Specialty Contact Lenses in Houston, TX

Contact Lenses

Would you like freedom from eyeglasses? You may be a candidate for contact lenses. Some of Dr. Panzer's specialty contact lens brands are described below.

  • X-chrome Contact Lenses
    X-chrome contact lenses are specialty contact lenses for those that have red/green color blindness as a vision problem. A deep red x-chrome contact lens is worn in the nondominant eye and intensifies the color of red and green objects. This allows the nondominant eye to provide information to the brain about the colors it couldn't see before. The dominant eye will continue to send information back to the brain about what it normally sees. This lens does not cure the vision problem of color blindness; it is only an aid in the perception of colors. Some patients prefer to wear eyeglasses instead of an x-chrome contact lens. In these cases we utilize the color-view eyeglass lenses. People with certain professions cannot wear these lenses. The FAA does not allow pilots to wear the lens because it can confuse them with the lights in the cockpit. If you are colorblind, check with our office to see if you are a candidate for one of these type of corrections.  More information here.
  • Wave Contact Lenses
    A lens that nearly mirrors the cornea for the most precise and comfortable fit available. More info here.
  • SynergEyes
    A lens that has the superior visual acuity of a rigid lens with the comfort of a soft contact lens. Dr. Panzer has Synergeyes Regular, Synergeyes for Keratoconus, Synergeyes Post surgical, and Synergeyes Bifocal! More info here.
  • Ciba Focus Night and Day
    Extended wear. More info at the Night and Day website.
  • Scleral Lenses (Large Diameter Lenses)
    Scleral lenses are custom large diameter gas permeable lenses that are used in the management of a variety of eye conditions. They are called "scleral lenses" because they rest on the sclera, the white part of the eye. They are also known more colloquially as "large diameter lenses". Scleral lenses offer many potential benefits, including improved contact lens comfort for individuals with sensitive eyes, improved optics for individuals with irregular corneas, and improved corneal hydration for individuals with severe dry eye.

    Scleral lenses may be used to improve vision and reduce pain and light sensitivity for people suffering from growing number of disorders or injuries to the eye, such as Microphthalmia, keratoconus, corneal ectasia, Stevens–Johnson syndrome, Sjögren's syndrome, aniridia, neurotrophic keratitis (aneasthetic corneas), complications post-LASIK, complications post-corneal transplant and pellucid degeneration. Injuries to the eye such as surgical complications, distorted corneal implants, as well as chemical and burn injuries also may be treated by the use of scleral lenses.

    Some patients have disorders that affect the quality or quantity of tears that help to keep the eye’s surface smooth and healthy. Dry eye syndrome, graft vs. host disease, Sjogren’s syndrome, Stevens Johnson syndrome, and neurotrophic keratopathy are examples of such conditions. Some inflammatory conditions, including limbal stem cell deficiency and ocular cicatricial pemphigoid, also cause serious damage to the front surface of the eye. Patients who cannot close their lids completely may also experience problems with the health of the surface of the eye. The fluid reservoir trapped beneath a scleral lens may improve comfort for these patients, and may allow the corneal surface to heal.

    Scleral lenses are highly specialized and custom made to address each patient's unique needs. Because of this, it is particularly critical that the fitting of these large diameter lenses be highly accurate and precise. Dr. Panzer has been successfully fitting scleral large diameter lenses for years.  In some cases patients travel hundreds of miles for fittings with Dr. Panzer.  If you have dry eye or sensitive eyes, ask Dr. Panzer if large diameter lenses can provide some relief.
  • Bausch and Lomb Pure Vision
    Extended wear. More info here.
  • Orthokeratology
    Orthokeratology (Ortho-k) is the design and fitting of special gas permeable contact lenses that gently reshape the clear front surface of the eye (cornea) while you sleep, so you can see clearly without lenses during the day.

    Orthokeratology is suitable for myopia (nearsightedness) which is caused by the cornea being too steep. Ortho-k corrects myopia by reshaping the cornea so light entering the eye is more accurately focused on the retina.

    The corneal reshaping effect of orthokeratology is temporary — generally enough to eliminate your need for glasses or contacts for a day or so. Then you have to wear the ortho-k lenses again to maintain the proper corneal shape. 

    This is a great alternative for patients who want clear vision without surgery. More info here.
  • Bifocal Hard and Soft Lenses
    For those who wear bifocal eyeglasses, ask Dr. Panzer about bifocal contact lenses. Dr. Panzer specializes in the fitting bifocal contact lenses and would be happy to answer any questions you might have.
  • Kerasoft Lenses
    Bausch + Lomb KeraSoft IC lenses are designed to fit irregular corneas, including keratoconus, post laser refractive surgery, pellucid marginal degeneration, and other corneal irregularities. Each KeraSoft IC lens is custom-made for your exact needs, and KeraSoft IC lenses can offer increased wear time and improved comfort. KeraSoft IC lenses are a patented combination of the latest technologies in silicone hydrogel materials using geometries from complex mathematics to offer comfortable wear and excellent vision.
  • Hand-painted Lenses
    We also offer special hand-painted contact lenses for disfigured eyes.