Contact Lenses Services at West Texas Eye Associates of El Paso
West Texas Eye Associates of El Paso responds to innovations and new developments particularly where contact lenses are concerned. Our practice fits and prescribes all types of contact lenses, including difficult and hard to fit cases, for diseases such as keratoconus or corneal scars, with customized scleral lenses or gas permeable lenses. Our team offers excellence in quality and care.
Our prices are competitive with all major retailers in the area. Please note that there are extra professional fees for a contact lens exam in addition to the regular exam fees for eyeglasses. These fees are necessary because a contact lens exam requires more professional time, individualized testing and follow up. Most insurance companies will not cover the contact lens exam.
What is involved in the contact lens evaluation?
The contact lens evaluation involves several steps. If you are already a contact lens wearer, the doctor will look at the front surface of the eye with a microscope to ensure that there is no inflammation related to contact lens wear. If the contact lens prescription has not change and we fitted the contact lens in the past, we will simply order a new supply.
If a new prescription is needed, the doctor will select a pair of trial contacts based on your wear schedule, eye health needs, and prior lens preference. We will ask you to try on the lens and we will assess the following: the fit of the lens on the eye using a microscope, and your vision. Adjustments will be made as needed.
If you are new to contacts or haven’t worn them in a while, we will walk you through our contact lens training and teach you the fundamentals of wearing contacts, including proper insertion, removal, and cleaning. There is an additional charge for contact lens fitting for all contact wearers.
As experts in this field, we believe proper testing, fitting and training, prior to prescribing contact lenses are essential to safeguarding and keeping your eyes healthy and not doing so can put your eyes at risk.
Contact Lenses Modalities
Daily Replacement Contact Lenses
Daily contact lenses are the safest, most comfortable, and most convenient of all lenses. These lenses are replaced on a daily basis and can be fit on patients needing correction of myopia, hyperopia, low astigmatism and presbyopia.
Soft Contact Lenses
These lenses are comfortable to wear and are replaced monthly, weekly, or daily depending on your prescription. Soft lenses are often recommended for sports and can promote confidence in those of us who do not like to wear glasses.
Toric Contact Lenses
These lenses correct small, moderate, and even large amounts of astigmatism.
Multifocal Contact Lenses
These lenses are excellent for patients who want to reduce their dependence of reading glasses.
Rigid Gas Permeable Lenses (RGP)
RGP lenses can provide sharp, precise and higher quality of vision based on your prescription. They may require a longer adaptation period compared to a soft lens, but RGPs are a customized product with extended parameters. They can be a great option for complex prescriptions and certain eye conditions like keratoconus.
Scleral lenses are especially designed to vault over the entire cornea surface and rest on the white area of your eye (sclera). In doing so, scleral lenses functionally replace the irregular cornea with a perfectly smooth optical surface to correct visual disturbances caused by keratoconus and other cornea irregularities.