Which contact lens is suitable for you?
There are many different types of contact lens: Which one suits you?
Contact lenses can either be disposable or permanent. They can also be soft (the most common) or GP and Ortho k lenses (more suitable for certain applications).
The most common contact lenses worn today are soft, disposable contact lenses. There are many types of disposable lenses including daily wear (discarded after each day), 2 weekly, monthly and 3 monthly. Best of all, they are available as single vision or multifocal lenses.
Another type of CONTACT LENS WEAR is the Ortho k lens. This lens is fitted as a mould and works to flatten the front surface of the eye (called the cornea) so in the morning you can see without any lenses or pair of glasses!
Some more information about the types of lenses available:
Daily lens wear
Disposable LENS WEAR
Come as either 30 lenses or 90 lenses per pack
Ideal for first-time wearers
Lenses disposed of after one day of wear
No cleaning of contact lens involved for the wearer
Good for going out or sports or going overseas wear where other lenses may be difficult to wear
2 weekly, monthly and 3 monthly lenses
Come as either a 3 month, 6 month or 9 month supply
These lenses are required to be cleaned on a daily basis with a soft lens cleaner and soaked in solution over night. After the period of use (2 weeks, monthly or 3 monthly) they are discarded and a new pair is inserted into the eye
It is important to stick to the recommended wearing time as infections can develop over time if the appropriate wearing schedule is not followed
Multifocal contact lenses
Multifocal lenses are used by adults and children. In children, they can be worn to help slow down the process of myopia (short-sightedness). In adults, it provides two separate views for those that require a little assistance with their reading and long distance viewing
GP lenses and Ortho k
GP (Gas Permeable) lenses provide an alternative to the soft disposable and are a more permanent option. These lenses allow for very high oxygen transfer to the front surface cornea
Our optometrist will advise if either of these types of lenses is appropriate for you
What is Ortho K
Ortho K is a flattening of the front surface of the eye by wearing a contact lens designed to do so. These lenses allow you to not have to wear a lens or glasses through the day. The contact lens does the work while you are sleeping and you don’t feel it doing so. This procedure is reversible unlike laser treatment and is a less expensive option with no surgery involved.
It is a wonderful opportunity to not have to wear any glasses or contact lenses through the day!
Daily wear or extended wear?
The difference between the daily wear and extended wear is the amount of oxygen which can pass through the material as you wear the lens.
Our optometrist will advise which type of lenses will be suitable for you.
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