Soft disposable contact lenses give you the freedom to operate without wearing spectacles. They have high comfort levels and a low risk of infection, along with being easy to insert and remove. Soft disposables come in daily and fortnightly/monthly types.
Soft contact lenses will provide good vision, lens wetability and are generally comfortable enough to wear all day. Most of these lenses are disposable and are designed to be replaced after a prescribed time, generally daily or monthly. Unfortunately, due to their nature, soft contact lenses tend to tear more easily and if looked after incorrectly do pose a risk of infection to the eyes. If looked after properly then this risk is very low. Soft contact lenses can correct a range of prescriptions including myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism and presbyopia.
They are made from a polymer-plastic material combined with water. The water content varies with different lenses. Newer generation soft lenses are made out variants of a material called silcone-hydrogel, this material allows more oxygen to pass through it better, allowing the cornea to 'breathe' and preventing some of the ocular health issues that older lens materials would cause.
Silicone-hydrogels are available in daily and monthly modalities. Daily lenses are generally your optometrist's first choice for your eyes as they are a fresh, clean lens in your eyes everytime and there is less risk of microbial build up. They are also very convenient for travel and sports due to the lack of cleaning required. Monthly lenses are slightly more affordable than dailies on a per-day basis but do require careful cleaning each night to ensure your eyes remain healthy.
For advice on soft contact lenses and solutions please consult one of our team. For more information, see our pages General Information on Contact Lenses, Care of Soft Disposable Contact Lenses, and Tips for Long-Term Success with your Soft Disposable Contact Lenses.
Alternatives to soft contact lenses include orthokeratology, a type of hard contact lens that is worn only overnight to mold the cornea and give clear vision through-out the day.
An OCT scan of a daily disposable contact lens on the cornea. Note the thin profile of the lens which affords such good comfort during wear.