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Soft Contact Lenses

soft contact lensesSoft contact lenses are made of materials that hold water. They are available in a wide variety of designs. Innovations in lens manufacturing allow for almost any prescription to be made into a soft contact lens.

Characteristics of soft contact lenses:

  • Easier to adapt to than gas permeable contact lenses
  • Available in many designs and almost any prescription
  • Good vision for most prescriptions, however, some prescriptions (like high astigmatism) may give variable vision as the contact lenses move with the blink
  • Good initial comfort
  • May cause dryness in some patients since they absorb a portion of the tears to stay wet. This varies with soft lens type, contact lenses with silicon usually stay wetter longer
  • More likely to contain protein deposits from your tears and harbor bacteria
  • Depending on the material and amount of time worn, soft contact lenses must be replaced on a regular basis. This may be daily, weekly, every 2 weeks, monthly, quarterly or yearly