If you’re thinking about switching to contact lenses, you’ll quickly realize that there are many options available to you. The first step is to determine the best type of contact lens that fits your specific vision needs. The most common type of contact lens worn today is a disposable soft variety. These lenses come in three different variations: monthly, weekly or daily disposable contacts.
Disposable soft lenses emerged on the markets in the 1970s and are made of water-absorbing material. Most contact lenses on the shelves today are made of Hydrogel, a polymer that uses the water content to transmit oxygen to the eye through the lens.
Monthly Disposable Contact Lenses
These lenses usually last about 30 days before they are discarded for a new pair. They do have to be taken out every night to be cleaned and stored in sterile solution.
Bi-Weekly Disposable Contact Lenses
Like monthly disposables, these contacts must be taken out nightly, cleaned and stored. Instead of lasting for 30 days, these specific lenses only last 14 days. Never wear bi-weekly contact lenses for longer than recommended—you could be putting your eyes and vision at risk!
Daily Disposable Contact Lenses
Over time, deposits will occur on contact lenses no matter how much you clean them. When you choose daily disposable contact lenses, you start each morning with a fresh, sterile pair of lenses. This helps keep your eyes and vision healthy. Daily lenses are also a good option for people that switch between glasses and contact lenses regularly.
Determining the best contact lenses for your vision needs should not be a decision that is made lightly. Your lifestyle, prescription and specific vision needs will guide which type and brand of lens is best for you. A licensed optician can help you navigate all the choices available and help you find the perfect fit!
Every Hakim Optical location has a licensed optician in store at all times to help you find the perfect glasses or contacts.
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