Contact Lenses

Valdez Eye Center

Eye Physician & Surgeons located in Apple Valley, CA

You might find that contact lenses are your best option if your vision is affected by nearsightedness, farsightedness, and/or astigmatism. Compared with glasses, contact lenses come much closer to providing natural, uncorrected clear vision, and they fit easily into your active lifestyle. Valdez Eye Center in Apple Valley, California, has an in-house eye lab and a wide selection of contact lenses, offering quick turnaround, no matter what your eyes need. To schedule an eye exam or contact lens fitting, schedule an appointment online or over the phone today.

Contact Lenses Q & A

What advantages do contact lenses have over glasses?

If you don’t have 20/20 vision, and you’re not interested in undergoing laser eye surgery, contact lenses can provide the next best thing. Compared with glasses, contact lenses provide a clearer, more natural vision.

You’ll be aware when wearing glasses that you’re looking at the world through lenses. With contacts, you’re far less likely to experience this. Contacts sit directly on your eyes and move with your eyes wherever you look, providing a wider field of vision, including peripheral vision.

If you’re athletic or outdoorsy, glasses present a number of hazards. If it’s rainy or foggy outside, you’ll struggle to keep your glasses dry and free of condensation. They can also fall off, break, or get in the way during activity.

You might prefer the way you look without glasses but still need corrective lenses. Contact lenses can solve that dilemma as well.

What kinds of contact lenses are available?

Contact lenses are made of thin, flexible plastic. They comfortably fit the front surface of your eye. They treat the same refractive errors as glasses — nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism (blurred vision).

Depending on your preferences, you can choose from contact lenses that you wear and replace at different intervals. One kind should be replaced every two to four weeks. Another type should be replaced nightly. You remove most contact lenses at night, but you can choose extended-wear contacts that you remove just once a week to clean.

If you have astigmatism, which means you have irregularly shaped eyes, you might find hard contact lenses easier to wear. If you have eye allergies, you might also find hard lenses easier to keep clean of allergens than soft lenses.

You might be concerned that your refractive problems are too complicated to be corrected with contacts, but changing technology provides you with new options. Contact lenses can now be bifocal, trifocal, or progressive, just like eyeglasses. Valdez Eye Center has an in-house eye lab and can provide contact lenses for every need with a next-day turnaround.

How do I take care of my eyes when I wear contact lenses?

If you’ve never worn contact lenses, it’s understandable to worry about the risk of discomfort, irritation, and infection. But as long as you follow good hygiene and maintenance habits, you can avoid complications while enjoying the many vision benefits of contact lenses. These habits include:

  • Washing your hands before you put in, take out, and handle your contacts
  • Removing your contacts before you go to sleep, even if they’re designed to be worn at night
  • Always using fresh lens solution that’s designed for the type of contacts you have
  • Regularly rinse your contact lens case with solution and replacing it every three months
  • Replacing your contacts according to the recommended schedule

To learn about and be fitted for contact lenses, book an appointment at Valdez Eye Center online or over the phone today.