Contact lenses are commonly used for cosmetic reasons, but they are most often recommended to correct vision, from nearsightedness and farsightedness to correcting refractive errors or astigmatism. If you are looking for contact lenses, make a choice based on your preferences and comfort, but remember to also take into account the recommendations of your eye doctor or optician. This article will shed light on how to choose the best contact lenses and some of the best lenses to check before you buy.
Consider when buying contact lenses
Choosing the right set of contact lenses will help you get rid of vision problems and keep dry and itchy eyes at bay. Consider the following when choosing contact lenses:
- Duration of use
This is the most important factor and should be taken into account even before choosing a lens brand. Whether you wear your lenses every day, on weekends, or just for special occasions plays an important role in the selection process. Always choose contact lenses based on the time of use.
Although all contact lenses are durable and do not tear easily even if they are cleaned frequently, many people tend to choose soft contact lenses over rigid lenses because they can be worn for short periods of time. Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) contact lenses must be worn continuously to be comfortable.
- Power up
You also need to decide what sharpness you want your contact lenses to have. In this case, RGP contact lenses offer sharper and clearer vision compared to their softer counterparts, making them best suited for astigmatism.
The best contact lenses to choose from
Now that you know what to consider when deciding which contact lenses to buy, here are some of the best options on the market:
These CooperVision contact lenses are best suited for monthly replacement. Biofinity® XR lenses have a Dk/T of 160 and a water content of at least 48%, which means they have good oxygen permeability and moisture retention, ensuring your eyes won’t itch when you wear them all day. Biofinity® XR is one of the most stable torics on the market. This type of contact lens is usually preferred by those who need vision correction due to nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. Biofinity® XR contact lenses range in power from +15.00 D to -20.00 D, and toric lenses can correct up to -5.75 D of astigmatism.
- ACUVUE OASYS ® daily contact lenses with HydraLuxe™
If you are looking for daily disposable contact lenses, ACUVUE OASYS ® Daily contact lenses with HydraLuxe™ are ideal for you. Their Dk/T is a decent 121, and the water content of 38 percent keeps itching and redness at bay. These contact lenses can be worn throughout the day and can also be worn by those who suffer from refractive errors such as astigmatism.
- Bausch + Lomb ULTRA®
For presbyopic patients, Bausch + Lomb ULTRA® may be the best option for improving vision. In the past, there were limited options for people with presbyopia and other refractive errors, but Bausch + Lomb ULTRA® offers a monthly option for treating vision problems, as it offers a good 46% moisture retention.
- Alcon AIR OPTIX® AQUA Multifocal
These are known to be the best multifocal contact lenses. Alcon AIR OPTIX® AQUA Multifocal contact lenses are popular with people with myopia (nearsightedness) and hyperopia (farsightedness). They have better vision correction compared to bifocal and multifocal lenses, due to the smooth transition between near and far vision. The 33% water content of the lenses also prevents the eyes from drying out and sweating. They feature SmartShield® technology, which keeps dust and other irritants away, maintains eye moisture and ensures comfort. Based on customer reviews and ophthalmologist recommendations, these contact lenses are suitable for people around 40 years old.
- Soft Hydrogel Vision Extreme H2O contact lenses
If you want disposable contact lenses that you can change every week, Hydrogel’s Vision Extreme H2O soft contact lenses are right for you. These contact lenses are known for their 54% moisture content as well as their breathability, which guarantees comfort all week long. In addition, the lenses are durable enough so that they do not tear during frequent cleaning.
- Alcon DAILIES TOTAL1®
These contact lenses are best suited for those who don’t want to store, wash and reuse contact lenses weekly or even monthly. Alcon DAILIES TOTAL1® are daily disposable lenses that do not require reuse and washing. These lenses use water gradient technology that creates a moisture barrier between the eyes and the lenses, ensuring comfort. Alcon DAILIES TOTAL1® contact lenses with a water content of 33% are suitable for people who suffer from frequent dry eyes caused by the lenses.
- MiSight® 1 day
These are an ideal choice for people with nearsightedness or farsightedness. These contact lenses are ideal for young patients without cleaning. MiSight® 1 day are disposable lenses that have proven to be effective in controlling the progression of myopia in children aged 8 to 12 years. They have a 60% water content and are easy to handle, making them ideal for children.