Eyeglasses were once the only go-to eyewear option for people with vision problems, but that changed when contact lenses emerged. Unlike traditional eyeglasses, contact lenses do not obstruct the peripheral vision and are perfect for wearers who participate in active sports. This corrective eyewear, however, has many forms with different requirements.
AAPECS Atlantic Eye Care, your eyeglasses and contact lenses specialist, lists the most common types of contact lenses.
1. Soft Contact Lenses
This type of contact lens contains hydrogels, which appear as a gel-like, water-containing plastic. It is also thin and pliable, conforming to the front surface of the eye. Furthermore, soft contact lenses are more comfortable to wear than polymethyl methacrylate hard lenses.
2. Silicone Hydrogel Contact Lenses
Compared to soft lenses, this silicone hydrogel contact lens is more porous. This design allows more oxygen to reach the cornea, which makes them comfortable to wear. Silicone hydrogel contact lenses were also a more recent invention than hydrogel lenses, but they are now the most popular prescription lenses in the country.
3. Gas Permeable Contact Lenses
With this type of contact lens, people with astigmatism will have a sharper vision. It’s made of durable yet highly porous plastic with silicone, which makes them more flexible than traditional hard lenses. Gas permeable lenses also last longer than soft lenses, so they tend to be more cost-efficient.
4. Hybrid Contact Lenses
This type of contact lens combines the best features of soft and hard lenses. It’s comfortable for everyday use like silicone lenses and provides the crystal-clear optics of gas-permeable lenses.
AAPECS Atlantic Eye Care provides high-quality eyeglasses and contact lenses to help correct different eye problems. We also offer LASIK surgery to help correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and other refractive errors. Call us today at (757) 772-0086 or fill out our online form to schedule an appointment. We serve residents of Norfolk, VA, and other nearby areas.