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Looking For a Contact Lens Center Near You? Schedule a Contact Lens Exam in Bellflower

What are contact lenses?

Contact lenses are small, thin discs made of plastic, silicone, or other materials that are worn directly on the eye to correct vision or for cosmetic or therapeutic purposes. They are a popular alternative to eyeglasses, as they do not obstruct the wearer's field of vision and can be more convenient and comfortable for certain activities.
There are two main types of contact lenses: soft lenses and hard or rigid gas-permeable (RGP) lenses. Soft lenses are made of a flexible, water-containing material that conforms to the shape of the eye and are usually more comfortable to wear than RGP lenses. They are available in a variety of prescriptions, including those for nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, and can also be worn for cosmetic purposes to change the color of the eye.
RGP lenses are made of a hard, gas-permeable material that allows oxygen to pass through to the eye. They are more durable and provide better vision correction than soft lenses, but may take longer to adjust to and may be less comfortable for some people.

If you are looking for a contact lens exam or having difficulties finding a contact lens that provides both great vision and comfort, call us to schedule a contact lens exam and contact lens fitting today at (562) 925-6591. We are proud to be a leading provider of advanced contact lens services for patients from Bellflower, Long Beach, Lakewood, and Los Angeles.
Below are some resources to help you start the process of determining if contact lenses are right for you and your unique eye care needs.

Why is it important to schedule a contact lens appointment?

Contact lenses are available by prescription only and are a medical health device which should be fitted and prescribed by an eye care professional. It is important to follow the prescribed wearing and care instructions provided by our eye doctors to ensure the health and comfort of the eyes. This may include using specific cleaning and disinfecting solutions and replacing the lenses according to the prescribed schedule. 

Contact lenses can have some potential risks and complications, such as infection, inflammation, and dry eye. It is important to practice good hygiene and follow the prescribed care instructions to reduce the risk of complications. Regular eye exams are also recommended to ensure the ongoing health and comfort of the eyes while wearing contact lenses.

One of the benefits of having regular contact lens exams is to ensure that our eye doctor can tell you about the latest contact lens designs, materials, and innovations which can provide improved vision and comfort.

Hard to Fit Contact Lenses and Medically Necessary Contact Lenses

Contact lens technology has continued to evolve, and there are now contact lenses available that can help manage certain eye conditions, such as keratoconus, myopia progression in children or dry eye. Furthermore, contact lenses can be a great solution for people suffering from corneal problems related to post surgery complications, autoimmune diseases, and severe dry eye. There are also contact lenses that can be used to deliver medication to the eye or as bandages when an eye has been injured.
Many times a patient will be told that contact lenses are not right for them. Just because you are classified as “hard to fit,” does not mean that contact lenses are ruled out as an option for you, we have success at our contact lens center in Bellflower fitting many patients that have been told that they are not a good candidate for contact lenses. Learn more about your options.
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Contact Lenses as a LASIK alternative

Orthokeratology (OrthoK), also known as corneal reshaping (CRT), gentle vision shaping (GVSS), or overnight vision correction, is a non-surgical procedure that involves wearing special gas-permeable contact lenses while sleeping to gently reshape the cornea, much like a retainer gently reshapes the teeth. While it reshapes the cornea at name it corrects vision problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. The lenses are removed during the day, allowing the wearer to see clearly without the need for glasses or other visual aids.
Orthokeratology can be a good alternative to LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) surgery for people who are not suitable candidates for LASIK or who prefer a non-surgical approach to correcting their vision. It can provide temporary vision correction and can be a good option for people who need vision correction only on a part-time basis, such as athletes or people who only need vision correction while driving or reading.

Daily Disposable Contact Lenses

Daily disposable contact lenses provide you with the vision correction of contact lenses without requiring cleaning and maintenance of other types of contact lenses. Learn more about what daily disposables bring to the table.
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Contact Lenses for Astigmatism

Astigmatism is a very common vision issue, and one that contact lenses are increasingly used to correct. Learn more about your options here.
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Contact lenses are an increasingly popular option for vision correction these days, for a variety of reasons. However, there are still plenty of questions about the different varieties of lenses, their functions, and what they are best used for.
Below are some resources to help you start the process of determining if contact lenses are right for you and your unique eye care needs.

