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Finding the Right Contact Lenses for You

What are my options for contact lenses?

There are many contact lens options available. Our team takes your lifestyle and vision correction needs into consideration when helping you select the right lenses for your eyes.

A contact lens filled with solution rests on a contact lens insertion plunger.

Here are some of the most common contact lens types:

  • Hard contact lenses – Hard contact lenses are rigid and gas permeable. This means that they are porous enough to allow oxygen to enter through to the cornea. Hard contact lenses keep their shape on the eye. As such, they are sometimes recommended to curb the progression of nearsightedness in younger wearers.
  • Soft contact lenses – Soft contact lenses are popular because they are very comfortable for the wearer. Soft contact lenses don’t “pop out” the way hard lenses occasionally might. Soft lenses are appropriate to correct near and farsightedness and astigmatism.
  • Disposable soft contact lenses – These lenses, intended to be worn for a short time, contain a high moisture content and are replaced every day to help prevent allergic reactions or bacterial infections in sensitive wearers. Disposable lenses are also appropriate for children who might not take excellent care when cleaning their lenses. We highly recommend disposable soft contact lenses.
  • Extended wear contact lenses – Extended wear contact lenses are designed to be worn constantly for long periods of time – up to a week. They do need to be deep cleaned weekly, however. Unlike all other lenses, extended wear contacts can be worn while sleeping. The lens type allows sufficient oxygen to reach the eye for health.
  • Daily wear contact lenses – Most contact lenses are daily wear. That is they are worn all day and then removed at night for cleaning. These lenses generally last until their given expiration date, at which point they must be discarded and replaced because the lens material begins to break down.
  • Colored contact lenses – These are worn to enhance or completely change the visual color of the iris. They are still prescription contact lenses, however, and need to be treated with the same care you would give to regular lenses. Many — but not all — brands of contact lens companies offer colored lens options.

How do I know which lenses are right for me?

Comfort, crisp vision, and budget are the three most common factors that impact a patient’s preference of contact lenses. We realize a lot goes into making this decision! That’s why we specialize in finding the right lenses for each of our patients, even in hard-to-fit cases.

You may prefer certain contact lenses that suit your lifestyle- for instance, some patients prefer contacts that replace their glasses entirely by allowing them to see well in the distance as well as improve their up-close reading ability. Others may wear contacts primarily for their aesthetics, like with colored contact lenses.

Our team of Optometrists will take your vision needs, lifestyle preferences, and budget into consideration when prescribing your lenses.

Schedule a contact lens exam to start your vision improvement journey.

Already have a prescription?

That’s great! You can order your contacts here and have them shipped to your home.