Hybrid Contact Lenses

Contact lens technology has come a long way with new designs and materials.  Contact lenses were first “hard”, made of a non-permeable to oxygen material.  Rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lenses then followed allowing more oxygen through the lens and to the eye.  Soft lenses soon emerged offering increased comfort and tolerability. And now, we have hybrid contact lenses.

What are the Benefits of Hybrid Contact lenses?

Hybrid contact lenses combine the benefits of both rigid gas permeable contact lenses and soft contact lenses all into one lens.  It has the all-day comfort of a soft contact lens and it has the crisp and stable vision a rigid gas permeable contact lens provides, all in one oxygen breathable contact lens material that rigid gas permeable contact lenses are known for.

The center of the lens is made of a rigid gas permeable (RGP) material and the lens has a soft skirt that extends from the central RGP.  The RGP corrects vision while the soft skirt gives the all-day comfort of a soft contact lens.  RGPs are able to provide crisp and stable vision because they can correct corneal astigmatism and their optics are unaffected by blink or gaze shifts.  Blink or gaze shifts may produce unstable or fluctuating vision in some soft toric contact lens wearers because blinking could make the lens rotate on the eye causing some patients to experience unstable vision correction.  Hybrid contact lens wearers are unaffected by these lens rotations or blink or gaze shifts providing consistently clear vision all the time.

Who can Benefit from Hybrid Contact Lenses?

  • Anyone with astigmatism or those currently using soft-toric lenses to correct astigmatism and are dissatisfied with their vision.
  • Current RGP wearers who are dissatisfied with their comfort and are seeking improved comfort.
  • Current Soft multifocal and monovision contact lens wearers who are dissatisfied with their close-up or far vision or who have astigmatism and are currently dissatisfied with their vision or who are seeking improved vision at all distances.
  • Current contact lens wearers who want their vision corrected for both far and near, or who have tried multifocal contact lenses and were either dissatisfied with the vision it provided or with its comfort.
  • Any new contact lens wearer desiring the benefits of both RGP and soft all in one lens.
  • Any one that has been diagnosed with keratoconus.
  • See this link for the latest hybrid lenses for keratoconus:  http://www.allaboutvision.com/ultrahealth/

Many things need to be considered when selecting the type of contact lens that may be right for an individual including one’s lifestyle, work, physical activities and vision correction needs.

There are new options to consider that may better fit your needs even if you currently wear contact lenses or if you’ve been told you cannot wear contact lenses.  With newer available designs and materials, it may now mean you could start to enjoy wearing contact lenses.


About Meyer Izaac, O.D.

I am an optometrist in Encino, Ca. I love what I do and I like practicing on a very personal basis without feeling rushed so that I can provide the highest standards of optometric care and address my patient's needs in an orderly manner. I received my Bachelor of Science at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, and my Doctor of Optometry at the Southern California College of Optometry in Fullerton, California where I graduated with honors. My services include comprehensive eye examinations for glasses and contact lenses, eye disease diagnosis and management including glaucoma, and refractive surgery consultation and co-management. I am licensed to prescribe therapeutic medications for the treatment and management of eye infections, glaucoma, inflammation, eye allergies and dry eyes. I have a particular interest in specialized contact lens fittings such as keratoconus, orthokeratology, post corneal transplants and post refractive surgeries as well as other hard to fit contact lens cases. I strive to achieve excellence in providing thorough patient examination and recommendations. http://www.visionsource-izaaceyes.com/ http://www.facebook.com/MeyerIzaacO.D http://twitter.com/#!/Izaaceyes .
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5 Responses to Hybrid Contact Lenses

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  3. Rudolph Moscardelli says:

    Contact lenses should be from well regarded manufacturer like Bausch and Lomb to ensure that your eyes are safe all the time. ”:’,

    Yours trully

    • All contact lenses manufactured by major contact lens companies are made safe for your eyes. However, they have to be prescribed and correctly fitted by an eye doctor and patients wearing contact lenses should also have regular follow ups as prescribed by an eye doctor to maintain eye health and safety. Most contact lens related complications occur due to overwear and sleeping in contact lenses and improper use of contact lens solutions and care.

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