When contact lenses were first manufactured in 1887, they were made of glass and were fitted to cover the entire eye. While that doesn’t sound very comfortable, it was a great step forward in being able to correct less-than-perfect eyesight. Throughout the years, technology has allowed for contacts to be made from more comfortable and convenient materials, allowing for more of the population to have access to corrective eyewear.
Today, more than 30 million people in the United States wear contact lenses. Because no 2 people are alike, there are also several contact lens options available. This selection makes it easier for each wearer to choose what works best for their unique eyes and lifestyle.
Soft contacts were first approved for use in the U.S. in 1971. They immediately became popular because they were so much more comfortable to wear than hard contacts. Soft contacts are made of a combination of plastic and water, which allows oxygen to pass through the contact to the cornea. A lack of oxygen in the cornea can lead to swelling, blurry vision, or more serious problems, so proper flow of oxygen is a must.
Most soft contacts are disposable, meaning they are only meant to be worn for a short time before being thrown away. However, some soft contacts are designed to be worn for a longer time, even up to a year. These contacts require nightly cleaning and proper maintenance to stay in good shape.
Daily Disposable Contacts
Daily disposables are a type of soft contact that are meant to be worn for one day and then thrown away. They are popular because they do not require any sort of cleaning or maintenance. For wearers who suffer from dry eyes, allergies, or sensitivity to certain contact solutions, daily disposables are a great choice.
Daily Disposables are considered to be a healthy option because there is less time for deposit buildup to happen. Also, because they are not worn overnight, there is less chance that lens-related problems will occur.
Color contacts are not just fashion accessories. They allow for the wearer to improve their vision while altering or changing the color of their eyes. While color contacts can be worn strictly for cosmetic purposes, it is possible for them to be worn with a prescription as well.
Wearing color contacts can be convenient in the event that one gets lost, which happens often. While a regular contact would blend in with whatever surface it fell on, a color contact would be more visible because of the tint in the lens.
While it can be fun to wear color contacts, it is important to remember that they should only be purchased from a reputable eye care professional. This will ensure that no issues will occur due to poor quality.
Silicone contacts are advanced soft lenses that allow for more oxygen to pass through the lens to the cornea. Like regular soft lenses, they are made from plastic, which will harden when dry but quickly absorb water and become gel-like when hydrated.
Silicone lenses were introduced to increase the flow of oxygen to the eye, relieving the wearer of problems related to dry eyes. Some silicone lenses can be worn for up to 30 days at a time, making it one of the most convenient contact lens options out there.