Kenneth F. Jew, O.D., Inc. in San Francisco offers many options for contact lenses.
There are a number of reasons why you might prefer contact lenses to standard eyewear: a glasses-free look, hassle-free vision correction, wearing non-prescription sunwear and goggles, or the convenience of not having to worry about misplacing your glasses. If you have a high prescription or astigmatism, contact lenses may provide more enhanced vision correction than glasses. Today, you can even replace your bifocal or progressive glasses with multi-focal contact lenses.
Kenneth F. Jew, O.D. can recommend the best contact lenses for you based on a complete eye examination and a review of your visual needs both at work and play.
These lenses are comfortable to wear and must be replaced monthly, weekly or daily depending on the type your optometrist recommends for you. Soft contact lenses are often recommended for sports because they fit closer to the eye and are more difficult to dislodge. They can provide correction for most prescriptions including astigmatism. Today, with the introduction of newer materials like silicone hydrogels, which allow more oxygen to the eye, patients find it easier than ever to wear soft lenses comfortably.
Gas-Permeable (GP) Lenses
Made of moderately flexible plastics, GP lenses offer sharp vision and correct most vision problems. They are more durable than soft contact lenses and can be easier to handle and care for but require a longer adaptation period and consistent wear to maintain adaptation. These lenses are not highly recommended for sports activities due to their higher chance of dislodging in high impact activities.
In both soft and GP designs, multi-focal contact lenses offer patients both distance and near vision correction similar in some ways to a pair of bifocal glasses. Dr. Jew can further discuss their similarities and differences with you at your next appointment.
Color Contact Lenses
Enhance your eye color or even change it completely! Colored contact lenses are fun and come in a variety of colors for both light and dark eyes. Note that today’s color contacts are also “Rx-able” up to a certain range of prescription. Thus, you may still be able to wear color contacts even though you may be nearsighted or farsighted and have a minimal amount of astigmatism.
Silicone hydrogels are soft contact lenses that have high oxygen permeability and are comparable to GP lenses.
Regardless of the type of contact lenses you wear, an annual eye exam is recommended to ensure the continued good health of your eyes. Schedule an appointment for an assessment and advice at Kenneth F. Jew, O.D., Inc. in San Francisco, and we will be in touch with you shortly.