Customers have many options to choose from when they buy contact lenses. In the past, contact lenses were rigid with less oxygen permeability. Now, most contact lens wearers can choose softer lenses made of more flexible materials.
The newer contacts are more comfortable, can be worn for longer as they allow more oxygen through. When choosing the best contact lenses, wearers need to first consider their doctors’ advice, and then look at the best options in the available brands. The best contact lenses are the ones which are the most comfortable, that allow the user to see clearly, and that match the lifestyle of the wearer, such as how long the lenses will be worn during the day. The top three contact lens brands are Acuvue Oasys, CooperVision Proclear and Air Optix Aqua Multifocal Contact Lenses.
Acuvue Oasys with Hydraclear Plus is the best lens for contact lens wearers who want a comfortable, extended fit. Even though the original recommendation was for the customary one night of wear, the FDA has approved the use of the Oasys for up to two weeks. The Hydraclear Plus technology works with the user’s own tear film, which is made up of three layers including a water and a mucin layer. Even though they can be worn for longer, these contacts feel more comfortable than others and users even report feeling their eyes are less tired wearing them. The lenses also offer the highest level of UV protection available in a contact lens. New users are invited to try the lenses for free, and there are many specials online. For instance, OptiContacts.com and EzContacts.com are selling boxes of six pairs for as little as $26.95.
CooperVision Proclear is the only brand where the FDA has approved a statement that the lenses may improve comfort for wearers who have specifically been suffering from symptoms related to dry eyes during contact lens wear. The special PC technology allows water molecules to bind with the lenses, so the moisture doesn’t wear off during even a long day. These lenses can be used to correct vision for people who are either nearsighted or farsighted, although additional clarity in one area can lead to less clarity in the other. Unfortunately, the Proclear lenses do not offer UV protection. Lens.com offers CooperVision Proclear for as little as $15.95 for a six-month supply.
Air Optix Aqua Multifocal Contact Lenses can be worn for either six nights in a row as extended wear or 30 days in a row for daily wear. This lens has the distinction of having not just the standard lo and high powers, but a medium power for those suffering from presbyopia, or farsightedness due to loss of elasticity in the lens of the eye. Because of the unique and precise profile design, the Air Optix Aqua Multifocal Contact Lenses can offer clear vision at all levels, including close, near and intermediate distances. There is also a smooth transition between distances, so wearers won’t feel off balance. The technology makes them comfortable to wear, and the ultra-thin technology helps avoid build-up of irritants on the lenses. Lens.com offer these lenses for only about $56 for a six-month supply.