Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP or GP) Contact Lenses

Rigid Gas Permeable Lenses Offer Comfort and Convenience

Contact lenses have come a long way. No more do you have to deal with horribly hard plastic lenses that would pop off at the slightest opportunity. Today you have options like soft lenses that you can barely feel, and rigid gas permeable lenses, or GP or RGP lenses, that rest comfortably on the eye while remaining durable and permeable to oxygen, which your eyes need to stay healthy. Medina Eye Care in San Antonio and Castroville offers rigid gas permeable lenses, along with other types.

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A Long-Lasting, Durable Alternative

Rigid gas permeable contacts are what they sound like. They're harder than soft contact lenses, but they still allow oxygen to reach the eyeball underneath the lens. This makes them a good choice for people who have dry eye and who often can't wear basic soft lenses. With dry eye, the tears that cover the eyeball during a blink are insufficient to lubricate the eye. These tears also contain oxygen that, as the tears slip under regular hard lenses, helps with eye health. Inadequate tears means inadequate oxygen supplied to the eyes. Soft lenses allow more oxygen from the air to reach the eye, but it still may not be enough for people who don't produce enough tears. Rigid gas permeable lenses, however, allow oxygen to slip under the lens without requiring a tear film.

It can take some time to get used to rigid gas permeable lenses. RGP contacts aren't as soft as basic soft contacts, so they aren't as comfortable when you put them on at first. Most people adjust to GP contacts relatively quickly, however, and they soon become very comfortable. They are also durable, and with proper care, you can use the same pair for a long time. It does help to have an extra pair at home as a backup, of course, because RGP lenses aren't indestructible.

Reap the Benefits from Using RGP Contacts by Calling Today

Our eye doctors at Medina Eye Care offers RGP lenses along with many other eye care services, including exams. Contact us at our San Antonio location at (210) 225-4141 or our Castroville location at (210) 225-4141 for an appointment with an optometrist. You can wear contacts with most eye conditions now; you just need to find the right type of material that allows you to see while keeping your eyes comfortable.

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