Specialty Contact Lenses Specialist

Killeen Vision Source

Optometrist located in Killeen, TX

If you have undergone an eye surgery procedure like LASIK or have a medical condition that requires specialized vision correction, you may need specialty contact lenses. Dr. Austin Ruiz at your Killeen Vision Source in Killeen, Texas, offer specialty contact lens prescriptions to correct your vision based on your individual needs. To learn more about specialty contact lenses, schedule a consultation online or by phone today.

Specialty Contact Lenses Q & A

What are specialty contact lenses?

Typical contact lenses fit the natural curvature of your eye to improve your vision. For conditions that affect the curvature of your eye, such as astigmatism or keratoconus, Dr. Ruiz may prescribe specialty contact lenses that fit an abnormal corneal curvature.

Specialty lenses not only help correct and improve your vision, but they can also help slow the progress of particular eye conditions.

What are rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lenses?

Rigid gas permeable contact lenses are specialty contacts that offer sharper vision than soft lenses. RGP lenses also help correct common eye conditions like:

  • Astigmatism
  • Presbyopia
  • Keratoconus

Your optometrist may also suggest RGP lenses if you are unhappy with your vision following Lasik surgery. In some cases, your vision may not be as clear as you expected and contacts may be necessary to provide you with sharper vision when at a distance.  

What is keratoconus?

Keratoconus occurs when your cornea thins and bulges out like a cone, causing blurry and distorted vision. If you have keratoconus, it can be difficult to drive or read.

Genetics may cause keratoconus, which often affects people in their late teens and early 20s. In addition to blurry vision, you may also experience:

  • Increased sensitivity to light
  • Red eyes
  • Swelling of your eyes

As keratoconus develops over the years, you may find it increasingly hard to focus your vision. You may not be able to tolerate standard contact lenses due to discomfort.

Treating keratoconus depends on your symptoms. Your doctor may recommend eyeglasses for correcting mild forms of the condition. Rigid gas permeable contact lenses may also help slow the progression of the condition and improve your vision.

What is myopia?

Myopia, commonly known as nearsightedness, causes you to have good vision up close but difficulty with distance vision. Myopia affects one in three Americans.

The thickness or excessive curvature of the cornea can cause myopia. Your doctor performs a vision exam to diagnose myopia, and may recommend specialty contact lenses that can change the curvature of your cornea to improve your vision.  

Schedule a consultation online or call your Killeen Vision Source today.