Specialty Contact Lenses in San Mateo, San Jose, San Ramon, & Juneau

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Some eyes have corneas that are irregular due to injuries, corneal dystrophies, or degenerating conditions, like keratoconus, and cannot wear regular soft contact lenses. Our doctors are able to fit a variety of specialty contact lenses that could be the solution for you if you have those specific needs.

Optical Illusions: An Optometric Practice is able to fit a large variety of specialty contact lenses, including rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses, hybrid lenses, scleral lenses, bi-toric lenses, and custom soft lenses. More than ever before, we can cater to patients who need something a little different with our unique inventory of specialty contact lenses.

Scleral 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 rest over the entire sclera (the whites of our eyes), rather than just over the cornea, and are a great contact lens alternative for people who have difficulty wearing regular contact lenses.

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.

To reap the full benefits of ortho-k, you must be diligent in wearing your lenses for 8 hours consistently during bedtime, or else the temporary shape of your cornea will revert to its myopic state before the day is over.

Orthokeratology lenses are also used for Myopia Management.

As your child’s eyes grow longer, light may surpass the boundaries of their peripheral retina and create hyperopic defocus in that area, causing an elongation of the eyeball. We offer specialty soft contact lenses like MiSight, the only FDA-approved soft contact lens option on the market to manage myopia utilizing dual focus treatment zones to pull light in front of the peripheral retina, creating peripheral defocus and slowing the progression of myopia.

Hybrid contact lenses are a combination of 2 different contact lens types. The inner portion of the lens is rigid gas-permeable (RGP), and the outer part is made of a soft lens material, which improves both comfort and stability. This soft “skirt” allows patient to get the great optics of an RGP with the comfort of a soft contact lenses, essentially getting the best of both worlds.

The key feature of multifocal contact lenses, or contact lenses for presbyopia, is that they offer more than one type of prescription in a single contact lens. Many people above the age of 40 typically have a prescription for normal objects viewed at a distance, a prescription for intermediate distances, and a prescription for very close objects. This setup helps people with presbyopia correct age-related vision problems where the eye can no longer focus on objects up close like their computers or phones.

Phones, tablets and laptops; morning, noon and night. We’re all on digital devices all the time. Finally, there’s a lens with the technology and comfort to take them all on. Optical Illusions was one of the first practices in the Bay Area to be able to fit MyDay Energys, the first and only 1-day contact lens combining innovative aspheric design and material technology to help tiredness and dryness associated with digital eye strain.

Toric contact lenses are made using different corrective powers on different parts of the lens to help correct problems with astigmatism.

They are designed to focus on different parts of the lens—specific to the wearer—to correct the nearsightedness or farsightedness that goes along with astigmatism. They are also designed in a way that allows them to rotate to the perfect angle on your eye to help mitigate astigmatism.

Did you know our corneas has multiple base curves? It is prolate-shaped, meaning it is steeper in the center and flatter in the periphery.  Aspheric contact lenses are designed to match the unique shape of your cornea and mitigates the visual aberrations caused by a mismatch of the contact lenses shape to your eye. These lenses do not have a spherical shape and bulge outwards more towards the middle of the lens while remaining more flat around the edges. This shape causes light to focus 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.

These contact lenses are a fantastic alternative for people who are averse to high levels of exposure to light and glare. Transitions contact lenses made by Acuvue contain a special polymer element in their composition which allows for them to change at a molecular level. When you are exposed to bright lighting conditions, these lenses will darken help reduce glare by up to 32% and keep your vision remain clear and comfortable.

Which Specialty Contact Lenses Are
Right For Me?


For any patient who needs specialty contact lenses, there is no one-size-fits-all lenses. Contact us to schedule a consultation with our expert Specialty Contact Lens doctors. We’re always happy to help with any of your contact lens needs.

Our Locations

San Mateo

  • 194 Hillsdale Shopping Center
  • San Mateo, CA 94403

San Jose

  • 377 Santana Row, Suite #1115
  • San Jose, CA 95128

San Ramon

  • 6000 Bollinger Canyon Road, Suite #1104
  • San Ramon, CA 94583


  • 9309 Glacier Hwy, Suite A103
  • Juneau, AK 99801

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With this technology, we can provide truly personalized and comprehensive eye care to patients of all ages.

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