Soft vs.Gas Permeable Contact Lenses: How Are They Different?

Soft vs.Gas Permeable Contact Lenses: How Are They Different?

Are you thinking about switching to contact lenses? An estimated 45 million Americans wear contacts, and if you want to join their ranks, you’re probably wondering which type of contacts is right for you.

Here at Paragon Eye Associates in Arlington and Mansfield, Texas, our optometrists and ophthalmologists are experts when it comes to recommending the right type of contact lenses for you.

Below, our team sheds light on two types of lenses that you might consider: soft contact lenses and gas permeable lenses.

Soft contact lenses

Soft contact lenses are the most popular type of contact lenses used in America. Soft contacts are versatile and can be used to correct a variety of vision problems, including myopia (nearsightedness) and hyperopia (farsightedness). Soft contact lenses can also help correct astigmatism (blurry vision). 

Soft lenses are comfortable and easy to place in your eyes, making them ideal when you’re just getting used to wearing contacts. The adjustment period for these lenses is short, and some people immediately take well to them.

Depending on which type of soft contacts you choose, you can re-wear the same pair for a specified length of time, such as two weeks or three months at a time. Regardless of which type you have, you need to remove them, clean them, and store them properly each night, unless you have one-day disposable lenses.

There is another type of soft contact lenses available: continuous wear lenses. You can wear these lenses for up to 30 days without taking them out at night. Note that unless you have continuous wear lenses, you should never sleep in contact lenses.

Gas permeable contact lenses

Sometimes called hard contacts, rigid gas permeable contact lenses are more durable than their softer counterparts. It can take longer to adjust to gas permeable contact lenses, but they may be right for you if:

Because gas permeable contact lenses are more durable, they can last for 2-3 years before you need to replace them. Just like soft contacts, though, they require careful cleaning and proper storage with a sterile contact lens solution. 

Another perk of gas permeable contact lenses is that they allow for oxygen to pass through them, which makes them more breathable. 

Which type of contact lenses is right for you?

In addition to these two types of contact lenses, there are many different brands of contacts. It can be hard to decide what brand and type are right for you, but thankfully, you don’t have to make this decision on your own. 

Our team provides a contact lens exam, recommends the right products for you, and helps you acclimate to wearing them. 

Clear vision is just a phone call or website click away! To make an appointment for a contact lens exam, call our Arlington or Mansfield, Texas, office today, or send a message to our team here on the website..

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