As optical industry advancements continue to develop, the number of contact lenses on the market increases. There are a huge range of contact lenses available, depending on what they’re required for and the preference of users – such as whether you’d rather use daily disposables or keep the same pair for a longer period of time.
We are specialists in fitting bespoke contact lenses and have lots more information including our top professional tips and the various types available. Explore the ten different categories of contact lenses available to users:
The 8 Different Types of Contact Lenses
#1 Daily-Wear Soft Lenses
One of the most popular types of lenses, the daily soft lens is highly practical as it does not need to be cleaned – you simply throw it away once you’ve used it! Ideal for wearing up to 18 hours a day, the lenses are created to be especially comfortable.
#2 Extended-Wear Lenses
Ideal for people who want to change their contacts less, the extended-wear lenses are most commonly worn for up to six days (although they can be used for as long as 30 days in some cases). Whereas daily-wear contacts must be removed before sleeping, extended-wear contacts can be worn throughout the night.
#3 Rigid Gas-Permeable
Also known as hard lenses, RGP lenses are easy to use and have a relatively long life as long as they’re cared for correctly. They can slip out more easily than other contact lenses, but can be tinted so that you can spot them if they fall.
#4 Monovision Contacts – Contact lenses for longsightedness
Used to treat presbyopia (long-sightedness) monovision contact lenses address the difficulty in changing focus for people that have a dominant eye. One lens corrects far vision whilst the other corrects your near vision.
Bi-focal contact lenses are also used to treat presbyopia but have two different prescriptions within one lens.
#6 Colour Variation Contacts
Coloured contacts are used to change the appearance of your iris colour. They come in a huge range of colours, from the usual spectrum of blue, brown, hazel etc. right through to abnormal colours such as red, or even patterned designs like cats’ eyes.
#7 Toric Lenses
Toric contact lenses focus on correcting astigmatism. They are specially designed to rotate within the cornea so that meridians within the eye align to give corrected vision. These contact lenses must be expertly fitted and can cost more than regular contact lenses.
These simple round lenses are used to treat common problems like myopia and hyeropia.
Discover the perfect contact lenses for you at Reynolds Opticians.
Are you unsure of which contact lens is most suitable for you? Our expert opticians can advise you on the contact lenses most suited to your requirements and lifestyle.
All contact lenses should be fitted by an expert, with repeat visits to the opticians to ensure the correct care is being carried out. Speak to our team today to book your first consultation by calling us on 01736366239 or filling out our contact form.
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