If you have been told that contact lenses are not an option, speak with an optometrist trained in fitting specialty contact lenses. Fogg Remington EyeCare can offer several alternative high-quality options for rare or severe eye conditions.
How Is an Optometrist Trained in Fitting Specialty Contact Lenses Unique?
Every optometrist can fit conventional contact lenses. However, specialty contacts are another story, and few optometrists have undergone the necessary training in fitting specialty lenses, such as scleral lenses, hybrid lenses, or custom rigid gas permeable lenses.
Scleral lenses are custom-fit to each patient’s individual cornea. This requires the optometrist to acquire more in-depth knowledge in areas traditionally belonging in the field of a corneal specialist.
Moreover, special equipment is needed to fit specialty lenses. The optometrist uses different devices to assess whether a particular specialty lens is a good fit and to precisely measure a cornea’s unique shape.
When Should You See an Eye Doctor for Specialty Lenses?
Many of our patients have experienced discomfort or complications when using traditional soft contact lenses. In these cases, wearing scleral lenses offer more comfort yet provide the same visual acuity or better.
If you have an eye condition that prevents you from wearing regular contact lenses, such as corneal irregularities (i.e. keratoconus), post corneal transplant, severe dry-eye, or an unusually high refractive error, scleral contact lenses may be a good fit.
Special lenses may also help patients cope with complications following surgery or improve remaining refractive errors. We can help you evaluate your alternatives.
Conditions Special Lenses Can Treat
Fitting Specialty Lenses
Specialty lenses require specific diagnostic equipment. Only a precise image of the cornea’s surface can ensure optimal fitting of the individual lens for perfect vision.
At Fogg Remington EyeCare, we use an advanced digital topographer to measure your cornea during your initial eye exam. This digital device produces high-resolution corneal imagery and provides the parameters to design your customized lenses. Your specifications are then sent to a contact lens lab, which produces a set of lenses designed specifically for your eyes.
After ensuring the lenses are a perfect fit, your Doctor will instruct you on how to insert, remove and take care of specialty contact lenses, since handling them calls for a little more precision and caution than traditional lenses.