Choosing contacts is about vision correction, comfort, and lifestyle. From colored contacts to contacts for astigmatism, there are contact lens brands and types to suit almost everyone.

Types of Contact Lenses
Choosing contacts might seem challenging, but you can relax. We know eyewear and we know the right questions to ask.

Here's a sampling of contact lens types:

Soft contacts are considered the most comfortable and are the most frequently prescribed type of contact lens. Soft contacts are available for all types of vision correction, including astigmatism and multi-focal needs. Wear them occasionally, every day, and even overnight.

Daily-wear contacts can be worn for up to 18 hours, but they should be removed and cleaned nightly.
Extended-wear contacts can be worn overnight. There are two different types of extended-wear contacts–those that can be worn consecutively for up to seven nights and those that can be worn for up to 30 nights.
Daily disposable contacts (single use) can be worn for one day and then thrown away.
Color-changing contacts or color-enhancing contacts can change the appearance of your eye color or just enhance it. Colored contacts can be prescribed even if vision correction is not needed.

Contacts for special needs correct conditions such as high astigmatism.

Gas-permeable contacts or rigid contacts offer sharper vision, especially for people with high refractive errors or high degrees of astigmatism.
Hybrid contact lenses have a gas-permeable center surrounded by a soft outer ring.

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Exam and Contact Lens Trial Fitting
A good contact lens fitting starts with an eye exam. * The Independent Doctor of Optometry* will fit your contacts based on your prescription, eye shape, any special conditions, and lifestyle.

Soft Contacts Versus Gas Permeable Contacts
Ask your doctor which contact lenses are best for you.

Type of Contact Lens   Benefits   Considerations
Soft Contacts
  • Are flexible and comfortable
  • Stay in place better, even during sports
  • Take less time to get used to
  • Allow more oxygen to reach the eye
  • Are sometimes a challenge to handle
  • Are more fragile
Gas-Permeable or Rigid Contacts
  • Offer very good vision correction for people requiring significantly stronger lens prescriptions (in many cases)
  • Can be the best option to address special conditions
  • Need to be replaced less often
  • Are more durable
  • Are less comfortable at first
  • Take longer to get used to
  • Can slip off the center of the eye more easily