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Understanding the Different Types of Specialty Contact Lenses

Eyeglasses are inarguably helpful for vision problems, but they aren’t ideal for everyone or for every scenario. Contact lenses are often more comfortable during sports and other physical activities, for example. And unlike glasses, you won’t have “blind spots” in your peripheral vision when you wear them.

But not everyone is a candidate for conventional contacts. That’s where specialty contact lenses come in.

Dr. Melanie Frogozo, Dr. Swati Kumar, and their expert team at Alamo Eye Care in San Antonio and Austin, Texas, are pleased to offer specialty lenses to correct a range of vision issues.

Take a few minutes to learn more about specialty contact lenses, including the types we provide.

Specialty contact lens basics

Specialty contact lenses work by improving your vision with a smoother surface. This surface helps your eyes focus light properly, reducing common issues like blurriness.

Designed for people with chronic issues like dryness or a corneal condition, these lenses provide a valuable option when wearing traditional contacts isn’t ideal or feasible.

Specialty contact lenses can relieve irritation linked to dry eyes and even improve the appearance of disfigured eyes.

Specialty contact lenses we provide

At Alamo Eye Care, we provide numerous types of specialty contact lenses, including lenses intended for:

For example, scleral contact lenses are gas-permeable and have a larger diameter than other contacts. As a result, they may fit and rest more comfortably if you’re experiencing any one of these issues. They also allow more oxygen to your eyes and help keep moisture in. 

Other specialty lenses we may recommend include:

Depending on your vision needs and eye health, our team helps determine your ideal lenses.

Getting started with specialty contact lenses

Once you’ve been approved for specialty contact lenses, your provider at Alamo Eye Care measures your eyes to ensure a proper fit. Once you have your lenses, you can begin wearing them according to your provided instructions.

In most cases, you wear your lenses during the day and remove them when you sleep. When you aren’t wearing them, you store your contacts in a plastic case full of contact solution. 

Scleral contacts can last for several years with good care. To make the most of any specialty lenses, handle them gently and avoid placing them on your eyes if they develop a tear or other damage.

To learn more about specialty contact lenses or to get started with the care you need, call Alamo Eye Care at 210-428-6696 (San Antonio) or 210-403-9050 (Austin) today. You can also text the team at 210-403-9050 or send us a message through our website at any time.

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