Although you may be more accustomed to soft contact lenses, another lesser-known brand of contact lens materials exists: rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses, sometimes referred to oxygen permeable lenses.
In reality, RGP lenses involve newer technology than soft contacts, which are longer-lasting, allow finer vision quality, and provide better resilience. Further RGP lenses can also be less expensive in the long term than soft lenses. Certainly, its advised to first consult with your eye doctor to determine if hard lenses fit your lifestyle. Our optometry office can help you figure out whether GP lenses are right for you.
Since a GP is composed of inflexible material, it maintains its shape well when you blink, which can provide sharper vision than the average soft lens. Additionally RGPs are especially long-lasting. Though they will crack if stepped on, they don’t easily rip like soft lenses. Further, because they're made of substances that don't contain water, proteins or lipids from your tears won't stick to GPs as readily as they will to soft lenses. People that are extra particular about quality of vision will most likely choose GPs.
RGPs are also a good choice for contact wearers that have special considerations such as astigmatism, presbyopia or keratoconus, in which standard contacts may not fit comfortably or provide enough variety. GPs are also preferable for contact users post refractive surgery.
If you're considering RGP lenses, be sure to first speak to your eye care practitioner to find out if you definitely are a suitable candidate. You never know…hard lenses might be the right solution for you!