Want to try contacts? Modern breathable contact lenses are kind to your eyes and won't make your eyes sore or dry. If you already wear lenses, but find them uncomfortable, read on for my tips on finding a more comfortable contact lens suitable for your specific eyes.
Until recently, I never took much notice of what my soft disposable contacts were actually made of. I knew they were manufactured from thin plastic with patented Hydraclear technology to allow my eyes to breathe properly as they let plenty of oxygen through to the eye.
But on my last visit to the optician to get my eyes re-tested, before ordering my next batch of lenses, my optician talked about the various types of plastic used to make modern lenses and how some were much better than others.
While my optician doesn't actually wear contact lenses as he prefers trendy frame-free glasses, he did tell me that if you suffer from dry itchy eyes like I do in high summer, then some disposable contact lenses are made from better material than others.
My usual Acuvue Advance lenses with Hydraclear are made from a plastic called galyfilcon A whereas the more comfortable lenses in the range called Acuvue Oasys (aimed at people who do a lot of computer work so are often in a dry environment) are made from senofilcon A.
The daily disposable lenses I'm wearing at the moment...
...are made from etafilcon A.
Confused? Well you don't need to be a scientist to know which material offers more breathable contact lenses than another. But it IS worth making a note of the material used in your contacts, so that if you try a different brand, you can avoid a particular material if it made your eyes sore when you tried them out.
For me, my most comfortable contacts right now are my daily disposable Acuvue Moist lenses. But it's more expensive to wear them all the time, so I'm just going to use them during the hot dry summer months here in Cyprus, then go back to using Acuvue Oasys in the autumn.