When it comes to choosing a pair of glasses , it’s pretty straightforward: You look for a pair of frames that match your personal style and taste, have the correct lenses put in, and you are on your way. When it comes to contact lenses , however, it can be a much bigger decision making process.
All of a sudden you may be faced with choices such as: hard vs. soft lenses? Daily or monthly wear? Consider the factors below, which can help you make up your mind and focus more clearly overall.
Current Eye Condition
Hard lenses are generally used by individuals whose eyes require stronger correction than others. If you have astigmatism, soft lenses may actually make your eye condition worse, as the lenses can contort to the irregular shape of the eye. Those with bifocal or multifocal prescriptions may also benefit from using hard lenses, such as rigid glass permeable, as these can better accommodate more severe prescriptions and result in sharper vision.
Comfort & Durability
Soft lenses are the most widely used around the world today. This is because they tend to be more comfortable than hard lenses. Soft lenses are more flexible, which means that they are easier to take in and out. They are also more breathable, so your eyes are less likely to dry out during the day. That being said, hard lenses will generally become more comfortable to the wearer over time, although they may take some getting used to at the beginning.
In terms of wear and tear, rigid gas permeable (or hard) lenses tend to be more durable. They are also less likely to lose their shape over time. On the other hand, soft lenses tend to be more scratch-resistant, so if you have a profession that requires you to be around a lot of dust or debris, this is something you may want to keep in mind.
Cost Over Time
Let’s talk expenses: an important factor for many of us. Generally speaking, no matter what lenses you end up deciding on, the upfront costs of an eye exam , lens fitting, and follow up appointment are going to be about the same. After that, it will depend on the type of lenses that you choose, and the frequency that you are replacing them.
If you have a unique prescription, then you should know up front that your lenses are probably going to be more expensive. Soft disposable lenses are generally purchased on a monthly basis and the cost can quickly add up. Hard lenses can typically be worn for up to two years, so if you do not damage or lose them, this can be the more cost-effective option.
Ready to Make a Decision?
At David Paul Opticians in Hertfordshire, we have an experienced team that can make sure you have the correct prescription , and help you decide what type of lenses are right for you. Please give us a call on 01442 879 303, visit us online , or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.