If you have poor vision, and are living with an eye disease or condition, trust the team at Clarkson Eyecare to help you see more clearly and comfortably with specialty contact lenses. Our doctors use the latest technology in eye exams and are experts in custom-fitting contact lenses to alleviate your symptoms and improve your vision.
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Who Needs Specialty Contact Lenses?
Specialty contact lenses are recommended when traditional contact lenses will not or does not provide the vision and comfort a patient needs. They are like traditional lenses in that they provide vision correction but unlike traditional lenses in that they are designed specifically for people with eye irregularities, diseases, conditions, and corneal transplants. At Clarkson Eyecare our doctors are experts in custom contact lens fitting and will work with you to determine the best vision solution for your unique eyes.
Specialty Contact Lens Types at Clarkson Eyecare
In some cases, traditional contact lenses may not provide the vision or comfort a patient needs. At Clarkson Eyecare, we perform comprehensive eye exams and specialize in identifying and treating eye diseases and conditions. We work with you to determine the best vision correction solution based on your eye shape, health, and lifestyle.
Types of specialty contact lenses include:
Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) Lenses: RGP lenses are the most common specialty contact lenses. Although they are rigid and fit much closer to the eye than a scleral lens, they are still porous and allow oxygen to pass through. RGP lenses provide sharper vision for patients with astigmatism. They are also recommended for people with severe vision problems but not an eye disease or condition.
Scleral Lens: Traditional and RGP lenses cover just your cornea; scleral lenses cover the entire front surface of the eye, including the cornea and some of the white part you see (sclera). Scleral lenses are more stable and are recommended for people with irregular-shaped corneas and, in some cases, dry eye syndrome.
Orthokeratology (Ortho-K) Lenses: These lenses are only worn overnight. During this time, the Ortho-K lenses work to reshape your cornea to allow you to see more clearly during the day time. Ortho-K lenses are typically worn each night and removed upon waking, and are recommended for people who are diagnosed with myopia (nearsightedness), particularly children, or hyperopia (farsightedness).
Hybrid Lenses: These lenses provide a more comfortable fit as well as clearer and sharper vision. Hybrid contact lenses combine the comfort of a soft or silicone hydrogel lens (traditional contact lenses) with the clarity of a RGP lens. They have a rigid gas permeable central zone that is surrounded by a hydrogel or silicone hydrogel material.
Specialty Contact Lens Care
Caring for specialty contact lenses is the same as it is for traditional lens types and equally as important to ensure your eyes remain healthy and your lenses stay effective. If you wear any lens type, the eye care team at Clarkson Eyecare recommends the following:
Wash your handles with soap and water before touching your contact lenses
Always use contact solution when rinsing and storing your contact lenses (never water, saline, or eye drops)
Do not sleep in contact lenses (except for Ortho-K lenses, which are only worn at night)
Do not swim in contact lenses
Schedule routine eye exams to ensure your contact lenses are helping you see as clearly and comfortably as possible
Contacts lenses are not one-size-fits-all, which is why Clarkson Eyecare delivers the personalized, comprehensive care each patient needs. If you need vision correction, and eyeglasses are not for you, we can help you see and experience life more clearly and comfortably with contact lenses.
Specialty contacts lenses are different from traditional soft contact lenses because they are designed to simultaneously improve your vision and treat an eye condition or disease. Specialty contact lenses are for patients of all ages, including children.
The doctors at Clarkson Eyecare specialize in comprehensive eye exams and custom contact lens fittings. We will help you determine which specialty contact lens will give you your best vision and ensure it fits perfectly on your eye to give you the most comfort.
If you currently wear contacts and are experiencing discomfort, schedule an eye exam with Clarkson Eyecare today. Our doctors perform comprehensive eye exams and are experts in eye diseases and conditions. We can determine the cause of your eye pain, provide treatment to prevent any eye damage, and determine the best solution for you.
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