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Gas Permeable (GP) Contact Lenses

Gas permeable (GP) contact lenses, also known as rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses, are hard contact lenses made of silicone-containing compounds that allow oxygen to pass through the lens material to the eye. Though not as popular as soft contact lenses, GP lenses offer a number of advantages over soft lenses.

Advantages of gas permeable lenses

The downside of GP contact lenses

So why doesn't everyone wear GP lenses? Potential disadvantages of GP lenses (compared to soft lenses) include:

Best of both worlds?

Since comfort is the primary barrier to GP use, an interesting innovation is the hybrid contact lens. These lenses have a GP center, surrounded by a soft lens “skirt.” The goal of hybrid lenses is to provide the clarity of a gas permeable lens and wearing comfort that rivals that of a soft lens.

Call for more information and a trial fitting

To see if gas permeable lenses are right for you, call our office for more information and to schedule a trial fitting.

For more information on GP contact lenses, visit All About VisionĀ®.

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