Contact Lenses Specialist

Family Vision Care Center

Stephen E. Chase, OD, FCOVD

Optometrist located in Torrance, CA

Don’t worry if you need to correct your vision but don’t want to wear eyeglasses, because there’s bound to be a type of contact lens that works for your eyes and vision needs. Dr. Stephen Chase at Family Vision Care Center has years of experience helping patients choose contact lenses, whether they need to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, or presbyopia. To learn more about contact lenses, call the office in Torrance, California, or book an appointment online.

Contact Lenses Q & A

What vision problems are corrected with contact lenses?

Contact lenses correct all the same vision problems as eyeglasses, including:

  • Nearsightedness (myopia): clear vision of nearby objects; blurry distance vision
  • Farsightedness (hyperopia): clear vision of distant objects; blurry close-up vision
  • Presbyopia: difficulty reading; can’t focus on close-up objects

Can contact lenses correct astigmatism?

Yes, contact lenses are available to effectively correct astigmatism. When you have astigmatism, your cornea scatters light, so it focuses in different areas of the retina.

The specialized contact lenses used for astigmatism are called toric contact lenses. Toric lenses are made with different powers in different parts of the lens so that they can correct for nearsightedness and farsightedness.

They also have a feature that lets the lens rotate, which ensures the different powers are always properly aligned with the part of your eye needing that specific correction.


What are the different types of contact lenses?

When you get contact lenses, Dr. Chase talks with you about your many different options and which type of lens is best for your eyes. Contact lenses are made from different materials that allow varying amounts of oxygen to reach your eye, which is critical for maintaining healthy eyes.

Soft contact lenses

Soft contact lenses made of silicone hydrogel are one of the most popular lenses, because they’re comfortable and allow plenty of oxygen to pass through the lens.

Gas-permeable lenses

These contact lenses are rigid like the old-fashioned hard contacts, but they’re porous enough to provide sufficient oxygen.  

Hybrid contacts

Hybrids are made from both types of lenses. They have rigid gas-permeable material in the center of the contact and soft material around the edges.  


What other contact lens choices are available?

You have many other options when you choose contact lenses. Here are just two ways they can be customized to meet your needs:

Disposable contact lenses

Contact lenses must be replaced daily or cleaned each day to prevent an eye infection. You can choose from disposable lenses that are discarded every day, every two weeks, or monthly. Traditional reusable lenses may need to be replaced after about six months.

Bifocal contact lenses

Just like eyeglasses, bifocal lenses have two zones, one for distance vision and the other to correct for near vision, like when you need reading glasses.

To learn more about your many contact lens choices, call Family Vision Care Center or book an appointment online.