Types of Contact Lenses

If you are wondering what contact lenses are, and how they could help you see clearly without your glasses, this guide is for you.

The principle of contact lenses is the same as for glasses; they bend light and redirect it towards your retina to correct according to your prescription. Contact lenses are placed directly on the surface of your eye and they can correct short-sightedness (myopia), long-sightedness (hyperopia), astigmatism and age-related long-sightedness (presbyopia).

Contact lenses are often categorised by replacement schedule

Contact lenses for short or long sightedness

When you’re short-sighted you find it difficult to clearly see objects in the distance. When you’re long-sighted you find it hard to focus on objects up close. These are the two most common conditions that require vision correction.

Contact lenses for astigmatism

If you have astigmatism your vision can be blurry at all distances. Soft toric contact lenses correct astigmatism by compensating for the individual differences in the shape of your eye, enabling light to focus correctly on the retina at the back of your eye. ACUVUE® contact lenses for astigmatism have EYELID STABILISED design which uses the power of your natural blink to help keep your lens in position to give you clear, stable vision1.

Contact lenses for presbyopia

Presbyopia is an age-related condition that makes it increasingly hard to focus sharply on near objects, especially in low light. Presbyopia commonly starts to affect people around the age of 40. With ACUVUE® multifocal contact lenses you can see clearly close and in the distance3.


Your eyes are our inspiration. For over 30 years we have worked tirelessly to create contact lenses that work in harmony with your unique eyes, the lifestyle you live and your vision correction needs.


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1. JJV Data on File 2021. ACUVUE® Contact Lenses for ASTIGMATISM - Overall Fitting Success, Orientation Position, Rotational Stability, and Vision Performance.
2. JJV Data on File 2022: Master Brand Claims on Clinical Performance and Overall Material Properties for ACUVUE® Soft Contact Lenses.
3. JJV Data on File 2020. ACUVUE OASYS MULTIFOCAL Fit and Performance Claims.