Choosing the Right Contact Lens for You

Choosing the Right Contact Lens for You When you make the decision to opt for contact lenses rather than glasses to treat your eye problems, it seems as if you've just entered a huge and strange world. 

There are so many different types of lenses available these days: soft lenses, hard rigid gas permeable lenses, disposable lenses, night-wear lenses, it can be hard to know what to choose.

Your first step should be to talk with your optometrist. They will examine your eyes to see if you can wear contact lenses and if any lenses on the market can help you with your particular vision problem. They know your eyes and your eye shape and so will be able to advise you on the best type of lens for you.

For some eye conditions, a rigid gas permeable (rgp) lens is the best option, others will have the choice between hard lenses, soft lenses and even disposable lenses.

Consider Your Lifestyle and Budget

Then you need to consider your budget and your lifestyle. Many people want to wear contact lenses but don't want the hassle of cleaning lenses every day. For those people, providing your optometrist says that they will work for your eye problem; daily disposable lenses could be the best option. These do cost more than standard soft contact lenses, which is why you need to consider your budget.

Disposable lenses are soft contact lenses that you wear for a day and then remove and throw away. Do note that you must only wear these lenses for the prescribed time; if you wear them for longer than a day they can dry out and start to cause problems in your eyes.

Ask your optometrist to recommend some brands of lens for you and your lifestyle. Then do some independent research of your own so you are satisfied that a particular brand will meet your needs.

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