Comparing Different Types of Contact Lenses

  • By:Dr. Katie Dugan

Switching from glasses to contact lenses can bring a new sense of freedom to your life. You can enjoy your favorite activities without worrying about the hassle of keeping your glasses on your face.

What kind of contact lenses are right for your needs? The truth is that there are many options to choose from. Our team is here to offer the personalized advice you deserve, ensuring that your contacts are the perfect fit for your vision and lifestyle.

Types of Contact Lenses

Here is an overview of some of the common types of contact lenses that we offer. These lenses are categorized by the type of lens and length of use.

Soft vs. Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) Contact Lenses

  • Soft:These lenses are created using hydrogels, which are plastics that contain water. They are very flexible and a great choice if comfort is the highest priority. Different types of materials can be used to optimize increased oxygen flow to the eyes.
  • RGP:These hard lenses use a plastic that is firmer compared to the soft contact lenses. The lens holds its shape when sitting in the eye instead of conforming to the eye. These contact lenses were used more often in the past, but they are rarely used anymore. Only in rare cases when there is an irregular cornea that cannot fit a soft lens.

Replacement Frequency

  • Single-Use Wear:Also known as daily disposable lenses, these contacts are designed to be used one time. When you remove the lenses from your eyes, then they go in the garbage. This type of lens is a great option for people with sensitive eyes.
  • Extended Wear:There are extended wear varieties that can be worn overnight. But we don’t recommend wearing these lenses while sleeping because it increases the risk of infection.
  • Bi-Monthly or Monthly:Some contact lenses can be reused over and over again, but they need to be replaced after 2 – 4 weeks. You can wear them daily, then switch out to new contact lenses after the recommended usage is over. They are a great option if you want to balance vision quality, comfort, and affordability.

Personalized Recommendations for Your Contact Lenses

There are many details that need to be considered to ensure you are wearing the ideal contact lenses for your unique needs. The best solution is to schedule an eye exam and talk to our experienced team about the possibilities. Contact us at Temecula Creek Optometry to book your appointment: (951) 302 -1331.

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