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Types of Contacts

Selecting the right ones for you

Today contact lenses are available in more prescriptions for more eye conditions—even astigmatism and bifocals—making it possible for just about everyone to wear them. Kaiser Permanente’s optometrists take the time to explain the advantages of all options. Then, your contact lenses are expertly fitted to make sure they are comfortable and perform properly.

Bifocal/Multifocal contacts offer the best of both worlds: no glasses and good vision both close up and at a distance. Learn more

Colored and eye-enhancing contacts add a subtle or dramatic color change, sparkle or special effect to your eyes. They can be used everyday. Learn more

Disposable are worn for several weeks and then discarded. “Daily disposables” are discarded nightly to eliminate lens cleaning. Learn more

Extended Wear can be worn around the clock—either for one week or up to 30 nights and days—even while you sleep.
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Frequent Replacement contacts are disposable lenses that are replaced monthly or quarterly. Learn more

Gas Permeable contacts, known as “rigid” lenses, allow oxygen to reach your eyes and often provide crisper vision than soft lenses. They are often the answer for patients with special medical needs. Learn more

Monovision contacts correct one eye to view distant objects and the other to read and do close-up work. Learn more

Specialized contacts for Medical Conditions are prescribed to treat medical conditions such as corneal anomalies, infant eye problems, dry eye, and post LASIK fittings.

Toric contacts correct for astigmatism and are available with different wearing schedules. Learn more

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