While in the past many people stopped wearing contact lenses because they found them to be too uncomfortable, times have definitely changed. Advancements in the eye care and contact lens manufacturing industries have led to significant changes in the materials used to create contact lenses and in the related manufacturing processes. As a result, today's contact lenses are far more comfortable to wear and also provide superior corrected vision, making contacts the top choice for many people with vision problems. So if you have hesitated about trying to use contact lenses to correct your vision because of concerns about lack of comfort, now is the time to give contacts a chance and to enjoy the great comfort that they now offer.
Contact lenses are small discs which are placed directly over the eye to provide corrected eyesight. Originally, contacts were made from glass and were extremely uncomfortable to wear. Modern contact lenses are made of plastic and can be worn far more easily and for longer periods of time than the earlier versions of such lenses. Yet, even the early plastic contacts caused discomfort for many users. However, in recent years, several changes and advancements have occurred within the industry, which have resulted in contacts being far easier and more comfortable to wear.
Soft lenses are the most comfortable type of contact lenses for most wearers. As such, soft contacts are also the most popular type of contact lens. These soft lenses are manufactured from an advanced plastic polymer with excellent water-absorbing capabilities. This material allows for a high level of oxygen permeability, which means that oxygen can pass through the lens to nourish your eyes. When this occurs, the potential for experiencing dryness and irritation is significantly reduced. Furthermore, the plastic polymer used to construct modern soft contact lenses is extremely flexible, thereby allowing the lens to fit and conform to the natural shape and curvature of your eyes. Not surprisingly, this is a major factor with respect to increased comfort.
While soft contact lenses are the most popular type of contacts and generally the most comfortable, there have also been advancements with respect to rigid lenses which have made these conventionally less comfortable lenses easier to wear as well. In particular, rigid gas-permeable (RGP) lenses have been a great addition to the industry and to contact lens wearers. Manufactured from a rigid silicon material, RGP lenses, as their name suggests, allow for gas exchange to occur through the lenses. As with soft contact lenses, this allows oxygen to reach the eyes, promoting both health and comfort. So even if your vision problems require you to use rigid contact lenses rather than soft contacts, you can still enjoy great comfort in addition to excellent corrected vision.
While advanced materials and manufacturing processes have contributed significantly to the increased comfort of today's contact lenses, better knowledge and techniques regarding lens fittings have also lead to positive changes. Modern eye care professionals can help you choose the right lenses and to fit them properly to your eyes so that you can experience the greatest level of comfort possible as well as the greatest vision possible. In fact, a proper lens fitting is crucial to accurate vision correction, eye health and comfort.
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