How many types of contact lenses are out there?

Contact lenses

Are you wondering what contact lenses you should wear?

When it comes to contact lenses, there are numerous types available to suit different needs and preferences. If you’re looking to change old lenses, explore Seek Optics’ collection of Oakley lenses to find the perfect replacement for enhanced vision and style.

The reality is there’s lots of choice available when it comes to contact lenses! Contact lenses have become more versatile than ever with soft, rigid and specialized types available. In order to make the most informed choice, you need to understand the different types and choose according to your eye care needs, budget and lifestyle.

We’ve come up with this mini guide to the different types of contact lenses available to help you choose your next pair.

Remember, if you’re thinking about purchasing some new contact lenses there are a few ways that you can save on your next purchase:

  • Shop in bulk. The more contact lenses you buy at one time, the bigger discount you’ll receive.
  • Shop during major holidays like Black Friday and Christmas. You’ll often find some of the biggest brands in contact lenses offered at discounted prices. It’s a great time to shop for new glasses too! 
  • Choose a brand like Zenni Optical that allows you to redeem coupons at checkout for big savings. Just make sure you choose a coupon site that manually verifies each coupon. By using this fantastic Zenni promo code, you can enjoy a major discount on your next purchase!

Soft Contact Lenses

The most commonly prescribed type of contact lenses are soft contact lenses. They’re named after the fact that the lenses themselves are soft and flexible. Soft contact lenses are prescribed for a number of eyesight problems such as:

  • Nearsightedness
  • Farsightedness
  • Blurred or distorted vision
  • Age-related loss

Soft contact lenses are also much easier to use than rigid contact lenses.

If you’re thinking about buying soft contact lenses, remember that there are 2 types available:

  • Daily wear lenses: One-day lenses can only be worn for one day at a time. Some kinds are also made for weekly, monthly or quarterly wear. After wearing these lenses during the day, they must be properly cleaned at night time.
  • Overnight (extended) wear lenses: Some contact lenses can be worn for several days or even a month in a row. Some can even be worn while you sleep! Remember that when choosing these types of contact lenses, it’s important to keep them clean. Debris can build up under the lenses and cause all sorts of problems, so learn how to keep your lenses cleaned.

Rigid Contact Lenses

Rigid contact lenses are another type of lens available on the market and they’re the perfect solution for people who suffer from dry eyes. They are far more rigid than soft contact lenses but at the same time more breathable.

Rigid contact lenses are a cost effective solution since some pairs can last for years. They do take some getting used to especially if you’re used to soft contact lenses. While they can be worn during the entire day, they must be taken off and cleaned at night time.

Specialized Contact Lenses

If you have certain vision needs, then you might need specialized contact lenses. There are many different types available on the market such as:

  • Hybrid Contact Lenses: These lenses are a mix between soft and rigid lenses. They are a good solution for those that find rigid lenses hard to wear.
  • Multifocal contact lenses: Available in a number of different materials, these lenses are used to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and presbyopia all at the same time.
  • Tinted contact lenses: These lenses are coloured to make your eyes appear a different color. They don’t serve any purpose other than their appearance. It’s also important to make sure you’re choosing lenses of quality to avoid problems.

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