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Contact Lenses – Hard vs. Soft Contacts

Contact Lens Eye Exam and Contact Lens Fitting in Sealy, Texas

Contact Lens Eye Exam and Contact Lens Fitting in Sealy, Texas

Contact lenses and eyeglasses are your primary options when selecting eyewear for vision correction. If you have decided upon contact lenses, the next step is to investigate the differences between hard contact lenses vs. soft contact lenses. We offer both types of contacts at Sealy Eye Center; to find out which type is best for you, visit our Sealy, Texas , eye clinic for a contact lens eye exam and contact lens fitting.

To help you make a well-informed decision, our Sealy optometrist has outlined the following review of the basic features of hard contacts and soft contacts.

Soft contact lenses

Soft contacts became available on the US consumer market since 1971, and they have been increasing in popularity ever since. They are the more popular option, especially with the development of modern materials and advanced designs that enhance wearing comfort and eye health.

Soft contacts are made from a flexible plastic that conforms easily to the eye and is hard to dislodge. They are comfortable either immediately or after only a short adaptation period. The composition of soft contact lenses includes a large quantity of water, which helps oxygen pass through the lens efficiently to reach your eye.

There is a wide variety of types of soft contact lenses with different wearing schedules, such as daily wear lenses, daily disposables (dailies), and extended wear lenses. They can fit most vision conditions, including nearsightedness and farsightedness, as well as presbyopia and astigmatism.

If you have daily disposable contact lenses, there is little maintenance involved. Simply discard them at the end of each day, and insert a fresh pair in the morning. If you do not have disposable lenses, then you’ll need to disinfect and store them upon removal, according to your eye doctor’s instructions.

As far as the disadvantages of soft contacts vs. hard contacts:

  • Vision quality may not be as crisp as the view given by hard contacts
  • Durability is less than hard contacts, because they are easy to tear or rip
  • Risk of eye infection is greater

Hard contact lenses

Just like soft lenses, hard lenses have been on the eye care scene since the 1970s. However, the hard contacts of today are not the uncomfortable discs of the past. Today, they are commonly known as rigid gas permeable lenses (RGP or GP), due to a significant improvement that was made in the construction that dramatically improved their flexibility, comfort and oxygen permeability.

When comparing the features of hard contact lenses vs. soft, they are much more durable and thus longer-lasting. Also, maintenance is relatively easy. An additional bonus is that hard contacts have been shown to slow the development of nearsightedness (myopia), especially in children and young adults. They are suitable for most vision prescriptions, with a range of bifocal and multifocal options.

What are the cons of hard contacts?

  • They dislodge more easily than soft contacts
  • They can get scratched and damaged, despite the durable materials
  • They require consistency in wearing and are inappropriate for people who only want to wear contacts for a few hours each day, or not on a daily basis

Choosing Hard vs. Soft Contacts

Before you start weighing all the pros and cons of different types of contact lenses, you need to visit a qualified eye doctor for a contact lens eye exam and contact lens fitting. We are experienced in fitting contact lenses at our Sealy, Texas , eye care center, and our optometrist will recommend the best type of lenses for your vision and eye health.

Where can I get contact lenses near me?

We stock a wide inventory of premium, brand-name contact lenses at Sealy Eye Center, in our Sealy eye clinic. We look forward to seeing and serving you!


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