Soft Contact Lenses

Soft contact lenses are the most popular type of contact lens available, primarily because they provide superior comfort. These lenses are made of flexible polymers that become soft and supple when they absorb fluid. There are a variety of different styles of soft contacts available, including daily wear disposable lenses and extended wear lenses.

What are soft contact lenses?

Soft contact lenses are thin, gel-like lenses that are composed of polymer-plastic materials along with a percentage of water. The addition of water to the lenses allows oxygen to pass through to the eye and enhances the comfort of the lenses. Soft lenses conform immediately to the shape of the eye, meaning there is no adaptation time required for them to become comfortable.

These lenses can be used to correct:

  • Myopia (nearsightedness) 
  • Hyperopia (farsightedness) 
  • Some degrees of astigmatism

Why are soft contact lenses used?

There are many options when it comes to choosing a contact lens. Soft contact lenses are designed for people with a more active lifestyle. They are by far the most comfortable lenses available and their flexibility helps them stay in place. Not everyone can benefit from soft contact lenses; people with corneal irregularities are better suited for gas permeable lenses. For the majority of people with standard refractive error, soft contact lenses are the preferred choice.

Benefits of soft contact lenses

Soft contact lenses are great for people who value comfort. They conform to the shape of the eye and have a very short adaptation period. They are also more difficult to dislodge during activities than gas permeable rigid lenses.

Soft contact lenses also come in a variety of styles and can be purchased for daily use or extended wear. They effectively correct refractive error and can be used to correct vision following cataract surgery.

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