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Here’s What You Should Know About Hard Contact Lenses

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Wondering Why Your Optometrist Recommended Hard Contact Lenses?

Hard contact lenses, also called rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses, are often recommended to patients who cannot comfortably wear soft contact lenses due to high astigmatism, chronic dry eye syndrome, irregular corneal shape, keratoconus or other corneal conditions.

Why Do People Prefer Hard Contact Lenses?

Hard contact lenses offer the following benefits:

Sharp vision. Their rigid design helps them maintain their shape, providing clear, crisp vision all day long.

Durability. Since they are made of hard plastic (silicone), they are less likely to tear, chip or become damaged.

Affordability. A single pair of RGP lenses can generally be worn for at least a year, making them more affordable than disposable soft contact lenses in the long run.

Resistance. They are more resistant to the accumulation of protein and lipid deposits — which can contaminate your lenses and lead to sight-threatening eye infections.

Oxygen permeability. Their design allows high amounts of oxygen to pass through the lens, ensuring that the cornea doesn’t become oxygen deprived during contact lens wear.

What Are the Disadvantages of Hard Contact Lenses?

Although hard contact lenses can be beneficial in many ways, there are some drawbacks:

Adjustment period. It can take a few days or weeks to adjust to your new lenses.

Lens care. The lens care routine does add some additional costs and can be time consuming, involving a few different solutions to clean, soak and disinfect the lenses upon removal.

Less stable. These lenses only cover around 75% of the corneal surface, so they may be prone to dislodging, especially while exercising or playing contact sports.

Even so, for most patients, the benefits of hard contacts far outweigh the potential drawbacks.

If you have been told that soft contact lenses are not right for you, you may want to consider hard contact lenses. The clear, sharp vision you will experience from hard contact lenses will not only enhance the way you see, but also improve your quality of life.

Schedule an appointment with Revision Optix in Simpsonville  today to find out if you can benefit from hard contact lenses, or to schedule a contact lens fitting.

At Revision Optix, we put your family's needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 864-963-4933 or book an appointment online to see one of our Simpsonville eye doctors.

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Q&A

Why are hard contact lenses recommended for patients with keratoconus?

Keratoconus is an eye condition that causes the cornea to thin and bulge into a cone shape, making it difficult for standard soft contact lenses to provide clear and stable vision.

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Can I wear hard contact lenses if I have dry eye syndrome?

Dry eye syndrome is a condition in which the eyes feel dry, gritty and irritated due to insufficient eye lubrication. These symptoms are often exacerbated by soft contact lens wear.

However, hard contact lenses may be the answer if you experience dry eyes with soft contact lenses. For severe dry eye, a specific type of RGP, called scleral lenses, may be the solution. Sclerals hold a liquid reservoir between the cornea and the contact lens. This not only helps to soothe dry eyes, but also promotes healing for long-term relief.