Soft disposable contact lenses offer clear vision without wearing spectacles. They have high comfort levels and a low risk of infection, along with being easy to insert and remove. Soft disposables come in daily and fortnightly/monthly types. To learn more about whether soft contact lenses are right for you, take a look at our general information page on contact lenses or book an appointment with us today.
Soft contact lenses provide clear vision and lens wetability, and they are generally comfortable enough to wear all day. They are made from a polymer-plastic material combined with water. The water content varies with different lenses. Newer generation soft lenses are made out variants of a material called silicone hydrogel, which allows more oxygen to reach the eye and prevents some of the ocular health issues that older lens materials would cause.1,2
Soft contact lenses come in many modalities, meaning they differ by the period of time they can be worn before needing to be replaced. There are two standard modalities that are used most – daily replacement and monthly replacement lenses.
Soft lenses also vary by optics. Most people only require a basic spherical or spherico-cylindrical power in their lenses, which is suitable for prescriptions like myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism. However, there are also multifocal lenses that can be used for prescriptions like presbyopia, as well as in the management of progressive myopia during a process known as myopia control.3
An appointment with your optometrist is required to discern if soft contact lenses are a good choice for you. This is for a multitude of reasons; your script might not be available, your ocular health might not allow it, your lifestyle might not be suited, and the like. If we do discover that soft lenses aren’t appropriate, there are still other options.
At Innovative Eye Care, we offer alternatives to soft lenses. Each individual person has a unique set of requirements for clear vision and comfort, and soft lenses may not always be suitable. Other possibilities include rigid lenses, scleral lenses and orthokeratology.