Discomfort associated with Contact Lens might be common but can easily be remedied. Wondering how to make your contact lenses experience smoother? Here’s all you need to know!

Get to understand your contact lenses better to achieve maximum freedom and comfort. There are three types of contact lenses depending on the material they are made of - hybrid, soft and gas permeable. Contact lenses are placed directly on the surface of the eye to correct vision or for cosmetic purposes. Most people prefer contact lenses to glasses because they are not bulky and don’t collect moisture from the atmosphere. Remember the joy of wearing contact lenses for the first time and seeing how hot soup or tea did not fog up your spectacles?

Types of Contact Lenses:

  • Soft contacts are made of water-loving, pliable, hydrophilic plastics called hydrogels. This plastic material absorbs a lot of water to keep the lenses soft. The water in soft contacts also allows the cornea to get enough oxygen and stay healthy. The water content in a soft contact lens determines its thickness and weight.
  • Gas permeable (GP) contacts are also known as semi-soft/hard contacts. As the name suggests, these contacts are made of a porous material called silicon acrylate that allows enough oxygen to pass through to the cornea. Hard contacts provide superior vision but can be uncomfortable to the eyes because of their rigidity.
  • Hybrid contacts (scleral lenses for example)on the other hand are a combination of soft and hard contacts. The central optical area is made of rigid gas permeable material while the surrounding peripheral areas are made of soft materials. This technology provides excellent vision while ensuring comfort to the eyes. Ailments such as Keratoconus call for GP and Hybrid lenses.