While soft contact lenses are most common, another lesser-known brand of contact lenses exists: rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses, sometimes known as oxygen permeable lenses.
Actually, GP lenses involve newer technology than soft lenses, and they are longer-lasting, offer better vision quality, and offer better resilience. Additionally they can also be less expensive in the long run than soft lenses. Certainly, its advised to first consult with an eye care practitioner to decide whether RGPs suit your needs. Our optometry staff can assist you in determining if RGP lenses are suitable for you.
Since a GP is composed of stiff material, it maintains its form well when you blink, which can afford clearer vision than the average soft lens. Additionally GPs are particularly strong. Though they will crack if stepped on, they don’t easily rip like soft lenses. Also, because they consist of materials that don't include water, proteins or lipids from your tears don’t adhere to GPs as easily as they will to soft lenses. People that are extra particular about vision quality will most likely choose RGPs.
Rigid lenses are also a good choice for those with special considerations such as astigmatism, presbyopia or keratoconus, in which standard contacts may not produce the desired visual acuity. RGPs are also preferable for contact users after refractive surgery.
When checking out RGP lenses, make sure to first ask your eye doctor to verify if you definitely are a suitable candidate. You never know…hard lenses could be the right answer for you!