Types Of Contact Lenses
There are two major categories of contact lenses: Soft Contact Lenses and Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) Contact Lenses. Regardless of the type of contacts that you are interested in, you require a thorough examination and fitting-and a valid prescription. Within these two major categories are a number of types of lenses for solving different vision problems including:
- Soft Daily Wear Contact Lenses
- Extended Wear Contact Lenses
- Disposable or Planned Replacement Contact Lenses
- Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) Contact Lenses
- Contact Lenses for Astigmatism
- Bifocal Contact Lenses
Decorative Non Prescription Contact Lenses
EVEN THOUGH THESE DECORATIVE LENSES DO NOT CORRECT VISION, THEY ARE A MEDICAL DEVICE FDA STRICTLY REGULATES THEM. This is because, even with correction, they pose the identical risks to patients that “regular’ contact lenses pose.
- Conjunctivitis or Pink Eye
- Corneal Abrasions
- Corneal Ulcers
- Vision Impairment
Many patients are simply unaware of the need for proper fitting and prescription of these lenses and have purchased decorative contact lenses from beauty salons, record stores, video stores, flea markets, convenience stores, beach shops and the Internet. Buying contact lenses without a prescription is dangerous!