Contact lenses are a great way to correct your vision every day. As medical devices, finding the right contact lenses for you is especially important, a decision that should always be made with your optician during your lens consultation. It’s important to wear contact lenses that fit your lifestyle. the lens material is also an important consideration. Below, we go over the types of contacts available.
Soft contact lenses
Soft contact lenses are made of pliable (“water-loving”) hydrophilic plastics called hydrogels. Hydrogels absorb significant amounts of water to keep lenses soft and breathable. The combination of plastic and water is what allows oxygen to pass through the lens to your eye.
Rigid Gas Permeable Contact Lenses
Hard contact lenses, also called rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses, retain their shape on the eye. Although they retain their shape, they are still quite flexible and allow oxygen to pass into the eye in the same way as soft contact lenses. There is not as much water in an RGP lens as in soft lenses; instead, they rely on their microscopically porous nature to deliver oxygen to the cornea.
Toric Contact Lenses
Toric contact lenses are specially designed to correct astigmatism. A toric lens has a different shape from other lenses; this is how they can accommodate the more rugby ball-shaped eye of a person with astigmatism. You will only need to wear a toric lens if you have astigmatism. There are soft lenses as well as RGP lenses for astigmatism.
Colored contact lenses
Colored lenses are designed primarily for cosmetic purposes and can provide a subtle color change or a more dramatic change. Colored lenses are usually available in plano (non-prescriptive) and prescription versions. If you want to change your eye color whether or not you need vision correction, a colored contact lens might be the right choice for you. Colored contact lenses should always be fitted by an optician, even if you don’t need a prescription.
Multifocal Contact Lenses
Multifocal contact lenses have several normative powers in the lens and are specifically designed to correct presbyopia (when near objects become blurry). These lenses are intended for close-up work such as computer screens and reading. Multifocal lenses are different from varifocal/bifocal lenses, which have only two prescriptive powers in the lens.
Ortho K Contact Lenses
Orthokeratology contact lenses (also called Ortho K) are a form of corneal refractive therapy. These contact lenses are worn at night and work to temporarily reshape your cornea, allowing you to see clearly the next day without the need for glasses or contact lenses.
The wear type of your lenses refers to the wearing schedule, which is how often you can wear your lenses before you need to replace them. Your optician will suggest the type of port that suits you best according to your lifestyle.
- Daily disposable contact lenses
Daily disposable lenses are lenses that you wear and dispose of daily. These are the most hygienic type of lenses as they are replaced daily meaning your eyes are not irritated by the build up of dirt or allergens that can build up on the lenses throughout of the day. Daily contact lenses are also great for those who don’t want a lens cleaning routine. While dailies are great for hygiene and convenience, they are also more expensive because you have to use a new lens every day. You can order daily disposable contact lenses online from the UK’s No.1 contact lens retailer – Feel Good Contacts by visiting This site.
Dailies are perfect for special occasions such as weddings or other social events. They can also be used for sports to avoid breaking your glasses.
- Two weekly contact lenses
Two weekly lenses are used daily before being cleaned and stored in contact lens solution overnight. These lenses should be replaced every two weeks. They are a more affordable option than dailies and are a great mid-size option for people who don’t want to commit to a monthly lens.
- Monthly contact lenses
Monthly contact lenses are the most cost effective option because you can wear the same lens every day for 30 days, as long as it is removed, cleaned and stored in solution overnight. Monthly lenses tend to be thicker to ensure they last a month of wear.
Although annual contact lenses have a higher initial cost, they are extremely cost effective because you use the same lens throughout the year. Like monthly and bi-weekly lenses, they can be used daily as long as they are cleaned and stored in solution each night. These glasses must be replaced every year; it also makes it the most environmentally friendly type of port.
Which contacts are right for me?
Which contact lenses are best for you will depend on many factors. You can find the right lens with your optician at your next contact lens fitting consultation. The condition of your eyes and your lifestyle will help an eye care professional determine which lenses are best for you. Once you have your prescription, you can find the cheapest contact lenses at Feel Good Contacts, and other eye care essentials at the lowest price in the UK.