Making Eye Contact

February 23, 2016

Making Eye Contact

Purchasing contact lenses has always been a tricky decision. Below is a brief comparison of soft and rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lenses. A Thorough eye examination and a better understanding of your specific vision requirements will help your local Optometrist determine the best option for you.

Hard Contact Lenses are generally known as semi-rigid gas permeable (RGPs) and they are now made of plastic-like material, an advancement from the former glass lens. Newer RGP lenses offer the advantage of allowing more oxygen to pass through to the eye. They are often referred to as oxygen permeable lenses and are available in daily wear and extended wear options.


  • Extremely Durable
  • Easy to care for
  • Easy to handle and wear
  • Do not dehydrate
  • Retain their shape
  • Offer clear, crisp vision
  • Correct most astigmatism
  • Available at bifocal and multifocal
  • Available in various colours and costume designs


  • Less initial comfort than soft lenses
  • Requires consistent wear to feel comfortable
  • Easily dislodged from centre eye
  • Can get scratched
  • Debris can accumulate get under the lenses

Soft contact lenses are composed of malleable plastic polymers. They are very flexible and, when fit properly, will form to the cornea (the front surface of the eye). They are the most commonly worn type of contact lenses.


  • Greater initial comfort than hard or RGP lenses
  • Shorter adaptation period for new wearers
  • Ideal for intermittent wear
  • Less susceptible to the intrusion of foreign objects under the lens, such as dust
  • Less sensitivity to light than with hard or RGP lenses
  • Rarely fall out of the eye, making them ideal for sports, particularly contact sports such as football or basketball
  • Available in tinted versions


  • Less durability than RGP lenses
  • May dry out, causing discomfort for some, especially under hair dryers, in hot rooms, or in windy, dry weather
  • More involved lens care, especially for conventional soft lenses
  • Can be more expensive than hard contact lenses since they require more frequent replacement

As you can see both type of lenses have their advantages and disadvantages, and very easy to use and handle. Pop into your local Vision Works and get a comprehensive eye test for only R90, buy a 90 pack of Dailies contact lenses (which suite your needs) and get a 30 pack ABSOLUTELY FREE, and of course a full rundown on the proper procedures and care for your contact lenses.


VSP.com: www.vsp.com
Eye Care Fun: www.eyecarefun.com
Contact Lenses.org: www.contactlenses.org
Doctors of Optometry: www.doctorsofoptometry.com

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