Gas permeable contact lenses are rigid lenses that transmit oxygen to the eye. Gas permeable lenses are also known as:
While all these are rigid lenses, they must not be confused with the old-fashioned hard contact lenses, which are now hardly ever used.
Gas permeable contact lenses let in oxygen, which is essential to eye health and means they can be worn when doing sports and other activities.
One of the major benefits of gas permeable contact lenses is that it is possible to have multiple prescriptions, meaning they are ideal if you have the following eye issues:
Gas permeable contact lenses do tend to be more durable and can usually be worn for longer periods of time than soft contacts. It is common for them to be worn daily and only need to be replaced every six to twelve months. Some people who switch from soft to gas permeable contact lenses, also find their vision is sharper when they do.
If you find that rigid gas permeable contact lenses are not right for you, there are hybrid lenses also available, which are fitted with both gas permeable and soft lens material.
If you want to speak to your optician regarding gas permeable contact lenses, please contact your nearest Scrivens branch today.