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David W. Stemley, O.D., is the ideal eye care center for an extensive selection of contact lens types and brands. Part of the Total Vision eye care network, we pride ourselves on offering cutting-edge vision and contact lenses solutions. If you’re looking for a pair of contact lenses in Carlsbad that’s comfortable, convenient, and crystal-clear, you’ve come to the right place.

The Contact Lens Fitting

Contact lens prescriptions are only valid for a year, necessitating annual and regular contact lens fittings. During your contact lens fitting at David W. Stemley, O.D., our Carlsbad optometrist examines your eye health and administers the relevant eye tests to provide the ideal prescription. We use the latest diagnostic tools and technologies to provide the most accurate prescriptions possible. At the end of the contact lens fitting, our optometrist also discusses your preferences and prescription to recommend the ideal contact lens types for your specific needs.  

patient fitting her contact lenses in Carlsbad

Choosing the Right Contact Lenses

When it comes to choosing contact lenses, the options can be dizzying. Besides the wide range of brands available, you also have to make selections based on durability, longevity, comfort, and your prescription. Our optometrists and opticians guide you through the entire journey to ensure you find the best contact lenses according to your unique preferences and prescriptions.

Types of Contact Lenses

Soft Lenses

Soft lenses are ideal for people suffering from nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. They’re the most popular contact lenses because they’re extremely comfortable and require minimal maintenance. They’re available in long-wearing, disposable, or fashion color styles.

Multifocal Lenses

Multifocal contact lenses are usually meant for patients suffering from presbyopia, a refractive error common amongst patients older than 40. Multifocal lenses contain multiple prescriptions, making them more versatile, but they also involve a brief adjustment period.

Rigid Lenses

Rigid lenses, also known as rigid gas permeable lenses, are also designed to treat nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. They’re not as popular as soft contact lenses because they require more maintenance, and they involve a brief adjustment period during which they may cause some discomfort. However, rigid lenses are popular despite their flaws because they last longer and provide greater clarity than soft lenses.

Toric Lenses

Toric contact lenses are usually meant for patients suffering from astigmatism, a refractive error that makes your vision appear distorted and blurry due to irregularities in the corneal shape. Toric contact lenses are shaped like a donut to treat this unique refractive error — they’re available in soft and rigid styles.

Fashion Lenses

Fashion contact lenses are colored contact lenses used for cosmetic purposes. You can get colored variations on any of the aforementioned lens types, including soft and rigid lenses. You can get colored lenses either with or without a prescription.

Schedule Your Contact Lens Fitting with Dr. Stemley in Carlsbad

As part of the Total Vision network of eye care centers, David W. Stemley, O.D. provides a broad selection of the latest contact lenses from some of the most reputable brands in the industry. For more information, please schedule your fitting for contact lenses in Carlsbad.

patient holding up his contact lens in Carlsbad
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COVID-19 Update:

Dear Patient,
We are pleased to announce that the California Department of Public Health has given us permission to resume full scope eye care, including preventative care and postponed exams.

At Total Vision Care, the health of our patients, doctors, and associates is our top priority. We are taking precautions to ensure the safety of our community.

Health and safety protocols we are taking:

  • All visits are by appointment to ensure social distancing. This includes picking up of glasses/contact lenses, adjustments on glasses, and ordering new products.
  • Patients are asked to arrive to their appointment alone and notify us from your vehicle once you arrive (a parent/guardian may accompany a minor and a family member/caretaker may assist a senior). Please call the office and someone will greet you at the door.
  • Prior to your entry a team member will take your temperature, provide you with hand sanitizer and ask you a series of questions regarding your health and possible COVID-19 exposure. Our team members are all subject to these same screening protocols.
  • All doctors, associates, and patients must wear masks.
  • Our team sterilizes all equipment and surfaces after every patient and disinfects all frames prior to placing them back on display.

What we ask of patients:

  • If you have any of the following symptoms, you must reschedule your appointment for a future date: Fever, fatigue, cough, shortness of breath, gastro-intestinal symptoms (diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, or stomach pains), recent loss of smell or taste.
  • Please bring a mask which must be worn in our facilities at all times.
  • Your patience in adhering to new safety protocols.
  • Please feel welcome to communicate any questions that you have to your Total Vision Care practice associates.

In addition, we will continue to monitor CDC, WHO, governmental, and optometric associations guidelines and make changes as appropriate to protect our community. Thank you so much for your continued support of our practices. We appreciate your patience throughout this process and for trusting us with your eyecare needs.

The Total Vision Care Family of Eyecare Professionals