A Guide to the Different Types of Contact Lenses

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If you’re getting contact lenses for the first time, navigating all the different options available can be a little tricky. Should you get monthly or daily lenses? Should you opt for soft lenses or gas permeable lenses? And what does it all mean, anyway?

Let’s take a closer look at the most popular types of contact lenses to help you get started:

Monthly Contact Lenses

Monthly lenses are kept to be worn for, you guessed it, a month. Daily maintenance involves rinsing them and storing in a tiny case filled with contact lens solution every night. They prove to be more cost-effective than daily disposable lenses for those who wear lenses every day. The only downside is that they require daily care and maintenance.

Daily Disposable Lenses

Daily lenses are designed to be worn once and disposed of at the end of the day. The major advantage of these is that they require no extra care and no need to get any additional products such as contact lens solution. They’re also less prone to allergens and dirt build up due to the limited frequency of wear. The disadvantage is that they can get a little dry at the end of the day without eyedrops. They’re also the priciest option.

Continuous Wear Lenses

Wake up with crystal clear every vision every day by choosing extended wear contact lenses. These are made of a highly breathable silicone material which enables users to wear them for up to 30 days at a time. There’s no need to take them off overnight or even in the shower, making them incredibly low maintenance and perfect for busy individuals on-the-go.

Soft Lenses

The British Contact Lens Association has revealed that the majority of UK contact lens wearers opt for soft contact lenses. Their popularity stems from the fact that they’re comfortable and breathable enough to wear for many hours at a time. You’re not bound by a set number of hours of usage. They also adapt really well to most people’s eyes.

Gas Permeable Lenses (also known as hard lenses)

While they’re sometimes called ‘hard’ lenses, gas permeable lenses are still very comfortable to wear. They simply offer a more rigid fit than soft lenses. They’re also more suitable for certain eye conditions such as astigmatism. Your optician will be able to advise on whether they’re right for you.

At David Paul Opticians, we’re committed to helping you find the best contact lenses and eye care solution for you. We offer a complete contact lens service, including an initial consultation and aftercare help. Get in touch with our friendly team to discuss your requirements today.