Extended Wear Contact Lenses
Extended wear contact lenses are an alternative to the disposable option for people who need to wear their lenses all the time, or who just prefer lenses that they can keep in overnight. With contact lenses your choice is very largely about comfort and whether or not it’s suitable for your lifestyle.
What are extended wear lenses?
While disposable lenses are designed to be worn once and discarded, extended lenses are, as the name suggests, made to be worn over a much longer period of time. Different kinds of extended lenses can be worn for different amounts of time, some for up to a month, and some for two weeks. Some extended lenses are designed to be worn continuously for a week or two. There is quite a lot of choice available out there, and what suits you best comes down to what your eyes feel comfortable with. It’s always worth discussing your options with your optician before making any decisions.
Are extended wear lenses for me?
Extended wear lenses can be used as they are because they are made out of a material that allows oxygen through the lens and to the eye. This material is called silicon hydrogel, and can be considerably more comfortable because the eye needs oxygen to function properly. Silicon hydrogel lenses are known to be extremely safe and allow for overnight wear, and because of their efficiency, can be worn continuously for up to 30 days. These lenses are fantastic for anyone who needs lenses all the time, but doesn’t want the hassle of taking them in and out constantly.
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