Contact Lenses

Sunset Optometric Center

Optometrist located in Los Feliz, Los Angeles, CA

If your eyes are the mirror to your soul, then you want people to see them -- while still seeing clearly. Contact lenses from Sunset Optometric Center in Los Feliz, California, correct your vision discreetly, allowing your natural radiance to shine through. If you live in the Los Angeles area and are ready to see better and look better with contact lenses, call the friendly optometrists at Sunset Optometric Center today. You can also book an appointment online.

Contact Lenses Q & A

Sunset Optometric Center

What are contact lenses?

Contact lenses are small discs made of silicone or plastic that fit onto the cornea of your eye to correct common vision problems, such as:

  • Nearsightedness (can’t see from long distances)
  • Farsightedness (can’t see close-up)
  • Astigmatism (abnormal eye curvature that blurs vision)
  • Presbyopia (age-related inability to see close-up objects)
  • Combination of nearsightedness and presbyopia

What kinds of contact lenses can I get?

Contact lenses are available in three basic types: 1) Hard lenses made of rigid gas-permeable (RGP) plastic; 2) soft, flexible lenses made of silicone and/or fluoropolymers; and 3)  speciality contacts lenses: hybrids and sclerals. Specialty contacts are often utilized to correct more complex prescriptions or treat corneal disease.  The most common contact lens prescriptions are soft lenses and the following are the different types you can choose from:

Daily Disposable

A new lens is used everyday and discarded at the end of the day.  The healthiest and most convenient of all the contact lens replacement schedules and also provides relief for contact lens patients who suffer from allergies or dry eye.

Planned Replacement

You remove and clean these contacts nightly, but discard them after two weeks or one month, depending on the brand and doctor’s recommendations.

Extended Wear

You wear these overnight and clean them weekly, but Sunset optometrists advise against extended wear lenses because they carry an increased risk of infection.

Colored Contacts

Your Sunset optometrist can fit you into lenses that change your eye color or create other cosmetic effects. Just make sure you only use ones that your provider specifically recommends. Over-the-counter cosmetic lenses are dangerous and may cause an infection or vision loss.

Your Sunset optometrist can also fit you for bifocal contact lenses and contact lenses that correct astigmatism, presbyopia, extremely impaired vision, and irregular corneas.

What are some advantages of contact lenses?

The main advantage of contact lenses is that you don’t have to wear glasses to correct your vision. Contact lenses are particularly helpful if you play sports or engage in other activities in which wearing eyeglasses could be a hindrance or even be dangerous.

What are some disadvantages of contact lenses?

Contact lenses require more maintenance than eyeglasses do. You must practice excellent hygiene when applying, removing, and cleaning contact lenses to avoid infection or eye injury. If you pick soft lenses, you need to replace them frequently, which can be expensive. Back-up glasses are always recommended for contact lens users.

What should I do if I want contact lenses?

If you want contact lenses, the first step is to schedule an eye exam and contact-lens fitting at Sunset Optometric Center.

Dr. Garza and Dr. Canlas can determine if your eyes are healthy enough for contact lenses, establish the type of correction you need, and measure the curvature of your cornea to ensure a perfect and comfortable fit.

If you’re ready to see the world more clearly without glasses, call Sunset Optometric Center or book an appointment online.