Which lenses are right for me? (or, how to choose the right ones).
By using our guide – before you go to an ophthalmologist – you'll have a better idea of what to expect from contact lenses and what the options are. So, let's take a look!
1. How often do you want to wear contacts?
Some wearers-to-be not yet wearing lenses can imagine maybe a minute. Others wear them only for sports or other activities. So, which type of contact lense is most appropriate for you?
Single-use contact lenses
As the name suggests, these lenses are worn for one day only. Then you simply take them out and throw them away! Their big plus is that they are the healthiest of all contact lenses. Why? Because all the dirt and grit picked up from the environment is thrown into the trash in the evening and the next day, you begin afresh. Day lenses are an extremely good option for people with allergies or for people with sensitive eyes. We highly recommend this option if you are going to the beach on holiday – especially if you're going to swim or dive. You‘ll eliminate the risk of infection and physical damage to your eyes. They are also suitable, of course, for sports or impact events where you do not want to – or cannot – wear spectacles.
A nice bonus is that you don’t need to carry with them around with you and, inside their case, the solution preserves and cares for your lenses.
Weekly or bi-weekly contact lenses
These types of lenses are worn continuosly and are removed every evening (and inserted again next morning) for a period of 7 or 14 days. They are therefore suitable for continuous wear, and are especially suited to times when you wish to rotate lenses with spectacles (the lenses at such times are protected in their solution).
Monthly contact lenses
Here we have another variety. These lenses are either worn during the day whilst overnight they are kept in their solution, or you can wear them continuously throughout the 30 days. This type is, of course, the most convenient, but the downside to them is a higher risk of infection.
2. Which material?
Like almost everything, lens materials are constantly being updated and improved. The two most common materials used today are:
Use of this type of lens is already diminishing. Whilst they ensure good moistening of eyes – so users feel comfortable – they are less permeable to oxygen, which in the long run threatens the health of the eye. These lenses are soft, but have a tendency towards brittleness.
Currently the top choice among lens manufacturers, they guarantee good eye moistening along with excellent oxygen permeability. Their development is still ongoing, so that the interconnections of the properties that lenses should have are constantly being better achieved.
Of course, your choice of lenses depends on which type better corrects your eye‘s defects. But that's obviously not a choice for you to make alone, rather it depends upon your eye doctor‘s prescription.
Should you have any questions about the selection of lenses, do not hesitate to contact us at any time! Our experts at Lentiamo.co.uk will be happy to advise you.