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Which Type of Contact Lenses Are Best For Me?

Wearing contact lenses can make a big difference in your vision and the quality of your life. However, selecting the best contacts for your particular vision prescription, eye health, and lifestyle can be challenging. 

Dr. Sean Stevens and Dr. Tiffany Brawner, the expert optometrists at ReVision Optix in Simpsonville and Greenville, South Carolina, answer some common questions to help you discern which type of contact lenses will provide the best vision correction and ease of care for your particular needs. And when you come in for your eye exam, we answer all your contact lens questions and provide you with a personalized prescription for comfortable contacts. 

A great contact lens fit begins with an eye exam

When it comes to selecting the best lenses, it all begins with a comprehensive eye exam. During an eye exam, your optometrist evaluates your overall eye health and vision problems. They also identify any issues or areas of concern that may prevent you from finding a comfortable, effective pair of lenses. Once your eye doctor has a clear picture of your vision prescription and eye health, you may proceed to a customized contact lens consultation. 

During a contact lens fitting, Dr. Stevens or Dr. Brawner talk to you about the best way to correct your vision, your lifestyle, and which contacts they recommend. We take precise measurements of the surface of your eye so we can recommend the type of contact that meets your needs. Since we offer numerous types of contact lenses, you’ll be sure to find a pair that works best for you in terms of vision, comfort, and convenience.

Gas permeable, soft, multifocal, or toric?

As you probably know, different types of contact lenses offer a variety of solutions for correcting your vision, whether you have trouble reading, can’t see far away, have astigmatism, or all of the above. 

Gas permeable lenses

While most people prefer the comfort and convenience of soft contact lenses, gas permeable lenses are more durable and resistant to deposit buildup. In fact, this type of lens may last a long time. 

For many people, gas permeable lenses also provide crisper, clearer vision over soft, disposable lenses. However, you may find that gas permeable lenses aren’t as comfortable on your eye and take a little longer to get used to wearing at first. 

Soft lenses

Soft lenses are popular for their vision correction and for their comfort. These soft, flexible lenses allow oxygen to easily pass through to the cornea of your eye, so your contacts remain comfortable all day long. We offer different options in soft lenses that include daily wear, extended wear, and disposable.

Many people prefer disposable lenses that you wear for just one day at a time, since there’s no need to clean them each day. And you know you’re getting a fresh, new pair of lenses each time you pop them into your eyes. 

Toric lenses

Worried that you have astigmatism and can’t wear contacts? Toric lenses may be the right choice for your vision needs. Toric lenses are specially designed to correct astigmatism so you can see clearly with contacts, even though your cornea is irregularly shaped – which contributes to blurred vision. 

Multifocal lenses

If you’re over 40, you might find yourself with a condition known as presbyopia – an age-related vision issue that makes it hard to read fine print or focus close up. If that’s the case, we might recommend bifocal or multifocal contact lenses so you can see clearly up close and at further distances. 

Sometimes, we prescribe one contact lens for close-up and the other for far away. This allows you to see clearly at multiple focal points, although, this monovision approach may take some getting used to as your eyes adjust to this new way of focusing. 

Which contacts best fit your lifestyle?

Something else to consider when choosing contacts is your lifestyle. Are you actively involved in sports? Do you want convenience when you’re traveling? Are you comfortable handling lenses and cleaning solutions each day? 

The best contact lenses for you are the ones you feel comfortable wearing and the ones that help you see clearly without depending on glasses. We help you find the lenses that best fit your needs and your eyes. In most cases, you begin with trial lenses so you can test them out before you buy. 

Ready to take the first step in custom-fit contacts? Give either of our Simpsonville or Greenville offices a call, or request an appointment online today.

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