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Types of Contacts


If you are over 40 you may have begun to notice that near activities are more difficult. This is due to an eye condition called presbyopia. Presbyopia causes blurred near vision. Before, when this became bothersome contact lens wearers would have to wear reading glasses to see clearly up close. We now have multifocal contacts that allow you to see distance and near objects without being so reliant on reading glasses.



Daily contact lenses have become very popular due to their comfort and numerous advantages. These lenses are worn for a day and then discarded. Many people find them more convenient because they do not require cleaning and can easily be replaced if torn. They also are healthier for your eyes and work well for patients with dry or allergy eyes, often reducing the need for other eye drops. You also do not have the same investment in contact lens solution with this type of contact lens. We fit many children and new wearers to contacts in this brand due to their numerous benefits.



Extended wear contact lenses are designed for overnight wear and can be worn for up to 30 days. These lenses are made to allow more oxygen to the eye. The recommended length of wear depends on the type of contact lens your doctor feels will work best for you, along with your eye health. We often recommend you remove your contact lenses at least one night a week to rest your eyes.


These lenses are designed especially for people with astigmatism, or irregular shape of the cornea or lens of the eye. They are designed to sit a certain way on the eye, allowing for stable vision. Toric lenses not only correct your astigmatism but also have a correction for farsighted and nearsightedness if needed. These lenses also allow for improved near vision.


Hybrid lenses give you the crisp vision of a “hard (rigid gas permeable) lens and the comfort of a soft contact lens. Whether you have astigmatism, are nearsighted, farsighted or need correction for your near vision, these lenses can help.


RGP lenses are also known as “hard contact lenses. They are more durable than soft contact lenses and therefore usually last longer. They are less likely to tear and some patients find them easier to work with, although they are not initially as comfortable as soft contact lenses and usually take some time to get used to wearing.

To learn more, you can schedule an appointment to discuss what options would work best for your particular needs.


People with dry eyes often have been told that they are unable to wear contact lenses. At Cool Springs and Donelson EyeCare, we work with many patients who have dry eyes to improve their comfort so that they can often pursue contact-lens wear. To learn more about improving your dry eye symptoms, click here for our Dry Eye Center.