Specialty Contact Lenses for San Mateo

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Because All Eyes Are Unique

Optical Illusions is proud to carry a large variety of specialty contact lenses. Now more than ever before, we can cater to patients who need something a little different from their contact lenses.

Scleral contact lenses are a fantastic alternative for those who find regular contact lenses uncomfortable. They are often used to treat dry eye, keratoconus, or irregular corneas. These dynamic lenses get their name from a part of our eye called the sclera, commonly known as the whites of our eyes. Scleral lenses rest on this part of the eye, which is much less sensitive than the cornea.

Orthokeratology, or ortho-k, is a treatment that uses specialty gas-permeable contact lenses to correct refractive errors such as myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. These lenses are worn overnight and temporarily reshape the cornea during sleep. When the contact lenses are removed in the morning, there is no need for further vision correction, as the effects typically last throughout the day.

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Aspheric contact lenses are designed to mitigate complications caused by spherical aberrations of your eye. They focus light to a point at the back of the eye, rather than the overall area. As such, they provide enhanced vision in terms of both resolution and depth of focus.

Toric lenses are made using different corrective powers on different parts of the lens to help correct problems with astigmatism. They are designed to be shaped in a taurus shape to fit your cornea’s irregular shape, which mitigates the symptoms of astigmatism.

The key feature of bifocal and multifocal contact lenses is that they offer more than one type of prescription in a single lens. Bifocal lenses are used when two powers of correction are needed, and multifocal lenses are used when three or more prescriptions are required. These lenses are most often used for individuals with presbyopia.

Hybrid lenses are exactly what they sound like: a combination of two different contact lens types. The inner portion of the lens is rigid or gas-permeable, and the outer part (sometimes called the skirt) is made of a softer lens, which improves both comfort and stability.

These contact lenses are exciting because they almost double as sunglasses! Transition contact lenses contain a special element in their composition, which allows for them to change at a molecular level when exposed to different types of light. In a nutshell, they transition automatically to adjust to different light levels.

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Our location in the prestigious Hillsdale Shopping Center (beside Nordstrom) means we are open seven days a week and have an abundance of parking.

To better serve your vision needs, we provide evening appointments and offer services in Chinese, Spanish, and English.

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194 Hillsdale Shopping Center
San Mateo, CA 94403

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Phone: (650) 341-8080
Fax: (650) 341-8565
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