Why Do We Wear GP Contact Lenses?
Do you wear GP contact lenses? If not, you may want to know why so many people think they're the best vision correction option for them.
Here are true stories of real-life GP contact lens wearers. Read the excerpts, or watch the complete videos.
GP Lenses Provide More Convenience Than Glasses and Crisper Vision Than Soft Contacts
Justin Kwan: "I am a GP lens wearer, and I have been since the eighth grade, so that's now half my life."
"I'm able to do many, many activities that I wouldn't have been able to do had I been tied down by my glasses. Such as camping, hiking and snowboarding. A lot of things where glasses can fog up or just get in the way."
Zanna Say Kruoch: "I started wearing soft lenses when I was in eighth grade. I eventually switched over to gas permeables when I was around 25, mostly because my distance vision was not as sharp as it used to be. The soft contact lenses weren't really doing it for me at that point."
"I would never go back to my soft lenses now. My vision is just too good."
"It's similar to when you first experience HDTV and then go back and look at something that's not HD. It's like HD for your eyes, as corny as it sounds."
Multifocal GP Contact Lenses Are Ideal for Aging Vision
Denise Hall: "I wear my GP lenses all day, from about 7 in the morning to 11 at night. I would not go back to glasses."
"The vision is just so good. When I can see close up and read and thread a needle, yet I can see the other side of the room, that's definitely worth it."
"And not having to wear cheater glasses over the contacts. Why wear contacts if you have to wear cheaters?
Jacqueline Herkowitz: "My vision with my multifocals is exactly what I need it to be. I'm an avid sailor, and I can see marks that are far in the distance. Nor do I have any trouble reading, and I'm an avid reader."
"My favorite part about wearing gas permeable lenses is that I don't have to wear glasses, and I can wear excellent sunglasses when I'm sailing."
Lori Robishaw: "I was so delighted to find out there was a contact lens that could do this multifocal vision."
"I've been very happy with gas permeable lenses because I think they give me the best of both worlds. I have really excellent vision, and they're very comfortable."
"I love my GP lenses because I've been able to push back the aging process."
Kay Wolke: "The vision with the GP lenses is just much clearer and crisper than when I'm wearing my glasses."
"I have bifocal eyeglasses, and going up and down stairs is a real problem with the bifocals. The monovision contact lenses are fantastic, because I don't have that disorientation when I'm walking or going up and down stairs."
Scott Wilcox: "In the last year and a half I've noticed problems reading the computer screen and newspapers."
"They fitted me with the new GP multifocal lenses, and it's great. I can read, and I don't have to worry about where my glasses are."
"GP lenses make life easier."
With GP Lenses, Corneal Reshaping Can Eliminate the Need for Daytime Lens Wear
Max Qian: "I'm a sophomore in high school. I've been wearing corneal reshaping lenses for four years. Before I wore the lenses, my vision was not very good. But after wearing them, it's perfect."
"First I wear the lenses at night. Then I take them out in the morning, and throughout the day my vision's been great."
"I like them because I don't have to mess with lenses during the daytime. It's easier when playing sports or music."
Sharon Lee: "I've always had problems with dry eyes, so I've tried all sorts of things, starting with glasses. Then I went into soft lenses, but the dry eyes bothered me a little, so I went into GP lenses."
"Gas permeable lenses worked well for me about 10 years. However, I started developing some lens intolerance, and dry eye was still an issue for me, so it decreased my wearing time."
"I decided to try out CRT [corneal refractive therapy]. I was interested in the fact that you could wear the lenses overnight and not have anything in your eyes in daytime."
GP Contacts Help People With Keratoconus See Much Better
Brian Davis: "I had something called keratoconus, which I'd never heard of."
"Eventually I had an optometrist who said, 'Let's try a piggyback.' He put a soft contact lens in, and then a gas permeable on top of that."
"I was like, yes, this is great. I can see!"
Deborah Day-VanLone: "I wear GP lenses because I have keratoconus in both eyes, and they help me see very, very well."
"When I was first diagnosed, my mom and I were a little scared. Once I put the contact lenses on, I said, 'It's a miracle! This is what it looks like to see.'"
"I know that sounds crazy, but that's just how I feel."
Skip Howell: "The reason I wear GP lenses is, I have keratoconus, and as a result I need specially formed contact lenses that fit over the cones."
"Once the contact lenses were properly fitted, my vision improved significantly, and I was able to actually do my job and enjoy day-to-day activities and see what's going on around me."
You've read what wearers say about their GP contacts. Now read what eye care practitioners think!
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[Page updated September 2009]