Navigating Your Contact Lens Options: Soft, Hard, and Scleral Lenses

 In contact lenses, contacts, Eye Care, vision correction

Contact lenses have improved the way millions of people around the world correct their vision. If you are considering contact lenses you may have noticed that there are many different options. These options can become overwhelming whether you’re a first-time wearer or looking to switch to a different lens type. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the different types of contact lenses- soft, hard (rigid gas permeable), and scleral lenses- and help you understand which option may be best suited for your unique needs. 

Soft contact lenses

Soft contact lenses are the most popular choice for vision correction. This is because soft lenses are comfortable and easy to use. Made from soft, flexible plastics, these lenses conform to the shape of your eyes providing excellent comfort and vision. There are various types of soft lenses, including dailies, bi-weekly, and monthly lenses, each offering unique benefits. Soft lenses are ideal for patients with active lifestyles. Ultimately, the type of soft lens you choose will depend on your hobbies, preferences, and the health of your eyes. Talk to your eye doctor about which is best for you. 

Hard contact lenses

Hard contact lenses, also known as rigid gas permeable or RGP lenses, offer some advantages over soft lenses. These lenses are made from durable materials, providing sharper vision that can correct vision problems that soft lenses cannot. They are smaller in size but usually require an initial adaptation period. Patients may consider hard lenses over soft for sharper vision, money savings over time, and for the hard contact lenses ability to correct larger amounts of astigmatism. 

Scleral contact lenses

Scleral contact lenses are a specialized type of lens that covers a large portion of the eye, resting on the sclera (the white part of the eye) rather than the cornea. These lenses are particularly beneficial for individuals with irregular corneas, severe dry eye syndrome, or specific eye conditions such as keratoconus. Scleral lenses offer comfort and crisp vision, making them a preferred choice for many patients with complex vision needs. The fitting process for scleral lenses can be more involved and take more time, but the results are often life-changing for those who require them. 


When it comes time to choose between soft, hard, or scleral contact lenses, there are several factors to consider. Your lifestyle, prescription, and overall eye health will play a role in determining the best option for you. Taking the time to explore your options will ensure a successful and comfortable experience with contact lenses. It is essential to consult with your doctor at your contact lens eye exam to discuss your individual needs and vision goals.

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