Which contact lenses are best for you?
There are basically two types of contact lenses: soft contact lenses and rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lenses. Both soft and RGP lenses can correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia. Because soft contact lenses are initially more comfortable and can more easily be worn on a part-time basis than RGP lenses, over 85 percent of contact lens wearers choose soft lenses.
The first step in determining the type of contact lens best suited for your visual needs is to have a complete eye exam and a contact lens evaluation with an Optometrist or Ophthalmologist. When you call to make an appointment for your exam, be sure to tell the receptionist that you are interested in wearing contact lenses. This will help them schedule the appropriate amount of time with the doctor so all your questions can be answered and a contact lens fitting can be performed.