Specialty & Scleral Lenses in Washington, D.C., Chevy Chase, MD, & Arlington, VA

No matter what kind of eye health issues you have or vision correction you need, at Washington Eye Doctors, we’ll find the specialty lenses to help you love what you see!

Any Specialty Lenses You Need

For patients with front of eye conditions, such as dry eye or keratoconus, contacts can be uncomfortable or even impossible to properly wear. Thankfully, specialty lenses like scleral contacts can help even those with sensitive eyes to see clearly — and can even help manage their eye conditions.

If you struggle with traditional contacts, the friendly optometrists at our locally owned and operated eye care practice will learn about you and your vision needs to find the best solution for you. And because we work closely with several major manufacturers, we’re often the first in the area to feature the latest in contact lens technology!

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Scleral Lenses

Scleral lenses are larger than the average contact lens, so much so that they arc over the front of your eye entirely and instead rest their edges on the “whites” of your eyes, known as the sclera.

Because these lenses don’t make direct contact with the cornea, they’re a great option for patients with sensitive eyes or front-of-eye conditions. They provide complete coverage and protection for the cornea; create a tear reservoir beneath them, which ensures your eyes stay hydrated; and have exceptional breathability for oxygen that helps them perform and heal.

Are Scleral Lenses Right For You?

If you have eyes that are considered “hard-to-fit” or otherwise unhealthy, scleral lenses are likely a great option for correcting your vision. These lenses have several advantages over traditional rigid gas permeable lenses, or corneal lenses, including extra protection, hydration, and oxygenation, that can make all the difference for your clarity and comfort. We’ll take our time during a consultation to ensure that scleral lenses are the best solution for your needs.
Putting on scleral lenses into eye

Other Specialty Lenses

We carry many different kinds of specialty contact lenses that are designed to meet many specific vision needs. Our eye doctors will evaluate your eyes and recommend a choice that best suits how you use your eyes. Searching for a whole new look? We even offer colored lenses!

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Myopia Management

While glasses correct children’s vision, they don’t fix the underlying causes of myopia (nearsightedness), which lets it progress and even threaten eye health later in life. Our team prescribes ortho-K and MiSight® lenses that correct vision now and slow myopia’s progress to secure ongoing eye health.
Woman putting on multifunctional scleral lenses from Washington Eye Doctors


Unlike more typical single-focus lenses, multifocal lenses allow patients to see clearly at multiple fields of distance without relying on readers or other extra eyewear. These lenses can correct a wide range of vision issues, including the common and age-related presbyopia.

Man putting on scleral lenses from Washington Eye Doctors

Scleral & Rigid Gas Permeable Lenses

Scleral lenses are actually the largest type of RGP lens, which all have more structure and breathability than standard soft lenses. While they need to be custom-fit and require more upkeep than disposable lenses, they can also provide greater clarity and health benefits over standard options.

Hybrid lenses from Washington Eye Doctors

Hybrid Lenses

These specialty lenses have a RGP center and soft “skirt” where they make contact with the eye. This lets them combine the visual acuity of RGP lenses with the flexibility and comfort of soft contacts. This combination also makes hybrid lenses excellent at correcting severe astigmatism.

Woman using laptop smiling and writing with blue light contact lenses

Blue Light

We use digital screens more than ever, which exposes our eyes to high amounts of uncomfortable blue light that can cause eye strain. You don’t have to let your digital hobbies or desk job irritate your eyes: we offer blue light blocking contact lenses that shield your eyes, reduce your discomfort, and even limit night-time glare while driving!

TORIC Lenses at Washington Eye Doctors

Toric Lenses

These variations of contact lenses are used to correct astigmatism and are shaped like a doughnut sliced in half, as opposed to the spherical shape of a standard lenses. Their odd shape lets them accommodate astigmatic eyes and correct focusing power even for dramatically misshapen eyes.

Why Choose Washington Eye Doctors for Your Specialty & Scleral Lenses?

As your friendly, local eye care provider, we’re able to dig a little deeper and provide customized specialty lenses for our patients in the way that we feel is best. We want to learn about you and what you need from your vision, so we can give you the healthy eyes and eyesight you deserve.

Convenient Eye Care Close to You

Our Chevy Chase office allows us to bring our exceptional eye care to the D.C. suburbs. We’re here to help the people of Bethesda, North Bethesda, Potomac, Somerset, Friendship Heights, Friendship Village, Westgate, Glen Echo, Wood Acres, Kensington, Takoma Park, Cabin John, Adelphi, and Silver Spring love what they see with incredible vision services and customized eyewear.

Our Patients Trust Us & Love What They See

Based on 119 reviews
Joseph Atchulo
Joseph Atchulo
January 27, 2022.
The best Eye Care Center in Washington DC. Visit them for an awesome experience.
Jim Liu
Jim Liu
November 30, 2021.
I visited Washington Eye Doctors for my dry eyes. Dr. Rosenblatt is awesome, he is very respectful and professional. Zero pressure when you talk to him. After the treatments, I feel absolutely better. Eye dryness is painful, and someone says it's more like a disability than a disorder. I can't agree more. Before I get the treatments, I can't even sit down and type these words for like 15 mins. Now I am not 100% recovered but at least I could work and study like a normal person. I am still using prescribed medications and I am confident that this problem is treatable. If you have dry eyes, try to contact Dr. Roosenblatt is the best advice I could give.
Randy Capps
Randy Capps
July 19, 2021.
I have been with Washington Eye Doctors for 50 years since the Katz/Kanstroom days. They guided me through bifocals as a kid, contacts as an adolescent and Lasik as an adult. 25 years after Lasik I still have near perfect vision. I just went back for night driving glasses. Always quick, efficient and thorough consistently over the decades.
Mary Virginia Spencer
Mary Virginia Spencer
May 14, 2021.
I had the best experience here! In a crunch, they were more than happy to help me get new contacts and were incredibly helpful and kind. Definitely will be going back!!
Stephanie Aylward
Stephanie Aylward
April 30, 2021.
A group of kind, friendly human beings. I was visiting Washington, D.C. from out of town, ran into a bind, and this practice was able to help me so that I could drive back home. I am so thankful for their help.
Amanda Blake
Amanda Blake
April 29, 2021.
The absolute best choice for dry eye! I had been suffering for years, and now my eyes are drastically better after only three months of proper treatment. Dr. Abraham is excellent. He explains things very clearly and listens to concerns with compassion. I really appreciate his help and cannot recommend Washington Eye Doctors highly enough, especially for dry eye patients.
Karen Moe
Karen Moe
June 26, 2020.
Dr Rosenblatt has been my eye doctor for many years and worked with me to get my proper correction for nearsightedness. My extra-sensitive system was previously over-corrected and his prescriptions enabled my vision to be more relaxed and stabilize. The glasses are high quality and good fit. I’m especially fond of the nearly weightless frames and lenses.

Specialty & Scleral Lenses from Washington Eye Doctors

We’re passionate about finding the right contacts for you and your family — after all, we were one of the first practices in the D.C. area to offer them! No matter if you’re in Washington, D.C., Chevy Chase, MD, or Arlington, VA, you’ll find the same incredible care and specialty lens options at all our Washington Eye Doctors locations.

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