Do you wear contact lenses? Or would you like to have them? Wearing contact lenses offers real comfort on a daily basis. But unlike wearing glasses, impeccable hygiene is necessary: discover in this article the different types of contact lenses, learn how to take care of them and what to do and what to avoid. But also, discover how to react if you feel a significant ocular discomfort when you wear your lenses!

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What are the different types of contact lenses?

You can wear contact lenses at any age, as we mentioned in our article helping you choose between glasses or contacts. Contact lenses are used to correct visual defects (myopia, astigmatisme, presbyopia, etc.). During your appointment your ophthalmologist, in some cases, will prescribe them for several visual problems at the same time.

There are two main families of contact lenses:

Depending on the type of lenses chosen above, you will not keep them for the same length of time:

Soft lenses are daily, bi-monthly or monthly. Rigid lenses, which retain their shape, are annual.

There are specific lenses for people with presbyopia:

Finally, here are some other types of contact lenses:

Your ophthalmologist, or contactologist, will determine the type of lens that suits you. You will try out your first pair of lenses and take time to adapt to them. Afterwards, you can order lenses that provide you with real ocular comfort as well as good visual acuity.

How to take care of your contact lenses?

In order to take care of your contact lenses, we advise you to follow your ophthalmologist’s recommendations on frequent lens replacement. For example:

Wearing contact lenses is an action that involves placing a foreign body directly on your cornea. It is important to follow the hygiene and sanitary advice to avoid any risk of ocular infection or complications.

Proper care allows you to keep your lenses in good condition and at peak performance throughout their duration. However, you may notice the presence of deposits (dust, makeup, etc.) that accumulate on your lenses during the day. They will then slow down the oxygenation of the eye, creating a sensation of dryness and discomfort.

Lens wearers, follow these tips for good lens care:

For reasons of risk of infection, it is forbidden :

We would like to draw your attention to the fact that tap water contains parasites such as amoebas. If these get between the lens and your cornea, an infectious zone will develop, with the risk of serious or even irreversible infection.

Contact lenses: I feel discomfort, what should I do?

At the slightest sensation of discomfort, pain, irritation, inflammation or dryness, it is customary to remove the contact lenses as soon as possible and to wear your eyeglasses. You can then moisturize your eyes with physiological serum.

If you notice a decrease in tolerance to daily lenses, make an appointment with your ophthalmologist to discuss it.

Reasons for discomfort may include: 

Taking care of your lenses is the first thing you should do to ensure good eye health. Thanks to this article, you now know the different types of lenses, how they should be handled and cleaned, and what to do in case of eye discomfort!

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