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Whether you have trouble seeing objects close up or far away, wearing corrective contact lenses can give you clearer vision. Contacts can help ensure that you are able to read, drive a vehicle, and perform other daily tasks that require good vision. While many people are able to wear soft contacts, some are unable to wear them due to certain eye conditions. If you cannot wear soft contact lenses, getting rigid contacts is another option.
Rigid contacts correct problems that affect vision such as nearsightedness, astigmatism, and farsightedness. They are hard contacts or gas-permeable lenses that you put in your eyes during the day and take out at night. These lenses must be properly fitted to ensure optimal comfort and improved vision. Otherwise, they can be uncomfortable to wear. Unlike soft lenses, rigid lenses do not slide onto the surface of your eye. Instead, they are placed directly onto your lens.
A hard contact lens offers a good solution for those who are unable to tolerate wearing soft contacts. Difficulty wearing soft contact lenses mainly occurs from eye conditions that can make soft lenses uncomfortable to wear, such as dry eyes. Rigid lenses have a greater degree of breathability than soft lenses, which helps make them more comfortable for those with dry eyes and other eye conditions.
If you do get rigid lenses, you should be aware that they must be cleaned and disinfected properly on a regular basis. Our optometrist can make sure that you have the correct solution for your lenses in order to clean them thoroughly. When rigid lenses are not cleaned and disinfected regularly, protein deposits can build up on them and make them difficult to wear. These lenses can also collect debris during the day that can increase the risk of infection if they are not cleaned. Caring for rigid lenses is a simple task that you can do each night before going to bed.
Keep in mind that rigid lenses are not made to be worn for extended periods of time as some types of soft contacts are. They should never be left in when you go to bed. As long as you take good care of your rigid lenses, they should last you for at least a couple of years. However, you might need to have new lenses made if your prescription changes during that time. Having routine eye exams can help you determine if you need any adjustments made to your prescription.
If you would like more information on rigid contact lenses or if you need an eye exam, please contact our Colorado Springs optometrist at 719-520-3333 or any of our other locations to make an appointment. Alpine Vision has office locations in Windsor and Falcon as well for your convenience.