Types of Contact Lenses

More and more people across the UK have switched to wearing contact lenses, this is thanks to the advancement in design, allowing for comfortable wear.

Have you been considering switching from your regular glasses to contact lenses? Here we have specified the various types of contact lenses available on the market to help you find the right type for you and your lifestyle.

Our expert and friendly team are happy to help you make this decision and can guide you through the process of buying your first pair of contact lenses.

Daily Disposable Contact Lenses

Daily contact lenses allow wearers to wear and dispose of their contact lenses daily. They are not to be worn for more than one day. This means you will not have to clean your contact lenses. Simply wear a fresh pair every morning.

At Camden Opticians we stock a range of daily disposable contact lenses from market leading brands such as Acuve, Clariti, and Biotrue. You will find multiple daily disposable lenses for different prescription types such as Astigmatism and Multifocal.

Monthly Contact Lenses

Monthly contact lenses, similar to daily disposables, are a type of daily wear contact lens. These can be worn for the course of a month, before being replaced for new. Monthly contact lenses have been designed to allow oxygen to flow through the lens to the cornea to ensure comfort. Monthly contact lenses will require cleaning and overnight storage in a contact lens solution overnight.

Stocking monthly contact lenses from leading brands such as Acuve, Air Optix, and FreshLook, you are sure to find your perfect pair of lenses, with the help of our expert team at Camden Opticians.

Bi-Monthly Contact Lenses

Bi-Monthly, or two weekly disposables, are similar to daily disposables in the sense they will be worn daily and disposed of every two weeks. Your choice between daily, monthly, and bi-monthly will really depend upon your personal preference and lifestyle. You will have to clean and maintain your bi-monthly lenses in the same way you would monthly contact lenses.

Bi-monthly may be better suited to those of you with dry eyes as monthly lenses can become irritable and uncomfortable.

Ortho-K Overnight Vision Correction

Orthokeratology is a non-surgical procedure to fit specially designed ortho-k lenses to help correct your vision. Ortho-k lenses are a non-surgical method of correcting your vision temporarily. They are known as rigid gas-permeable contact lenses, which are worn at night to help reshape the cornea, achieving better vision. Ortho-k lenses are required to be worn overnight and removed in the morning.

Click here to find out more about Ortho-K Overnight Vision Correction.

Bifocal and Multifocal Contact Lenses

Bifocal and Multifocal contact lenses are proof of the advancements in contact lens design and technology. These lenses have been designed to offer clear vision at various distances for users. Helping to correct refractive errors, most common with ageing. Bifocal and Multifocal contact lenses are available in in both soft materials and rigid gas permeable materials.

At Camden Opticians we also stock these contact lenses as daily disposables. So, whatever your lifestyle and budget needs, we have you covered.

Gas Permeable Lenses

Gas permeable contact lenses have been designed to replace old-fashioned hard contact lenses. Their design allows for oxygen to pass through the lens. They are also known as GP lenses, rigid gas permeable lenses, RGP lenses and Oxygen permeable lenses. GP lenses may require a few weeks to get used to, but once you have adjusted to wearing them you will notice the benefits. Gas permeable lenses are durable and are less likely to tear and break and can last up to year if looked after correctly.

If you choose to purchase GP contact lenses, our team of expert optometrists can help set you up with a care routine to ensure you get the most out of your lenses.

Keratoconus Specialist Contact Lenses

For people with Keratoconus, the cornea is progressively losing its normal curved shape. Developing into a cone-like bulge. Gradually this will begin to affect the vision, causing issues with distorted vision, blurriness, and difficulty focusing. If you are dealing with Keratoconus, contact lenses may be the perfect solution. Specialist lenses can work to mask the shape of the cornea.

Our team of optometrists will be happy to help you in your journey to clearer vision with Keratoconus.

Hybrid and Specialist Contact Lenses

Hybrid lenses combine both rigid gas permeable features with advantages of soft lenses. The rigid centre provides visual clarity, equivalent to that of a rigid gas permeable lens (RGP), whilst the soft edge allows for comfortable wear, just like any soft contact lens.

You may be interested in hybrid contact lenses if you have very sensitive eyes and struggle to wear RGP lenses due to the rigidness of their design. There are a number of hybrid lenses designed for multiple vision requirements.

Scleral Lenses

Scleral lenses have been designed too offer the same advantages of gas permeable lenses but have a larger diameter and are therefore more stable on the eye. They are a great solution for those diagnosed with Keratoconus. Coming in several types; mini and full, they offer sharper, vision, greater durability, easy handling and less risk of complications for contact lens wearers.

Astigmatic Contact Lenses

For the condition Astigmatism we stock a range of toric contact lenses designed specifically to provide clarity and focus. Toric lenses are able to correct astigmatism and are available to be worn in different time schedules. Depending upon your personal preference and lifestyle, you can choose from a selection of toric lenses to wear daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly (with replacement hard lenses).
Overnight Wear Contact Lenses

For those looking for a convenient way to wear your lenses continuously, overnight wear contact lenses may be just what you are looking for. Designed especially for continuous wear, even while you sleep. Wake up with instantly clear vision and start your day. The material of these lenses allows for more oxygen into the eye, which is very important when wearing your contact lenses for an extended amount of time.

Coloured Contact Lenses

Coloured contact lenses give you the option to change and enhance your natural eye colour as and when you wish. You could purchase coloured contact lenses for any occasion. You can use them to enhance your natural eye colour, adding dept and definition, or brighten them in the most natural way possible.

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