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What is the difference between soft toric contact lenses and hard toric contact lenses?

Question

What is the difference between soft toric contact lenses and hard toric contact lenses? How much do hard toric contact lenses monthly cost?

Answer Written answer:

Hard toric contact lenses (normally made of gas permeable material) are at first usually more difficult to get used and adapt to. They move around more on the eye and are less stable. Sometimes however the vision is sharper in these lenses. They do not need to be replaced frequently, and may last you two years or more, so there is no need for a regular replacement scheme, but there is a scheme available to pay for your aftercare and contact lens solution. The choice between these and soft toric lenses will depend on your prescription and shape of your eye. By far the most popular are soft lenses. For the costs involved you need to ask in store. 

Optician's Biography

Simon Kay BSc(Hons) MCOptom has been a qualified Optometrist for over 30 years, and has a vast experience of almost all aspects of optometry. He joined Specsavers Opticians in 1993 first in Liverpool and for 15 years as a director of Lancaster and Morecambe. He served on many panels and committees whilst a director, including those responsible for IT design and professional advancement. He was regional chairman of the North West directors of Specsavers for over 12 years and as such was involved in almost all aspects of optometry on a business and professional level. He has been involved on the Local Optical Committee for many years and is currently Vice Chairman in his area.
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