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How to Choose the Best Contact Lenses

Making the decision to switch from glasses to contact lenses can seem daunting when faced with choosing the best contact lenses for your lifestyle. However, it doesn’t have to be a nightmare. When faced with choosing the best contact lenses for you, it’s best to first think of some key considerations…

  • Cost – how much are you willing to spend?
  • Comfort – do you have sensitive eyes?
  • Ease of use – do you have time to clean lenses?
  • Environment – do you want the most environmentally-friendly lenses?
  • Length of wear – will you be wearing them for long periods?
  • Clarity – is clarity a top priority?

Once you have an answer for each of these questions, you’ll next need to understand what each contact lens type offers.

Types of contact lenses

Soft Lenses

Key benefit – best for dry eyes and first time contact wearers
Soft lenses are made of a material called silicon hydrogel. Essentially, these lenses allow more oxygen to enter your eyes, so they are perfect for those who suffer with dry and sensitive eyes. There are two types of soft lenses: daily contact lenses and monthly contact lenses.

Gas Permeable Contact Lenses/RGP Lenses

Key benefit – Durable, cost-effective and long lasting
Gas permeable contact lenses or RGP lenses allow oxygen to pass behind the lens, putting overall eye health first. These lenses can last for up to three years if taken care of, meaning they can be a highly cost-effective choice. Some RGP lenses (ortho-k lenses) can even be worn at night to reshape the cornea, allowing you to get through the day without the need for glasses or contact lenses. However, RPG lenses can take a while to get used to – they are more noticeable during wear and can be dislodged easier than other lenses, so are more suitable for those who are a bit more confident with contacts.

Eyesite can help make you make the right choice

Eyesite have the experience and the extensive knowledge to advise you on the best contact lenses for you, so please feel free to contact us for more information. We also offer a specialist Contact Lens Experience for you to get comfortable and feel reassured living with contact lenses day to day.