Our professionals at our Cornelius office are happy to discuss the advantages of gas permeable contact lenses with you.
Before soft contact lenses came out in the early 1970s, the only alternative to eyeglasses was hard contact lenses. These lenses had a number of disadvantages, however, not the least of which was that they were not gas and oxygen permeable. Since your eyes need oxygen to remain healthy, some hard lens wearers found them difficult to deal with. Later in the 1970s, gas permeable contact lenses came on the scene. Most people haven’t heard about these because soft lenses took center stage. However, they are recommended to many people for their significant advantages in certain situations.
The most challenging part of gas permeable contact lenses is that they have an adaptation period, and if you stop wearing them for a week or so, you’ll have to re-adapt. Once you get used to them, they are as comfortable as soft lenses. The benefits of these lenses can definitely outweigh this temporary inconvenience. For example, gas permeable contact lenses are extremely durable. With proper care, they can last for years for people who don’t need a prescription change. Because they keep their shape when you blink, whereas soft lenses do not, you can experience a clearer vision result. In addition, the material doesn’t contain water like soft lenses do, so you won’t have to worry about lipids and protein accumulation as much.
We advise gas permeable contact lenses when you want the best vision possible. They are particularly beneficial for those with astigmatism, keratoconus, and/or presbyopia. They can also be ideal for those who require contacts after refractive surgery. If you would like to know more about gas permeable contact lenses, give us a call to schedule an appointment at our Cornelius, North Carolina office. We will examine your eyes and let you know if you are a candidate.