• Types of contact lenses

     

    An Eye Care Practitioner is the only person that can recommend and prescribe a particular type of contact lens to a patient. However, there are different types of contact lenses available with slightly different purposes.

    Daily-wear soft lenses Made of soft, flexible plastics that allow oxygen to pass through to the eyes.

    • very short adaptation period
    • more comfortable and more difficult to dislodge than RGP lenses
    • available in tints and bifocals
    • great for active lifestyles

     

    Daily-wear disposable soft lenses Single-use, daily wear lens that are designed to be worn for a single day, discarded at night, and replaced with a brand new pair.

    • typically no lens care is required
    • assures fresh and clean lenses when replaced
    • great for active lifestyles

     

    Extended-wear soft lenses Available for overnight wear. Made of soft, flexible plastics that allow oxygen to pass through to the eyes.

    • can usually be worn without interruption, even while sleeping, up to a maximum number of days

     

    Frequent & planned replacement soft lenses Soft daily or extended wear lenses that are replaced on a planned schedule, normally every two weeks, monthly or quarterly.

    • assures fresh and clean lenses when replaced
    • available in most prescriptions
    • spare lenses conveniently on hand

     

    Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) Made of slightly flexible plastics that allow oxygen to pass through to the eyes

    • vision may be sharper than with soft contact lenses
    • easy to put on and to care for
    • durable with a relatively long life (1-2 years)
    • available in tints (for handling purposes)
    • daily-wear and extended-wear designs available
    • planned replacement schedule also available

     

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