If You're a Teen, GP Contact Lenses
May Be Your Best Option
You look better, you see better, and your eyes are healthier with GP contact lenses. And they are great for sports!
Have you thought much about your vision correction options? If you're like most teens, you care about your vision and your health. What you wear on your eyes can make a difference in your life.
Here are eight reasons why you may want to wear GP contact lenses:
1. They'll help you look great.
Being a teenager isn't easy. The pressures of school, home life, dating, and finding your place in the world can sometimes make you want to run and hide. If you wear glasses but don't feel your best in them, maybe it's because they put a barrier between your eyes and other people. Contact lenses remove that barrier, give you a more natural look, and can help you feel more self-assured.
2. They give you better vision.
Since GP contact lenses keep their shape, they stay in focus better when you blink, and your vision remains crisp and clear. Soft contacts often distort when you blink, blurring vision temporarily; as they fall back into shape, your eyes must refocus, which can lead to eye strain and fatigue.
GP contact lenses also give you better peripheral (side) vision than eyeglasses. They cover your entire field of vision, while glasses cover only what's ahead of you. And with GP contacts, there is no annoying frame to obstruct your view.
3. They're durable.
Soft lenses are easily torn, especially by first-time wearers who are just getting used to handling them. But GP contacts are made of a firmer, more durable plastic that's hard to damage.
Watch this video about Max Qian, a student who uses CRT (corneal refractive therapy) GP lenses to correct his vision during sleep so he can see well all day without glasses or contacts.
4. They're easy to take care of.
Whenever you take them off your eyes, you just rub them with a cleaning solution and soak them in disinfectant until you put them on again. There's usually no further care or need for frequent replacement, as with some soft lenses.
5. They're better for sports.
GP contact lenses are far superior to glasses, which can fog up, slip down your nose, or break during rough activity. They also allow you to wear protective goggles. And their optics are crisper than what soft lenses provide which gives you a competitive advantage.
6. They're affordable.
Whether you or your parents are paying for your eyewear, it's good to know that GP contact lenses last much longer than soft lenses, often several years longer. And they're cheaper to maintain. Compared with other types of eyewear, they're a bargain!
7. They let you wear non-prescription sunglasses.
No matter what your age, you need to protect your eyes from harmful rays when you're outside. Ultraviolet light and HEV radiation ("blue light") have been linked to eye damage like cataracts and macular degeneration. So wearing sunglasses is not only fun and fashionable, it's also smart.
And when you wear GP contacts, you can buy several pairs of affordable, non-prescription sunwear styles.
8. They're healthy.
GP contact lenses resist accumulating tear residues that can lead to eye infections. With soft lenses, deposits can be a constant problem! GP contacts also let more oxygen reach your eyes than do many soft contacts. Since they're healthier, your parents will be happier when you choose GP contacts.
9. GPs help you avoid both eyeglasses and daytime contacts.
That's right. Some GP lenses don't even need to be worn in the daytime, just when you sleep. It's a process called orthokeratology, also known as corneal reshaping.
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[Page updated April 2013]