For a long time, there have been two choices in contact lenses: gas permeable lenses and soft lenses. Gas permeable lenses were best for providing crisp vision, but required a long adaptation period before they became comfortable to wear. Soft contact lenses were immediately comfortable, but provided less than perfect vision. Now there is a contact lens that provides the best of both worlds: the hybrid lens.
What are hybrid contact lenses?
Hybrid contact lenses are lenses that have a gas-permeable center and a soft outer ring. The soft outer ring enhances comfort while the breathable rigid center delivers crisp, clear vision. These lenses correct a wide variety of prescriptions and can be worn by people with irregularly shaped corneas and those who have trouble wearing rigid gas permeable contact lenses.
Hybrid contact lenses should be treated like a soft lens. Eye care professionals recommend cleaning hybrid lenses with a soft lens cleaner and solution.
Why are hybrid contact lenses used?
Hybrid contact lenses can effectively treat a variety of visual problems, including:
These lenses are ideal for people who cannot tolerate the less than perfect vision produced by soft contact lenses or the accommodation period of gas permeable contacts. They provide the comfort of soft lenses and the sharp visual acuity of gas permeable lenses.
Benefits of hybrid contact lenses
Whether you are using soft contact lenses or gas permeable lenses, it is likely you are compromising on either comfort or visual clarity. With hybrid contact lenses, there is no need to compromise. Hybrid lenses deliver clear vision without sacrificing comfort for daily wear.
Hybrid lenses are ideal for people who live active lifestyles and are constantly on the go. With hybrid lenses, there is no risk of lenses dislodging during outdoor or athletic activities. Less debris collects under hybrid lenses, making them safer for the eyes. The breathable gas permeable center promotes corneal health and eliminates the problems that cause inconsistent vision.