Explaining the Major Differences Between Hard and Soft Contact Lenses

Summary: The two different types of contact lenses offer their own unique benefits. Here’s a brief look into what you can expect with both.

Switching to contact lenses can be a liberating change. Whether you are looking to free yourself from the restrictions of wearing frames or just want to sport a new look, contact lenses offer a variety of benefits that may suit your personal lifestyle.

The first thing you need to know before switching is that there are two primary types of contact lenses with sub-categories that follow with each. This guide is designed to showcase the differences between the two lenses so you can determine which is better for you.

Hard Lenses

Hard contact lenses, or Rigid Gas Permeable lenses, are constructed out of oxygen-permeable polymers. As their name implies, these contacts are much more rigid and smaller than soft contacts. With technological improvements over the last decade, RGP lenses now allow more oxygen to flow into the eyes, reducing overall irritation and dryness that was once a common occurrence in older models. However, these lenses may be uncomfortable when you wear them initially. After a period of time, your eyes will naturally start adjusting to them on their own according to Lens.com.

Soft Lenses

Soft lenses are one of the more popular options for contact wearer due to their comfort and versatility. Designed from malleable plastic polymers, these lenses will naturally form to the shape of your eyes and are much larger in size when compared to RGP lenses – they cover both the iris and the cornea. Soft lenses are available in a variety of models including disposables which allow you to throw them away after every use. Or, you can purchase a more stylish option like the Freshlook color blends if you’re looking to change the color of your eyes – also another popular option amongst contact wearers.