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The Types Of Contact Lenses

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Even though they are great for your eyes, all contact lenses aren't equal. Although your doctor will help you select the best pair for your eyes, you should always know a little bit about the contacts that are available to choose from. All contact lenses can be separated depending on their wearing schedule, purpose, material, and over transparency.

Materials

Contacts can be separated or best determined by their material. Contacts are divided into two main groups - soft and rigid (hard). Soft lenses are gas permeable to a certain extent, being further categorized by the amount of water they contain. Soft contacts can have either a low, which is less than 50 percent moisture, or a high moisture content, which is more than 50 percent. Rigid or hard contacts on the other hand, are much harder in material and are considered to be gas permeable.

Wearing schedules

Hard contact lenses can last for months, possibly even years before they need to be replaced. Soft contacts on the other hand, have a schedule for replacement. Some may need to be removed every 2 weeks, monthly, or even daily. The more advanced contact lenses, such as Night and Day contacts, will allow you to wear them all day and all night. Just like other contacts however, you will still need to clean them on a regular basis to ensure that the protein is removed.

Contact lens designs

The designs for contacts are divided into three areas - toric, spherical, and multi-focal. Toric lenses are for those who have astigmatism, spherical is for short sightedness, and the correction of long sightedness, and multi-focal contact lenses are used in the correction of presbyopia. All three designs have their distinct purpose, and you should always ask your optician before you rush out and buy one.

Many different purposes

As you may already know, contact lenses serve different purposes as well. They can be optical, therapeutic, cosmetic or decorative. Optical are the most common, as they are for the correction of vision and anomalies you have may have. Therapeutic lenses are normally soft contacts that serve to protect your cornea. They are also used as a reservoir for certain medicines that are used to treat various cornea diseases and malfunctions.

Decorative contact lenses are basically color contacts that produce various effects, such as rainbow colors, cat's eyes, and so on. Cosmetic on the other hand, are meant to change the overall appearance of your eyes. Most types of cosmetic contact lenses are designed to enhance your overall eye color.

The type for you

With there being several different types of contacts available on the market, you should consult with your optician to find out which are the best for you. If you don't have astigmatism, you certainly wouldn't want to get toric lenses. If you don't know anything about contact lenses, you may end up doing your eyes more harm than good. Contact lenses are designed to correct your vision and often times protect your eyes, which is why you want to choose them carefully.

If you pick your contact lenses carefully, you'll get the best type for your eyes. Your optician will give you his recommendations during your fitting exam, and go over how you should care for your new contacts. This way, even if you are new to the world of contacts, you'll know what you should and shouldn't do. With the right type of contacts for your eyes - you'll find vision to be a new and exciting world.

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Manufacturers Of Contact Lenses

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In the world of contact lenses, there are many manufacturers for you to choose from. Contact lenses are very popular these days, being a great alternative to glasses. Contacts are easy to take care of, easy to use, and very affordable. As more and more people find out they have bad vision and need to get glasses or contacts - they turn to contacts.

With several different brands of contacts out there, it can be very difficult when you select your pair. Often times, your optician will recommend a brand to you, although sometimes they won't. Different brands are coming out all the time, which can make it very difficult for first time contact users to select the best brand for their eyes and their needs.

Among the many different brands and manufacturers on the market for contact lenses, Acuvue tends be among the best. They have dominated the market for years and years, proving that they produce some of the best contact lenses. With the inception of Hydraclear, Acuvue has proved that contact lenses can be very comfortable for anyone who chooses to wear them. Hydroclear is a breakthrough technology for contact lenses, helping Acuvue gain more popularity.

If you are new to contact lenses, you may want to look at what each manufacturer offers before you make a decision. By learning a bit about each manufacturer, you can decide which ones offer you the best products for the best prices. You can research online, through your local store that sells contacts, or even ask your optician and associates what they think would be the best for you.

A few examples of some of the best manufacturers include Acuvue, Bausch and Lomb, and Progressive. These are all great choices, offering you a variety models to choose from. They are also among the most expensive as well. Bausch and Lomb is just about as popular as Acuvue, offering great contact lenses at very affordable prices.

