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More than 34 million Americans wear contact lenses, yet many people are still unfamiliar with Gas Permeable contact lenses. GP contact lenses are also known as rigid gas permeable’s, or RGP’s, offer crisp clear vision, easy care and handling and excellent eye health. GP’s are made of firm, durable plastic that allows oxygen to pass through the lens.

GP’s are healthier than soft contact lenses because they don’t contain water. Water can allow bacteria to grow on the lens and even in your eye. GP lenses are easy to clean and disinfect, and can last years longer than soft lenses. The rigidity of GP contacts also makes them easier to handle than soft lenses. And since they are firm and hold their shape better, they provide crisper vision.

Don't confuse GP contacts with hard lenses. GP lenses may be firm, but they are not the old uncomfortable hard lenses of the past which have become all but obsolete. In contrast, soft contact lenses are made from gel-like plastic that contains as much as 75% water. They start out more comfortable, but as they age and get deposits they can be less comfortable than GP lenses.

GP contact lenses can be custom made or fit from precise inventory systems. Your eyecare specialist will measure the exact shape of your cornea and prescribe lenses with the curvature, size, and corrective power for your eyes.

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