There are a variety of contact lenses available for purchase, based on your needs and the features you want.
Following is a list of available contact lens types, along with a brief description and some of the advantages/disadvantages you can expect with each.
You can easily follow up with your doctor or a contact lens store for more information. The stores that ranked highly in our reviews were responsive to our questions.
Made of soft, flexible plastic that allows oxygen to pass through to the eyes.
Advantages: Very short adaptation period. Generally more comfortable, and more difficult to dislodge, than RGP lenses. Available in tints and bifocals. Great for active lifestyles.
Disadvantages: Vision may not be as sharp as with RGP lenses. Contacts soil easily and must be replaced.
Made of soft plastic that allows oxygen to pass through to the cornia.
Advantages: More durable than soft contact lenses. More resistant to deposit buildup. Delivers excellent vision. Tends to be less expensive over the life of the lens compared with soft contacts. Available in tints and bifocals. Generally gives a clearer, crisper vision than soft lenses.
Disadvantages: Not as comfortable as soft contact lenses. May take a few weeks to adapt to RGP contacts, versus several days for soft lenses. Can slip off center of eye more easily than other types of lenses. Debris can easily get under the contact.
Available for overnight wear in soft or RGP contact lenses, although they are usually soft lenses.
Advantages: Can usually be worn up to seven days without removal.
Disadvantages: Soft lens vision may not be as sharp as with RGP lenses.
Soft daily wear contact lenses that are replaced on a planned schedule. Usually daily, every two weeks, monthly, or quarterly.
Advantages: Require simplified cleaning and disinfection. Good for eye health. Available in most prescriptions.
Disadvantages: Vision may not be as sharp as with RGP lenses.
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