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Find the Right Contact Lenses for You

Colored, Soft Contacts

They're hip, they're fun, and colored contacts can be quite practical for some.

  • Visibility tint lenses are lightly tinted so you can find your lens if you drop it. They aren’t tinted enough to affect the color of your eyes.
  • Enhancement tint lenses have a translucent tint to enhance your natural eye color. These tints are slightly darker than a visibility tint.
  • Color tint lenses are darker, opaque, and change the color of your eyes. Specialty colors include amethyst, violet, and green.

Remember, colored contact lenses are a medical device just like clear lenses and you should only get them from eye care professionals. Never share colored contact lenses with anyone. Clean and care for them just as you would any prescription contact lens.

Rigid Gas-Permeable Lenses

As the name suggests, these lenses are more rigid than soft contacts. Made from silicone materials, rigid gas-permeable lenses let oxygen pass through them to your cornea.

Benefits. You may have clearer vision with rigid gas-permeable contacts than with soft lenses. They correct substantial astigmatism. They are easy to take care of and are extremely durable. 

Disadvantages. It tends to take longer to get used to the feel of rigid gas-permeable lenses than soft contact lenses. For maximum comfort, wear rigid gas-permeable lenses every day.

If you are severely nearsighted or are nearsighted and have astigmatism, you may get the best vision correction from gas-permeable lenses. But, you may decide -- as others have -- that you’ll be satisfied with good, rather than optimal, vision correction and choose soft lenses, which are generally more comfortable.

Bifocal Contacts

There are many bifocal contact lens options. You need a professional fitting and evaluation to determine which bifocal design is best for your needs.

As you age, the lens in your eye loses the ability to focus from far to near -- the condition is presbyopia. Many people realize they have presbyopia when they start to have trouble reading.

If you have trouble with both near and far vision, bifocal lenses are one answer. A bifocal contact has both the distance prescription and near prescription in one lens. Bifocal contacts are available in both soft and rigid gas-permeable types.

Another option for correcting near and far vision, called monovision, involves wearing a contact in one eye for distance and a contact in the other eye for close vision. This can take a while to get used to. Each eye must work more independently, making good binocular vision difficult, which can cause problems with depth perception. That can make driving difficult. You may have to adjust your gaze more often to allow one eye or the other to see properly.

Modified monovision is wearing a bifocal lens in one eye, which makes driving easier, and wearing a single-vision lens in the other eye.

Some people choose contacts for seeing in the distance and wear reading glasses over their contacts, when necessary.

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