No matter which brand or manufacturer you decide to buy, you should always try on the contacts and see how they fit your eyes. Brands and manufacturers will vary, which is why you should always try on the pair you are interested in. Just because a pair of contacts may work for your family or a friend, doesn't necessarily mean that they will work for you.

Anytime you are looking to buy contacts you should always experiment with the different manufacturers and see which brand you like the best. You should always look for comfort and how well they work with your eyes. If you choose a brand that is very comfortable, you shouldn't have any problems with your eyes drying out. If you try a pair out and it doesn't work that well or you - you can always choose another.

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Buying Your Contacts Online

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Even though you can buy contact lenses through local stores and your optician's office, most people choose to buy their contact lenses online. Buying online is much easier than the traditional way, and offers several advantages as well. This day and age, buying online is a much smarter decision, and much easier than buying the traditional way.

The best thing about buying contacts online is the fact that there is a lot more to choose from. There are a lot of different brands and manufacturers online, many of which aren't available from your local store. You can buy from a manufacturers website directly, or choose a third party dealer that offers a wide selection of brands and models.

Another great thing about buying your contacts online is the fact that online stores never close their doors. When you buy online, you don't have to worry about the store closing before you can buy what you need. You can visit an online store anytime, day or night and the store will be there to take your order. Unlike traditional stores - you can buy the contacts you need online on your schedule, anytime you want.

Even though buying contacts online is much easier, there are a lot of people who still choose to buy from their local store or optician. Normally, these are the people who haven't tried ordering their contacts online before. Once you order your contacts online and see just how easy it is, you'll never want to order them locally again.

Buying your contacts online can save you a lot of time, money, and effort. You don't need to use gas to order online, as you do so in the privacy of you own home. You don't need to go pick them up either, as they are shipped right to your door. You simply order the contacts you need, then sit back and wait for them to come right to your door. The only trip you'll make is the trip to your front door - to pick up your contacts.

To order your contacts online, you'll need a prescription. To get your prescription, you'll need to visit an optician and have your eyes checked. The optician will fit you for contact lenses and tell you your prescription. Once you know your prescription, simply visit an online store, type in your prescription, and you'll be good to go.

If you've never bought anything online before, contacts are an ideal place to start. You'll have a large selection to choose from, including brands and models you have never heard of before. Almost all contact stores online offer information about the different brands, which is great for those who want the perfect pair. No matter how you look at it - buying your contacts online is the smartest way to get your contacts.

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Products For Cleaning Your Contacts

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No matter what type of contacts you have, you'll need to clean them on a regular basis. Normally, you should clean them at night when you take them out. If you have night and day contact lenses, you'll need to take them out on a regular basis and clean them. There are a few products you can use to clean your contacts, which we will look at below.

1. Saline

Saline is a common product for rinsing contacts, most used for storing and rinsing your lenses. When you take your contacts out at night, you'll normally put them in saline solution. Even though it is perfect for storing and rinsing your contacts, it should never be used to clean or disinfect them.

2. Daily cleaner solution

Daily cleaner is used to clean your contacts. Simply place a few drops of the cleaner in the center of your hand and then rub the lens gently in the solution. You should rub the contact around for about 30 seconds, ensuring that you clean both sides. When you need to rinse and disinfect them, simply use other products that are designed for that purpose.

3. Multipurpose solution

This is about the best type of solution you can get for your contacts, as it cleans, rinses, disinfects, and stores your lenses. You can do everything with this type of solution, including soaking your lenses at night. Once you have finished cleaning your contacts, simply rinse them with this same solution and they will be ready to wear. With multipurpose solution, you won't need any other products.

4. Hydrogen peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is a solution that cleans, disinfects, stores, and rinses your contacts. You don't need to rub your contacts in the solution, simply allow them a few minutes to soak. Hydrogen peroxide is a no rub solution, and contains chemicals that doesn't burn your eyes. Before you put the contact lenses into your eyes, you should always rinse them with another produce first.

5. Cleaning and disinfecting

As the names imply, this is for both disinfecting and cleaning your contacts. Cleaning is normally achieved by either ultrasonic waves or agitation, where the disinfecting is done by multipurpose solution or UV light. The instructions for the brand you selected will be on the bottle, and you should always follow them to avoid damage to your eyes or your contacts.

