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Why Contact Lenses Are a Good Choice for Vision Correction

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When you need assistance with your vision and glasses aren’t a convenient option, consider the many benefits of contact lenses. Contacts of today have come a long way, correcting many common vision problems, while still being comfortable and affordable.

Dr. Lau offers different types of contacts to enhance your vision accuracy without needing cumbersome glasses. She can custom-fit you for different types of lenses, depending on your specific needs after a thorough evaluation of your eye health.

Overview of contact lens options

The two most common types of contact lenses include soft lenses and gas permeable lenses. Each offers different benefits, and one type may be more suitable for you based on your specific eye issues or vision needs.

Soft lenses

Soft lenses also offer a variety of options, including daily wear and extended wear lenses. With daily wear contacts, you must remove them before going to sleep each night, keeping them clean and well-moisturized.

Extended wear lenses can be worn for a week or more before they need to be removed for proper cleaning. Both soft and extended wear are available in many different prescription strengths to ensure clear vision.

Many people prefer the disposable version of soft lenses, which you simply throw away after each use and replace with a new pair.

Gas permeable

Gas permeable lenses aren’t as flexible as a soft lens, but are more durable. They are a highly effective way to treat eye conditions, such as astigmatism, gradually helping to reshape an irregular cornea.  

This type of lens can last for a year or more with proper care, provided your prescription doesn’t need to be changed.

Toric lenses

Another option for correcting astigmatism is toric contact lenses. These cylindrical lenses use gravity and your natural blinking activity to correct corneal problems, while still providing you with clear vision.

Multifocal lenses

Multifocal lenses can be useful when you have difficulty seeing both up-close and far away. Much like multifocal lenses in glasses, the lenses provide two different lens strengths that gradually shift within the contact.

This type of lens is ideal for correcting vision problems associated with presbyopia, a worsening of vision due to aging eyes.

The benefits of contact lenses

Contacts are comfortable and provide all-around good vision. With glasses, there may be areas of vision that the lenses do not cover. With contacts, the lenses move with your eyes, ensuring you can see well from every angle.

Wearing contacts allows you to wear fashionable, non-prescription sunglasses. They are also a great choice if your active in sports and other activities where glasses may get in the way.

Contact lenses can also enhance your appearance, allowing you to see clearly without the need for heavy glasses or thick lenses.

With so many options for vision correction with today’s contacts, you may be able to not only improve your vision, but contacts can help improve your overall eye health by correcting issues, like astigmatism.

To find out if contact lenses are right for you, schedule a contact evaluation today online or by phone.


Written by Dr. Tanya Lau

Dr. Tanya Lau of Mission Viejo Optometric Center in Mission Viejo, California was born and raised in San Francisco and has been living in Southern California since 2012. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz and double majored in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology and Psychology. She earned her doctorate in optometry at the Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum in 2016. She completed her professional internships at Lawton Indian Health Hospital in Oklahoma, Palo Alto Veteran Affairs in California, and Camp Zama United States Armed Forces in Japan.
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