Types of Contact Lenses

Thinking about trying contact lenses?

Contact lenses are more versatile than ever before. Start by understanding the pros and cons of common types of contact lenses — and the ground rules for preventing eye infections.


Silicone Hydrogel Contact Lenses

This special material is more oxygen permeable than older contact lens materials, making it healthier for the eyes, Silicone hydrogel contact lenses are now available as monthly, two-weekly and daily disposables, so we can help you select the best option to fit in with your needs and lifestyle

Soft contact lenses

Soft contact lenses are the most popular type of contact lens both in the UK and worldwide. Soft contact lenses can be used to correct various vision problems, including:

  • Nearsightedness (myopia)
  • Farsightedness (hyperopia)
  • Blurred vision (astigmatism)
  • Age-related loss of close-up vision (presbyopia)

Soft contact lenses conform to the shape of your eye. They're comfortable and tend to stay in place well, so they're a good choice if you participate in sports or lead an active lifestyle.

  • Daily wear. Daily wear soft contact lenses are typically the least expensive option. You wear the lenses during the day, and remove them each night to be cleaned and disinfected. How long you can use a single pair of daily wear lenses varies depending on the manufacturer.
  • Extended wear. You can wear extended wear soft contact lenses while you sleep, but they must be removed for cleaning and disinfecting at least once a week. It's still important to be cautious with overnight use, though, since it increases the risk of eye infections — even if the lenses have been approved for extended wear.
  • Disposable. Disposable soft contact lenses are generally the most expensive option. You wear the lenses during the day and remove them at night. They don't need to be cleaned or disinfected. You simply use them for the recommended timeframe — such as daily, weekly or monthly — and then discard them. You might consider disposable lenses if you wear contacts only occasionally, you can't tolerate disinfecting solution or you place a premium on convenience.

Rigid Gas Permeable Contact Lenses 'RGP's are fitted less often than soft lenses.  They can provide an excellent level of vision and comfort, and for some people they are the best option.  We offer an extensive range of powers, designs and materials allowing us to select the optimum lens for your eyes.

 For more information on contact lenses, book an appointment .