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Choosing The Right Contacts

April 1 2024

Are you considering getting contacts soon? There are quite a few things to factor in when it comes to finding the right fit. Contacts have come a very long way over the last few decades, and there are now quite a few different types to choose from. While this is definitely something you would want to discuss with your optometrist, we can offer a bit of insight in the meantime. Read on as a local Marysville, WA eye doctor offers some pointers on choosing the right type of contact. 

Things To Consider When Choosing Contacts

Your specific sight and vision needs are of course the most important factors. In some cases, a specific type of lens may cleary be the best bet.  For instance, if you have astigmatism, toric lenses may clearly be your best bet.

However, that isn’t the only things to consider. Several other factors will come into play when it comes to choosing contacts. Everyone is a bit different, so the sort that your brother or bestie loves may not be the right choice for you.

Here are a few of the things you’ll want to take into account:

  • How often you’ll wear them
  • Your activity level/Lifestyle
  • Eye sensitivity
  • Travel plans
  • Cost  
  • Maintenance requirements

If you’re an athlete, you may find that soft daily disposables are your best bet. If you have dry or sensitive eyes, you may need to take yours out every night to give your eyes a rest. 

Your job may also come into play. If you work from home, you may find it more comfortable to wear glasses most of the time, and save the contacts for special occasions. Do plenty of research, and ask your eye doctor for more information. 

What Are The Different Kinds Of Contact Lenses?

There are a few different types of lenses, so there are plenty of options to look at. Let’s go over the main groups.

Soft Contacts

First up, we have soft contact lenses. These are made from soft plastics, and are quite flexible. The material used allows for oxygen to pass through the lens and reach the eye. This is crucial to your eyes’ health! Soft contacts also tend to be much more comfortable than hard contacts.

These are by far the most popular type of lenses. They will work for both those who need to wear contacts frequently and for those who only want to wear them once in a while. They can also be used to help address and correct several types of vision problems, including the following:

  • Myopia
  • Hyperopia
  • Astigmatism
  • Presbyopia

Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) Contact Lenses

Next up, we  have RGPS, or  Rigid Gas Permeable Lenses. These are made of stronger material, and will last longer than soft contacts. Over time, they also tend to be the less expensive option, as you won’t need as many refills. It is also worth mentioning that certain types of RGPs can be left in overnight. 

Your optometrist might suggest going with RGP lenses if you have specific eye problems, such as irregular astigmatism or conical cornea. 

On the down side, they are less comfortable than soft lenses. People also sometimes just have a harder time getting used to them.

Extended Wear Contact Lenses

As the name suggests, extended-wear contacts can be worn for longer than the average soft contact. The officially recommended time may range from one to six days, with some being approved for wear for up to 30 days.

However, you will need to be careful with extended wear. Your eyes really need the occasional break from contacts, so they can breathe. Just because you can wear them for that long doesn’t mean you should! Ask your optometrist for specific advice, and follow their suggestions to a T. That said, these can be a great option for those who don’t want to deal with removing and cleaning lenses every day.

Toric Contact Lenses

Toric contacts are typically designed for people who have specific eye conditions that affect the shape of the eye. They are shaped a bit differently than other lenses and can be used to help those with near-sightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.

Toric lenses are very safe, as the materials used allow for plenty of oxygen flow, which, as mentioned above, is crucial to your eye health. They can also be worn for extended periods. You can also get toric lenses as daily disposables. 

There is, of course, a down side. While most contacts allow for overall improved vision, toric lenses focus light a little differently. You may find that you still need glasses for reading or other close work.

Disposable Contacts

Disposable contacts are very popular these days, and it’s not hard to see why. You really can’t beat them for the convenience.

Daily disposables are meant to be worn once and discarded. (Hence the name.) You won’t need to worry about cleaning or storing them: just grab a new pair.

You can also get disposables that will last for one month, three months, or even a year, though those would of course require proper care. Again, talk to your eye doctor about extended wear.

Colored/Fashion Contacts

Not everyone who gets contacts does so because of vision issues. Some people like wearing colored contacts, just for the aesthetics. We can definitely understand the appeal. A striking ice-blue eye can make a bold statement, while an all-black one can also offer a creepy look people love. 

Once opened, colored contacts will last for about a month with proper care. 

Even if you do not need corrective eyewear, it is absolutely crucial that you go through an optometrist for these, and get a prescription. This will ensure that the contacts do not interfere with your vision. 

The other reason is quality control. You may find cool-looking lenses at flea markets or online sellers. However, these are not manufactured with eye health in mind. In fact, they can actually be dangerous! You should also only order these through your eye care center. 

How Do I Care For Contacts? 

No matter what kind of contacts you go for, making sure that you take proper care of them is of the utmost importance. If you do not clean and store your lenses correctly, and/or if you leave them in longer than it is safe, you could end up damaging your eyes through infection or injuries. This is definitely not something you want to risk. The ultimate price could be vision loss or even blindness. 

Ask your eye doctor for specific advice, and make sure that you follow all instructions for properly cleaning and storing your lenses. 

What Is The Most Popular Type Of Contact Lenses?

Soft lenses are hands down the most popular type of contact lens. Approximately 90 percent of contact lenses worn in the U.S. are soft lenses.

Conclusion: There are several different types of contacts on the market, such as soft contacts, disposable contacts, rigid gas permeable contacts, and toric contacts. There are also contacts that are made just for aesthetics, rather than vision correction. It’s important to talk to your eye doctor and determine which will work best for you. 

Make An Appointment At Your Marysville, Wa Eye Doctor

Do you have questions about contact lenses? Please feel free to ‘contact’ us at any time. As your local Marysville, WA eye care center, we are dedicated to offering great care! 

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