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Advantages of contact lenses - what you need to know

Updated: Dec 18, 2023

Are you considering contact lenses as an alternative to wearing glasses? If so, you’ve come to the right place! In this blog post, we’ll cover everything you need to know about contact lenses and why they may be a good option for your vision and lifestyle needs.

Advantages of Contact Lenses

Contact lenses provide unobstructed peripheral vision, unlike glasses. This makes them an ideal option for sports, activities, and situations where glasses may not be suitable due to weather or space constraints. They also offer a natural look that effortlessly goes with any outfit, meaning they’re perfect for every occasion! Although there are many opinions on contact lenses vs. glasses you don’t have to choose between the two! Contact lenses can be worn part or full time, so you can always switch between your glasses and lenses if you feel like changing things up every now and then. Additionally, they are easy to maintain and clean. If you follow the manufacturer's instructions on cleaning and handling your contact lenses properly, there is no reason why you can’t enjoy wearing them for many years to come.

Types of Contact Lenses

There are several different types of contact lenses available on the market today and thanks to advanced technology, they are suitable for virtually every prescription. Soft lenses are made from hydrophilic plastic that allows oxygen through the lens so it can easily sit on your eye for comfort and clarity. Rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses provide sharper vision than soft contact lenses and are better suited to certain prescriptions but require more maintenance because they are hard by nature. Contact lenses for astigmatism correct this vision correction issue, which is when the eye is shaped more like a football than a sphere, which can cause distortions. Multifocal contact lenses are designed for those who suffer from presbyopia and usually wear bifocals or progressive glasses, allowing them to see both near and far without having to switch between different pairs of glasses. Wear time can depend on your prescription too, for example, higher prescriptions might be better off wearing 2-weekly contact lenses, or sometimes monthly lenses. Finally, there are daily disposable contact lenses that are thrown away after each use and replaced with a fresh pair every day. These tend to be the most popular option and reduce chances of infections that are slightly increased if wearing reusable lenses and not sticking to lens care and hygiene strictly.

Contact Lens Fittings

At Laurier Optical, we offer a contact lens fitting service, where our optometrist near you will walk you through the process step by step until they find you the most comfortable pair of contacts tailored specifically for your vision and lifestyle needs. They’ll also teach you how to insert and remove your lenses correctly, as well as provide storage instructions if your lenses are reusable. We give as much time as needed for our first time contact lens wearers, so that you can walk away feeling confident about wearing them, and will ensure provide regular aftercare to ensure your contact lenses are still comfortable and provide the sharp vision they should be.

Contact our Optometrists in Ontario about Contact Lenses

There are several types of contact lenses available on the market today, so if you think contact lenses might be right for you, why not visit our optometrists in Ontario at Laurier Optical today for an expert fitting tailored specifically to your vision needs? Book now right here!

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