Rigid Gas Permeable Contacts or RGP Contact Lenses are hard contact lenses. Who in their right mind would put a rigid contact lens in their eye with so many soft contacts on the market today? Great question! Believe it or not, this technology still provides many relevant benefits in today’s modern treatment options. RGP Contact Lenses have many advantages, such as:

  • Provides the sharpest vision for astigmatism patients.
  • Offers a safe increase in corneal health.
  • Can be used to reshape the cornea, so patients will not need to wear them during the day.
  • One pair lasts two to three years.
  • Requires little maintenance, and is the easiest lens to handle.
  • Helps to reduce further increases in myopia (nearsightedness) in children.
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What does gas permeable mean?

“Gas Permeable” means that oxygen and carbon dioxide can actually travel through the contact lens improving comfort and corneal health.

How is this technology possible?

It’s hard to comprehend how this happens through a rigid material, but the newest gas perm lenses of the 21st century have gas transmissions equal to or sometimes even higher than most soft lenses!

Are the lenses comfortable?

In addition to the gas permeability, these lenses are also flexible, adding to their comfort.

How do RGP Lenses benefit children?

One of the great benefits of RGP’s is the control of nearsightedness (myopia). Children very rarely have significant shifts in their RGP prescription as we see with those in glasses. Medically, for those having irregularly shaped corneas, there is no other material that provides clarity of vision as an RGP. Conditions like keratoconus or other corneal conditions or dystrophies are always treated with RGP’s.

How do RGP lenses provide crisp vision?

RGP lenses automatically corrects most astigmatism without the need for  toric lenses because they provide a perfectly smooth optical surface for light to enter and properly focus in the eye. Where high astigmatism exists, the lens can be ordered to “glove fit” the cornea without having to be concerned with rotation as in a toric soft lens.

A rebirth of the rigid lens market?

It is true, that over the last ten years there has been a rebirth of the rigid lens market.  Respected contact laboratories have increased the production of many types of gas perm designs. Their popularity is on the upsurge, although still lacking in the desirability of soft lenses.

Do the lenses have an extended life?

One pair of lenses can last a minimum of a year and frequently two or three years. They are very simple to insert and remove without having to stick one’s fingers in the eye. They don’t rip like soft lenses.

Can patients with dry eyes wear RGP Lenses?

Yes, they are more comfortable for patients with dry eye because they don’t dry up like some soft lenses do. Tears are able to circulate beneath the lens providing for better eye health.

Ortho-K and/or Corneal Reshaping use the newest high-tech gas permeable materials and eliminates daytime contact lens wear. A great thing for sports and active kids.


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