Glasses & Contacts

Southern Eye Institute

Board-Certified Ophthalmologists & Board Certified Optometrist located in Houma, LA & Thibodaux, LA

Glasses and contacts correct vision problems like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. The board-certified ophthalmologists at Southern Eye Institute in Houma and Thibodaux, Louisiana, provide comprehensive eye exams to determine your personal prescription for each type of corrective lens and offer guidance on which option best supports your lifestyle and preferences. Call for an appointment or use the online tool to schedule today.

Glasses & Contacts Q & A

Who needs glasses and contacts?

Glasses and contact lenses correct refractive errors like:

  • Nearsightedness: objects up close are clear, but far vision is blurry
  • Farsightedness: objects up close are blurry, but far vision is clear
  • Astigmatism: objects at both distances are distorted or blurry

Many lens types are available in both glasses and contacts. Southern Eye Institute works with you to meet your specific needs.

What types of glasses and contacts can I choose from?

Southern Eye Institute offers a wide variety of lenses for glasses and contacts, including:

Single-vision lenses

These glass and contact lenses feature one viewing area through the lens. You may need them to correct far- and near-distance issues or for reading. 

Multifocal lenses

These glass and contact lenses contain more than one strength and correct near and far vision simultaneously.

Bifocal lenses

Bifocal lenses for glasses have two viewing areas separated by a noticeable line on the lens, allowing for distance viewing (upper portion) and near vision (lower portion).

Progressive lenses

Progressive lenses are like bifocals in that they correct for both near and far vision, but feature no noticeable line in the lenses.

Soft contact lenses

Made from a unique plastic known as hydrogel, soft lenses are thin and flexible.

Silicone hydrogel contact lenses

Silicone hydrogel lenses allow more oxygen to reach the cornea.

Gas permeable contact lenses

Gas permeable lenses may offer crisper vision as compared to hydrogel types, but are more rigid. They still allow a fair amount of oxygen to pass through.

What features can I select for glasses and contacts?

Southern Eye Institute offers several types of lens coatings for eyeglasses. The staff can help you determine which of the following is best for you:

  • Polycarbonate lenses: impact-resistant lenses
  • High-index lenses: thin lenses that produce finer optics
  • Aspheric lenses: lenses that hold a strong prescription in a flatter, thinner lens
  • Anti-reflective lenses: lenses that provide better vision and appearance
  • Polarized lenses: lenses that reduce glare, providing clearer vision
  • UV-coated lenses: lenses that protect your eyes from the harmful rays of the sun
  • Variable tint lenses: lenses that change tint depending on the lighting

Southern Eye Institute also offers a wide variety of stylish and comfortable frames to fit every face shape and preference.

Contact lenses also come in different types, including extended wear, daily wear, and one-day disposable. The type that’s right for you depends on your eye health and lifestyle.

If you need glasses or contacts, reach out to the experts at Southern Eye Institute. Call or use the online tool to schedule your exam today.