Types of contact lenses
Calgary opticians offer a wide range of contact lenses for people with vision
problems based on their lifestyle or budget. Contact lenses can effectively help
and correct near vision or myopia, distance vision or hyperopia, astigmatism.
Contact lenses are also available for those who need bifocals or multifocal to
rectify presbyopia. Some of the types of contact lenses you will come across are:
• Disposable lenses
• Oasys contact lenses
• Soft daily wear lenses
• Coloured and tinted lenses
• Toric or astigmatic lenses
• Bifocal and multifocal lenses
• Extended wear lenses
• Planned replacement lenses
Some people use contact lenses to simply enhance or change the color of their
eyes or to hide an abnormal cornea or iris.
Contact lenses can be broadly categorized into soft and rigid gas permeable.
• Soft contact lenses – disposable and non-disposable
Soft contact lenses are constructed with soft polymer plastic and water to
allow the passage of oxygen so that the eye is comfortable. You can also get
soft contact lenses with UV protection. These are more convenient than the
rigid gas permeable contact lenses for first-time users. Soft contact lenses are
invariably disposable and meant to be used for a specific period. This
minimizes the risk of infection and involves less maintenance. Non-
disposable soft contact lenses are also available.
Among the disposable types, there are daily disposables and extended wear
disposables. One of the most popular contact lenses is the Oasys contact lenses.
Calgary opticians recommend these for their ease of use and health benefits.
Oasys contact lenses are disposable lenses that use a special technology to help
the eyes stay moist. These are especially convenient for those who have to out
in windy or dry outdoor conditions or work at a computer all day. In Calgary,
Oasys contact lenses are suitable for myopic, hyperopic, astigmatic and
presbyopic vision correction.
• Coloured Soft Contact Lenses
These come in different types for different uses. The visibility tint helps you
find your contact lenses quickly. Enhancement tints highlight eye color.
Color tints are used to change eye color while light filtering tints enhance
• Rigid Gas Permeable Hard Contact Lenses
These are made with silicone polymers allowing oxygen to reach the
cornea and more rigid and longer lasting compared to soft lenses.
• Bifocal and Multifocal Contact Lenses
These are for people with presbyopia who need Bifocal or multifocal
• Toric Contact Lenses
For people with astigmatism, special lenses called toric contact lenses are
There are contact lenses used to reshape the cornea to improve vision in the long
run. These can be used overnight.
Whether you need disposable Oasys contact lenses or multifocal or Toric lenses, it
is best to consult with a Calgary optician to find the right type of contact lenses.
At the Glenmore Landing Vision Center your eye health and sight are important
to us. Our team of professionals is able to provide thorough vision care for the
whole family. We also provide services like Contact lenses, Optical Lenses,
Invisible Progressive Lenses, Hi-index lenses and more.