How to Choose the Best Contacts Lenses for Your Eyes
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.
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:
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- How to Insert, Remove, and Handle Rigid Gas Permeabl...
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