Contact Lens Options: The Different Types of Lenses and Solutions
Contacts help eyes break free from eyeglasses, either temporarily or full-time, and help individuals who need vision correction still pursue the lifestyle and appearance they desire.
If your eyes need a prescription but you don’t want to commit to eyeglasses, you have a multitude of contact lens options available to you.
To help you choose the type of contact lenses that are best for you, first think about your vision needs and lifestyle demands. From here, read through the various contact lens options to discover which type of lens is best for you.
Types of Contact Lenses
Frequent Replacement Soft Lenses
Disposable Soft Lenses
Conventional Soft Lenses
*Soft contact lenses are available in monthly or weekly disposables, daily disposables, or non-disposables.
Extended Wear Soft Lenses
Toric Soft Lenses
Bifocal Soft Lenses
Gas Permeable Hard Lenses
Types of Contact Lens Solutions
There are three main types of contact lens solutions available in the U.S. that are effective in clinical trials and approved by the FDA: multipurpose contact lens solutions, hydrogen peroxide-based care systems and basic saline.
Multipurpose Contact Lens Solution
A multipurpose contact lens solution is effective at cleaning, rinsing, disinfecting and storing contact lenses. With multipurpose solutions, no other lens care products are necessary.
Hydrogen Peroxide-Based Solutions
Hydrogen peroxide-based solutions (HPB) are also effective at disinfecting contact lenses. HPB solutions, however, require a few extra steps.
- Contact lenses should be cleaned first with a separate surfactant cleaning solution.
- Then, contact lenses should be rinsed with a sterile saline solution prior to the disinfection process.
Saline can be used to rinse contacts before putting them in your eyes. The saline is more natural, like tears, and can help to prevent reactions to chemicals that are found in other contact solutions.
Ask Your Doctor Which Contact Lenses and Solutions are Best for You
Choosing contact lenses and a contact lens solution is a decision best made with the help of your eye doctor. Through a health eye exam, your vision will be thoroughly examined, and the lenses and solution that will suit your vision needs will be addressed.
If you feel you need a new prescription or are not happy with your current contact lenses, talk to your doctor before switching lenses or care systems.
At iCare Vision we take the time to make sure you’re perfectly matched with right pair of lenses. We can provide multiple, free trial lenses so you can even compare comfort side-by-side.
The eye experts at iCare Vision make eye exams quick, easy and painless. You can be on your way to better vision and more comfortable eyes in no time.
Schedule your eye health exam using the form at the top of the page. Or contact us today to get your questions answered.