Although you may be most accustomed to soft contact lenses, another lesser-known brand of contact lenses exists: rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lenses, sometimes referred to oxygen permeable lenses.
In truth, hard lenses involve newer technology than soft lenses, and they are longer-lasting, are often more successful in improving eyesight, and provide better resilience. Additionally RGP lenses can also be cheaper in the long run than soft lenses. Of course, its best to first consult with your eye doctor to decide if GPs fit your needs. Our optometry staff can assist you in determining if you’re a candidate for hard lenses.
Because an RGP is composed of stiff material, it retains its shape well when you blink, which can afford clearer vision than the average soft lens. Additionally GPs are particularly long-lasting. Though they can crack if stepped on, they don’t easily rip like soft lenses. Further, because they consist of substances that don't contain water, proteins and lipids from your tears don’t adhere to GPs as readily as they will to soft lenses. Those of you who are especially particular about quality of vision will probably opt for GPs.
Rigid lenses are also sometimes preferred for people with special considerations such as astigmatism, presbyopia or keratoconus, in which soft lenses may not fit properly or provide enough variety. RGPs are also suitable for those who need contact lenses after refractive surgery.
If you are thinking about hard lenses, make sure to first speak to your eye care practitioner to verify if you definitely are a candidate. Who knows…hard lenses might be the right solution for you!