6. Enzymatic cleaners

These types of cleaners are ideal for removing protein on your contacts, normally on a weekly basis. They come in the form of tablets, which you can use with either disinfecting or saline solution to clean the protein from your contacts.

7. Protein removers

These products come in the form of liquid, and remove the protein from your contact lenses on a daily basis. They can be used with multipurpose solution as well, as they will get all of the protein buildup off your contacts. To use daily protein remover products, simply add your normal solution to your case, then add a drop or two of the remover to your solution and put your contacts in.

8. Eye drops

Eye drops are a common commodity with contact lenses. They lubricate your eyes, re-wet your contact lenses, and help to give you relief from dryness. When you choose your eye drops, make sure you select a brand that is safe to use. This way, you won't experience any problems when you start using the drops.

There are other products you can use with your contacts, although the above are the most common and the most popular. You can find these products in your local department store, at great prices as well. If you wear contacts - you should never be without your cleaning supplies.

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Contact Lens Eye Exam

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Before you can get a pair of contact lenses, you'll need to have your eyes examined and fitted by an optometrist and get your prescription. Normally, fittings for contact lenses will take longer than the standard eye exam. If you are looking to get fitted for contacts, you should let your optometrist know up front that you are interested in getting contacts.

When you first begin with your eye exam, your optometrist will first examine the health of your eyes. Your eye doctor will also want to know why you want contacts, if you have any known problems with your eyes, and what you hope to get from your visit. Overall, your contact fitting and exam will be based on the information that you have provided.

During your exam, you'll go through several tests that will let the optometrist know the health and vision of your eyes. Once the exam is finished and your optometrist has the information he needs, you will be a given the prescription to get your contact lenses. Without a prescription, most places won't sell you contacts.

When it comes to fitting your contact lenses, your optometrist will measure the curvature of your eyes and other factors that will affect how your lenses will fit in your eyes. Some people are more prone to dryness in their eyes than others, meaning that the contacts you are prescribed shouldn't aggravate the dryness. In order for your optician to give you a prescription for contact lenses, your cornea will need to be free of any type of problems that can prevent you from wearing them.

Normally, your optician will give you a trial pair of contact lenses to try out, and then check them for fit once they have settled in your eyes. Sometimes, you may need to try out several different pairs before you find the perfect fit. The lens you choose should give you better vision, fit comfortably in your eye, and not do any damage to the cornea.

It's very important that your lens not be torn, scratched, or damaged in any way. Before you try the contact out, you should always inspect it to make sure that there are no defects. Your optician will show you how to inspect the contacts before you put them in your eyes, starting with your trial pairs. The optician or associates working there will need to verify that your test contacts meet your standards and the requirements for your eyes, according to what the optician recommends.

At your fitting exam, your eye doctor will also go offer with you what brands of contacts you should and shouldn't use. When you try out your test contacts you'll use certain types of solution as well, to see if affects your eyes. Some solutions will work well for some, while they may cause irritation for others. Normally, your optometrist will try you out with one of the latest and greatest brands of contacts, to see whether or not they work for you.

After you have been fitted for your contacts and found the perfect pair, you should make sure that you always go to your follow up visits. Your first follow up will be in a few short weeks, after which your optician will check your eyes and contacts again, to make sure that everything is still going good. After that, you should always attend any follow ups that you have - to make sure that your contacts are working good - and your eyes are still in good health.

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Extended Wear Contacts

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Over the last several years, there have been many improvements in contact lenses. As a whole, contacts are the best alternative to wearing glasses. They are comfortable, don't hang off your face, and above all - they are affordable. Among the many types of contact lenses available on the market, are the extended wear contacts. There are many benefits to these contact lenses, which we will go over.

Extended wear contact lenses are convenient, possibly even more so than the other types of contacts. With most types of extended wear lenses, all you have to do is keep them clean, put them in, then go about your normal day. You don't need to clean them near as often as other types of soft contact lenses. Once you clean them they should last you for a long time before they need to be cleaned again.

