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Hard Contacts vs. Soft Contacts

Understanding the Differences Between Hard Contacts and Soft Contacts

Many people prefer wearing contact lenses over eyeglasses, but few are aware of the pros and cons associated with the different types of contacts. At Optique, Inc. in Dallas, TX, many of our patients ask whether hard or soft contacts are a better fit. While the decision comes down to personal preference, there are a few advantages and disadvantages to each that can help you come to your own conclusion. 

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Hard Contacts

Hard contact lenses are also known as rigid gas permeable (RGP) contacts because they are made from a plastic that allows oxygen to pass through the material and reach the eyes. They have several advantages:

  • Better durability: Hard contacts last for years, while soft contacts need replacing much more often. Choosing hard contacts can be a tremendous saving, especially if you do not have vision insurance. 
  • Better results: Since hard contacts are more rigid, they better hold their shape, meaning that the degree of vision correction will not deteriorate over time. 
  • Corrects a variety of vision problems: RGP contacts can treat astigmatism, which is a common reason for poor vision. Hard contacts are also ideal for those who use bifocal or multifocal eyeglasses.
  • Water-free construction. RGP contacts do not collect proteins, nor do they require constant eye drops to keep them moist. 

But there are a few significant disadvantages:

  • Not the most comfortable option. It can take a long time before hard contacts feel natural. 
  • Easier to come off. Due to the smaller size of the lenses, hard contacts are more likely to fall out of your eye. 

Soft Contacts

Soft contact lenses are made of hydrogels, a water-rich plastic material. The unique hydrogel material gives soft contacts several unique benefits:

  • Extended wear: Depending on the particular soft contacts, you can wear them 24/7 for weeks or even longer, making them super convenient. 
  • Extremely comfortable: There is almost no period of adjustment for soft contact lenses. Even if you wear your contacts intermittently, you are unlikely to experience discomfort.

But soft contacts are not free from drawbacks either:

  • More expensive: Although initially cheaper, soft contacts need replacing much more frequently and can become a considerable expense.
  • Higher chance of infections: Although the risk is low, wearers of soft contacts are more prone to eye infections. 

Speak to an Optometry Expert like Dr. George Orm III and Dr. Tyler Zellers

Do you want to know more about which type of contacts is right for your eye care needs? Talk to the team at Optique, Inc. in Dallas! Dr. George Orm III and Dr. Tyler Zellers are professional eye care specialists. We are ready to answer all your questions. Call us at 214-252-1800 to schedule an appointment today!