Contact lenses are an effective, low-maintenance way to treat your eyes. However, they come with their own set of problems. They can get lost easily, the lenses can dry out and cause painful eye infections, and they have a high risk of allergies in those who wear them regularly.
Now, scientists have developed a new contact lens that combines hydrogel (flexible) and silicone (rigid) components into one solid lens. This makes it possible to create a hybrid contact lens that is easier to wear and more comfortable than silicone alone or hydrogel alone.
In this article, we'll discuss how these hybrid lenses work and why they're superior to other types of contacts on the market today!
The Problem With Standard Contact Lenses
Currently, two types of contact lenses are available on the market: soft and rigid. Soft contact lenses are made of a kind of gel called hydrogel that is flexible and comfortable to wear. However, this lens isn't very durable and can easily be damaged by rubbing or scratching against your eye's surface.
Rigid contact lenses are made from a type of plastic called silicone hydrogel that's durable and doesn't scratch easily. However, they're also more challenging to wear than soft contacts because they can be uncomfortable and cause discomfort in your eyes if they move around too much.
What are Hybrid Lenses?
Hybrid lenses look like a combination of a soft contact lens and one that is gas permeable. Hybrid lenses are created by adding silicone hydrogel materials to the center of a standard hard lens. In this way, the hybrid lens will provide you with the comfort of a soft lens and the optics of a hard lens.
This is excellent news for people who have trouble wearing traditional lenses because they feel uncomfortable or have difficulty with vision correction in their daily lives. A hybrid lens is an excellent option for people who want both soft and hard lenses' benefits. The silicone hydrogel material in the center will provide comfort, while the rest of the lens uses materials that allow oxygen to pass through them. This means you can see all day long without worrying about fogging up your lenses or feeling uncomfortable due to eye strain.
Who Can Be Fit With Hybrid Lenses?
A hybrid lens is an excellent option for people who have trouble wearing traditional lenses. If you have dry eyes, have sensitivity to light, or prefer the comfort of silicone hydrogel material, this type of lens may be right for you. It's also ideal for people who want to wear contact lenses all day long without worrying about discomfort or fogging up.
If you have tried traditional soft contact lenses and were disappointed with the results, you may want to consider switching to a hybrid lens. Unlike conventional soft contacts, which can become dry and uncomfortable after just a few hours of wear, these lenses provide comfort all day long.
How are Hybrid Lenses Fitted?
To fit your hybrid lenses, your eye exam specialist will first examine the inside of your eye to see if you are a good candidate for them. You can use standard contact lens fitting procedures to insert and remove the lenses. Your optometrist will also teach you how to clean and care for your hybrid contact lenses and answer any questions you may have about them before leaving the office.
Get Your New Hybrid Lenses
Contact lenses are an excellent option for those who want to enjoy the freedom of clear vision without having to wear glasses or sunglasses all the time. They are also an excellent alternative for those who don't like wearing glasses but would prefer not to have surgery on their eyes. People with any level of vision impairment can wear hybrid contact lenses. However, it's essential to be aware of the risks and benefits before deciding whether to try them out for yourself.
If you are looking for an alternative to your current contacts, or you want to give them a try, make an appointment to see the doctors of CV Optometry today! There is hope for clearer vision, more comfort, and better lens stability.