5 Popular Types of Contact Lenses

Frames are fashionable, but they’re not for everyone. Luckily, contact lenses are available to help people see without the need for glasses!

Prescription contacts are a safe form of vision correction that helps improve everyday life. But like many other forms of eye care, there’s not a one-size-all solution. If you’re thinking about getting contact lenses, here are five popular types to consider…

A hand holding a contact lens.

1) Silicone Hydrogels are arguably the most comfortable version of contact lenses. They’re the softest form of contact lens and allow way more oxygen to reach the cornea than your standard soft contact lenses. Because of this high level of comfort, silicone hydrogels account for a majority of the contacts worn today.

2) Gas-Permeable (GP) Lenses are more affordable than soft ones but could be uncomfortable at first because they’re so firm. However, they’re very durable and excellent at avoiding build-up, which means your vision could be clearer than with soft lenses.

3) Multifocal Lenses contain multiple prescriptions in one contact lens. Basically, allow a person to see clearly at multiple distances as their eyes move up and down the lens. 

4) Contacts for Astigmatism. If you have astigmatism, you’ll need contact lenses that are specifically designed for the condition (for example, Toric). We have successfully fitted contact lenses for patients with astigmatism, even when they couldn’t get a successful fit in the past or they were previously told they weren’t a candidate. Stabilization has been improved greatly over the years, so there are a lot more options now than ever!

5) Color Contact Lenses can be a fun way to spice things up. They literally make your iris appear as a different color, which can be a great way to make your eyes stand out for special occasions. You can get color contacts in your usual prescription and they’re just as safe as standard contacts as long as you buy reputable brands recommended by your eye doctor and take proper precautions with them.

Getting the Right Contact Lenses

Contacts require a prescription to guarantee your safety. They need to fit the shape and curvature of your eyes so they fit comfortably without causing irritation. Because of these reasons, it’s important that you visit an eye doctor to get a full eye exam and contact lens fitting.

Schedule Your Exam With Our Eye Doctor in Wilmington, NC

Whether you need an optometrist for a routine eye examination, to find the right pair of contact lenses or glasses, or for more advanced eye care services, Dr. Tiffany Jackson has the right experience and expertise to help you.

With years of outstanding service in the Wilmington community, Front Street Optometric Care has a reputation of excellence. We were also awarded the Patient’s Choice Award in 2016!

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