interested in wearing contacts lenses or click onto Contact lens fitting for more information.

 

*Source: http://www.webmd.com/eye-health/contact-lenses