For many people facing challenges when it comes to their vision contact lenses offer a variety of benefits. They are less intrusive than glasses and make certain lifestyle choices much easier. For instance, spending time in or near water, or enjoying outdoor activities while wearing contact lenses presents less of a challenge when wearing contact lenses. those who suffer from sensitivity to sunlight will also find that their choice of sunglasses is far wider when they wear contact lenses.
There are numerous types of contact lenses that can correct vision problems – but making the right choice can be daunting, not only are there numerous types of lenses, but there are a myriad of manufacturers that offer contact lenses solutions. Then there is the fact that lenses can be disposable or offer long wear convenience, as well as the choice between soft or hard contacts.
To make your choice of contact lenses easier and ensure that you will enjoy the contact lens experience and that they effectively address your unique needs here are some of the most popular choices that are today available.
Soft contact lenses are the most popular type of lens available. They are made using a flexible permeable plastic material that allows oxygen to reach the surface of the eye. They offer daily wear functionality or long-wear options. They are perfect for those who enjoy active lifestyles. These lenses can be delicate and are prone to tearing when handled roughly (due to high water content) – however flexible silicone hydrogel lenses are significantly tougher than other types.
Hard contact lenses are also manufactured using plastic-type materials – but are not flexible. They are also known as rigid gas permeable (or RPG) lenses. The advantage of these lenses is that they allow the user to enjoy sharper vision than is the case with soft contacts and they can also be sued to correct a wider array of vision issues. They are more cost-effective than other types, but on the downside, they tend to be more easily dislodged and their smaller size makes the entry of dust and grit that can lodge behind the lens easier. For this reason, those who have an active outdoor lifestyle might prefer the soft lens option.
Multifocal lenses (varifocal or progressive lenses) can help to correct both problems with viewing objects at a distance and close up. Often this is achieved by designing the center of the lens to address normal vision issues while the outer edge of the lens is designed to correct vision issues relating to distance viewing. The complex design means that these lenses are usually more expensive than other types.
The best way to find contact lenses that will correct any vision problems you might have and will suit your particular lifestyle is to visit an optometrist. These trained professionals will be able to offer advice that will clear things up – both literally and figuratively.
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