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Contact Lenses 2016-10-26T17:54:51+00:00

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Acuvue
Bausch & Lomb
Alcon
CooperVision

Advantages and Disadvantages of Various Types of Contact Lenses

Made of slightly flexible plastics that allow oxygen to pass through to the eyes.

Advantages:

  • Excellent vision
  • Short adaptation period
  • Comfortable to wear
  • Correct most vision problems
  • Easy to put on and care for
  • Relatively long life
  • Available in tints (for handling purposes) and bifocals
  • Available for myopia control and corneal refractive therapy

Disadvantages:

  • Require consistent wear to maintain adaptation
  • Can slip off center of eye more easily than other types
  • Debris can sometimes get under the lenses
  • Require regular office visits for follow-up care
Made of soft, flexible plastic that allows oxygen to pass through to the eyes.

Advantages:

  • Very short adaptation period
  • More comfortable and more difficult to dislodge than RGP lenses
  • Available in tints and bifocals
  • Available in lenses that do not need to be cleaned
  • Great for active lifestyles

Disadvantages:

  • Do not correct all vision problems
  • Vision may not be as sharp as with RGP lenses
  • Require regular office visits for follow-up care
  • Lenses wear out and must be replaced in a timely fashion
Available for overnight wear in soft or RGP lenses.

Advantages:

  • Can usually be worn up to seven days without removal
  • Some lenses are FDA-approved for up to 30 days

Disadvantages:

  • Do not correct all vision problems
  • Require regular office visits for follow-up care
  • Could increase risk of complication
  • Require regular monitoring and professional care
Soft lenses worn for extended period of time (usually one to six days), then discarded. Lenses also available to wear from one to 30 days.

Advantages:

  • Require little or no cleaning
  • Lessened risk of eye infection if wearing instructions are followed
  • Available in tints and bifocals
  • Spare lenses available

Disadvantages:

  • Vision may not be as sharp as with RGP lenses
  • Do not correct all vision problems
  • Handling may be more difficult
Soft daily-wear lenses that are replaced on a planned schedule, most often either every two weeks, monthly or quarterly.

Advantages:

  • Simplified cleaning and disinfection
  • Good for eye health
  • Available in most prescriptions

Disadvantages:

  • Vision may not be as sharp as with RGP lenses
  • Do not correct all vision problems
  • Handling may be more difficult

Reasons To Consider Contact Lenses

  • Contact lenses move with your eye, allow a natural field of view, have no frames to obstruct your vision and greatly reduce distortions.
  • Unlike glasses, they do not fog up or get splattered by mud or rain.
  • Contact lenses are excellent for sports and other physical activities.
  • Many people feel they look better in contact lenses.
  • Compared to eyeglasses, they may offer better, more natural sight.

Some Things To Remember About Contact Lenses

  • Compared with glasses, contact lenses require a longer initial examination and more follow-up visits to maintain eye health. Lens care also requires more time.
  • If you are going to wear your lenses successfully, you will have to clean and store them properly, adhere to lens-wearing schedules and make appointments for follow-up care.
  • If you are wearing disposable or planned replacement lenses, you will have to carefully follow the schedule for throwing away used lenses.