There are many different types of contact lenses, including soft and rigid gas permeable (GP) lenses. The type you choose is based on your personal needs and your doctor’s recommendations.
Generally speaking, soft contact lenses are thinner and more comfortable than rigid lenses. They are also often easier to clean and disinfect. However, they can absorb airborne pollutants and may soak up irritants from your hands. If you regularly come into contact with smoke or dust, it’s best to discuss this with your eye care professional before using these lenses.
Rigid gas permeable lenses are thicker than soft contacts and can be more durable for active wearers. These contact lenses use silicone polymers to allow oxygen to circulate to the cornea. They also help to repel deposits from tears and outside irritants, which can cause irritation and dry eyes.
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Every time you remove your contact lenses, it’s important to wash and rinse them properly with a commercially available sterile solution. This will prevent the growth of microorganisms and aid in the elimination of protein or lipid deposits.
Always rinse and cleanse your contacts before storing them, to help eliminate any odors and bacteria. This will help to ensure that you get the most out of your contact lenses and reduce the chance of eye infections.
Daily disposable contact lenses are particularly helpful for those with allergies as they offer a barrier against allergens each day. They also prevent the build-up of lipid or protein deposits in your lenses that can cause discomfort and reduced vision over time.