Many people who need correction to see clearly prefer contacts instead of glasses. Some prefer contacts because they provide a more natural appearance. Some do not like how their vision is obstructed by an eyeglass frame and dirty lenses, so they prefer contacts. Many athletes wear contacts because sports goggles are too bulky.
Most people can wear traditional soft contacts; however, certain conditions of the eye make this impossible, and a hard-to-fit lens is necessary. Gas permeable contact lenses are the most commonly used hard-to-fit lenses, and our team at West Village Eyecare can prescribe these lenses.
What Are Gas Permeable Lenses?
Gas permeable lenses are rigid and made of durable plastic and silicone that allows the oxygen to pass through the lens to reach the eye. These lenses should not be confused with the hard contacts that were used years ago, which are now obsolete. Gas permeable contact lenses provide better vision and are more durable. These lenses fit closer to the surface of the eye and fit more securely than soft lenses.
Who Can Benefit from Gas Permeable Contacts?
Gas permeable lenses are the most common hard-to-fit contact lenses because they work with a variety of eye conditions.
- Dry eye syndrome: It is difficult to wear soft lenses if you have dry eye syndrome because the lenses absorb the moisture in your eyes. Dry eye occurs when you do not produce enough natural tears; therefore, soft lenses will make your symptoms worse. Our optometrists may prescribe gas permeable lenses because they do not absorb the moisture in your eyes.
- Giant papillary conjunctivitis: This form of conjunctivitis causes red, itchy bumps under the eyelids. Protein deposits adhere to soft lenses which makes them a bad option. Gas permeable lenses are significantly more resistant to protein deposits.
- Keratoconus: This condition occurs when the cornea isn't strong enough to hold its round shape and starts to bulge. Because gas permeable lenses are rigid, they are a great option since these lenses can help the cornea hold its round shape.
Get Your Gas Permeable Contact Lenses at West Village Eyecare
If you need vision correction and would like to wear contact lenses instead of glasses, contact West Village Eyecare. Our NYC optometry office treats patients in the West Village and Manhattan. We will fit you with the best contacts based on your eye health. Call our team today at (212) 242-6592 to schedule an appointment with one of our optometrists.