If you’re tired of glasses that don’t fit properly or interfere with your appearance, contact lenses provide an ideal and unobtrusive solution. Sophie K. Dao, OD, offers her patients in Milpitas, California, a range of options in contact lenses, in both hard and soft versions. If you’d like to find out whether contact lenses are right for you, call the office at (408) 262-1221 or book an appointment online.

Contact Lenses Q & A

What do contact lenses help?

Contact lenses provide a great solution for a number of vision issues, including:

  • Astigmatism (oval-shaped cornea)
  • Nearsightedness (myopia)
  • Farsightedness (hyperopia)
  • Bifocal or multifocal prescriptions
  • Sports vision

Contact lenses can be used to correct most vision problems, and they even offer a cosmetic advantage over glasses in that they can enhance or change your eye color.

What are the different types of contact lenses?

If you’re interested in contact lenses, there are a number of types to choose from in order to match your physical needs, as well as your lifestyle. All contact lenses fall under one of these two categories:

Soft lenses

As the name implies, soft contact lenses are malleable lenses and the preferred choice of most contact lens users. Soft contacts can be daily or extended wear, and even disposable. Dr. Dao discusses the advantages of each type to help you choose the best one for you.

Hard lenses

Hard lenses are the go-to option for people with astigmatism, as well as patients with allergies. The lenses are rigid and gas-permeable, which means they allow oxygen to flow through while still holding their shape.

How do I get contact lenses?

While contact lenses offer a certain aesthetic appeal for many, these lenses aren’t for everyone. To get you started, Dr. Dao first performs a thorough contact lens examination, which is slightly different than a typical eye exam, since the lenses sit directly on your eyes.

In addition to determining your vision issue, Dr. Dao ensures that your eyes are compatible with contact lens use by checking for:

  • Allergies
  • Lacrimal health (the gland that produces tears)
  • Corneal topography
  • Eyelid health

Once she’s determined you’re a good candidate, she checks the curvature of your eye and gives you contact lenses to try out for a few days to a week. If you encounter any problems, she swaps out the lenses and tries a different set. Her goal is to make sure that the lenses don’t produce any ocular stress.

Once she gives you the green light for contact lenses, she reviews your options and helps you choose the lenses that are right for you. You’ll need to follow up with Dr. Dao annually to make sure that the contact lenses are working as they’re supposed to.

To explore contact lenses, call Sophie K. Dao, OD, or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment.