If you lead an active lifestyle, contact lenses may be the better option for you. They come in various types and hold lots of benefits over glasses. However, lenses are not for everyone.
In this guide, we're going to explain everything you need to know about contact lenses - from common issues to the different types available.
Contact lenses allow you to see the world unimpeded. They sit directly on your eyes and offer optimum vision correction. Unlike glasses, they don't upset your peripheral vision. They also don't get steamed up, scratched, or reflect light in the same way that glasses do. This allows you to see clearly in hot, cold, and all other types of weather conditions.
Overall, the best contact lenses provide you with a totally clear view of your surroundings and allow you to experience what it's like to have 20/20 vision.
For all their benefits, lenses do pose some issues.
This is normally the result of wearing lenses that haven't been cleaned properly or are broken. If you wear daily disposable contact lenses, make sure you only wear each pair for one day maximum.
If you use extended-wear lenses, ensure you're storing them in a clean contact lens case with fresh lens solution at the end of each day.
Blurriness can sometimes be resolved by rinsing the contact lens in a lens solution.
Inserting lenses can be a major issue for first-time wearers.
If you're struggling to get your contact lenses to stay in your eye, make sure the contact lens is sufficiently moist using lens solution. Secondly, make sure your lenses are the right side up. Make sure they make a 'U' shape rather than a 'V'. Lastly, avoid blinking when putting them in.
You may require speciality lenses depending on your eye shape and health. Here are the main speciality lenses available:
Toric contact lenses - Toric lenses are designed for those who suffer from blurriness caused by astigmatism.
Scleral lenses - These lenses feature a larger diameter and are prescribed to those with visual impairments and corneal irregularities.
Multifocal contact lenses - If you suffer from myopia or presbyopia, multifocal lenses will be prescribed.
Orthokeratology lenses - These rigid lenses can be worn continuously, even overnight. Unlike other lens types, they reshape your corneas to improve vision.
There are two main types of lenses: daily disposable lenses and monthly contact lenses.
Daily contact lenses are made weaker and can only be worn for a single day. On the other hand, extended-wear contact lenses can be removed, stored, and re-worn for 30 days - allowing you to wear the same contact lenses regularly.
Use Book an Eye Test to find your nearest optician. This optician will be able to provide you with the correct contact lens prescription.
We also encourage you to book an appointment with your local specialist!