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Types of Specialty Contacts

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Soft disposable contact lenses are generally prescribed for the average wearer. These don’t always fit or provide the best visibility for the hard to fit. Luckily, <practice> carries an extensive supply of specialty contact lens options for our patients. With our large variety of lenses, we are more likely to find the right pair for you.

  • Rigid Gas Permeable Lenses (RGP)
    • RGP Lenses are a hard contact lens that covers only the pupil of the eye, unlike soft lenses which cover to the iris. They offer more advantages compared to the soft lens like being custom-made, longer life-span, and clearer vision. They are typically prescribed for those with dry eye, ocular surface disease, and keratoconus.
  • Hybrid Lenses
    • Hybrid lenses combine the benefits of RGP lenses and soft contacts into one. The center is an RGP lens which is then encircled in a soft lens. It provides comfort and easy handleability of a soft lens while having the crystal-clear vision from an RGP lens. It is often used for patients with keratoconus and even comes in multifocal for patients with presbyopia.
  • Scleral/Semi-scleral lenses
    • These custom-made hard lenses have large diameters to cover the entire cornea and rest on the white of the eye. These lenses can help to store tears on the eyes for patients with ocular surface disease and act as a replacement cornea for patients with keratoconus. Semi-scleral lenses are also recommended for patients that have undergone refractive surgery and still have symptoms.
  • Piggyback Lenses
    • With this lens option, an RGP lens is fitted on top of a soft contact lens. Like the hybrid lenses, piggybacking provides the comfort of a soft lens with the clarity of an RGP lens. This solution is recommended for patients that currently wear RGP lenses but find them uncomfortable. The soft lens creates a barrier around the eye from the RGP lens to minimize discomfort and potential abrasions.