Eye care

Contact Lens 101

Let’s get clear about contacts. Whether you’re getting contact lenses for the first time or are curious about the different types of lenses available, this page can help you learn about your options. Contacts are a safe, effective alternative to glasses, and come in different shapes, strengths and styles.

Contacts are used to correct a variety of vision conditions, including:
  • Myopia (nearsightedness)
  • Hyperopia (farsightedness)
  • Astigmatism (blurred vision due to the shape of the cornea)
  • Presbyopia (blurriness of nearby objects)

Contact Types

A contact lens is a thin disk of plastic that floats on the surface of the eye. There are two main types being used today.

Finding the Right Lenses

When choosing the type of contact lenses with your eye care professional, it’s important to consider how much time, maintenance and care you’re willing to put into your lenses. They all have their own replacement cycle when old lenses should be discarded and a new, fresh pair should be used—typically weekly, biweekly or monthly.

Specialty Lenses

If you have specific vision needs beyond standard vision correction, you may need specialty lenses. Like most contacts, they are available as soft or RGP lenses, and are available with different wear and replacement cycles.


Costume Lenses
Contact lenses are medical devices that must only be worn under the prescription, direction and supervision of an eye care professional. Over-the-counter costume lenses such as non-prescription color lenses, fashion lenses, circle lenses and novelty and design lenses should never be worn. These lenses are illegal and can cause severe harm to your eyes and vision.

Stay Comfortable in Your Lenses

Keep your contacts feeling and performing their best with OPTI-FREE® multi-purpose solution or CLEAR CARE® hydrogen peroxide-based solution.