RGP Contact Lenses in Plano, TX
Millions of men, women, and teens turn to contact lenses for clear vision without the need for glasses, and for most people, that means soft contact lenses, including disposables and daily, wear lenses. But sometimes, soft lenses aren’t the best choice; in people with specific eye or vision issues, soft lenses can result in blurry vision or other issues that make wear impractical. At The Plano Eye Care Center, we offer a variety of contact lenses, including rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses, which can be an excellent alternative when soft lenses aren’t an appropriate choice.
What are RGP Contact Lenses?
RGP contact lenses are lenses made of a special type of plastic that still allows plenty of oxygen to reach the surface of the eye. RGPs are not the same as old-fashioned hard lenses which were made of a different type of plastic that prevented oxygen transmission to the eye surface. The material used in RGP contact lenses allows the eye surface to “breathe,” eliminating many of the risks of hard lenses while also making the lenses more flexible and more comfortable.
Benefits of RGP Contact Lenses
Compared to soft lenses, RGP lenses offer several benefits:
- They offer very clear, sharp vision.
- They’re very durable and can’t rip like soft contact lenses can.
- Their durability means that, with proper care, RGP lenses can last for years (assuming your prescription doesn’t change), making them a much less costly option.
- Their rigid design means the lenses keep their shape better, and they won’t “de-form” as a result of blinking, which means they can offer clearer vision than soft lenses for many people.
- Unlike soft contacts, RGP lenses don’t contain water, so it’s more difficult for the oils from your tears to form a film like they can on soft lenses.
- Gas permeable lenses do take more getting used to than soft lenses, and to make sure RGP contact lenses stay comfortable, you’ll need to wear them regularly. Plus, the design of RGP contact lenses means there’s a higher risk of dust or other particles becoming lodged under the lens, resulting in discomfort (and a need to clean the lens).
Am I a Good Candidate for RGP Contact Lenses?
RGP lenses can also be a good option for people with:
- astigmatism that can’t be adequately corrected with soft lenses
- need bifocal or multifocal lenses, including people with presbyopia, an age-related vision issue that makes it difficult to read to see near objects
- corneal abnormalities, including keratoconus, a condition in which the cornea is more cone-shaped
- require contact lenses after having refractive surgery
Contact Lenses in Plano, TX
RGP contact lenses help millions of people enjoy clear vision without the need for eyeglasses, and they just might be a good choice for you. If you’re interested in learning more about RGP contact lenses and the other lens styles and options that are available, let us help. Contact The Plano Eye Care Center at 972-964-3937 and schedule an appointment today.