Wearing contact lenses gives patients the flexibility and freedom to live life to the fullest, without some of the difficulties presented by wearing glasses. Many people who choose contact lenses do so because they don’t like the way that glasses look or feel, or because wearing glasses compromises their ability to perform certain tasks or activities, such as sports or jobs that require the use of safety goggles.
There are lots of different contact lenses to choose from, with two of the most popular being daily disposables and toric lenses.
As their name suggests, these daily contact lenses are disposable. This means that they can (and should!) be discarded at the end of each day rather than re-worn. Disposable lenses do tend to be a little more expensive than some repeat-wear varieties, but the benefits usually outweigh the cost.
Some of the advantages of choosing daily disposable contact lenses include:
You don’t have to clean them, which saves patients a great deal of time and hassle. It also helps save money in terms of the ongoing cost of cleaning solution.
You don’t have to worry as much about allergens, microorganisms, and other deposits building up on your lenses and causing irritation and other allergy symptoms. For these reasons, disposable lenses are especially good for people with eye allergies.
You don’t need to schedule replacing your contact lenses, which makes wearing them easier on your schedule.
If you lead a busy life and are likely to cut corners when it comes to caring for your eyes or contacts, daily disposables are great, since they require no cleaning and no maintenance.
Daily disposable contact lenses are available in a wide range of prescriptions, including those for patients with nearsightedness and farsightedness. Your eye doctor can advise you if you are a candidate for disposable contact lenses.
Toric contact lenses are recommended for patients with a refractive eye problem called astigmatism. Patients with astigmatism have corneal abnormalities that cause the refraction of the eye to be different between the vertical and horizontal planes, causing blurred vision and difficulty seeing fine details. Toric contact lenses are shaped in a particular way that creates the different focusing powers needed in each part of the lens to correct your vision. For this reason, Toric lenses must be placed into the eyes in the correct position. Fortunately, manufacturers design Toric lenses with features that help them to stay in place, including:
Creating areas of the lens that are thicker or heavier, which helps secure the lens in position
An area where the bottom of the lens is slightly cut off to help align it properly
Toric lenses are a little firmer than conventional soft lenses to keep them stable. This means that some patients can find them a little less comfortable, but the superior vision they obtain outweighs this. Your eye doctor can advise you if you are a good candidate for Toric contact lenses and which variety would best suit you.
To learn more about daily contact lenses, speak to our friendly and knowledgeable team.