Whether you wear contact lenses for cosmetic or corrective purposes, it helps to understand the available different types. At Lone Star Vision in Beaumont, our eye doctor conducts a full eye exam before recommending the type of contact lenses that will work best for you.
The Types of Contact Lenses
There are two main types of contact lenses, rigid gas permeable (or RGP) and soft lenses. All corrective contacts require a prescription from your optometrist.
Soft Contact Lenses
When you wear soft contact lenses, you get a vision correction tool made of flexible plastic. Oxygen passes through the lens to your cornea. Soft contacts are often easier to adjust than rigid gas permeable lenses. Newer lenses incorporate silicone-hydrogels that pass more oxygen through to your cornea. Many wearers find soft contacts more comfortable than RGP lenses.
Rigid Gas Permeable Contact Lenses
Rigid gas permeable contact lenses resist deposit materials. They are more durable than other lenses and provide clearer vision. Over the long run, they are less expensive than soft contacts because they last longer. RGP lenses tear less easily, so they are easier to handle. It may take some time to get used to wearing them, whereas most wearers become comfortable with soft lenses within days.
Extended Wear Contact Lenses
Our eye doctor can also set you up with extended wear contact lenses. These lenses work well for overnight wear for up to six nights. There are also lenses you can wear up to 30 days. Our optometrist can explain the pros and cons of wearing contacts for long periods.
Extended wear lenses are made of plastic material that flexes easily and allows oxygen to reach your cornea. The length of wear depends on your preference and your eye doctor's evaluation. Typically, you should rest your eyes at least one full day between each scheduled change.
Disposable Contact Lenses
The vast majority of soft contact wearers change their lenses frequently. In this context, "disposable" means that contact lenses can be used once before being discarded. Many people wear their contacts during the day and store them in an overnight solution that removes build-up. Make sure you disinfect lenses made to wear more than once. Follow your eye doctor's instructions for wear and care of your lenses.
Optometry Care in Beaumont
Contact Lone Star Vision to set up an appointment for a contact lens exam. Our optometrist will discuss the types of contact lenses that may suit your lifestyle and help you maintain good eye health. We conduct full-service eye exams for clients who may need eyeglasses or contact lenses to correct their vision. Call us today at (409) 896-5700 to make your appointment.