Intro to Your Soft Contact Lenses Options
Soft contact lenses were made available to the public back in the 1960s. However, these early designs were far from the vision care product of today and caused a number of significant problems. After about five years of sorting out all the issues, the first soft contact lenses conference was held in Prague in 1965. That conference was a milestone, and since then soft lenses have seen tremendous advances in technology and popularity. At Fox Eye Care Group Raleigh, we have satisfied many patients’ visual needs with soft contact lenses.
What are soft contact lenses?
Made using modern optical technology, soft contact lenses are flexible and porous. This makes them breathable for long periods of wearing time. Their water content varies from 20% to 85%, and they absorb tears, which makes them even more soft and pliable. Nowadays, there is a variety of soft contact lenses types, which makes them compatible for almost everyone.
If you’re interested in wearing soft lenses only for occasional use, they are fully adaptable and are a perfect choice for individuals who want to switch back and forth between eyeglasses and lenses.
What vision conditions can be corrected with soft contact lenses?
Nowadays, almost every vision condition! Soft contacts can correct nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), astigmatism, and presbyopia.
What are the different wearing schedules for soft contact lenses?
Everyone has their unique lifestyle and daily schedule, and you need to determine the best contact lens wearing pattern to match your life. Read on to learn about the different choices:
Also known as dailies, these soft contact lenses are made to be worn for one day and then discarded. Every day a fresh pair is inserted. They do not require care with any cleaning solutions or disinfectants, although it may be helpful to keep lubricating eye drops handy for when your lenses feel dry.
Daily disposables are ideal for people with a busy schedule who are looking for a low-maintenance, convenient option. Also, sports enthusiasts and people who only wear lenses occasionally appreciate dailies. Other people who prefer dailies are allergy-sufferers and those with dry eye, because daily disposables are thrown out before any irritating dirt or allergens have time to build up on their surface.
These types of soft lenses are sometimes called weekly wear lenses. They are worn daily for a two-week span and then discarded. Two-weekly contact lenses need to cleaned daily and stored overnight. Many first-time wearers prefer this type of lens, as well as teens who want to wear their contacts frequently and don’t want to invest as much care as monthly lenses require.
Nicknamed monthlies, these soft contact lenses are handled similarly to two-weekly lenses. You wear them daily, clean and store them overnight. At the end of each month, you throw them out and start with a new pair. People who intend to wear their lenses five or more days per week are the biggest fans of monthlies, because they are more cost effective than dailies.
Extended Wear Contact Lenses
All extended wear soft contact lenses are made from silicone hydrogel, one of the most advanced contact lens technologies. Silicone hydrogel is very breathable and comfortable, allowing up to five times more oxygen to reach the surface of your eye in comparison to conventional soft lenses. (Note that silicone hydrogel is also used in many other types of contacts.) Extended wear lenses can be worn continuously for up to a month, which makes them appealing for people who are always on-the-go. However, they also pose greater health risks than other types of soft contact lenses.
If you are interested in getting started with wearing soft contact lenses, call to reserve your contact lens eye exam and fitting. Our Raleigh contact lenses specialists can help you determine which type and wearing schedule is a good fit for you.