Contact Lenses: What Options Do You Have?


When it comes to contact lenses, there are numerous options to choose from. The type of lens that is best for you depends on the curvature of your eyes and the type of vision correction needed. Here’s an overview of the most popular types of lenses to help you make an educated decision with your optometrist’s guidance.

Soft Lenses

There are many types of soft lenses available, including disposable lenses that can be thrown away daily, weekly, or monthly. There are also nondisposable lenses that are generally more custom designed for individual needs.

Gas Permeable

Gas-permeable lenses, or rigid gas-permeable lenses, are not disposable but can help achieve clearer vision and correct serious astigmatism.

Bifocal and Multifocal

Bifocal lenses can correct near and farsightedness in a single lens. There are different types, including no-line lenses and multifocals. These are available in both soft and rigid lenses.


Toric lenses come in both soft or rigid lenses and are for individuals with astigmatism. They are similar to bifocal lenses, in that they have 2 powers in each lens. One corrects the near or farsightedness, while the other power corrects the astigmatism.

Most of these lenses come in different colors if you’re interested in a more cosmetic aspect. The optometrist will measure the curvature of your cornea, iris, and pupil to ensure you get a lens with a proper fit that will provide the best vision correction.

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