Choosing the right contact lenses can be tough. Naturally it’s a decision you should make with your eye doctor. The right choice depends on many factors, including your prescription, your expectations, what your eyes can tolerate, and how willing you are to care for your lenses. Here are a few questions to ask during the search:
How often will you wear you contacts? Every day? Or just on weekends or special occasions? Over 90% of Americans choose soft contact lenses, which are usually comfortable full-time or part-time. On the other hand, rigid permeable (RGP or GP) contacts, which allow your eyes to ‘breathe’ better, must be worn daily to maintain comfort.
How much visual sharpness are you looking for? RGP/GP lenses are made of silicone, which feels different than regular soft contact lenses. They may take getting used to, but they often provide sharper vision than soft contact lenses, especially if you have astigmatism.
Are you willing to care for your lenses? If you don’t clean your lenses in the solution recommended by your eye doctor, you risk serious eye injury, including fungal infections and corneal ulcers. Daily disposable lenses, like Acuvue 1 Day and Focus Dailies Aqua are convenient, but even they require some care.
Do your want to leave your contacts in while you sleep? Some contact lenses allow high amounts of oxygen to pass through them and have been FDA approved for overnight wear, like Biomedics 55. But all eyes aren’t able to tolerate this. Your eye doctor will tell you if this option is available to you.
Do you want a new look? Specialty soft contact lenses can change your eye color, or even make you look out of this world! Contacts that mimic vampire effects from the Twilight films are hugely popular. "Theatrical" lenses like this are even available without vision correction. But remember: even if they’re purely cosmetic, contact lenses are medical devices, and they can only be purchased with a prescription and a professional fitting. Check out some of our colored contacts if you’re looking to change your style.
Do you wear bifocals?
Multifocal lenses function like bifocals and can eliminate your need for reading glasses. Another option is monovision, where one contact lens corrects close vision and the other corrects distance. Many bifocal wearers love this option. While you’re browsing our site, you can also find multifocal lenses such as Proclear Multifocal and Purevision Multifocal.
How much will it cost? Be sure to factor contact lens solution into your budget, as well as continued care for your eyeglasses. You can always find cheap contacts at ReplaceMyContacts!