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Who can wear GP contact lenses?
Most people can. Recent advances in contact lenses include orthokeratology lenses, astigmatism-correcting lenses, multifocals and bifocals,. Whether you're nearsighted or farsighted, young or old, you can most likely wear some type of GP contact lens.

I've never worn contacts, what if I’m worried about putting something in my eye?

This is normal for first-time wearers, but not to worry, your eyecare professional will assist you in inserting and removing your lenses. Once you do this a few times you will no longer worry.

At what age can contact lenses be worn?

As soon as the need for vision correction is identified, contact lenses are a viable option. With proper care and lens maintenance, patients of all ages can wear contacts effectively.

Are contact lenses good for my eyes? Can they damage my eye?

Contact lenses are a healthy vision option for millions of people. But only your eyecare professional can determine if you are a candidate. With proper care your lenses will continue to be safe and effective. You also need to see your eyecare professional regularly to insure long-term corneal health.

Can I wear contact lenses while playing sports?

Sports vision doctors agree that contact lenses are the best vision correction option for athletes. They can enhance visual skills like depth perception, peripheral awareness, and eye-hand coordination. Unlike glasses, contacts offer athletes a competitive advantage because they stay in place under dynamic conditions, provide a wider vision field, and eliminate the risk of glasses-related injuries. Orthokeratology is another way to eliminate the need to wear glasses or contacts during sports.

Is it true that some contact lenses can actually slow or control nearsightedness?

Many contact lens specialists agree that GP contact lenses, which are made of firm plastic, may slow the progression of myopia (nearsightedness), whereas spectacles or soft contact lenses offer no such benefit. Orthokeratology offers these patients overnight vision improvement. Better vision during the day, from sleeping in a special GP contact lens. Various eyecare practitioners are continuing research in this area.

If I have astigmatism, can I wear contact lenses?

Yes. Astigmatism is distorted vision caused by an irregularly shaped cornea. Contact lenses that correct astigmatism are called torics. Gas permeable contacts tend to work better for astigmatism, because their firm material keeps the lens from flexing when you blink. In addition, small amounts of astigmatism may be corrected with a regular, non-toric GP contact lens.

Aren't soft contact lenses the newest and best technology?

No. When they were first introduced, soft contact lenses were more comfortable than old-style hard contact lenses. But GP contact lenses are the next advancement. New, lens materials that breathe and innovative designs make them a great option for contact lens wearers, offering crisp vision, better corneal health, longer lasting lenses, and easier care than soft contacts. GP to Soft lens comparison.

Are GP lenses hard to clean?

GP contacts, which last for years, only require daily cleaning and disinfecting which is easily done while the lenses are not being worn. Most soft lenses require daily cleaning/disinfection and weekly enzyming and do not last as long as most GP lenses.

How much do GP lenses cost?

The cost of lenses can vary greatly. If you need correction for problems like astigmatism, or choose orthokeratology, your lenses will most likely be more expensive. GP contacts, though initially more expensive, can last for years and are inexpensive to care for. Fortunately, GP contacts can also accommodate any prescription because they are custom-made for each patient.

Can I sleep in GP lenses
It depends on the type of GP lens you're wearing, your tear film, general eye health, and other factors. GP contact lenses can be slept in, but never wear them while sleeping unless your eyecare practitioner says you can.

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