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Contact lenses are a great way to maintain crisp vision but have a little more freedom than glasses provide.

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Whether you love to play sports, your glasses don’t match your outfit, or you like to have a second option, contact lenses are an effective way to correct your vision.

Advancements in contact lens material and design means that there’s a large range of comfortable lenses available to suit almost everyone.

Lenses are available for different wear schedules and prescriptions.

Options available include:

  • Soft contact lenses
  • Rigid contact lenses
  • Daily disposable contact lenses
  • Extended wear contact lenses

Soft contacts are more popular and are available in different replacement options including:

Daily lenses
Bi-weekly lenses
Monthly lenses
Extended-wear lenses

If you have astigmatism or need a multifocal lens, you may still be able to wear contact lenses as soft contact lenses are available in a wide variety of prescriptions.

Contact lens materials: There is a difference between soft and rigid (hard) contacts, and their impact on your eyes.

Soft contact lenses are made of soft flexible plastics that contain water, allowing more oxygen to pass through the lens to the eye. Soft contacts are more comfortable than hard lenses.

Rigid (or hard) contact lenses are less comfortable in initial stages due to the rigidity of the plastics, but they are more durable than soft lenses.

Contact lenses are usually removed and cleaned nightly, ready for insertion the next day. But advancements in manufacturing means that contact lens wearers now have the option of daily lenses that can be thrown away, or longer periods of wear and even extended wear lenses that can be slept in for a recommended period.

Ortho-k Contact lenses
Orthokeratology (ortho-k) gently reshapes the cornea with custom overnight contacts to temporarily modify or eliminate vision errors – usually short sightedness.

These lenses provide clear unaided vision through the day without the risks of refractive surgery.

Are Contact Lenses Better Than Glasses?

Contact lenses are not better than glasses and glasses are not better than contact lenses, they are simply different corrective devices that may be more suited to certain people. Contact lenses are a better choice for people who play sports or don’t want to deal with the maintenance of glasses. On the other hand, glasses may be a better choice for people with sensitive eyes or who want to make a fashion statement with their glasses.

Maintaining Optimal Vision with Regular Eye Care

Regardless of whether you choose glasses or contacts, regular eye examinations are crucial for maintaining healthy vision. Your optometrist will assess your specific needs and recommend the best lens type for you. We can also guide you on proper lens care and hygiene practices to ensure the safety and comfort of your lenses.

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