There are two main categories of contact lenses, soft contact lenses and Rigid Gas Permeable contact lenses (RGP contact Lenses). We work with both types of solutions as every patient’s eyes are unique and we look to find the ideal specific solution for everyone. We stock and have access to all the leading contact brands in the market, including:
- Bausch & Lomb.
- Number 7 Contact Lenses.
- Positive Impact.
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Types of Contact Lenses
Soft contact lenses are made of soft, flexible plastics that allow oxygen to pass through to the cornea. Soft contact lenses may be easier to adjust to and are more comfortable than rigid gas permeable lenses. Newer soft lens materials include silicone-hydrogels to provide more oxygen to your eye while you wear your lenses. There are four types of wearing modality for soft contact lenses.
Daily disposable contact lenses are single use lenses that are removed and discarded at the end of each day or task, and a fresh pair of lenses is inserted into the eye the next day. They are the most popular contact lenses fitted by our optometrists due to its convenience, health benefits and require no contact lens solutions, hence ideal for travelling, holidays and sports.
Two weekly disposable contact lenses are worn daily for a period of two weeks and then replaced by a new pair. They are to be removed every evening, cleaned and kept in an overnight contact lens storage case. Contact lens solutions will be required.
Monthly disposable contact lenses are designed to be worn daily, up to a period of one month and then replaced by new lenses. However, you are required to remove them on a daily basis, clean and store overnight in a contact lens case. Contact lens solutions will be required.
Although not frequently worn or fitted, re-use able contact lenses are recommended for patients with prescriptions that fall outside the normal parameters. Theses lenses can also be tailor made to a patient’s specific prescription. Re-use able contact lenses generally have a life-span of six to twelve months and must be removed every day after wear from the eye. Due to the modality of wear, one must adhere to a consistent and vigorous cleaning and protein removal schedule.
Our tear film consists of protein, lipids, calcium and other substances which can make contact lens wear uncomfortable and more prone to infection. Although, lenses are cleaned with the use of cleaning and disinfecting solutions, it is not 100% effective at removing all the deposits that will continue to accumulate over time. For non-daily disposable lenses we recommend weekly protein cleaning. The more frequently you replace your lenses, the healthier and more comfortable your eyes will be.
Rigid gas permeable contact lenses (RGPs) are more durable and resistant to deposit build up. RGP’s are a good for prescriptions that are not available with soft contact lenses, giving clear sharp vision. They tend to be less expensive over the life of the lens since they last longer than soft contact lenses. They are easier to handle and less likely to tear. However, they are not as comfortable initially as soft contacts and it may take a few weeks to get used to wearing RGPs, compared to several days for soft contacts. They require cleaning on a daily basis and protein removal cleaning is recommended on a weekly basis.