5 Types of Contact Lenses
Get Fit For Contacts
Are you tired of wearing glasses and don’t like how old they make you look? Consider buying prescription contact lenses and no one will know you need prescription eyewear. As with eyeglasses, you will need to know your prescription before you can purchase a pair of contacts.
You can have your eyes examined by an optician, optometrist or ophthalmologist to determine your exact prescription and get fit for a pair of contacts. Most retail eyeglass stores employ an optician or optometrist on site. Optical stores allow for one stop shopping: you can get your vision exam, pick out eyeglasses and buy contacts all in one convenient location. As part of the eye exam, the eye health professional will also fit you for your contacts.
Prescription Needed to Buy Contact Lenses
The FDA considers contact lenses to be a medical device as they are worn inside your eyes unlike a pair of glasses which simply rests on your face. You should be fitted for contacts even if you are only wearing them for special effect, such as a pair of a theatrical contacts to enhance your performance at the local playhouse. Improperly fitting lenses can damage your eyes.
In fact, it isn’t even legal to buy contact lenses without a prescription. An eyeglass prescription is different from a contact lens prescription and can’t be used to buy contacts. You need to be properly fitted for contacts by an eyecare professional such as an optician or Doctor of Optometry. Contact lens prescriptions are valid for approximately one year after issue, if your prescription is any older you will need to be re-examined and re-fitted before you can buy more contacts.
Different Types of Contact Lenses
Before purchasing your first pair of contact lenses, you need to know what type of lens you want.
- Soft contact lenses
- Hard contact lenses
- Continuous wear lenses
- Disposable lenses
- Decorative lenses
1. Soft Contact Lenses
Soft contacts take very little getting used to compared to hard contacts. They are made out of an oxygen permeable soft and flexible plastic.
2. Hard Contact Lenses
Hard contacts, also called rigid gas permeable lenses, can take a week or more to get used to wearing them compared to soft lenses. Hard contacts are still used by many people as they are durable, easier to clean and provide crisper vision compared to soft contacts.
3. Continuous Wear Lenses
Continuous wear contacts, also called extended wear contacts, can be left in your eyes anywhere from 7 to 30 days. Extended wear lenses are a variety of soft contacts. With this type of lens, you don’t have to worry about removing, cleaning and storing them before you go to bed as you leave them in overnight.
4. Disposable Lenses
Disposable contact lenses come in both daily disposable and extended wear varieties. If you don’t want to worry about cleaning solutions and contact lens cases choose a pair of disposable lenses. You never have to worry about the proper care and cleaning of this type of contacts. Simply throw them out when you remove them and replace with a new pair.
The problem with conventional and extended wear lenses is a higher chance of contamination, such as from bacteria growth, from these types of contacts. Choosing a disposable type lens avoids this problem.
5. Decorative Contact Lenses
Decorative lenses include theatrical lenses, colored lenses and any other lens worn mostly for its decorative effect. This type of lens is available in both prescription and non prescription varieties. You need to be fitted for contacts even if you only want a pair of non prescription vampire lenses to match your Halloween costume. Improperly fitted lenses can result in red eyes, irritated eyes, vision problems and even blindness.
Buy Contacts Online
Once you know your contact prescription, you might want to consider ordering your contacts online. Many online eyeglass stores offer contact lenses for sale at a deep discount compared to retail stores. If you don’t want to order contacts online, ask your local store is they offer any discounts or special deals on their contact lenses.
Many shops will offer their customers a deep discount if they purchase a minimum number of contacts, such as a one year supply. Besides buying your contacts from one of our stores, you can also order contacts online from the My EyeLab website.
Eye Lab Vision Club
My EyeLab offers their patients a 3 or 5 year membership in their vision club. After purchasing your membership, members receive free eye exams and discounts on eyeglasses. Vision Club members also receive contact lenses for as low as $12.49 per box when they buy an annual supply. Contact your local My EyeLab store for complete details on our Vision Club.