Conventional Soft Lenses

Soft lenses are very comfortable and come in a variety of types, depending on the wearer's needs. Conventional soft lenses are worn during the day, cleaned and stored at night. Usually once a week the lenses must be cleaned using an enzymatic cleaner, which removes protein deposits. These lenses can last for a year or more if your prescription stays the same and you take good care of them.

Disposable Soft Lenses

Disposable soft lenses are much more popular than conventional soft lenses. These lenses are worn for a period of time then, of course, thrown away. These are perfect for many patients who were told they couldn't wear contact lenses because of allergies or mild dry eye conditions. They have a low cost per lens and are also popular for athletes and hobbyists who don't necessarily want to wear contact lenses every day.

Tinted Soft Lenses

Next, you have tinted soft lenses, available in conventional, disposable, or frequent replacement types. With tinted soft lenses, you canenhance or even change yournatural eye color. Even if you don't need corrective lenses, you can wear tinted lenses with no prescription just to change your eye color.

Bifocal Soft Lenses

Recent technology has greatly improved bifocal soft lenses. Patients who need bifocals can now enjoy the comfort and benefits of soft contact lenses.

Toric Soft Lenses

Toric lenses are used to correct astigmatism. Astigmatism is a vision condition where an irregularly shaped cornea affects the vision. In the past, your only options to correct astigmatism were glasses or hard gas permeable contact lenses, but now there are several types of toric lenses to choose from.

Extended Wear Soft Lenses

Extended wear lenses are the result of new technology in lens materials that transmit more oxygen to the cornea of the eye. Some of these lens materials can be worn up to 30 days, day and night, without removal depending upon the lens material and your doctor's recommendations.

Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) Lenses

As the name implies, these lenses are hard and gas permeable. If you've been told you can't wear soft lenses, RGP lenses are often a great alternative. RGP lenses are available in specialized designs to correct just about any vision disorder.


There are a variety of solutions available from many different manufacturers. The important thing to remember is that not every solution is right for every type of contact lens. Some contact lenses require the use of multipurpose solutions, while others require separate solutions for the four steps in contact lens care: disinfecting, cleaning, rinsing, and enzyming. Use only the lens solutions that are recommended by your eye doctor.

Caring For Your Contacts

Cleaning: Removes dirt, mucous and other debris that can get on the lenses during wear.
Disinfecting: Kills bacteria on the lens. Disinfecting is essential to prevent eye infections.
Rinsing: Removes the other solutions from the lenses and prepares the lenses for wear.
Enzyming: Enzymes remove protein and other deposits that build up over time on the lenses.

  1. Multi-purpose solutions can be used for more than one step in contact lens care. Read the label to see which functions the solutions can be used for. Many solutions cannot be used together and not all solutions are appropriate for all types of lenses. Only use solutions recommended by your eye doctor.

  2. When you remove your lenses they must be cleaned, rinsed and disinfected before they are worn again. Enzyming and cleaning are not a substitute for disinfecting. Lenses that have been stored more than 12 hours may need to be cleaned, disinfected and rinsed again.

  3. Make sure solution containers are kept closed tightly, stored upright and kept in a clean, dry, cool place. Keep your case clean and replace it every 2-3 months to prevent bacteria growth. Do not touch the solution bottle tip to any surface to prevent it from becoming contaminated. Discuss with your eye doctor how to care for your lenses if you wear them while swimming.

  4. Throw away expired solutions. Use fresh solution in your contact lens case every day. Do not use water to rinse soft contact lenses. Only use approved rewetting drops for lubricating your lenses. Do not put contact lenses in your mouth.

  5. Be careful with makeup, lotions, creams and sprays. Consider putting in your contacts before applying makeup and removing them before removing makeup. Water-based makeup is less likely to damage the lenses than oil-based makeup.

  6. To make sure your eyes and vision stay healthy while wearing contact lenses, please follow the instructions recommended by your doctor. Ocular complications and/or long-term corneal damage are the consequeces of wearing contact lenses longer than recommended. Do not wear contacts overnight unless they are approved for extended wear and your doctor has discussed this with you.

  7. Always remove your contact lenses at least one hour before going to be to allow for proper oxygen nourishment to the cornea. Immediately remove your lenses if you are experiencing any redness, blurriness, light sensitivity or irritation. If your eyes have not returned to normal within 24 hours, please contact our office.
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