Glasses are a great way to update your look as well as correct your vision, but why limit yourself when contacts are also available. At his practice in South Pasadena, California, Mitchell C. Latter, MD, a board-certified ophthalmologist with over 35 years of experience, provides both prescription eyeglasses and contact lenses. If you need new glasses or contacts, call Dr. Latter’s office or schedule your next eye exam online today.

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How do I know if I need eyeglasses or contact lenses?

The most obvious sign that you need eyeglasses or contact lenses is blurry vision. You might also have headaches or experience eyestrain. Other signs that you need corrective lenses include:

  • Poor night vision
  • Trouble adjusting from dark to light
  • Problems reading a computer screen
  • Seeing halos or having wavy vision

If you have any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with Dr. Latter. He provides comprehensive eye exams that include vision acuity testing to identify refractive errors like nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism.

What should I expect during an eye exam?

Dr. Latter provides comprehensive eye exams that measure your visual acuity and the health of your eyes. You can expect several tests which may include, but are not limited to:

  • Visual acuity
  • Retinoscopy
  • Refraction
  • Cover test
  • Depth perception
  • Ocular motility
  • Slit lamp exam
  • Glaucoma screening (tonometry)
  • Pupil dilation

Dr. Latter performs additional tests to fit you for contact lenses to make sure your prescription and the type of lens you select, rests on your eye correctly.

Are contact lenses or eyeglasses better for vision correction?

Eyeglasses and contact lenses both provide excellent vision correction. There are benefits to both options and your personal preference is the most important factor in your decision. And, of course, you don’t have to limit yourself to one or the other; you may prefer to wear glasses sometimes and contact lenses at other times.

Contact lenses rest on your eyes and provide clear vision in all directions. They don’t get in the way during physical activities and they won’t fog up in cold weather. Dr. Latter prescribes a variety of lenses including:

  • Soft disposables for daily, weekly, biweekly, or monthly use
  • Rigid gas permeable lenses (also called hard contact lenses)
  • Toric lenses for astigmatism
  • Multifocal lenses if you need different prescriptions to see near and far.

Glasses are sometimes more comfortable if you have dry eyes or spend your days working on a computer. You also don’t need to touch your eyes to wear glasses, which can reduce your risk of infection and irritation. You can also choose fashionable frames to accentuate your personal style. Dr. Latter offers a wide variety of fashionable frames including:

  • Izod
  • Columbia
  • L’Amy
  • Guess
  • Skechers
  • Ellen Tracy
  • BCBG
  • Ray-Ban
  • Candie’s
  • ClearVision
  • Savvy
  • Harley-Davidson
  • Jessica McClintock
  • Catherine Deneuve
  • Vision’s

Dr. Latter and his team help you choose frames that suit your face shape and your skin and hair color. They also provide advice on the best type of lenses for your prescription and a variety of coatings to reduce glare and protect your eyes from UV rays.

If you’re ready for a new pair of glasses or need an up-to-date prescription, call Dr. Latter’s office or schedule an appointment online today.