Millions of people enjoy wearing contact lenses to correct their vision.
Contact lenses are placed directly on the surface of your eye to correct your vision. They can correct short-sightedness (myopia) and long-sightedness (hyperopia). They can also correct astigmatism and age-related long-sightedness (presbyopia).
The principle of contact lenses is the same as for glasses. They bend light and redirect it towards your retina to give you improved eyesight.
- Why choose contact lenses?
Contact lenses help you to see clearly and give you a natural appearance. They are a particularly good choice of vision correction for people who lead active lifestyles.
They are less cumbersome and obtrusive than glasses. However, it is advisable to carry a pair of glasses with you in case you have to take your contact lenses out.
Contact lenses are a great choice of vision correction if you like:
- Vision correction with a natural feel.
- A full field of focused vision, wherever you look.
- To take part in sport.
- A more natural look.
- You enjoy the feeling of your face being free from glasses.
Which type of contact lenses should I choose?
If you opt for soft contact lenses, you have two main choices:
Daily disposable lenses
Daily disposable contact lenses require no maintenance at all. Simply discard them at the end of the day and switch to a fresh pair in the morning, so you don’t have to worry about cleaning them.
Wearing new lenses everyday is the most convenient and hygienic way of wearing contact lenses.
Reusable contact lenses
You can wear reusable contact lenses every day and replace them at one week, two weeks or at monthly intervals, depending on the brand and your wearing schedule.
You clean them and leave them in disinfecting solution before you go to bed. Then put them back in first thing in the morning. For more information about caring for reusable contact lenses follow our quick, easy and effective routine here or download this patient instruction guide.
For some specific vision correction needs, a rigid gas permeable lens may be the best option for you. Your eye care practitioner will discuss this with you.
For more help deciding which are the right contact lenses for you, read our articles:
Getting contact lenses
If you would like to try contact lenses, visit the Getting contact lenses section of this website, where you will be able to: