Contact lenses are small pieces of complex plastic that are placed directly over the cornea which can correct myopia, hyperopia, presbyopia and astigmatism.
Most people who wear glasses can wear contact lenses, including people who require multifocal lenses. While some people enjoy making a style statement by wearing glasses, others prefer their appearance without them, or the option for either.
The benefits of contact lenses
Contact lenses have been around for more than one hundred years. During that time, technology advancements have meant that just about everyone can now wear contact lenses.
New technology means contact lenses are clearer, more comfortable and more convenient than ever.
They provide a full field of unobstructed vision, freedom of movement unmatched by glasses, additional flexibility to take on new activities with crisper vision and are also a great way to update your image.
Why it’s important to get contact lenses from your optometrist
Whether you are already a contact lens wearer or are considering contact lenses for the first time, remember that professional advice from an optometrist is required to determine your contact lens prescription.
Several different types of contact lenses are available today, and your optometrist will be able to advise you on the types of contacts best suited to you. They will also ensure the correct fit, material, size, curvature and power, and use and care of your lenses for your eyes and lifestyle.
The types of contact lenses available
The main types of contact lenses available today are:
- Disposable soft lenses
- High oxygen (silicone hydrogel) disposable soft lenses
- Extended wear soft lenses
- Multifocal soft lenses
- Conventional soft lenses
- Rigid gas permeable lenses
- Orthokeratology lenses
- Scleral or mini-scleral lenses
- Hybrid lenses
- Coloured lenses
- Bandage contact lenses
- Special purpose lenses