What are the types of soft contact lenses?

Several types of soft contact lenses are available:

Daily-wear lenses-Remove each night before going to bed.

Extended-wear lenses-Can be worn for several days or weeks without removal.

Disposable lenses-Can be worn for a day, a week, or even several weeks before they're thrown away.

Color-tinted or cosmetic lenses- Lenses change the color of the wearer's eyes or tint them for clearer vision outdoors. Other cosmetic lenses greatly change the eye's appearance and are often used for Halloween or by actors.

Ultraviolet protection lenses- Protect against the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays.

Corneal reshaping lenses-Worn overnight, they gradually reshape the cornea to correct vision. When they're taken out, clear vision without contacts is temporarily restored.

Rigid, gas-permeable lenses- Developed in the late 1970s, they combine features of hard and soft contact lenses. They're more durable than soft lenses, but they still allow oxygen to pass into the eye and thus are more comfortable than hard lenses. They also are less likely to develop bacteria and cause infection than soft lenses. The lens' rigidity provides clear, crisp vision.

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