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Types of Contact Lenses

What type of contact lenses is right for you? Learn the differences so you can decide for yourself.

Daily Wear Contact Lenses

Daily contacts are meant to be worn comfortably for about a day. After a single day’s use (or multiple days, depending on the type) you have to discard them and use another set. These kinds of contact lenses should always be removed before sleeping.

Extended Wear Contact Lenses

Extended wear contacts are meant to be worn for more than a single day. In fact, some can be worn to sleep at night. While this may be more convenient, it is still important to remember to wash your extended wear contacts every day. It is also important to consider that there may be some risks with wearing them continually.

Spherical Contact Lenses

Spherical contacts are unsurprisingly spherical in shape and can be worn to treat nearsightedness and farsightedness.

Toric Contact Lenses

Toric contacts are shaped slightly differently then spheric and use the motion of your eye as well as gravity to help correct the distortion of astigmatism.

Bifocal and Multifocal Contact Lenses

Like bifocal and multifocal glasses, contact lenses of these types allow you to adjust your focus to near or far based on where you look through the lenses.

Monovision Contact Lenses

Monovision contacts can help people who have one eye that sees near and one that sees far. Eventually the brain adjusts so it’s nearly unnoticeable.

Tinted or Colored Contact Lenses

Tinted or color contacts change the appearance of the color of your eyes (irises). If you’re trying to find a new look, this could be it.

Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) Contact Lenses

These “hard” contact lenses are harder than most contact lenses, yet they are made to enable oxygen to reach the eye.