Contact lenses are an excellent alternative to eyeglasses. Contacts are great because they provide a more natural appearance. You also do not need to worry about your vision being obstructed by dirty lenses or an eyeglass frame. Many athletes prefer contacts over glasses because they are more convenient than wearing prescription goggles. If you are thinking about getting contacts, schedule an appointment with Dr. Ramirez at Crystal Clear Optometry in McAllen.
The Contact Lens Exam
If you want to wear contacts, an optometrist will need to perform a contact lens exam. During this visit, our eye doctor will determine your prescription, help you choose the contacts that will be the most convenient, and you will learn to insert and remove the contacts.
You will wear a pair of trial lenses for a week or two to ensure they are comfortable and that the prescription is correct. You will return for a follow-up, and if the contacts are working well, you can order your supply. If there are any issues, our optometrist can make the necessary changes. You will need to have a contact lens exam performed every year. Your contact lens prescription expires after a year and you will need a new prescription yearly to order your next supply of contacts.
Traditional Contact Lenses
There are several types of soft contact lenses. If you do not have an eye condition that makes you hard to fit for contacts, you can choose one of the following lenses:
- Daily disposable lenses are replaced every day
- Weekly lenses are replaced once a week
- Bi-weekly lenses are replaced every two weeks
- Monthly lenses are replaced once a month
- Extended wear lenses can be worn for 30 days without needing to be removed
- Colored contacts can change the color of your eyes while improving your vision
Hard To Fit Contacts
If you have any of the following conditions, traditional contacts will not be an option.
- Dry eye syndrome
- Giant papillary conjunctivitis
There are several types of hard to fit contacts. The one our optometrist chooses will depend on the condition you have. The most common types of hard to fit contacts include:
- Gas permeable
- Scleral lenses
- Toric lenses
- Bifocal lenses
Get Your Contact Lenses in McAllen, TX
If you are thinking about getting contacts, schedule an appointment with Dr. Ramirez at Crystal Clear Optometry. Call us today at (956) 687-6567 to schedule a contact lens exam.