Contact lens is a thin transparent curved lens that is placed on the surface of the eye to correct one’s vision. Before the technological advances that made the contact lenses of today possible, thinkers like Leonardo da Vinci and René Descartes experimented with water’s refractive power over 500 years ago. But the main advancement in the technology behind contact lenses happened during the 20th century.
In the 1880s glass production technologies made thin lenses possible for the first time. In 1888, Dr. Adolf Fick produced the first successful contact lens. But these lenses were thick, heavy and they covered the entire eye. In the 1920s and 30s, advances in materials made it possible to produce lightweight lenses to the shape of the eye for the first time. In 1948, an optical technician named Kevin Touhy introduced the corneal lens, the smaller contact lens we see most often today. In 1959, Czechoslovakia scientists Otto Wichertle and Drahoslav Lim produced lenses with a new plastic known as hydrogel. These were soft and flexible and could be easily shaped and moulded. As time passed, contacts became thinner and thinner, reaching a thickness of merely 0.1mm. In the 1970s, Bausch and Lomb were the first to commercially release hydrogel lenses, which they named SofLense. Soft lenses remain popular to this day.
While contact lenses are mostly used for vision correction, there are also lenses for purely cosmetic and novelty purposes. Corrective lenses are designed to correct refractive error. This is achieved by directly focusing light so it enters the eye with the proper power for clear vision. Spherical lenses bend light evenly in every direction. They are used to correct myopia and hypermetropia. Multifocal contact lenses can be compared to spectacles with bifocals or progressive lenses. These are designed for viewing through the centre of the lens, but some designs enable viewing through the reading power - similar to bifocal glasses. Cosmetic lenses enable changing the appearance of the eye. These lenses may also correct refractive error. Contact lenses are generally quite safe as long as they are used correctly. Improper use may affect the eyelid, the conjunctiva, and even the whole structure of the cornea. Poor lens care can lead to infections by various microorganisms including bacteria, fungi and Acanthamoeba (Acanthamoeba Keratitis).
Prescription contact lenses today can be manufactured with virtually any lens power. That means that with a prescription as low as 0-25/+0.25, you can wear prescription contact lenses. Nevertheless, prescription contact lenses are a medical device and you will need to have an exam to determine your prescription and whether they are suitable for your eyes before you order contact lenses online.
If you are susceptible to dry eye syndrome or have sensitive eyes, your eyes may not be suitable for contact lenses. It is also advised to have regular contact lens exams to ensure that your lenses are always fitted with the right prescription power and you are achieving the best vision possible, however low it may be. Once you have your prescription, you can order contact lenses online with Vision Direct.
Are you not sure which contact lenses to choose or confused about which brand is best? VisionDirect AU is here to help! Buy contact lenses online at VisionDirect AU for a fast, hassle-free and secure service. The brands you trust, delivered to your door. Find the perfect product for yourself by choosing from dozens of market-leading contact lens brands, including Acuvue, Soflens and Air Optix. Enjoy all-day comfort! We stock a huge variety of different lenses to provide the right vision correction product for every one of our customers. From daily disposable lenses, astigmatism lenses and multifocal lensesto lenses for a variety of correctional needs - we have them all. Enjoy low prices on branded contact lenses at Vision Direct! Browse contact lenses by Acuvue by Johnson & Johnson, Biofinity by CooperVision, Air Optix by Ciba Vision, Dailies by Alcon, PureVision by Bausch + Lomb and many others. Choose from daily or multi-day disposable lenses, packaged in the quantities you need. We also offer coloured contact lensesthat allow you to safely change the colour of your eyes for a fresh, new look, while keeping your eyes oxygenated all day. With competitive pricing, FREE shipping and a 3 month warranty on all of our products, you can shop knowing that you’re getting world-class service and market-leading vision corrective technology without breaking the bank. Plus, you can request recurrent contact lenses so you won’t have to stress about running out! If you're not fully satisfied with your product or would like to exchange it, simply take advantage of our 100 day easy return policy. Order now at Vision Direct - shopping online has never been more convenient!
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1-DAY ACUVUE Moist Contact Lenses are a convenient way to wear your contact lenses - just wear them one day and throw them away! A breakthrough in daily disposable contact lenses, 77% of wearers report that these lenses felt fresh and new all day long. Enjoy the feeling of fresh, clean lenses every day with 1-DAY ACUVUE Moist from Johnson and Johnson.
DAILIES AquaComfort Plus features three moisturizing agents to provide comfort throughout the day. Triple Action Moisture has superior comfort upon insertion, excellent comfort during the day, and remains comfortable at the end of the day.
ACUVUE ® OASYS™ Contact Lenses with HYDRACLEAR™ Plus** technology and revitalize eyes, even when in challenging environments that make them feel tired and dry. They can significantly reduce the need for rewetting drops.
1-DAY ACUVUE® for ASTIGMATISM contact lenses correct the blurred vision of astigmatism for a wide range of cases avoiding the need for expensive custom-made designs that require cleaning and sterilisation. 1-DAY ACUVUE® for ASTIGMATISM combines the proprietary Accelerated Stabilisation Design used in ACUVUE® ADVANCE™ for ASTIGMATISM with the proven etafilcon A material of 1-DAY ACUVUE®. The result is a daily disposable lens for astigmatic patients with great stability regardless of physical activity and head movements.
Dailies Total 1 90 Pack The innovative concept of the contact lenses Focus DAILIES TOTAL 1 offers more than 80% water to the surface of the lens, almost the same amount than at the surface of the eye. They are up to six times more breathable than traditional contact lenses.
DAILIES TOTAL1* contact lenses are available in the spherical lens design to correct nearsightedness (myopia) or farsightedness (hyperopia).
DAILIES TOTAL1* Multifocal contact lenses are available in a multifocal design to correct presbyopia (diminished ability to focus on near objects) with or without nearsightedness or farsightedness
Biofinity® Toric is a high-performance silicone hydrogel soft lens which utilizes an innovative material to provide many benefits for patients with Astigmatism. Lenses stay moist and comfortable all day long, helping keep your eyes clear, white and healthy looking.
You can wear your lenses for most sports and activities. They don't fog up like glasses, and they give you better peripheral vision. Remember: cleanliness is one of the most important aspects of handling and caring for your contact lenses. Starting with clean, dry hands helps to reduce the chance of eye infections and irritation. Wearing Dailies TOTAL 1, you will feel free to move and enjoy your adventures.