Contact Lenses Specialist

Killeen Vision Source

Optometrist located in Killeen, TX

If you have been wondering whether contact lenses are right for you, Dr. Austin Ruiz at your Killeen Vision Source in Killeen, Texas, offers comprehensive contact lens exams to ensure an exceptional fit with a high-quality pair of contacts. Contact lenses provide safety and convenience for anyone who is tired of wearing glasses. Call today or schedule an appointment online for your contact lens fitting appointment online for your contact lens fitting.

Contact Lenses Q & A

What types of contact lenses are available?

Contact lenses are an effective way to correct your vision. They offer convenience for school, work, and recreational activities.

At your Killeen Vision Source, the following types of contacts are available:

  • Hard lenses
  • Soft lenses (daily, extended, astigmatism, multi-focal, some color vision blindness)
  • Rigid gas permeable lenses
  • Specialty lenses (keratoconus, post-refractive surgery, high prescription, some vision blindness)
  • Scleral lenses (keratoconus, post-refractive surgery, dry eyes)

Some soft lenses offer extended wear for several days, or even several weeks before you need to replace them. You need to remove hard and gas permeable lenses daily and wash them with a particular cleaning solution before storage.

For soft lenses, there are a variety of saline solutions available for cleaning and storing your contacts.

How are contact lenses fitted?

Your doctor performs a standard eye exam to determine your prescription strength and orders a pair of contact lenses based on the testing results. If you have astigmatism, myopia, or other eye condition, your doctor discusses available options for specialty lenses to correct the shape of your cornea.

Annual examinations allow your doctor to check the health of your eye while wearing contacts. Your doctor may also adjust your contact lens prescription during your yearly appointments.

What are the benefits of contact lenses?

Contact lenses offer vision correction benefits to help you with both nearsightedness and farsightedness. They can also correct blurred vision due to astigmatism and age-related vision problems. Contacts can also improve your peripheral vision, while glasses cannot.

Other benefits of wearing contacts include:

  • Freedom from wearing glasses
  • Confidence in your appearance
  • Ability to wear non-prescription sunglasses
  • No fogging as a result of temperature changes

What are the risks associated with contact lenses?

Contact lens wearers need to practice proper hygiene to reduce the risk of eye infections:

  • Wash your hands before removing or inserting contacts
  • Avoid sleeping in your contacts
  • Remove your contacts before swimming or showering
  • Store your contacts in the appropriate solution
  • Replace your contacts on schedule
  • Use contact-safe eye drops

Not following proper wear, cleaning, or storage guidelines can lead to eye-related health problems. In some cases, these medical issues can be severe or cause chronic eye conditions, including dry eye, corneal abrasions, and conjunctivitis.

Dr. Ruiz provides a complete guide for caring for your specific type of contacts. Following these guidelines ensures your contacts remain safe and will last for the optimum amount of time.

Schedule a contact lens fitting online or by calling your Killeen Vision Source to learn more today.