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There are many different types of soft contacts.

Consult with your Eye Care Provider to choose the type that is most
appropriate for your eyes.

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SOFT DAILY WEAR CONTACTS - are worn during waking hours only.  They typically last 1-2 years depending on cleaning regimen.
SOFT EXTENDED WEAR CONTACTS - can be worn overnight for up to seven days.  Extended wear contacts need to be replaced more often than daily wear.
DISPOSABLE CONTACTS - can be worn as daily wear or extended wear.  These types of soft contacts are designed to be thrown away after a certain interval.  There are daily, weekly and monthly disposables.
PLANNED REPLACEMENT LENSES - are throwaway lenses lasting one to three months.  These lenses can be worn overnight or daily wear.
SOFT TORIC CONTACTS - are soft lenses that correct for astigmatism.  Toric refers to the design of the contact lens.  Theses types of soft lenses are available in daily wear, extended wear and planned replacement.
BIFOCAL SOFT CONTACTS -provide limited correction for both distance and near vision.   Recent advances in design make these lenses a good choice to try-however, they do not work for everyone needing help at both distance and near.  Most bifocal contacts come with a warranty so you can try them to see if they work well for you. These contacts are available in daily wear, extended wear and disposable. 
Update:  New  bifocal contacts are now available that are performing better than ever before.  Contact your Eye Care Professional for more information.
MONOVISION SOFT CONTACTS - are prescribed for people needing help at distance and near.   Usually the dominant eye is fit with the distance prescription and the non-dominant eye is fit with the near prescription. Essentially, you are using one eye to read and one eye for distance.  While this system does not work for everyone (and does tend to diminish depth perception) it is more successful than bifocal contacts for most people.


Soft contact lenses typically provide more comfort and an easy adjustment period.  Soft contacts however,  can tear easily and require more care than gas permeable contacts.  Disposable soft lenses are popular because cleaning and care is much easier than regular daily wear or extended wear contacts.

The longer a soft contact lens is in the eye the shorter its life span.  People wearing extended wear lenses have to replace them more frequently than those wearing daily wear. 

Many people wear extended wear contacts without complications, but it is very important to remove a contact lens at the first hint of a problem.  The longer a soft contact lens is in the eye the higher the risk for problems such as infections and corneal ulcers.  Following a cleaning regimen designed for a particular soft lens will help to prevent problems, however. Consult your eye care professional.

Learning to insert and remove soft contacts takes time and patience.  Make sure you allow for plenty of time to learn properly. 

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