One of the best attributes to extended wear contact lenses is the fact that they are very comfortable. They are easy to put in your eyes, and most people don't even notice that they are wearing any contact lenses at all. Even though some people may experience discomfort with them, the majority of those who wear them find them to be very comfortable.

When compared to other types of contact lenses, extended wear lenses are very safe. If you take the necessary time to take care of them as you should, they won't harm your eyes in any way. If you use them correctly, they will serve you just fine. Keep in mind, you also need to visit your eye doctor on your regular appointments, as your eye examinations are still very important - even though your contact lenses may not affect you or bother you at all.

Even though most extended wear contact lenses aren't high in price, you should still look for the best deals. There are several manufacturers out there who offer these types of contact lenses, some offering better deals than others. On the Internet you can find a lot of deals from many different manufacturers, many of which won't set you back a lot in terms of money. You can also find extended wear contact lenses locally, although the Internet is the best way to save money.

Before you decide to buy a pair of extended wear contact lenses, you should make sure that they are right for you. When you get fitted for your contacts by your eye doctor, be sure to ask him about these types of contacts and whether or not they are best for you. If you take the time to research what is best for you and look into your options - you'll find that extended wear contact lenses may indeed be the best contacts for your money - and your health.

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Benefits Of 1 Day Acuvue Contacts

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If you wear contact lenses, you may want to look into the 1 day lenses from Acuvue. These contact lenses put a stop to using messy solution, as they don't need to be cleaned at all. You simply wear your contacts during the day, then toss them away at night. The 1 day lenses from Acuvue totally eliminate the hassle commonly associated with leaving your contacts in solution during the night, then cleaning them once you wake up.

With other types of contact lenses, you must clean them before you can wear them. The reason for this, is the protein buildup that builds on the surface of the lens. Once you have worn a pair of contacts for a period of time, the protein in your eyes builds up on the lens, which you eventually have to change out. Protein is a bad thing, which is the reason why you must clean your contacts frequently and soak them in solution for hours at a time.

After you have worn them during the day, simply throw them away at night - and wake up in the morning to a brand new pair. For your eyes, Acuvue 1 day contact lenses are the best that you can buy. They don't have any protein buildup, which eliminates the need for cleaning along with any damage to your eyes.

Another great thing about 1 day contact lenses is that they are flexible and great for special occasions or occasional use. There is no need to worry about anything with these lenses, for the simple fact that you'll get a pair for each new day. Unlike the traditional contact lenses, 1 day contacts are an ideal way to protect your eyes and still get the vision you need to carry out your day to day activities.

Acuvue 1 day lenses are also the only contacts in the world that offer you daily usage with complete UV protection. Even though other contacts are great to wear and may feel comfortable, they don't quite match up to everything that Acuvue offers you. For most contact lens users, Acuvue 1 day are the best that money can buy. They aren't that expensive either - especially if you buy them in bulk.

If you are just starting to wear contact lenses, using Acuvue 1 day lenses will be the smartest move you have ever hade. These lenses offer you everything people know and love from the Acuvue brand, along with an experience you will love. If you are ready to take things to the next level and get a pair of contacts that you don't need to clean - 1 day lenses are the perfect pair to start your life of contacts out with.

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Contact Lenses Versus Glasses

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As you probably already know, there are quite a few differences between contact lenses and eye glasses. Glasses have been around a lot longer than contacts, although most people prefer to wear contacts instead of glasses. Contacts have become popular over the years, proving to be the best alternative to wearing bulky glasses.

When you compare contacts against glasses, there are several things that stick out like a sore thumb. The first difference in the two is the field of vision. Glasses offer good front vision, although their peripheral vision is quite poor. Contact lenses on the other hand offer you a great field of vision, including peripheral. You won't be hindered to just looking straight ahead, as contact lenses allow you to look anywhere you want without any problems.

Another major difference is the weight. Glasses are uncomfortable weight on both your ears and your face. They also need to be tightened on a frequent basis, along with adjusting. Contacts on the other hand don't weigh anything at all. When you wear contacts you don't need to worry about tightening them or worry about them constantly sliding your face - which can be very annoying.

