Contact lenses offer a great alternative to wearing glasses to correct refractive errors in your vision so you can enjoy better sight. At Today’s Vision Barker Cypress, we carry diverse types of soft and hard contacts to suit your individual needs. After an eye exam, our Cypress, TX optometrist can determine if you’re a good candidate for contact lenses. Although soft contacts are more popular, rigid gas-permeable contacts have unique qualities that shouldn’t be overlooked.
What are RGP Contacts?
Rigid gas-permeable contact lenses, aka RGP contacts, are a type of hard contact lens used to correct refractive errors in vision. These contacts are specifically effective for people with eye conditions like astigmatism or presbyopia. After evaluating your eye health and vision, our optometrist can determine if RGP contacts are the best choice for you.
Advantages of RGP Contact Lenses
Depending on your prescription, RGP contacts offer a number of advantages over soft contacts in improving your vision. Here are just a few:
RGP contacts are composed of rigid plastic, which makes them more resilient than their soft contact counterpart. As such, they’re less likely to be damaged by daily use. With proper care, these contacts can last up to two years, making them very cost-effective to use.
RGP contacts are more breathable than soft contacts. This means more oxygen can pass through the contacts to reach the cornea of your eyes to minimize eye irritations. They’re hygienic and never dehydrate. Therefore, they do not require water to keep them hydrated like soft contacts.
If you can’t wear soft contacts due to astigmatism, our Cypress, TX optometry specialist may recommend RGP contacts to meet your visual needs. Due to their rigid composition, RGP contacts maintain their form all day, providing you with clear, sharp vision.
Unlike soft contacts, which are comfortable from day one, RGP contacts may take more time to get used to. Once your eyes are accustomed to them, however, they're quite comfortable and can be used for longer periods of time. They’re smaller than soft contacts, covering around 75% of the cornea of your eye, but are just as effective at improving your sight.
If you suffer from astigmatism, presbyopia, keratoconus, or corneal distortions, ask our optometry specialist if RGP contact lens could be an option for you. These lenses are also beneficial for people undergoing ortho-k treatments for myopia management or those who have had laser eye surgery.
See Our Optometrist in Cypress, TX for RGP Contacts
Looking for an alternative to eyeglasses to improve your vision? Consider the benefits of contact lenses. To learn more about contacts or to schedule a consultation for contact lens exam and fitting, contact Today's Vision Barker Cypress in Cypress, TX at (281) 758-3083.