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How to Choose the Best Contacts Lenses for Your Eyes

Updated on October 3, 2015

For the most part, your eye care specialist will decide which contact lens is best suitable for your eyes. However, it is wise to know the options before having your eyes examined. Many variables go into deciding which contact lens will work best for you and your lifestyle.

Are you planning on wearing them full time or part time? For sporting or social occasions only?

Disposable contact lenses have gained popularity in the recent years. With monthly, bi-weekly, and daily disposable contact lenses available, there is flexibility in contact lens wear and a remarkable decrease in eye infections relating to contacts.

Part-time or full-time wear

Part-time wearers are best fit in daily disposable contact lenses. These lenses are worn for one day and then disposed in the evening. These lenses are very thin, comfortable, healthy, and convenient. No storage is required for these contacts nor the need to buy contact lens solution. Although these lenses may be more expensive, there is a savings by eliminating contact lens solutions and cleaning costs.

Toric lenses or astigmatism

For those of you who have astigmatism, toric soft lenses help to correct the cylinder component of your prescription. Toric lenses are designs specifically to sit on your eye in a particular axis orientation. Any rotation of the lens can cause blur and distortion. To prevent rotation, these lenses are either weighted of designed in a particular fashion to prevent spinning of the lens in your eye. Because of this issue, soft lenses can not optically correct astigmatism as well as spectacle glasses.

Brand of contacts

There are several manufacturers for soft contact lenses available. They all provided excellent options for healthy eyes. The pricing varies slightly from one brand to the next.

Oxygen permeability

Overall, improvements in contact lens materials and thickness have significantly increased the breath-ability and oxygen permeability. Even with these advancements, it is best to remove your contacts an hour or two before going to bed. Also, minimizing contact lens wear on the weekends will allow for your eyes to breathe and be in their natural state.


Contact lenses can act like a sponge and absorb the natural tears in your eyes. With this in mind, if you feel the onset of dryness symptoms, applying re-wetting drops throughout the day will improve ocular hydration. Frequent replacement of contacts can also alleviate contact lens induced dryness.

Gas permeable (RGP) versus Soft Contacts

If you have high astigmatism, gas permeable lenses will better correct your vision. Optically, these lenses will mask the astigmatism. The only drawback is that Rgp lenses are not quite as comfortable as soft lenses.

Here's an excellent link for learning how to insert, remove, and handle soft contact lenses:

Here's an excellent link for learning how to insert, remove, and handle RGP contact lenses:


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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Very useful information. I wish I would have learned to use contacts early on in life. Glad these are choices for those who wear glasses.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good info...I have had glasses since I was five, but never had contacts. For me, glasses are a part of who I am now; no reason to change. :)