Hard contact lenses have been around for a long time. Adult patients will often remark to me that back when they started wearing contacts, hard lenses were the only option. Most of them assume that hard contacts have gone the way of the dodo.
But this technology is far from obsolete. Hard, or rigid gas permeable lenses (RGPs for short), have made great improvements in the past twenty years. And they’ve remained a mainstay of the optical industry.
Today’s RGPs are more comfortable than ever. They last much longer than disposable soft contact lenses and they tend to be a healthier option. Compared to soft contact lenses, RGPs breathe better. They are less likely to cause corneal infections and seem to be better tolerated by those with dry eyes. But one of the best-kept secrets about RGPs is that they make fantastic bifocals.
For those over 40 years of age who don’t want to wear reading glasses, bifocal RGPs offer superior vision at all ranges. They significantly outperform their soft contact lens counterparts. When clear vision is important to a patient, hard lenses are the best option. Successful patients are able to see clearly to drive and watch TV — but they can also see their cell phone and read a book without using reading glasses.
Patients with astigmatism also do well in RGP bifocals.
These contact lenses are made-to-order. But at Wells Branch Vision, if a patient decides for any reason that they don’t like the lenses, they can be returned for a full refund! Call today if you’d like to try this option!