Contact lenses

Many people today require eyesight aid, in the form of lenses. Some prefer to use traditional eyeglasses, which become a staple part of their everyday wear, while others prefer the seamless and inconspicuous design of contact lenses.

Contact lenses are very thin, often transparent, pieces of material that contain a custom prescription. They are very handy for those who work in particular professions or play sports where glasses are impractical or uncomfortable. This is because contact lenses sit gently and unobtrusively in the eye.

Contact lenses come in many different brands, with variations of materials that cater for the comfort, needs and preferences of the user. Most prescription contact lenses are categorised into three unique types: daily, fortnightly, and monthly.

Three categories of contact lenses

Daily contact lenses are hassle-free and don’t require cleaning. They are disposed of at the end of each day and are made to be worn for a single day only. For this reason, if you wear daily contact lenses you don’t need to carry contact lens solution or cases with you. For those with sensitive eyes, dailies are a great option, as a fresh pair of contacts each day can be softer and gentler on the eye than reusable contact lenses.

Fortnightly lenses are a great option for those looking to save more money compared with daily disposable contact lenses. You can wear these every day for up to two weeks, providing they are cleaned daily and don’t have scratches or nicks in them. Fortnightly contact lenses mean you only need to purchase 26 lenses a year, which offers good value.

Monthly contact lenses are ideal for those who are looking for a cost-effective solution and who are prepared to take care of their contact lenses. These contact lenses can be worn every day for a month, except for at night time when they need to be cleaned with solution. Twelve lenses are ample for the whole year, providing you don’t lose or tear them.

Traditional style contact lenses are deemed reusable lenses. These can often last for six months or more. If you are travelling somewhere where contact lenses are unobtainable, for example, then these contact lenses are a good option.

When to replace your contact lenses

Even with good care, contact lenses should be replaced relatively frequently and according to the manufacturer’s advice. This is because your eyes are very sensitive and a build-up of contamination and lens deposits can harm your eye and increase the chances of you getting an eye infection.

Contact lens designs

Soft contact lenses can be made out of silicone, or hydrogel, which fits the eye comfortably. These are available in many different designs, depending on the user’s needs.
Cosmetic contact lenses are designed for changing your eye colour, or to add dramatic effects to the eye. Often used for costume, special effects contacts are also considered cosmetic lenses. These lenses are often used without prescriptions by the general public, however, prescription cosmetic contact lenses can be made for those with eyesight that needs correction.

Spherical contact lenses are designed for those with myopia and hyperopia. These maintain the same lens power throughout the lens to allow for everyday, general eyesight correction. Toric soft contact lenses have different lens powers in the meridians of the lens. This enables astigmatism to be corrected, as well as far and nearsightedness.

To find out which contact lenses are right for you, contact Optical Superstore and our helpful staff will be glad to help.