Contact Lenses

Our Optical Center optician staff is trained to not only fill your prescription but also help you learn how to properly wear and care for your contact lenses.

We carry a variety of contact lens types:

  • Scleral lenses for Keratoconus
  • Bifocal or multifocal lenses
  • Daily disposable lenses
  • Extended wear soft lenses
  • Colored or special-effect contacts
  • Toric lenses for astigmatism

Scleral Contact Lenses

Dr. Ashley Butler specializes in fitting scleral lenses for keratoconus. Keratoconus is a condition that affects the cornea (the clear outer layer of your eye). Normally a round dome shape, if the corneal tissue begins to thin, it can begin to bulge out into a cone shape. Because the shape of the cornea becomes distorted, your eyesight also becomes distorted because light will not focus properly on the retina (back of the eye). This makes normal activities such as reading, watching TV, driving or working on a computer very difficult. Keratoconus usually affects people who are in their late teenage years or early 20s so these lenses can greatly improve a younger patient’s quality of life.

Avoid Eye Infection

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported in 2014 that there were almost one million doctor visits in the United States every year for eye infections (keratitis) due to improper contact lens care. This is not to scare you from wearing contact lenses, but to stress the importance of doing so the right way.

  • Wash hands thoroughly before using contacts
  • Use only fresh, sterile disinfecting solutions every time to clean your contacts and your contact lens case (tap water and saliva are not appropriate)
  • Sleeping in contact lenses is generally not recommended
  • Swimming in contact lenses is discouraged

If you live in Carlsbad, come visit us in our Oceanside office, located near Tri City Hospital!