What Are The Best Type of Contact Lenses to Wear?
"'What are the best contact lenses?' is a question I get asked all the time from my patients who are new to contact lenses," said Dr. Wende of ContactsDirect. "I tell them that it is different for every person and there are a lot of brands out there that offer unique features."
In the United States, the most commonly prescribed type of contact lenses is soft lenses, which are more comfortable to wear, stay in place better and are easier to adjust. Soft lenses allow oxygen to pass through the contact lens to the cornea to increase comfort and maintain eye health. Here are some of the best contact lenses brands for soft lenses:
Best Contacts Lenses for Extended Wear
ACUVUE OASYS Brand Contact Lenses have been known as the best contact lenses for many contact wearers! FDA has approved these contacts for extended wear of 6 consecutive nights. Giving a patient a shortened extended wear lens provides them with contacts to fit their specific type of wear schedule. They deliver exceptional comfort that lasts throughout your day, and feels almost like you are not wearing any lenses.
Best Contact Lenses for Dry Eyes
CooperVision Proclear is a popular contact lens for dry eyes because they are made of a high-water hydrogel material and contain molecules found naturally in human cell membranes. This keeps the Proclear lenses moist and comfortable after 12 hours of wear. Proclear contact lenses currently are the only brand approved by the U.S. FDA to carry this label: "May provide improved comfort for contact lens wearers who experience mild discomfort or symptoms relating to dryness during lens wear." They are also available in a variety of designs including a daily disposable lens, bifocal contact lenses and toric contact lenses for astigmatism.
Best Contact Lenses for Daily Multifocal Wear
Daily lenses have become increasingly more popular because of their easy and convenient use. The 1-Day ACUVUE MOIST Brand MULTIFOCAL is a part of the ACUVUE MOIST family of products with LACREON technology. Most contact wearers prefer a lens that is comfortable on their eyes. And, wearers of this specific brand report that good comfort but superior vision compared to other lenses they have used before.
The technology in these contact lenses consist of a wetting agent permanently embedded into the matrix of the lens that improves end of the day comfort and does not decrease with blinking. In addition, lens optics are unique in that it is the only aspheric, center-near multifocal design with pupil optimization. This takes into account the natural variation of pupil size that occurs with both age and refractive error.
Best Contact Lenses for Monthly Multifocal Wear
AIR OPTIX AQUA Multifocal Contact Lenses is approved for 6 nights of extended wear and 30 days of daily wear. These contact lenses have a wide range of parameters available including three different add powers (LO, MED, HIGH). Many presbyopic patients need a medium add power and face a difficult time finding contact lenses because the market is saturated with only “LOW” or “HIGH” options. In addition, with their unique Precision Profile Design, these contact lenses provide predictably good distance, intermediate and near vision.
With these soft lenses brands, oxygen is able to pass through the lens and into the cornea to increase comfort. No one contact will help everyone see, but with these few descriptions of the best brands for specific needs, hopefully your vision will be clear and you won't have to wear your glasses anymore.