Contact Lenses in Houston, TX
Eye Excellence offers a wide range of eye care services for clients in Houston, Missouri City and the surrounding areas of Texas. In addition to treating eye-related illnesses and conditions, we also offer a number of advanced vision correction solutions, including contact lenses. We will provide you with a comprehensive vision exam and assist you in choosing the right lenses for your particular needs.
Contact lenses are the vision correction of choice for millions of people around the world and over 30 million people in the United States. Worn directly on the eye, contact lenses are comfortable and unobtrusive, making them an excellent option for people who lead an active lifestyle.
What Is a Contact Lens?
A contact lens is a medical device worn directly on the eye. Like eyeglasses, contact lenses work to correct vision problems by adding or subtracting focusing power to the cornea and lens. There are two main types of contact lenses: hard and soft. Soft lenses are the most popular type. They conform to the shape of the eye and stay in place well. Most people consider this type to be the most comfortable and easy to care for. Hard contacts, or rigid gas permeable lenses, are known for their breathability and for providing crisp, clear vision. They allow more oxygen to reach the cornea during wear.
Types of contact lenses
Contact lenses are primarily worn for vision correction, but they can also be used for purely cosmetic purposes. Colored contact lenses can enhance or transform the hue of your eyes, and costume contact lenses create some of the special effects you see in movies.
Regardless of their purpose, all contact lenses are considered medical devices and are regulated by the FDA. Both corrective and cosmetic contact lenses require a prescription because even common complications, such as infection and inflammation, have the potential to cause vision loss or blindness. To ensure that you are following the best practices for selection and care of contact lenses, it is important to do the following:
- Talk to your eye doctor if you’re thinking about contacts.
- Buy contact lenses from a legitimate source.
- Keep your contact lenses well cared for and clean.
- Follow all the instructions related to your contact lenses and lens disinfecting and storage products.
- Stick to your wear and replacement schedule.
Take a look around our Contact Lenses Training Area. This is where we teach patients how to insert and remove contact lenses. If you turn around you will see a portion of our large selection of contact lenses that we keep on hand for your convenience.
Scleral Contact Lenses
A new trend in fitting irregular corneas has emerged over the past few years – scleral contact lenses.
While scleral contact lenses have been around for about 125 years, they have reemerged as a viable option for those who require special vision correction. A scleral lens is a large lens that is unique in design because it is supported by the sclera (the white portion of the eye) and creates a tear-filled vault over the cornea.
Modern scleral lenses are made of a highly oxygen permeable polymer and are designed to treat a variety of eye conditions, many of which do not respond to other forms of treatment. They offer numerous advantages over traditional gas permeable lenses, including improved comfort and a less likelihood of a lens popping out of the eye. Scleral lenses are utilized for contact lens-intolerant patients who have keratoconus, dry eye or other corneal disorders.
Who Can Wear Contacts?
Most people who wear glasses can consider wearing contact lenses. Because they come in several forms, it is usually possible to find a lens design that will be comfortable and effective for you.
Contact lenses can be used to correct a number of vision problems. They are appropriate for people with the following characteristics:
- Are nearsighted or farsighted.
- Wear bifocal or multifocal lenses.
- Have astigmatism.
Even occasional eyeglass wearers can consider using contact lenses. In many cases, children and teens can wear contact lenses as well.
Whether you are thinking of exchanging your glasses for contact lenses or simply want the option to wear contacts occasionally, your Eye Excellence specialist can help you choose the right lenses for your needs.
When Can I Wear Contacts?
Most contact lenses can be worn all day. Some “extended wear” lenses can even be worn overnight, although this practice is not recommended. If you don’t want to wear them every day, you may choose to wear them occasionally, even if only for a few hours each time, for the following reasons:
- Sports and other recreation activities.
- Changing your look for work, a special occasion or a vacation.
- Wearing non-prescription sunglasses.
Contact lenses are available in three main types:
- Daily disposable – the ultimate choice for convenience or for occasional use, as you wear fresh lenses each time without the hassle of cleaning or the worry of infection.
- Daily reusable – ideal for everyday use. Simply clean and store them overnight, ready to wear the next day. One pair can last up to one month and they are a great lower-cost option for daily wear.
- Extended or continuous wear lenses – can be worn both day and night and can last up to one month.
How Comfortable Are Contacts?
Contact lenses are designed to fit comfortably on the eye. After an initial adjustment period and with a little practice, most users discover they don’t even feel the lenses when they are in.
Advances in technology have made contact lenses more comfortable to wear than ever before, with a number of features to improve eye health. Among the products now available are the following:
- Breathable lenses – ensure good oxygen flow to the eye and help prevent infection.
- Hydrating lenses – keep your eyes moist throughout the day.
- Lenses with UV protection – help to prevent sun damage.
6 Reasons Why We Should Supply You With Your Contact Lenses
- One-Stop Convenience: Seamless transition from the exam to dispensing of contacts. We offer rapid delivery time for lenses not in stock, including home delivery if desired.
- Value: Competitive fees, often less than Wal-Mart and 1800contacts.com. Our prices are amazing, partly because of our independent practitioner manufacturer’s rebates.
- Insurance: We accept most vision insurance plans, which can be used to purchase contacts. With manufacturer’s rebates, this lowers the price per box even more.
- Accuracy: The lenses you receive are exactly what we prescribe. All lenses are unexpired FDA-approved brands.
- Selection: We carry all of the FDA-approved lenses, not just the most popular brands.
- Exchanges: Lenses supplied by our office can be exchanged if there is a prescription change. We also offer designer frames for glasses and sunglasses. Come see what we can do for you!
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How Much Do Contact Lenses Cost in Houston?
Eye Excellence provides top-quality eye treatment at an affordable cost. Even if your insurance plan doesn’t cover contact lenses, you can use cash or a credit card to cover the cost.
Choose from no-interest plans, extended payment options up to 48 months and no down payment. Please visit our financing page for more information.
The staff at Eye Excellence, located in Houston and serving Missouri City and the surrounding areas of Texas, is committed to helping you find a vision correction solution that best meets your needs. Contact lenses are an excellent choice for many vision issues and we have many options for you to consider. Contact Eye Excellence today to get started on the road to better vision.