In addition to the comprehensive ophthalmology services provided at Semel Vision Care & Aesthetics, our practice also features an optical shop with a wide array of eyeglass frames and contact lenses to suit every budget. We offer patients frames from many elite designers, as well as stylish yet affordable alternatives. We also carry a full line of frames for children and teens.
Our convenient onsite location also eliminates the hassle of having to take your prescription to another location in order to fill your vision correction needs. In addition to eyeglasses and contact lenses, we also provide sunglasses, sports glasses, goggles and other forms of safety and athletic eyewear.
When visiting our optical shop, patients will be seen by one of our experienced optometrists, who will help you decide which type of glasses or contacts are best for you. Once you make your decision, the optometrist will fit you for your chosen frames or contacts to ensure that you receive the best possible results from your vision correction from a practice you trust.
To learn more about our optical shop, call us today at 310.641.1700 or stop in to see the wide array of products we currently offer.
Contact Lens Fitting
Thanks to advances in optical technology, almost everyone can now wear contact lenses, regardless of the type or extent of their vision problems. Unlike glasses, contact lenses move with your eyes so you can enjoy a larger field of vision with fewer distortions. You also don’t have to deal with frames hovering in your peripheral vision or external lenses that fog up on cold days or get wet in the rain.
There are many different kinds of contacts, including rigid and flexible, extended wear, disposable and planned replacement lenses. Some can be made as bifocals or in different colors. After a thorough eye exam and consultation with an experienced physician, patients who qualify for contact lenses can discuss which type is right for them.
Once the most appropriate type of lenses have been chosen, additional customization is required through our lens fitting services. As each person’s eye is a different size and shape, so are the contact lenses that cover it. In order to achieve optimal levels of vision correction and comfort, patients must be fitted for contact lenses so that your doctor can prescribe the right kind for your individual eyes.
Contact lens fitting is done by measuring the corneal diameter and curvature to ensure centered and stable vision. This is done with an instrument called a keratometer, which is a machine like a digital camera that measures the curvature of the cornea and produces K-readings. Additional measurements, known as corneal topography, are also taken to create a map of the eye and determine the best fit.
Bifocal Contact Lenses
Bifocal contact lenses are an advanced type of lenses ideal for patients suffering from nearsightedness as well as presbyopia, a natural change to the eyes that occurs around the age of 40 and affects near vision. They provide clear, customized vision at all distances, eliminating the need for glasses without surgery.
These lenses are available in soft materials, rigid gas permeable, or a new silicone hydrogel material, which allows more oxygen to reach the cornea. There are also several vision correction options for these lenses, which may include alternating lenses (similar to bifocal glasses), concentric lenses (alternating circles of near and distance correction), or aspheric lenses (blended vision correction similar to progressive eyeglasses). The best type of lenses can vary depending on the preference and specific needs of the patient.