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Soft Lenses

Soft Contacts are made from hydrogel or silicone hydrogel materials, both of which "hold water." This property allows the lenses to remain soft and flexible when worn. Soft lenses are capable of correcting a variety of refractive errors, including near-sightedness, far-sightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia. Soft lenses drape over the entire cornea (clear membrane) and extend onto the sclera (white part of the eye). The chief advantage of soft lenses is that they are readily accepted by most patients and are instantly comfortable from the initial fitting.

Soft lenses are flimsy, and for many people can be difficult to handle at first. They have a tendency to develop a build-up of deposits that can irritate the eye, and so require relatively frequent replacement and daily cleaning. Dependent on your lens type, soft lenses may be discarded daily, weekly, monthly, or quarterly and exchanged with a fresh pair. Some soft lenses can be worn while sleeping, although this is known to increase the possibility of complications, including corneal ulcers, and is not recommended by our practice. Daily disposable lenses (discarded after one day of use) are currently one of the healthiest lens options. Inserting a new lens everyday greatly reduces the risk of infection and the build-up of lens deposits. Please contact us at 1800-708-8800 to make an appointment with a contact lens specialist.

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