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Types of Contact Lenses

Confused on what type of contact lenses are best for you? Have you been wearing glasses but want to try contact lenses? Maybe you been shopping at a high street store and their prices are scaring you of contact lenses. So whether your a occasional or a full time wearer we're bound to have lenses that suit your eyes and your needs.  

Do you have any questions? Do you need to talk to a professional before you place a order? Don't forget we have a WhatsApp number or our land line above. 

We've put together a brief but informative guide to show you what type of contact lenses are available. This should help you make a informative decision but remember, we are always here to help. 


Different types of lenses.

Contact lenses can be broken down into 3 main categories;

  • Soft lenses 
  • Hard lenses/ Gas Permeable Lenses 
  • Cosmetic fashion Lenses

Soft Lenses

Majority of people who wear contact lenses fall into this category. There are approximately 17.3 million contact lens wearers in the UK. Thats close to 27% of the population.

Why soft contact lenses? Soft contact lenses are are the most popular choice for mumbler of reasons. They are made from the latest technology making them comfortable, flexible and breathable for extended periods of wear. The malleability of soft contact lenses mean they are suitable for a a variety of eye shapes and sizes. 

People who wear soft contact lenses have a lot more freedom compared to someone who might wear hard or gas permeable lenses. Soft lenses are ideal for a full time wear to someone who wants to switch between glasses and lenses. 

Everyone has different needs and demands from their contact lenses. Soft contact lenses have a further sub categories of;

  • Extended Wear
  • Monthly reusable  
  • Forthrightly Lenses
  • Daily Disposable. 

Extended wear contact lenses.

Most extended wear contact lenses are made from Silicone Hydrogel. The Silicone Hydrogel material allows up to six times more oxygen and water to penetrate the lens and reach the Iris.

If you are interested in Silicone Hydrogel lenses please keep in mind that not all soft lenses are made from this material. 

Extended wear contact lenses are a popular choice because they can be worn for a long periods of time. Monthly lenses cannot be worn for more the 30 days. Extended wear contact lenses are perfect for people who are constantly on the go and have little time for cleaning and storing lenses. 


Soft contact lenses are available to correct vision for the following prescriptions.

  • Myopia; Also referred to as short-sightedness. This is when a person is unable to see objects clearly in the distance. Contact lenses for this prescription consist of a minus/- power.
  • Hyperopia; Also referred to as long-sightedness. This is when a person is unable to see objects up close clearly. Contact lenses for this prescription consist of a plus/+ power.
  • Astigmatism; Also referred to as a Toric lens. Astigmatism is a condition that affects the curvature of the eye causing blurred vision and usually consists of three parts, Sph, Cyl, Axis.
  • Presbyopia; Is a condition that occurs in the over 40's causing issues when trying to focus on up close items. Contact lenses that are designed for presbyopia normally contain the words 'multifocal', 'progressive', 'bifocal' or 'presbyopia'.

Hard Lenses/ Gas Permeable Lenses 

Gas Permeable/ hard lenses are another option for concat lens wearers. They are sometimes also referred to as RGP lenses. Gas permeable lenses are a early design of the contact lens. They can be uncomfortable to new wearers.

Gas permeable contact lenses have been available for a long time. They cater for higher prescriptions making them perfect for people who can not be fitted with soft lenses. 

Unlike soft lenses they are a lot more drable and can be worn for longer periods. They are usually worn daily, removed at the end of the day and usually replaced after twelve months.

Gas permeable lenses are custom made lenses. They do need to fitted by a professional. thelensshop.co.uk can provide you with gas permeable lenses. Please contact our customer service for a individual quote.   


Coloured Contact Lenses 

Coloured contact lenses are soft lenses that can change/ enhance a persons eyes. They are available in a range of colours and shades. 

Coloured or cosmetic lenses can correct a person long or short sighted vision. The most popular type of coloured contact lenses are provided by Alcon Freshlook. Coloured contact lenses are not available for people ho have astigmatism. 

Coloured contact lenses can be worn by people who don't require a corrective prescription. Please select -0.00 when ordering. We recommend that you always see a professional before ordering contact lenses online even if their just for cosmetic use.