Ever since contact lenses first hit the global market; they took the world by storm and made many a lives easier the world over. Especially for those people, who were either too embarrassed to wear glasses in public due to high powered lenses or had lifestyles which rendered glasses a burden to carry around and wear in the first place.
So, if you too have been looking towards ditching those glasses for the more convenient contacts; then it’s time you explored the 2 major types of contact lenses that are available out there for every day wear and choose the one that is just right for you and suits your lifestyle perfectly…
# Soft contact lenses
If you happen to be someone who spends a lot of time in front of the computer or basically do anything which requires a lot of reading or concentration; then this type of contact lens is more than likely to suit the bill for you. Not only are they comfortable to wear due to its soft and flexible nature; but they also help in keeping your eyes refreshed while you work.
So what are some the advantages of soft contact lenses?
- They keep your eyes refreshed and hydrated throughout the day.
- They are disposable; meaning chances of catching any sort of eye infections is significantly reduced.
- They are low maintenance due to their disposable nature.
- Due to their soft nature they are easier to put on and don’t normally cause any kind of irritation.
- Most of them offer a high level of protection from ultraviolet rays
But, even though they offer a whole lot of benefits; it should be taken into account that there are also certain disadvantages associated with these types of lenses… Like:
- They are more prone to wear and tear due to its soft and flexible nature
- They are more likely to absorb a higher amount of pollutants and other such elements that could cause irritation; including soap, smoke and aerosol sprays.
# Rigid Gas-Permeable Lenses
In comparison to the soft contact lenses; rigid gas-permeable lenses are much harder and are made out of silicon materials. Although, when it comes to providing oxygen to the eyes; they are next to none, since they offer maximum comfort to the cornea.
Let’s explore some of the benefits that you can expect if you go in for these types of lenses…
- They do not wear and tear easily; therefore they have a longer lifecycle
- The clarity is significantly better compared to soft lenses; therefore, these types of lenses are highly recommended for people who want a clearer, better vision.
- They are more potent when it comes to delivering oxygen to the cornea.
- As they are durable you don’t need to worry about taking too much care if you go in for these types of lenses.
But just like the soft lenses they too have got their own share of disadvantages… Let see where it falls short…
- Compared to the soft lenses; they are a bit difficult to get adjusted to.
- People with serious eye problems might benefit from a clearer vision; but may find the soft lenses more comfortable to wear on a daily basis.
Contact lenses are still evolving and there is still a lot of research going on to develop the very best in contact lenses; But, as of now, these 2 types are the most common types of contacts that you can find in the market. So, if you are thinking about getting rid of your glasses soon; then it’s high time you think and choose a contact lens that perfectly suits your lifestyle; while being easy on your eyes.