Daily Disposable Contact Lenses

Daily disposable contact lenses provide you with the vision correction of contact lenses without requiring cleaning and maintenance of other types of contact lenses. Learn more about what daily disposables bring to the table.

Contact Lenses for Astigmatism

Astigmatism is a very common vision issue, and one that contact lenses are increasingly used to correct. Learn more about your options here.

Contact Lenses for Presbyopia

Just because you’ve developed presbyopia as you age doesn’t mean you have to slow down. Contact lenses can allow you to continue living an active lifestyle while providing the assistance you need. Learn more here.

Are Your Contact Lenses Uncomfortable? What to do About it

There are several possible reasons for contact lens discomfort. Learn more about them, so you know how to best approach the issue if it arises.

Colored Contact Lenses

For cosmetic purposes only, or can they help? Whichever purpose is relevant for you, there are things you should know in order to make an informed purchase.

Bifocal and Multifocal Contact Lenses

Just like glasses, both bifocal and multifocal contact lenses are available. Learn more about your options here.

Contact Lens Care

Your contact lenses may take care of your eyes, but you in turn have to take care of them. Learn the dos and don’ts, so that you get the most possible use out of your contacts.

Guide to Your Contact Problems and Issues

In order to maintain our ocular health, we require periodic examinations from optometrists to prevent, detect, and treat diseases and complications, including those involving motor visual and cognitive deficits.

Testimonials


I haven't actually used the optometrist side, so my review is limited to the vision therapy offered.  This office was recommended by my occupational therapist for the treatment of my double vision following a stroke.


Claire A.

Love this location. I had a brain injury accident from day one one. All the team make you feel you still important and hope in the horizon after when the medical system fell you miserably. Dr. Ikeda very professional and very understanding about your issue. Two tombs up.


Jim K.

My husband and I were immediately impressed with Dr Ikeda. I was hit by a car while cycling which caused broken bones and three brain injuries. The brain injuries caused double vision. Dr. Ikeda examined my eyes and got me started on vision therapy with his occupational therapist who specializes in vision therapy.  She (Chris) is absolutely great.  I am impressed with the array of tools used to help recover my binocular vision.  I am doing things I never thought were possible (balance boards etc).  Chris pushes me and keeps me motivated. I really enjoy my sessions with her.  The office staff is always friendly and they have a wonderful appointment reminder tool that makes it easy to keep my calendar up to date. I am happy the rehab center at Little Co. of Mary recommended them!!


Teresa S.

The Vision Therapy is handled in a separate office through a different door from the shared waiting room. Chris, the vision therapist, has a wide and varied assortment of tools, equipment and resources to best evaluate and treat most vision issues. After just a few visits, my double vision became easier to control, using exercises developed during the therapy process. It was time well-spent.


Joe M.

I have been coming here since I can remember. I love it here. The staff is so amazing and nice. They explain everything they gonna do and never make you feel rushed. Dr. Ikeda has always been my doctor and I would never want another one. He is the doctor for my whole family and is always asking how everyone is doing. I am also so crazy about picking out my frames and have to try so many and each person who helps me take the time and lets me try them all on. I would never want to go anywhere else! I definitely would recommend this office to anyone looking for a great eye doctor.


Kayla W.

This is not for the eye exam but for the frames selection portion. I brought my prescription from Kaiser here with my VSP insurance. The reception staff was very polite and professional.  Manny helped me to pick out frames and explain my coverage.  Very helpful and patient not like the individual at the other place I rated here on Yelp.  I was running late and he still helped me and was not bothered at all.  I am so glad I came here ..........very pleased.

Very professional staff and pleasant.


Daniel G.
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