Glasses & Contact Lenses Specialist

Bulls Eye Care

Optometrists located in South Tampa, Tampa, FL

Glasses and contact lenses help you see clearly, whether a refractive error affects your up-close or far-away vision. At Bulls Eye Care in Tampa, Florida, Dennis Garcia, OD, can customize your glasses or contact lenses with various corrective options and features. You can even choose from a variety of designer eyeglass frames in the office. To set up your next eye exam, call Bulls Eye Care or request an appointment online today.

Glasses & Contact Lenses Q & A

What are glasses?

Glasses include frames and lenses that fit in them to correct your vision. The frames serve two purposes: holding the lenses and keeping them at the level of your eyes by balancing on your ears and nose. 

Bulls Eye Care carries designer frames, and you can select a frame that suits your style when you choose to get glasses to correct your vision. Dr. Garcia sends your prescription to a lab for your custom clear optical lenses, which come at an affordable price. 

You might need:

Concave lenses

Concave lenses are thinnest at the center. They correct nearsightedness (myopia), so you can see far-away objects with more clarity. 

Convex lenses

Convex lenses are thicker at the center and treat farsightedness (hyperopia). While wearing them, you can view up-close objects more sharply. 

Cylindrical lenses 

Cylindrical lenses curve either inward or outward and correct vision problems caused by astigmatism.

What are contact lenses?

Besides glasses, contact lenses are the other option when it comes to vision correction. They sit on your eye’s surface, and you take them out every evening to sleep. You might prefer them over glasses since they don’t affect your appearance as much.

Dr. Garcia can help you decide between several varieties of contact lenses, which differ in their materials but serve the same purposes. Generally, contact lenses fit into these two categories:

Rigid gas-permeable lenses

Rigid lenses are hard and durable, and they last for many wears. However, they feel somewhat uncomfortable at first, and it takes some time to adjust to wearing them all day. 

Soft water-absorbing lenses

The majority of people who use contact lenses choose the softer variety. These lenses are more comfortable and easy to adjust to wearing, but you’ll need to change your lenses more often than if you choose rigid lenses. 

What can glasses and contact lenses treat?

Bulls Eye Care offers prescription contact lenses and glasses for patients of all ages. If you notice any decline in your vision, you should come in for a comprehensive eye exam to determine if you need a new prescription for either glasses or contact lenses. 

It’s up to you which option you choose, but either glasses or contact lenses can correct refractive errors like:

  • Nearsightedness, or myopia
  • Farsightedness, or hyperopia
  • Astigmatism 
  • Presbyopia (trouble reading close after 40 years old)

Sometimes, glasses and contact lenses can have specialized uses. For example, orthokeratology lenses are shaped, so they change your cornea’s curvature. Additionally, some glasses have special features like shatterproof lenses or blue light filters. 

Schedule your next eye exam to get your prescription and choose between glasses and contact lenses. Call Bulls Eye Care to schedule an eye exam or book one online today.