There are currently two major types of contact lenses. Soft and Gas Permiable. Most people are familiar with soft contact lenses as you see ads for them everywhere. Here is some information about the two so that you may come to us better informed. If you are considering contact lenses for your child, keep this important fact in mind. Over the many years that we have fit contact lenses, one of the most important and surprising benefits is to your child's ego. If you child is not happy with "how they look" in glasses this is a very important consideration.
Gas Permiable. These lenses are more rigid than soft lenses. They do not roll up or tear as soft lenses do. They last much, much longer than soft lenses and require very little care. They do require more fitting time and more visits in the beginning as they are custom made for each person. They are so custom made that in the past, the FBI has called us in an attempt to locate criminals by their contact lens prescription. The prescriptions are as individual as fingerprints. Here are some facts for your consideration. (Here is a link to more information)
- Gas permeable lenses have been the preferred lens of consumer choice in Europe for many years.
- Unlike old fashioned hard lenses, they are flexible and very comfortable for all day wear, after a short adaptation period.
- A big advantage of gas permeable lenses is quality of vision and ease of care.
- In terms of cost, they are less expensive than soft lenses over their life time because they last from 2 to 3 years per pair. Initially they seem more expensive as the fitting takes more time and is more complex and so costs more.
- When they are properly fit, wearers almost never have side effects and infections, which are more common with soft lenses.
- They can provide an unmatched quality of vision and even slow down the tendency to become more nearsighted!
- They can correct many complex vision problems effectively that soft lenses do with mediocre results.
There is are a few small downsides.
- In very dusty dirty conditions, they can become uncomfortable when a soft lens might not.
- You must initially adapt to them over a period of one week where you increase your wearing time each day for the first week. However, once you are up to full time where, that is never an issue again.
- In contact sports they may get moved around or fall out, though this is not common.
Soft lenses. These lenses flop around on your finger and are so soft that they feel comfortable on your eye almost the first moment you try them on. They are the fast fix easy solution to vision problems that many American's choose first. Here are some facts for your consideration.
- These lenses are instantly comfortable and can be worn all day right away in most cases.
- The lenses almost never fall out, even in contact sports such as football.
- They can correct many vision problems and some can be custom made for difficult problems.
- They can easily be replaced as they are mass produced.
- Cost is not a big issue as they are mass produced.
- It is an easy lens for children to start with or those who are "sensitive."
There are some small downsides:
- Without good care there is risk of eye infections and developing allergies to lens wear.
- Solution cost does add up over time and is a hidden expense at first.
- They cannot provide quite as sharp vision as gas permeable but the vision is quite acceptable.