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Specialty Contact Lenses for the “Hard-to-Fit” Patient

Hard-to-fit Contacts Are Our Expertise!

Not everyone has the same eyes – which is why contact lenses are not one-size-fits-all. It can be more challenging to fit some people with contacts than others, depending upon their eye and vision condition. Fortunately, contacts come in a vast range of types – even for the most complex, hard-to-fit eyes. If you have not experienced success with contacts or you’ve been told in the past that contact lenses are not an option to correct your vision, we invite you to visit our eye care center for a contact lenses eye exam and fitting. We stock a wide selection of specialty contact lenses in Washington, DC, and our eye doctors are highly qualified and experienced in fitting hard-to-fit lenses.

Using advanced diagnostic tools, our eye doctors will work with you patiently to determine the optimal specialty lenses for your vision. For example, we offer custom scleral lenses for keratoconus and post-corneal transplant patients, toric lenses for astigmatism, specialized lenses for dry eye syndrome, and ortho-k lenses for corneal reshaping. Our eye doctors bring years of professional experience, clinical excellence, and a personalized approach to every patient.

Hard-to-fit Vision Conditions

A variety of ocular conditions can make it hard to wear standard contacts. Some of the most common problems include:

  • Keratoconus
  • Corneal scarring; post-corneal transplant
  • Dry eye syndrome
  • Pellucid Marginal Degeneration
  • Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis (GPC)
  • Post-LASIK, or other refractive procedure
  • Presbyopia
  • Astigmatism

Our eye doctor will check your eyes and vision thoroughly to identify which specialty contacts are most suitable.

Types of Specialty Contact Lenses in Washington, DC

Scleral Lenses

Scleral contact lenses can be beneficial for several hard-to-fit ocular conditions:

  • Keratoconus

Keratoconus occurs when the cornea is thinner than normal and bulges outward into a cone shape. Instead of standard soft contacts, which do not fit well on this shape, scleral lenses can be a good solution. Scleral contact lenses are rigid gas permeable contacts with an extra-wide diameter that vaults over the cornea and rests on the whites of your eye. As a result, they replace the irregular corneal surface with a smoothly rounded surface, allowing for crisp vision.

  • Dry Eye

The way that scleral lenses rest on the eye also creates a gap between the contact and the cornea, which fills with tears. This moisturizing reservoir can also make sclerals a comfortable, therapeutic solution for people with severe dry eye.

  • Post-corneal transplant

Scleral lenses can also be a good option for people who have undergone a corneal transplant. To find out more about these specialty contact lenses in Washington, DC, call to book an appointment.

Toric Lenses for Astigmatism

Normally, the cornea has one curve. When it has two curves, it is diagnosed as astigmatism. When untreated, astigmatism can lead to double or blurry vision. While conventional contact lenses cannot correct astigmatism, custom-made toric specialty contact lenses can.

Contact Lenses for Dry Eye Syndrome

Dry eyes can lead to many irritating symptoms that contact lenses can make worse (and sometimes be the cause of). If you suffer from dry eye, our optometrists will perform a customized eye exam to identify the root of your dry eyes and to recommend the most suitable dry eye treatment. Then, we will determine the best type of specialty contact lenses in Washington, DC, for your condition. A range of new materials and designs offer superior wearing comfort and crisp vision for people with dry eye syndrome.

Rigid Gas Permeable Lenses

Hard gas permeable contact lenses enable a high quantity of oxygen to reach your eye, thereby letting eyes breathe. Also, protein deposits do not accumulate on hard lenses. This significantly reduces your risk of eye infection. GP lenses are a preferred choice for many patients with high astigmatism, high visual demands, or a vision prescription that requires multifocals.

Orthokeratology (Ortho-k) Lenses

Ortho-k, also known as corneal reshaping therapy (CRT) or vision shaping, describes the process of molding the cornea gently to resolve refractive error, such as nearsightedness. Ortho-k lenses are worn nightly while sleeping and removed upon awakening. The result is clear daytime vision, without wearing any eyeglasses or contact lenses during the day.

Along with the convenience of ortho-k lenses, studies have shown that these specialty contact lenses provide myopia control in children – slowing or halting the progression of nearsightedness by up to 50%!

For more information about specialty contact lenses in Washington, DC, and to schedule your personalized consultation, contact Washington Eye Doctors.