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How to Pick the Right Soft Contact Lens

Contact lenses are everywhere, but how do you pick the right one? By reading the following key steps you will be armed with essential information required to make shopping for your contact lens easy and hassle free.

  1. Wearing Schedule: Decide on how often you want to wear them.
  • All the time:  So you want to wear them every day, no problem. You should look for lenses that are made out of silicone hydrogel material. “Monthly”, “Biweekly or “Daily Disposable” lenses are suitable for you.
  • Part time: You feel like wearing them often but not every day. You can wear contact lenses that are made out of hydrogel material but might be more comfortable with silicone hydrogel material. “Monthly”, “Biweekly” or “Daily Disposable” lenses are suitable for you.
  • Sometimes: You just want to wear them once in awhile for activities such as sports or hiking or maybe even for a night out on the town! You can wear contact lenses that are made out of hydrogel or silicone hydrogel material. “Daily Disposable” lenses are best suited for you.
  1. Wearing Duration: Decide how long you want to wear them
  • All day: Your day is too busy to be taking out your contacts until you’re in bed. You should wear contacts that are made out of silicone hydrogel material.
  • Half day: You just want to wear them during your work day and remove them once you get home. You can wear contact lenses that are made out of hydrogel material but might be more comfortable with silicone hydrogel material.
  • Less than half a day: You’re just putting them in for a quick game of squash or a photo shoot and removing them once you’re done. You can wear contact lenses that are made out of hydrogel or silicone hydrogel material.
  1. Wearing Asleep: Decide if you would like to sleep in your lenses.
  • Yes All the time: You find inserting and removing contacts a time waster. You should look for “Continuous Wear” contact lenses. These lenses are made of silicone hydrogel material and allow a healthy amount of oxygen to get to your eye while you’re asleep
  • Yes Sometimes: You are so busy that you occasionally forget to remove your lenses before you fall asleep. You should look for “Continuous Wear” or “Extended Wear” contact lenses. These lenses are made of silicone hydrogel material and allow a healthy amount of oxygen to get to your eye while you’re asleep.
  • Rarely or Never: You don’t mind the ritual of inserting and removing your contacts on a daily basis. You find the idea of wearing contacts while you sleep to be unnatural. You can wear “Daily Wear” lenses but might still find “ “Continuous Wear” or “Extended Wear” to be more comfortable.
  1. Wearing Bifocals: You have been prescribed bifocals, progressives or reading glasses by your eye care professional but would really like to continue wearing contacts. There are different names for these lenses but they all are designed for people with age-related focusing problems. You should look for lenses with the term “Presbyopia”, “Bifocal” or “Progressive” in their name.
  1. Wearing Astigmatism: You have been told your eyes aren’t perfectly round and are shaped a little like a football. You should be looking for contacts with the term “Astigmatism” or “Toric” in their name. Toric lenses correct for astigmatism.
  1. Wearing Protection: You spend a lot of time outdoors and aren’t always wearing sunglasses. You should be wearing a UV protected contact lens to avoid the potentially damaging sunrays.

More Questions: Email us and we would be glad to try and answer any of your questions! You may also want to visit your eye care professional.

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