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Rigid Lenses: Do They Make Sense for You?


While soft contacts are more common, another less familiar kind of contact lens materials exists: rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses, also known as oxygen permeable lenses.

In truth, RGP lenses are a newer technology than soft contacts, which are longer-lasting, offer better vision quality, and offer increased durability and deposit resistance. Further RGP lenses can also be less expensive in the long term than soft lenses. Of course, its best to first discuss with an eye care practitioner to determine if GPs suit your needs. Our optometry office can help you figure out whether GP lenses are suitable for you.

Since an RGP is made of stiff material, it does a good job of retaining its form when you blink, which tends to allow for clearer vision than the average soft lens. Furthermore RGPs are extremely durable. Although they will break if stepped on, they don’t easily rip like soft lenses. Also, since they consist of substances that don't contain water, proteins or lipids from your tears won't stick to RGPs as readily as they do to soft lenses. Those of you who are extra particular about quality of vision will probably choose RGPs.

RGPs are also sometimes preferred for those with special considerations such as astigmatism, presbyopia or keratoconus, where soft lenses may not fit properly or offer enough variety. GPs are also a better choice for contact users post refractive surgery.

When checking out hard lenses, make sure to first speak to your eye care practitioner to determine if you truly are a suitable candidate. Who knows…hard lenses could be the perfect match for you!

Great news! 

Our offices are now reopened!

The Doctors & staff of both offices have been working hard to put in place safeguards that will keep our patients and staff, healthy and safe. Not only will we be adhering to strict disinfection protocols as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there are a few other temporary protocols that we would like to make you aware of:

The safety of our patients and staff is by far the most important thing on our minds as we reopen, and we apologize in advance for any and all inconveniences that this COVID-19 Pandemic period may have caused you and your family.

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We look forward to seeing everyone soon.

The Doctors & Staff of Peoria Eye Professionals