What Are The Differences Between Hard And Soft Contact Lenses, And How Do I Know Which Type I Should Get?

Question: What are the differences between hard and soft contact lenses, and how do I know which type I should get?

Answer: Well, as the name implies, a hard contact lens is one that is made of rigid material -- it's not bendable. Those kind of contact lenses are generally less commonly prescribed than the soft contact lenses, which are made of a very pliable material that's usually much more comfortable to wear. The hard contact lenses are advantageous if there is any irregularity in the shape of the cornea -- for example, in a situation called keratoconus, where the cornea assumes an abnormal shape. Again, your eye care provider is really the best one to determine what particular type of lens is appropriate for your individual situation.