There are many people in the world who suffer from vision issues such as myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism (blurred vision). Out of these many people who suffer from faulty vision, a large percentage opts for contacts, so that they can stay active and mobile without the hindrance of glasses. But with the decision to go with contact lenses comes another decision: should you go with hard contacts or with soft? There are positives and negatives to both types of contacts lenses. Soft contact lenses are more comfortable to wear, but their flexibility also affects their ability to deliver better vision. Hard contacts are more breathable than soft, thus reducing the risk of eye infections, and they provide crisp clear sight. It is always best to consult with your optometrist so that he or she can help you decide which type of contact will work best for you.
Benefits of Hard Contact Lenses
Rigid gas permeable contacts lenses, or hard contact lenses, provide more accurate vision for some people than soft contacts. If you suffer from astigmatism, their stiff, rigid surface substantially increases the clarity of your vision. Hard contacts are also incredibly hardy, durable and easy to take care of. In contrast to soft contacts, if you take good care of your hard contact lenses and if your prescription stays the same, you can keep the same pair for two to three years. This is less wasteful and less expensive. One disadvantage of hard contacts is the adjustment period. It can take up to a week or perhaps longer for you to adjust to wearing them. Also, because they don't adjust to the contours of your eye, they can become dislodged and slip away from the center which can become uncomfortable and cause blurry vision. Only you and your optometrist will be able to determine whether hard contacts are right for you. If they are, Walgreens is sure to have the products on hand that will meet your needs.
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