Why are there so many contact lens brands?

Published on
December 14, 2022

In the United States, more than 40 million people wear contact lenses, and more than 8.5 billion dollars is spent worldwide on contact lenses every year.

Different brands make different kinds of contact lenses, with innovative materials and designs. 

We have different brands of contact lenses at our Bellflower optometry clinic due to the following reasons:

  • There are a variety of materials and some patients may find different materials more comfortable
  • There is a difference in their curvatures
  • Depending on the brand, they may be too tight or too loose
  • There can be a difference in the amount of water in them, which can provide comfort to certain patients 
  • Some contact lens designs are specifically tailored for certain conditions such as myopia in children, astigmatism, keratoconus, dry eye, and presbyopia
  • Some patients will find a certain design to be easier to see with, a good example is with multifocal contact lenses

Each company makes a variety of lenses to meet everyone's needs because no single brand works for everyone.

Why is a contact lens exam crucial before buying or changing contact lenses?

A contact lens exam is highly recommended before buying or changing contact lenses because there are so many different brands of lenses and when it comes to contact lenses, there is no one size fits all. Each brand of lens has different characteristics that may be suitable for one person but not for another. During the contact lens exam, our eye doctor will take measurements of your eyes, test different lenses, and prescribe you contact lenses based on your lifestyle and the results of the contact lens exam. 

In the event that one brand of lens is not comfortable for you, we will try out other brands. Our team will take the time to understand your needs so that they can find the contact lenses that will give you the best vision and comfort.

Schedule a contact lens exam in Bellflower, CA

If you are not comfortable with the contact lenses that you are currently wearing, one of the reasons could be that you are wearing a brand of lens that is not suitable for you or a material that does not provide enough oxygen to reach the eye or have the right composition. We encourage you to schedule a contact lens exam with our experienced eye doctors so that they can try out different brands of lens to find the one that is most comfortable for you and provides clear vision. To schedule a contact lens exam, please call (562) 925 6591. Patients looking for a contact lens exam visit our clinic from all over California, and we are proud to be a leading contact lens practice for patients from Bellflower, Long Beach, Lakewood, and Los Angeles.



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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.

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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.

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