Contact Lenses

Opulent Eyes Optometry

Optometry located in Studio City, CA

Contact lenses are an excellent solution for people looking to correct their vision without having to wear glasses or undergo laser eye surgery. According to the American Optometric Association, an estimated 45 million Americans wear contact lenses. Jeff Taranto, OD, and the team of attentive eye care professionals at Opulent Eyes Optometry in Studio City, California, have years of experience prescribing and fitting patients with contact lenses that provide both comfort and clarity. Call or schedule an appointment online today to start seeing clearly.

Contact Lenses Q & A

What are contact lenses?

Contact lenses are thin discs of plastic or glass that rest on the surface of your eye and correct your vision. They can be used to correct many different vision problems, such as:

  • Myopia (nearsightedness)
  • Hyperopia (farsightedness)
  • Astigmatism
  • Presbyopia (age-related farsightedness)

Contact lenses are a viable alternative to almost every problem that prescription glasses can solve.

What are the different types of contact lenses?

There are a large number of qualities that can distinguish contact lenses from one another, leaving you with a vast array of options for the most suitable contact lens for your needs and lifestyle:

Daily wear vs. extended wear

Daily wear contacts must be removed nightly, whereas extended wear contacts can be worn overnight, usually for up to seven consecutive days without removal. Daily wear contacts provide you with a fresh pair every day, so there is less risk of infection and less cleaning involved, which make them particularly well-suited for people with allergies.

Soft vs. rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses

Soft lenses are made from a mixture of silicone and water, while rigid gas permeable lenses are made just from silicon, and as the names suggest, soft contacts are softer than RGP lenses. Soft lenses are usually more comfortable at first, but RGP lenses tend to be better at correcting certain vision problems like substantial astigmatism.

Toric lenses

These are used to correct astigmatism, and are made in similar options as other contacts (i.e., soft or RGP, extended wear, daily disposable).

Can I use contact lenses if I have trouble with both near and far vision?

Yes, there are a number of contact lens solutions for people with multiple vision prescriptions:

Bifocal contacts

These are just like bifocal glasses in that they contain both your distance prescription and your near prescription in one lens. They come in both soft and rigid gas permeable options.

Monovision lenses

If you don’t like bifocal contacts, another option is to have a different prescription in each eye, one for distance and one for seeing up close. This can take some getting used to, as you have to learn how to see with each eye working on its own, but it is a viable option.

Readers and contacts

Another option for people with multiple prescriptions is to simply get a contact lens prescription for distance vision and wear reading glasses over your contacts for when you need to see up close.

Can I use contact lenses to correct my astigmatism?

Yes, toric lenses are used to correct astigmatism. They come in similar varieties as other lenses, such as soft, RGP, extended wear, daily disposable, etc. Like bifocal lenses, they have two functions per lens: they have one component that corrects your astigmatism and another component that treats your nearsightedness or farsightedness.

Call Opulent Eyes Optometry or book an appointment online today to learn more.