Hybrid contacts are large-diameter lenses that have a rigid gas permeable central zone, surrounded by a peripheral zone made of soft or silicone hydrogel material. The purpose of this design is to provide the visual clarity of GP lenses, combined with wearing comfort that is comparable to soft lenses.
Hybrid Contact Lenses vs. Scleral Lenses
Though similar to scleral contact lenses, hybrid lenses differ in a couple of ways. First, a scleral lens is made completely from a gas permeable lens material where a hybrid lens has a small gas perm center with a soft material in the periphery. The hybrid contact is designed to be replaced every 6 months as opposed the the scleral lenses last 1-3 years per pair. Since both lenses have a rigid gas permeable center, they both typically provide crisp vision that is often better than soft lens designs.
To learn more about hybrid contact lenses please call O’Fallon Family Eyecare at (636) 614-4655 for a consultation with Dr. Hegyi and find out which lenses will provide you with the best vision and overall comfort.