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Rigid Gas Permeable (GP) Contact Lenses

We Fit GP Contact Lenses in Raleigh

Although over 37 million people in America wear contacts, the vast majority wear soft lenses and are totally unfamiliar with gas permeable contact lenses. However, GPs are currently a high-tech alternative to soft contact lenses and worth taking a look at! To learn more, ask our Fox Eye Care Group optometrists; we fit and supply gas permeable contact lenses in our Raleigh office.

Contact Lens Materials

Three types of contact lens materials exist:

  1. Hard lenses (polymethyl methylcrylate; PMMA), the original contact lenses, which are virtually obsolete nowadays. This material is used for Lucite and Plexiglass.
  2. Soft contact lenses, made from a gel-like plastic that contains water
  3. GP contact lenses, made from a durable plastic that transmits oxygen and does not contain water

What do GP contact lenses have to offer?

  • Maximum eye health, because they resist the accumulation of deposits and debris and allow oxygen to reach your cornea and lens. They are therefore less prone to harboring bacteria.
  • GP lenses do not dehydrate
  • Easier to handle than soft lenses, as reported by many of our Raleigh contact lenses wearers
  • Durable (hard to tear) and long-lasting
  • Crisper vision than soft contacts
  • Myopia control; some research demonstrates that GP lenses may slow the progression of nearsightedness

Are there any disadvantages to GP lenses?

Yes, there are a few. For example, in order to adapt completely to GP lenses so that you experience smooth comfort, you need to wear them daily. There is no ability to wear them part-time or you’ll have to re-adapt again. Also, because GP lenses are smaller than soft lenses, they can dislodge more easily if you rub your eyes or when you are very active. Because GP lenses don’t conform as snug to the shape of your eye, there is an increased chance of sand or dust getting under your lenses on a windy or dusty day. Lastly, since your GP contact lenses from our Raleigh store were custom-made to fit your eyes, they are costlier to replace if you lose them.

How do GP lenses fit on my eye?

Gas permeable contact lenses offer optimal, customized comfort because they are made for each individual patient. Our Raleigh contact lenses specialist will measure the accurate shape of your cornea in order to prescribe lenses with the best size, curvature, and corrective lens power to give you sharp vision. We may also use corneal topography to map your eye with detailed precision. Advanced technologies have enabled GP lenses to be thinner than before, with a larger diameter and smoother edges. Altogether, this creates lenses that fit well and center comfortably on your eye.

Will I feel GP lenses in my eyes?

At first, yes. But after a short adaptation period your eyes and eyelids will get used to their presence and you’ll no longer sense that they are there. This is because GP lenses have a smaller diameter than soft contacts, so initially you’ll feel the edges temporarily. After the adjustment period, GP lenses typically offer as much comfort as soft contact lenses.

What should I ask my Raleigh eye doctor if I am interested in GP contact lenses?

If you’d like to find out whether or not rigid gas permeable lenses are suitable for your vision, eye condition, and lifestyle, consult with your optometrist about the following issues:

  • Are GP lenses available in my vision prescription?
  • How long is the adjustment period?
  • How do I need to store GP lenses when I’m not wearing them?
  • What cleaning and disinfecting solutions will I need to purchase?
  • What is the expense for GP lenses over time?
  • How often do I need follow-up appointments?
  • What contact lenses alternatives do I have?

Want to give gas permeable contact lenses a try? Call to book an eye exam and trial fitting in with our Raleigh contact lenses experts.

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Triangle Town Center
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Crabtree Valley Mall
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