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Contact Lenses

Premier Vision in Amarillo offers many options for contact lenses.

There are a number of reasons why you might prefer contact lenses to standard eyewear: a glasses-free look, hassle-free vision correction, wearing non-prescription sunwear and goggles, or the convenience of not having to worry about misplacing your glasses. If you have a high prescription or astigmatism, contact lenses may provide more enhanced vision correction than glasses. Today, you can even replace your bifocal glasses with bifocal contact lenses in many cases.

Your eye care provider can prescribe the best contact lenses for you based on a complete eye examination and a review of your visual needs both at work and play. Since most people can wear more than one type of lens, it’s important to know what the potential options are and the advantages and disadvantages of each.

Soft Lenses

These lenses are comfortable to wear and must be replaced monthly or daily depending on the type of lens prescribed. Soft lenses are often prescribed for sports because they fit closer to the eye and are more difficult to dislodge. They can provide correction for most prescriptions including astigmatism. Today, with the introduction of newer materials like silicone hydrogels, which allow more oxygen to the eye, patients find it easier than ever to wear soft lenses comfortably.

Gas-Permeable (GP) Lenses

Made of moderately flexible plastics, GP lenses offer sharp vision and correct most vision problems. They are more durable than soft contact lenses and can be easier to handle and care for but require a longer adaptation period and consistent wear to maintain adaptation.

Multifocal Lenses

In both soft and GP designs, multifocal lenses offer patients both distance and near vision correction just like a pair of bifocal glasses.

Colored Contact Lenses

Enhance your eye color or even change it completely. Colored contact lenses are fun and come in a variety of colors for both light and dark eyes.

Medically Necessary Contact Lenses

When a patient can only see clearly when a contact lens is applied to the eye, then the patient is said to need “medically necessary contact lenses.” These are not cosmetic lenses, which are elective and are not covered by medical insurance. Medically necessary contact lenses, however, are often covered by medical insurance. Prescribing medically necessary lenses can be difficult and frustrating experience. Our pledge is to make every effort to optimize your vision in order for you to enjoy your visual world. We will always be your advocate.

Silicone Hydrogels

Silicone hydrogels are soft contact lenses that have high oxygen permeability and are comparable to GP lenses.

Regardless of the type of contact lenses you wear, an annual eye exam is recommended to ensure the continued good health of your eyes. Schedule an appointment for an assessment and advice at Premier Vision in Amarillo, and we will be in touch with you shortly.

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