Specialty Contact Lenses

A spherical soft contact lens (which corrects nearsightedness or farsighted) does not work for everyone. When certain factors are present it is necessary to use a specialty contact lens to provide optimum vision. The decision to prescribe a specialty contact lens may be based on prescription, the presence of an eye condition (such as keratoconus or dry eye), comfort, or the intended use of the contacts (ex. sports). Our doctors fit a variety of contact lenses and specialty contact lenses that range from daily disposable lenses to custom designed scleral contact lenses. If your goal is to optimize your vision with contact lenses it is time to schedule an examination with one of our doctors. Their combination of training, knowledge, experience and in-office technology means that you can be prescribed the best lens for your eyes.


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Scleral contact lenses are a specialty type of contact lens that provide clear vision when glasses, soft contact lenses, or traditional rigid gas permeable (RGP) or 'hard' lenses cannot. Scleral contact lenses are primarily used for patients with irregular corneas (due to disease or post-surgical changes), dry eyes, or difficult-to-fit eyes that make conventional lenses uncomfortable or unsuccessful. The design of scleral contact lenses allows patients with conditions to achieve sharper vision and improved comfort. 


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Gas permeable lenses, also called rigid gas permeables (RGPs) or hard contact lenses, are a corneal contact lens design that have been around for decades. These time-tested lenses remain popular among specialty contact lens specialists because of the wide range of prescriptions they are able to accommodate and the clear vision made possible with the use of these lenses. Corneal gas permable lenses are primarily used for patients with mild corneal disease (such as keratoconus) and high amounts of refractive error; astigmatism, farsightedness, or nearsightedness to provide clearer vision than soft contact lenses are able to provide.


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