Contact Lenses and Eyeglasses
When people have refractive vision problems, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, or age-related vision loss, being able to get the problem diagnosed and treated at the same place makes everything extremely simple. The optical center at Ophthalmology Associates of the Valley has the latest vision technology, as well as an optical lab where we can offer our patients prescriptions in an hour or less, not to mention a terrific inventory of fashionable frames and several types of traditional and specialty contacts. For San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, CA residents who require contact lenses as soon as possible, we have a large inventory of the most common diameters and prescriptions so you can receive them that day. Our highly trained team is here to ensure that you select the right frames or contacts for the most comfortable fit and style.
After a thorough eye assessment, we can determine whether contact lenses or eyeglasses are the most effective treatment for your vision problems. For some, contacts are the most convenient option to have clear vision. Beyond ease of use, contact lens functionality has made many recent strides. A few of the most well-known types of lenses we prescribe include daily wear, disposable, multifocal, and astigmatism contact lenses. Best of all, today's contacts are more comfortable now than in the past with the majority of contact lens wearers reporting zero discomfort.
For people who may not be prepared to use contacts or who have certain eye conditions, prescription glasses are also an easy choice. As with contact lenses, glasses have undergone great improvements in recent years and can offer several advantages.
They are typically more affordable than contacts, easier to travel with, and not as fragile. Also, glasses screen the eyes from a host of environmental elements and do not irritate dry or itchy eyes as contacts sometimes do. Even so, a lot of patients opt to use a combination of both types of prescription lenses for different situations.
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What To Expect
While you're here for your vision evaluation and lens consultation, our team will help you select the best options for your personal needs and goals. At Ophthalmology Associates of the Valley, we know it's important to dedicate a lot of time and attention to ensure you receive the ideal pair of glasses or the most appropriate contact lens fit and type. Additionally, we will do our best to help you keep close to your desired budget. Plus, we happily offer thorough instructions on how to put in and take out contacts for all first-time users.
Typically, patients don't have to schedule a follow-up appointment if they only select glasses. For those who decide on contact lenses, we recommend scheduling another appointment in about six weeks to discuss. During this appointment, we can discuss your comfort level and ensure the prescription works well. Please keep in mind, however, that follow-up assessments never serve as regular complete eye exams, which need to occur no less than every other year. In comprehensive exams, we will look at the general health of your eyes, as well as your prescription to see if it should be changed.
Contact lenses and eyeglasses FAQs
Are contact lenses safe?
Contact lenses are considered generally safe for most people. But as with any kind of medical device, there are some risks. These risks are greatly minimized by following the instructions of your eye care professional and taking proper care of your lenses. OAV will provide more detailed instructions on how to use and care for contacts safely.
How often do I need new frames?
It depends on how often your prescription changes and whether you experience any wear and tear on your frames. Patients are encouraged to see a vision care professional regularly for an eye exam and to check the fit of their glasses. Depending on your individual situation, you may need to get new frames every 1-2 years.
What if I'm interested in vision correction?
There are a number of vision correction options available to improve your vision without contact lenses or glasses. OAV may recommend an option like LASIK surgery depending on your individual needs and goals. Our team can review your many options during your next visit. We work with you to select the best possible solutions.
Dependable, Clear Vision
Improved vision is basically a phone call away. Certain vision problems, like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and presbyopia, can result in a lot of emotional ups and downs, but each of them is easily treatable. No one should have to strain for clear vision when going through their daily activities. We invite you to reach out to one of our San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, CA offices and set up an examination. At Ophthalmology Associates of the Valley in Encino or West Hills, our team is ready to help you get your clearest vision.