Contact Lenses Specialist

Carrera Optical

Opticians located in Universal City, TX

At Carrera Optical in Universal City, Texas, you can purchase the latest contact lens brands to enhance your vision. Skilled optician, Gary Carrera, ABOC, and his team can explain how your contact lenses work. They carry a wide variety of lens types, including soft lenses and rigid gas permeable lenses, so there’s no need to go anywhere else to fill your contacts prescription. Call Carrera Optical today.

Contact Lenses Q & A

What are contact lenses?

Contact lenses are an ideal solution for improving your vision when you’re not interested in wearing prescription eyeglasses.

All types of contact lenses fit on the surface of your eye and change the way rays of light focus on your retina. Much like glasses, contacts are available in a wide range of prescription strengths.

What types of contact lenses are available?

The team at Carrera Optical offers a variety of contact lens types to accommodate your prescription needs and enhance your vision. Depending on your prescription strength and sight correction needs, you may benefit from a specific lens type, such as:

Soft contact lenses

Soft contact lenses are flexible, soft plastic that allows oxygen to flow through to your eyes. Soft lenses are available in a variety of styles, including daily wear, extended wear, and disposable lenses.

Hard contact lenses

Hard contact lenses are less flexible than soft lenses. This type of lens may be necessary if you have a high prescription strength and aren’t able to get clear vision with soft lenses.

Rigid gas permeable contact lenses 

Rigid gas permeable or RGP lenses are a more modern version of a hard lens. RGP lenses are more rigid than a soft lens but more flexible than a traditional hard lens. This type of contact lens is beneficial for people with astigmatism and high prescription values as they can help change the shape of your eye to improve your vision.

What does my contact lens prescription mean?

The goal of prescription contact lenses is to give you optimal vision as every distance and correct existing vision issues like nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism, an abnormal curvature of the cornea.

When you bring your contact lens prescription to Carrera Optical, the staff can help explain the type of contact lens your optician or ophthalmologist prescribed, such as:

Spherical lenses

Spherical lenses feature the same prescription power through the entire lens to address nearsightedness or farsightedness.

Toric lenses

Toric soft contacts have different powers in various areas of the lens to correct common vision issues, including astigmatism.

Multifocal lenses

Multifocal lenses have different power zones for correcting nearsightedness, farsightedness, and presbyopia, an age-related loss of close-up vision.

For soft lens wearers, the Carrera Optical team can order new lenses as needed. They can also order new or replacement RGP and hard lenses if you lose one or when your prescription changes. If you need specialty contacts for other conditions, the staff can order custom-fit contacts.

To purchase contact lenses from a skilled and knowledgeable team, call Carrera Optical today.