RGP Contact Lens Specialists of Michigan
Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) Lenses
Rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses are a type of contact lens that is made from a hard, oxygen-permeable material. They are also known as “oxygen permeable” or “gas permeable” lenses.
RGP lenses are designed to allow oxygen to pass through the lens to the eye, which is important for maintaining the health of the cornea. They are more durable and longer-lasting than traditional soft contact lenses and can be used to correct a wide range of vision problems, including nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia.
When RGP Lenses Are Advisable
RGPs (rigid gas permeable lenses) are favored over soft lenses in the following cases:
- Better vision: RGP lenses are more optically precise than soft lenses, which means they can provide clearer vision for people with certain vision problems.
- Durability: RGP lenses are more durable and longer-lasting than soft lenses, which means they may need to be replaced less frequently.
- Comfort: RGP lenses can be more comfortable to wear than hard contact lenses, although they may take some time to get used to.
- Correction of astigmatism: RGP lenses are better able to correct astigmatism, a condition where the cornea is shaped more like a football than a basketball.
- Better oxygen transmission: RGP lenses allow more oxygen to pass through to the eye, which is important for maintaining the health of the cornea.
- Presbyopia correction: RGP lenses can be used to correct presbyopia, a condition that occurs as we age and makes it difficult to focus on close objects.
It is important to note that RGP lenses may not be suitable for everyone and it is important to consult with an eye care professional to determine the best type of contact lenses for your specific needs. At Michigan Contact Lens, we prioritize the health and comfort of our patients and will work with you to find the best solution for your vision needs.
How Our RGP Lens Fittings Work
At Michigan Contact Lens, the procedure of fitting rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses is simple and straightforward.
Step 1: Consultation
- Schedule an appointment with Michigan Contact Lens for a fitting.
- Discuss any vision problems or concerns you have, as well as any allergies or medical conditions that may affect your ability to wear contact lenses.
Step 2: Measurements and fitting
- The eye care professional will take measurements of your eyes, including the size and shape of your cornea and the distance between your pupils.
- Based on these measurements, the eye care professional will determine the appropriate size, shape, and prescription for your RGP lenses.
- The eye care professional will then fit diagnostic trial lenses on your eyes to assess the fit of the lens as well as vision and comfort. This allows the eye care professional to do tests while you are wearing the lenses in order to find the right prescription and fit.
- If the lens is in a good position and moves properly, the lenses will be ordered.
Step 3: Follow-up and care instructions
- The eye care professional will provide instructions on how to care for and handle your RGP lenses, including how to insert, remove, and clean them.
- Before you leave, the eye care professional will take the time to make sure you are proficient in inserting and removing contact lenses in a safe and effective way.
- Follow these instructions carefully to ensure the health and comfort of your eyes.
- Schedule follow-up appointments as recommended by the eye care professional to ensure that your lenses are fitting properly and to make any necessary adjustments.
Next Steps When Choosing Your RGP Lenses
We are dedicated to providing the highest quality of care and service to all of our patients.
After receiving your contact lenses and ensuring that all parameters are correct, we will schedule a follow-up appointment to ensure that the lenses are still fitting properly and that you are satisfied with your vision. During this visit, our team will perform a thorough evaluation to confirm safe and healthy lens wear and good vision. If these criteria are met, you will be able to go home with your new contact lenses.
Additionally, your doctor will be able to write a contact lens prescription for you. This prescription will include important details about your lenses, such as the power, base curve, diameter, and manufacturer recommendations. It will also include any additional information relevant to the specific rigid gas permeable lens chosen for you.
At Michigan Contact Lens, we are committed to providing the best possible care and support for all of our patients. If you have any questions or concerns about your contact lenses, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Thank you for choosing us as your trusted eye care provider.
Frequently asked questions about RGPs
- Can I wear RGP lenses if I have dry eyes?
RGP lenses may not be suitable for people with severe dry eye symptoms, as they may not provide enough moisture to the eye. If you have mild to moderate dry eye symptoms, you may be able to wear RGP lenses with the help of artificial tears or other lubricating eye drops. It is important to discuss your dry eye symptoms with an eye care professional to determine the best lens option for you.
- How often do I need to visit the eye doctor for RGP lens follow-ups?
The frequency of follow-up visits for RGP lens wearers will depend on your individual needs and the recommendations of your eye care professional. In general, you will need to visit the eye doctor regularly for check-ups and lens fittings to ensure that your lenses are fitting properly and that your vision is satisfactory.
- What should I do if I experience discomfort or problems with my RGP lenses?
If you experience any discomfort or problems with your RGP lenses, it is important to contact your eye care professional as soon as possible. They will be able to assess the issue and determine the appropriate course of action. In the meantime, you may want to try removing the lenses and applying artificial tears or other lubricating eye drops to help alleviate any discomfort.
If you have any additional questions about RGP lenses or the services offered at EYES ON EYECARE, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Our team is dedicated to providing the best possible care and support for all of our patients.
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