Contact lens types: an introduction
If you are considering contact lenses, you will need to choose between the many different types available.
Selecting the right contact lens type will depend on a variety of factors, including your vision correction needs, your eye measurements, your lifestyle and your personal preferences.
The best way to decide is to book an appointment and discuss your needs with one of our optometrists. They will help you to consider your options and choose the best contact lenses for you.
What are your vision correction needs?
In most cases, contact lenses are used for correcting a vision problem and the type of lens you choose should be designed to give you the best possible vision. For example, toric lenses are for the correction of astigmatism, while bifocal and varifocal lenses are for those with presbyopia.
Coloured contact lenses are available to enhance the natural colour of your eyes, or to change the colour completely. Options include natural blues, greens, browns and hazels, sparkling colour enhancers, as well as more dramatic tones like brilliant blue or green.
Some contact lenses have a filter to protect against UV light, useful for outdoor activities.
Special contact lenses
We can fit contact lenses to correct very high prescriptions, or for conditions such as corneal scarring or keratoconus.
In some cases a rigid gas permeable contact lens will give the best visual correction. These lenses require specialist fitting, and we will ensure that you have a consultation with an optometrist who is experienced in this field.
Contact lenses for children
Most children will manage contact lenses very well, particularly if they are motivated by a strong spectacle prescription, or involved in competitive sport.
Our preferred modality for children is daily wear, however if a strong prescription is needed, daily disposable lenses may not be available.
Parents must be responsible for overseeing hygiene procedures, and insertion and removal. We do not put a lower age limit on contact lens wear, preferring to assess each child on an individual basis.