It is not possible to wear glasses in all situations, just ask people like us who struggle to fit 3D glasses over our spectacles when watching a movie! Some of us also need to wear protective glasses for work, or struggle to choose between frames and sunglasses when going out. Sometimes, those of us who wear glasses would simply like to put our best face forward when going out. In all these situations, contact lenses are a great alternative to eyeglasses.
How They Work
With new advances in eye care technology, contact lenses today come in a wide variety and offer great comfort and ease of wear. They fit over the transparent, outer layer of our eyeball (the cornea), and cover the iris and pupil through which light enters our eye. By manipulating the angles at which light enters our eyes, contacts can correct many vision problems, including astigmatism, near- and far-sightedness. Even people who need bifocals can wear contact lenses. There might be an adjustment period as you get used to wearing and taking care of them, but the ease and freedom will win you over. Here are some immediate advantages contact lenses have over eyeglasses –
1. You’ll enjoy sharper, clearer vision.
2. You don’t need to carry your frames around everywhere you go.
3. No need to juggle between frames and sunglasses when you’re going out.
4. You can easily sport the au naturel look!
5. They are best for sports as there is no danger of them flying off or in you not being able to see from the corners of your eyes.
6. Contacts won’t fog up when you move in and out of air-conditioned rooms.
7. You can experiment with colours such as the baby blues, tawny browns or ice grey depending on what you desire?
8. You can toss your daily disposable lenses in the trash—so convenient!
These are some compelling reasons to choose contacts. Reach out to your nearest Titan Eye Plus store for the full inventory of contact lenses available. Our experienced and certified team can help you pick the right pair. If you’re taking the plunge, let’s take a look at the types of contact lenses so you can choose the one best suited for you:
True to their name, these are soft and flexible, and high on water content. These contacts are more comfortable to wear as they let oxygen reach your eyes. This reduces the chances of developing dryness in your eyes. A fresh pair means your eyes will also feel rested, moist and healthy, and a reduced chance of developing eye infections. Some even come with UV protection. True, they are more fragile than the hard, gas-permeable lenses and need a bit more care, but soft contacts feel easier on the eyes. There are various types of disposable soft lenses:
• Daily Disposables – Can be worn for one day only and then put into the trash. You won’t need to clean or take care of them. They are best suited for people with allergies or those looking for short-term use.
• Monthly Disposables – You wear them for a month and then change into a fresh pair. Your eyes will feel fresh, especially if you plan to wear contacts every day. If your environment is dusty or allergen-heavy, these will reduce the chances of infection.
• Yearly Disposables – These need to be changed every year. They are a cost-effective solution for those looking for a long-term alternative. Of course, you’ll need to take good care of them.
• Soft Toric Lenses – For people with astigmatism, though they might not be as effective as hard contact lenses. They come in both daily and extended wear varieties.
• Coloured or Tinted Lenses – They come in a wide range of hues and change your original eye colour. You can buy both prescription and non-prescription coloured lenses in daily and extended wear varieties depending on your need. Remember that even cosmetic contact lenses need to be well-maintained for your eyes’ health.
Also known as rigid gas-permeable (RGP) lenses, these are much stiffer than soft contact lenses. They are best suited for people with astigmatism, i.e., people who have trouble focussing. They are durable and easy to take care of, though there’s usually a period of adjustment when you first start wearing them.
We hope this has been a helpful guide. Here’s to a clear, comfortable vision with your new contacts!