Breaking Down Contacts

Contact lenses in front of a contact case

According to the CDC, around 45 million people in the U.S. wear contact lenses.

Illustration of contact lens case.
Are you one of them? Or, maybe you wear glasses and want to learn more about the alternatives?

  1. Soft lenses consist of hydrogels, water-containing plastics that feel like gel. These lenses conform to the front of the eye and are thin and flexible. Soft lenses are available in daily disposable, disposable (usually every two weeks), frequent replacement (monthly or quarterly), and traditional (disposed of every six months).
  2. Silicone hydrogel lenses are a type of soft lenses. They are more porous, allowing more oxygen to reach the cornea. These are the most common type of contact lens in the U.S.
  3. Gas permeable lenses are hard contact lenses that also allow oxygen to pass through them. They often provide sharper vision than soft contacts, especially for those with astigmatism. This type is less susceptible to lens deposits than soft contacts, so they only need to be replaced yearly
  4. Hybrid contacts provide the clearness of gas permeable lenses with the comfort of soft contacts. However, they’re less popular as they are more difficult to fit and more costly to replace.

What’s an astigmatism? A condition where there are subtle flaws in the way the eye bends light back to the retina.


Don’t forget to get your vision checked every year. Your eye doctor can help you decide which type of contact is best for you.

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