There Are Many Different Contact Lens Types.
Which Is Best For You?

There are so many contact lens types available, how do you know which is the best one for you? 

As always, we recommend seeing a contact lens fitter, or your optometrist to be fitted for any new lens you want to try. Your eye care professional will ask you questions, and take measurements, to determine which lens to recommend for you.

Before you see your ECP, you may want to browse through our listing of different types of contact lenses to see what's available. That way, you have an idea of what type of lens you want to try, and you will have a little more information to discuss with your eye care professional.

Contact lenses may be grouped into different areas depending on material, any sensitivities you may have, your purpose for wearing contacts, how often you wear your contacts, and more. We have grouped them into nine different areas. A number of lenses may overlap from one area into another.

Types of Contacts

  • Disposable
  • Bifocal or Multifocal
  • Toric Contact Lenses
  • Coloured Contact Lenses
  • Extended Wear Lenses
  • Daily Wear Lenses
  • Oxygen Permeable Lenses
  • UV Blocking Contact Lenses
  • RGP's or Rigid Gas Permeable

Contact Lens Types

Disposable Contact Lenses

These come in three varieties: daily disposable, biweekly and monthly replacement. We explain the differences here, and why you might choose one over another.

Bifocal Contact Lenses

If you have an "add" power on your eyeglass prescription, you may benefit from bifocal, or Multifocal contact lenses. A alternative is monovision, which we also explain here.

Toric Contact Lenses

Do you need a toric contact lens because you have astigmatism in your prescription? You might, but you might not. Here we discuss everything about Toric lenses.

Coloured contact lenses

If you have to wear contact lenses, why not have some fun with it, and change the color of your eyes? But even if your eyesight is perfect, you can still wear coloured contacts. See here for details.

A more exotic type of coloured contact lens are Halloween contact lenses. Check out this page for information on these fun lenses.

Extended Wear Contact Lenses

Some people prefer the convenience of leaving their contacts in overnight. Others may not have access to available cleaning solutions because of their occupation. If you would like to sleep in your contact lenses, check here for important information about extended wear contacts.

Daily Wear Contact Lenses

Sometimes confused with "daily lenses", which would be daily disposable, daily wear lenses are the traditional yearly replacement contact lenses. While not as popular as they used to be, here we discuss their pros and cons of daily wear contacts.

UV Blocking Contact Lenses

Can you replace sunglasses with UV blocking contacts? The answer is no, but these lenses do give you additional protection. See here for more informationabout contact lenses that give extra UV protection.

Oxygen Permeable Lenses

There are numerous reasons for wanting an oxygen permeable lens. They are the healthiest lenses for your eyes. Here we discuss the different lenses available, and why you would want them.

Rigid Gas Permeable

The vast majority of contact lenses available today are soft lenses. Rigid gas permeable lenses are still available, and there are reasons why you may prefer to wear these. See here for more information.

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