Contact lenses can provide a great alternative to glasses. Maybe you’re an avid outdoor adventurer and are tired of glasses fogging up or getting splashed if it’s rainy. Maybe you just want a glasses-free look some days. Or maybe, you habitually misplace your glasses and just want to make your mornings easier!
There are many reasons why you might consider contact lenses—and there are an overwhelming number of contact lens options out there. Some eye conditions might require specialty contact lenses, but we have lenses to fit just about every lifestyle, budget, and eye condition.
Unique Eyes, Unique Fit
Contact lenses are medical devices that sit directly on the eyes. Before you can wear them, you’ll need a comprehensive eye exam along with a few extra tests and measurements to wear them comfortably.
We personalize our contact lens exams and fittings to meet your unique eye care needs and expectations. If you have any questions regarding contact lenses and how they can improve your quality of life, we’ll be happy to answer them!
A contact lens exam requires a few extra steps than a regular eye exam. We’ll begin by asking you some questions about your lifestyle and habits. Then, we’ll examine your ocular health.
Your cornea is as unique as you are. We need to know its shape—and if there are any irregularities—so we can provide you with the perfect fit. We’ll also assess the quality of your tear film to make sure it can sustain contact lens wear.
We’ll also take pupil and iris measurements. This will help determine the size of contact lens you need. This step is especially important if you want colored contact lenses.
From here, we’ll be able to determine which contact lenses will be best for your eyes.
Caring for Your Contacts
Once you’ve been properly fitted for lenses and are happy with them, you’ll need to make sure you take care of them properly.
Follow all of your optometrist’s directions carefully. 1 in 500 contact lens wearers experience serious infections every year from contact lens wear.
Here are some tips to prevent infections:
- Don’t sleep in your lenses (unless you have contacts specifically designed for this purpose).
- Keep up with your annual eye exams to ensure the health of your eyes.
- Don’t shower or use a hot tub while wearing contact lenses.
- Follow your optometrist’s recommendations for replacing your lenses.
- Don’t rinse your lenses with water.
- Wash your hands with soap and water and ensure they are dry before inserting or removing lenses.
The Right Lenses for Your Needs
Contact lenses are not one-size-fits-all. That’s why there are plenty of options when it comes to lenses. If you have a very high prescription or can’t wear traditional lenses, you might need something a little different.
The team at Los Angeles EyeCare Optometry Group has years of experience with contact lenses. We’ll find you the perfect type of lens and the perfect fit for your eyes.
Most contact lenses rest on the cornea. If you have an irregularly shaped cornea, have had laser eye surgery, or have corneal scarring, traditional contact lenses might not be comfortable for you. Scleral lenses may be a better option.
Scleral lenses sit over the cornea, without touching it. They have a larger diameter and allow for a fluid reservoir between the cornea and the lens. This means dry eye disease sufferers may be able to tolerate these lenses.
Many people find a properly fitting scleral lens more comfortable than a regular soft contact lens.
Silicone Hydrogel Contact Lenses
Silicone hydrogel contact lenses allow up to 5 times more oxygen to reach the eye than traditional soft contacts.
Any contact lens reduces the amount of oxygen that reaches the eye, at least to some extent. If the cornea receives too little oxygen, it can result in red eyes, blurred vision, and discomfort. It can even make you more susceptible to eye infections.
If you wear contact lenses for most of the day, it’s important that enough oxygen gets to your eyes, so silicone hydrogel lenses may be a good option.
Lenses for Myopia Control
Paragon corneal refractive therapy (CRT) lenses are myopia control lenses worn at night. They correct the curvature of the cornea while your child sleeps. In the morning, the lenses are removed, and the cornea retains its new shape. Your child can go about their daily activities without glasses.
Other options for myopia control lenses are also available.
To learn more about other options for myopia control, please check out our Myopia Control page.
Color Contact Lenses
Nowadays, there are so many ways to customize your look. You can dye your hair, change up your wardrobe, and even change your eye color. Contact lenses come in various colors and can be used to enhance or change your eye color.
Those with astigmatism may need special lenses that correct vision on both the horizontal and vertical axes of your eye. To correct astigmatism, contacts need to sit correctly on the eye because they have different powers in different parts of the lens.
Toric lenses have unique design features, like weighted bottoms, ensure they stay on the correct spot on the eye, even after you blink. These specialty lenses require a fitting by an experienced optometrist—we can help.
I Want Lenses. Now What?
If you already have an up-to-date prescription, you can order contact lenses online.
If you’ve never worn contact lenses before, we’ll train you how to insert and remove them. We’ll also show you how to care for your contacts and answer any questions you may have. You’ll need a follow up exam to make sure you’re responding well to lens wear—and to ensure your comfort!
Make the switch to contact lenses today by booking an appointment for an exam and fitting.
Bausch + Lomb Biotrue
Biotrue One Day contact lenses are the newest innovation from Bausch and Lomb. Inspired by the biology of your eyes, the surface is designed to mimic healthy tears so that the contact lenses can retain both moisture and shape. The Biotrue technology ensures that your vision will stay consistently crisp and clear, and your eyes will feel naturally comfortable throughout the day. Biotrue also has “High Definition Optics” – designed to help reduce halos and glare – which means you get great vision in any situation.
Bausch + Lomb PureVision
Bausch + Lomb PureVision contact lenses are indicated for the correction of nearsightedness (myopia) and farsightedness (hyperopia). They are made using our unique AerGel material, delivering exceptional vision, with outstanding comfort and health. They allow a high level of oxygen to reach your eyes, and resist protein buildup – your lenses stay comfortable all day long.
Where to Find Us
Our practice is located in downtown Los Angeles in Little Tokyo, right across the street from Japanese Village Plaza.
We validate and pay for parking during your visit.
- 334-B E. 2nd St
- Los Angeles, CA 90012
- Monday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Wednesday: Closed
- Thursday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Friday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Saturday: 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
- Sunday: Closed
Our Eye Care Services
Adult & Senior Eye Exams
The path towards clear, comfortable vision starts with an eye exam. Learn about our process today.
Children’s Eye Exams
Taking care of your child’s sight is easier with the help of our team and knowledge. Preserve your child’s gift of vision today.
Contact Lens Exams & Fittings
Contact lenses are a fantastic way to broaden your eyewear options without sacrificing the quality and comfort of your vision. Learn more about contacts today.