Eye Health

How to Choose the Right Contact Lenses For You

How to Choose the Right
Contact Lenses For You

Hard versus soft contacts lenses

Hard versus soft contact lenses

Contact lenses have come a long way since they were first conceived by Leonardo da Vinci. Now, these optical devices can, like glasses, correct for nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia.

Although soft contact lenses are generally preferred, hard contacts can sometimes be a better solution for vision correction. In fact, research has shown that children who wear hard contact lenses, specifically Ortho K lenses, have a higher likelihood of slowing the progression of nearsightedness compared with those who wear soft contact lenses. While hard contacts are made of gas-permeable plastic that makes them feel stiff, soft contacts are composed of either a hydrogel material or a silicone hydrogel combination, which makes them more flexible and breathable.

There are certainly pros and cons to both. Hard contacts, for instance, are more durable, cost effective and last longer. They are also known to promote sharper vision and can be great for people who suffer from dry eyes. In some cases, they can work better than glasses for people with ocular diseases such as keratoconus. That said, they require a more rigorous cleaning routine, as they are more prone to collecting dust and debris. Soft contact lenses, on the other hand, are easier to mold to the eye, and are often considered more comfortable and breathable. There is less maintenance involved with daily disposable soft lenses, and they are easier for first-time wearers to adjust to. Still, they must be replaced frequently, and they are less durable than harder lenses.

Choosing hard versus soft contact lenses will depend heavily on an individual’s lifestyle and specific vision needs. It’s best to book a contact lens fitting and consult with your eye doctor about which type of contact lens is right for you.

Choose the best contacts

For millions of Canadians in need of vision correction, contact lenses are a great alternative to wearing glasses. They offer a comfortable way to see the world. Buying contact lenses online can be tricky, but we’re here to guide you. Your optometrist will usually choose the contact lens during your fitting and prescribe them. Here are the different kinds they might prescribe.

Daily Modality Contact Lenses

Many of our patients currently rely on dailies (also known as “daily modality contact lenses”). They’re generally considered more convenient, healthy and comfortable options. As the name suggests, you put on a new pair of disposable contact lenses at the start of the day and then dispose of them at night. It's a simple, no-hassle option for contact lens wearers. There are a variety of different lens options available to handle specific prescription types and vision issues. 

Contact Lenses for Astigmatism

Eyeglasses were once considered the only way to effectively treat astigmatism. Thanks to advances in vision technology, there’s now a wide range of contact lenses for astigmatism. Toric contact lenses, as they’re known, allow you to eliminate the ghosting of your vision (like streaks on headlights). any noticeable issues.

Multifocal Contact Lenses

In the past, individuals who required multifocal prescriptions could only rely on glasses for help. Today there is now a wide range of multifocal contact lenses available that allow you to see both near and far objects comfortably and clearly.

DAILIES TOTAL1® Contact Lenses

DAILIES TOTAL1® are the world's first and only line of water gradient contact lenses featuring a silicone hydrogel core. They're designed with a surface of almost 100% water content—which is roughly the same amount of water found on the surface of your eye. The result is a more comfortable fit over the course of the day, while also allowing you to see as clearly as possible. They virtually eliminate any discomfort from irritated dry eyes.

ACUVUE® Theravision®

Theravision® by ACUVUE® is the first and only contact lens to relieve ocular allergy symptoms like itching, burning, dryness and more—all without additional drops. Its unique delivery system provides a consistent release of Ketotifen, the antihistamine that frees wearers from glasses and allergies in one easy step. It’s an innovative, convenient option for allergy sufferers and provides up to 12 hours of relief, clear vision and protection from UV rays. Learn more about ACUVUE® Theravision® contact lenses, currently available at FYidoctors.