Specialty Contact Lenses
If you have been diagnosed with keratoconus, have severe dry eye, sustained ocular trauma due to infection or injury, or have had eye surgery which makes it hard for regular contact lenses to stay in place, then you may have been told in the past that you’re not a suitable candidate to wear traditional contact lenses.
If that’s the case, then specialty contact lenses could be a good alternative! Dr. Ellen Merkin is a contact lens specialist, and fits people who haven’t been able to wear regular contact lenses with specialty contact lenses designed to accommodate their unique eye health and vision needs and enjoy the freedom wearing contact lenses can offer.
What are Specialty Contact Lenses?
Specifically contact lenses are designed for people who cannot wear standard contacts and can be used for various vision correction needs. The specific type of specialty contact lens a person needs will vary depending on their unique needs and eye health.
Rigid Gas Permeable Contact Lenses
Rigid gas permeable lenses, also known as RGP lenses, are firm, more durable than soft contact lenses, and provide sharper vision correction. When properly cared for, they can last up to one year. A downside to rigid gas lenses is that they can be difficult to adapt to for those new to wearing contact lenses.
Scleral Contact Lenses
Scleral contacts are large–diameter gas permeable contact lenses specially designed to vault over the entire corneal surface and rest on the sclera, otherwise known as the “white” of the eye. In doing so, scleral lenses functionally replace the irregular cornea with a perfectly smooth optical surface to correct vision problems caused by keratoconus and other corneal irregularities.
Scleral lenses can be a solution to address issues which may make wearing conventional or regular contact lenses impossible and can also be customized as bifocal lenses to accommodate your visual needs due to presbyopia.
Fitting for Specialty Contact Lenses
A trained professional can help you determine what contact lenses you need. Dr. Ellen Merkin is experienced in not only determining what contacts are best for you, but also in fitting for specialty contact lenses.
Dr. Merkin will perform a contact lens exam if you are interested in contact lenses. At this time, she will evaluate a range of metrics and eye health markers, including your cornea shape and size. At your eye exam she will also address your corrective vision needs and the overall health of your eyes. After gathering the information needed to gain a better understanding of your eyes, she will offer recommendations on specialty contact lenses that may be right for you. If standard contact lenses are not an appropriate option for you, specialty contacts may be a good alternative.
Book an Appointment for a Contact Lens Exam
Contact our office by calling 702-363-7372 today to schedule an appointment for your specialty contact lens consultation.