Contact lenses come in two types: soft or rigid gas permeable. Soft contact lenses are often more comfortable than rigid gas permeable contact lenses particularly when first placed into the eye. They are typically made of pliable, polymer-plastic combined with a small percentage of water. Soft contact lenses are often disposable and are discarded after a short use and replaced with a fresh pair. This means there is less chance for infection and more comfort for wearers who produce more protein, which leaves deposits that build up on the contact lenses.  There is also less likelihood of infection and less cleaning required. However, soft contact lenses are delicate and can tear more easily.

 

Rigid gas permeable lens are more durable than soft contact lenses because they are more rigid. This is not to suggest that they are hard, they are made with silicone polymers that allow oxygen to circulate, but rigid gas permeable lenses are quite durable and preserve their shape. Also, they are available as extended wear options.  Rigid gas permeable lenses may offer better visual clarity for some types of conditions.  You can learn more about GP lenses from the CLMA - http://contactlenses.org.

 

Although Laser surgery is used to treat a number of vision impairments, it has not yet been approved by the FDA for the treatment of Presbyopia. 

 

A discussion with your eye care professional about your options, your lifestyle, and your comfort level, as well as a determination of what will work best for your prescription,  will help you to decide upon a design and type of contact lens that works best for you.

 

 

   

 

 

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