Complete guide to contact lenses

Daily Disposables: These are the most popular contact lenses. These are made of a soft material with a medium water content (hydrogel) or silicone hydrogel. Because you throw the lenses away after only one day’s use, they do not need cleaning. This is the most hygienic way to wear contact lenses and minimises the risk of reaction to cleaning solutions. Daily disposables are ideal for people with busy lifestyles or for those who only want to use their contact lenses occasionally. 1 Day Acuvue Moist has a moisturising agent allowing your eyes to stay moist and fresh even at the end of the day. 1 Day Acuvue Trueye not only has a moisturising agent but is also made out of silicone hydrogel which is the most oxygen permeable material available.

Monthly And Two Weekly Disposables: Like daily disposables, these are also made from a soft material. They are intended for use for two weeks or a month, and then thrown away. These lenses must be cleaned every night, to reduce the risk of serious eye infections. They come in a wider range of powers and types than daily disposables, and are not as expensive as daily disposables. Acuvue Oasys is probably the most comfortable lens we have ever used and is also available for Astigmatism and Presbyopia.

Extended Wear: These lenses made from materials known as silicone hydrogel and are intended to be worn for longer periods. They can even be slept in. The lens material is the reason these lenses can be worn for longer periods, as it allows much more oxygen to pass through the lens than traditional lenses. Oxygen is essential for good eye health. If worn for 30 days they require no or only occasional cleaning.

The newest advances in these lenses are softer and smoother than previous materials and are usually less dry than conventional soft lenses. Although they are soft, they have less water in them and do not dry out as much. They are designed to be worn for a week and thrown away after six nights. Lenses in this range include  Acuvue Oasys.

Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP): These lenses are smaller and harder than soft lenses. They are suitable for people with higher prescriptions and are available in extended wear form and for astigmatism. Once a person adapts to the lenses, gas permeable lenses can provide years of trouble-free wear. In addition, short sight doesn’t seem to deteriorate as quickly in RGP wearers.

Toric Lenses: These lenses are specially shaped to help correct astigmatism. Toric lenses can now come in daily, like the 1 Day Acuvue Moist for Astigmatism, two weekly and monthly disposable options. They are also available in silicone hydrogel materials allowing exceptional eye health with clear stable comfortable vision all day.

Multifocal Lenses: If you have reached that age where you need glasses to read, but you don’t want to give up your contact lenses, you don’t have to. Multifocal contact lenses are available in both soft and gas permeable materials. There are now even daily disposable versions like the clariti 1 Day Multifocal. Many Infinity Eyecare clients also have a lot of success using a system called monovision, where one contact lens is fitted for reading and another one for distance vision. A bit like an invisible monocle.

Custom Made Lenses: Infinity Eyecare can arrange for custom made contact lenses for people with unusual prescriptions. Just speak to a member of our team.