Glasses are also known to fog up frequently, and they are very distracting during any kind of sports you play. Contacts however, don't fog up. You can carry out any activity you choose without having to worry about them all. They won't fall off or slide down your nose when you run, nor will they limit what you can do when you play sports.

Another bad thing about glasses is the fact they need to match what you wear. If you have casual frames, they may not suit your evening attire. The colors may also clash, which is a bad thing for those who crave style. Unlike glasses, contact lenses will compliment everything you wear, for the simple fact that they don't stick out.

Although there are quite a few differences between the two, they do have a few things in common as well. Both glasses and contacts require cleaning and careful handling. You'll need to spray your glasses and wipe them off a few times each day. Contacts need to be cleaned as well, before you put them in and soaked in solution when you aren't using them. You may also need to use eye drops as well throughout the day when wearing contacts, especially if your eyes start to dry out.

Glasses and contact lenses can both correct astigmatism as well. If you have astigmatism, you can wear either glasses or contacts. Astigmatism is an odd cornea shape that impairs vision, common with older people. Although most people think that only glasses will correct this problem, contacts can fix the problem as well.

The best thing about both contacts and glasses is the fact that they are both affordable. You can get contacts and glasses at very affordable prices. Considering the fact that you will probably be wearing them for the rest of your life, they will be the best purchase that you'll ever make. Over the years, you'll get your money back and then some for each day you wear either of them.

No matter which one of the two you decide to go with, you are sure to get the vision you need. If you aren't lucky enough to have perfect vision, contact lenses and glasses are the perfect way to correct your vision. If you've been living with not so great vision, contacts and glasses are the ideal way to do the things you love - with perfect vision.

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Switching To Contact Lenses

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Switching from glasses to contact lenses is easier than you may think. Contact lenses are the preferred alternative to vision correction these days, offering you the vision enhancement you need at a price you can afford. There are a lot of things you'll to need to know about your contacts, although they are far superior to the traditional correction of glasses.

The first thing you'll need to do when getting contact lenses is to visit your optician and be fitted for the lenses. Your optician will give you a prescription for your contacts, examine the health of your eyes, and tell you which type of contacts will work the best for you. He or she can also tell you which contacts are best for your budget as well.

These days, there are several contact lenses to choose from. You have many different manufacturers as well, offering many different types, colors, and styles. Not all are suitable for you though, as no 2 eyes are the same. When you get fitted for your contact lenses, your optician will be able to help you make that decision.

When you first start wearing your contacts, you should never wear them for extended periods of time. Contacts will need some time to adjust to your eyes, and your eyes will need some time to rest. If you wear them too long when you start wearing them, they can harm your eyes. Your optician will tell you what he recommends, which is normally a few hours during the day then take them out. With each passing day, you can wear them for longer periods until your eyes gradually adjust.

Another aspect that will take some getting used to, that you don't face with glasses, is knowing how to handle your contact lenses. You'll need to make sure that your hands are clean before you handle your contacts, to avoid scratching or damaging the lenses. When you take your contacts out or put them in your eyes, you'll need to handle them - which requires your hands to be clean.

Something you may experience with your new contacts is dry eyes. Dryness in the eyes when wearing contacts is very common, and should be expected. When wearing glasses, this is one problem you won't have. If your eyes start to dry out when wearing your contacts, you should put a few drops of re-wetting or saline solution in your eyes. These drops will help to moisten your eyes and give you some relief from the irritation that dryness causes.

Although glasses need to be cleaned frequently, contact lenses need to be cleaned and disinfected on a daily basis. Protein will build up on the surface of the contacts, requiring them to be cleaned with a disinfecting or multi-purpose solution. The easiest way to do this is to soak your contacts in the solution when you go to sleep at night. This way, you can wake up in the morning and your contact lenses will be ready to wear.

All in all, contact lenses are preferred over glasses. You'll need to change them out though, normally every couple of weeks. Changing them out with a fresh pair will make your eyes feel refreshed, and keep you from getting infections. Contact lenses are great for virtually anyone, and they can give you a full range of sight. They won't hang off your face like glasses - yet they will give the freedom in knowing that you can do virtually any activity you choose.

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