Eye Health

Updated 12 February 2015

Aren’t soft contact lenses the best?

It seems logical, right? Your eye is a soft, squishy organ, so surely a soft squishy lens would be the best device for it? Not necessarily.

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It seems logical, right? Your eye is a soft, squishy organ, so surely a soft squishy lens would be the best device for it? Not necessarily.

When soft lenses first appeared on the market in the early '70s, they marked a major step forward in eye care, bringing more comfort than the old-style, hard lenses.

But that was three decades ago. Other alternatives are now available, including oxygen permeable lenses, which themselves have been around since about 1980. Ask your optometrist about the best lens for your specific eye problem, or look at this chart of comparisons between soft contacts and oxygen permeable ones.

 

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Megan Goodman qualified as an optometrist from the University of Johannesburg and is currently practising at Tygerberg Academic Hospital in Cape Town. She has recently completed a Masters degree in Clinical Epidemiology at Stellenbosch University. She has a keen interest in ocular pathology and evidence based medicine as well as contact lenses.

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