Gas permeable contact lenses are rigid lenses made of durable plastic that transmits oxygen. These lenses also are called GP lenses, rigid gas permeable lenses, RGP lenses and oxygen permeable lenses.
GP contact lenses are rigid, but they shouldn’t be confused with old-fashioned hard contact lenses, which are now essentially obsolete. Hard contact lenses were made of a type of plastic called poly methyl methacrylate (PMMA). Before 1971, when soft contact lenses were introduced, just about all contact lenses were made from PMMA, which is also called acrylic or acrylic glass, as well being referred to by the trade names Plexiglas, Lucite, Perspex and others.