Tips on Choosing Contact Lenses

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If your eyesight is less than perfect, and you do not like the idea of wearing glasses, contact lenses offer the perfect solution. You can maintain your regular appearance, without compromising your vision. There is a variety of contact lenses on the market, and there is no one ‘’best’’ type across the board. Rather, many individual factors will inform the optimal product for your needs. Here are some tips for choosing the best contact lenses for you.

Frequency of Use

How often you plan on wearing your contact lenses is a factor to consider in your decision. If you think you will only be wearing them on special occasions or the weekends, for example, you may not want to go with hard lenses; they tend to only feel comfortable after getting used to wearing them on a consistent basis. In this case, soft lenses would be the way to go. If you plan on wearing contacts on a daily basis, you need to give a bit more thought to your decision, and the following information will help you.

Soft Lenses

Soft lenses are the overwhelmingly popular choice—about 90 percent of people who need contacts go with this kind. They conform to the shape of your eye, and many people find them very comfortable right off the bat. You can wear them to correct a number of vision problems. They are less likely to slip out of place, making them an especially good choice for people who are active in sports or other physical activity.

There are many different types of soft lenses. Daily wear lenses need to be removed and cleaned every night, and have to be replaced on a set schedule, which varies depending on the brand and type; if you want cheap contacts, these are the least expensive. Extended wear lenses can be worn continuously up to a week, after which, they must be cleaned. Many eye doctors recommend against these types of lenses, however. Then you have disposable lenses which are thrown away at the end of each day, week or month, depending on the type; they are meant to be removed each night. These are the most expensive type of soft lens.

Hard Lenses

Hard lenses are far less common, but in certain instances, they may be the better choice. If you have astigmatism, or a condition that causes protein deposits form on the lens, such as allergies, for example, hard lenses will offer better results. Because hard lenses ‘’breathe’’ better than soft, you are less likely to get eye infections. Your vision may be sharper with a hard lens, and if you are disappointed with the results of soft contact lenses, you might consider giving these a shot. You must properly clean your lenses every night, and with good care, one pair can last you two to three years.

Other Considerations

There are lenses that address specific types of vision problems. If you have presbyopia, for example, bifocal or multifocal lenses can help. Tinted contact lenses may help conditions such as color blindness. I you have irregular corneal curvature, a hybrid lens that is hard in the middle and soft on the outer ring, may be a good choice. The cost of the different types of lenses can vary, so you must also take your budget into consideration; it would be wise to look into contact lens rebates to help offset the costs.

About the Author:Kelli Cooper is a freelance writer who blogs about all things health, from how to choose contact lenses to weight loss.

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