Specialty Contact Lenses

Have you had difficulty wearing contact lenses in the past or have you been told you are not a candidate for contact lenses? Are you or your child’s contact lenses uncomfortable?

Any of the following conditions can make contact lens wear more challenging:

  • Astigmatism
  • Dry eyes
  • Keratoconus
  • Progressive myopia
  • Hard-to-fit eyes
  • Giant papillary conjunctivitis (GPC)
  • Post-refractive surgery (LASIK)
  • Corneal surgery or transplant
  • Age-related declining near vision, known as presbyopia
  • Aphakia (absence of the lens of the eye)

But, not to worry, our doctors here at the Marietta Eye Clinic have special expertise in fitting contact lenses for patients with any of the above conditions and will welcome the opportunity to fit your eyes.

Specialty Contact Lens Products

Soft Contact Lenses

These are quickly comfortable for most wearers but are less durable than rigid gas permeable lenses. The flexible plastic is combined with water to allow oxygen to pass through the contact lens to the cornea. Soft contact lenses can correct nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), astigmatism (which can cause blurring at both distance and near), and age-related loss of close-up vision (presbyopia).

Soft Multifocal (Bifocal) Contact Lenses

Designed to provide vision at all distances for people who have blurred distance vision and are also experiencing the normal age-related decline in near vision.

Gas Permeable Contact Lenses

These are referred to as RGP (rigid gas permeable) lenses and are made from a more durable rigid material that provides crisper, clearer vision. RGP contact lenses are designed to last much longer than soft lenses but may take longer to adapt to and may not be quite as comfortable as soft contact lenses.

Rigid Gas Permeable Multifocal Contact Lenses

There are many formats of this type of lens, including one custom-designed for each patient using advanced optical software by Dr. Louis Schlesinger. The custom-designed lens works similarly to progressive eyeglass lenses, providing distance (road signs), intermediate (computer), and near (book) vision.

VTI Contact Lenses

These soft multifocal contact lenses started out being fit for middle-aged patients who need a reading prescription. Published clinical studies show these contact lenses slow down or stop the progression of nearsightedness to the point that most pediatric and adolescent wearers end up approximately 50-55% less nearsighted as adults if they wear VTI lenses versus if they wear regular soft lenses or glasses.

CRT (Corneal Refractive Therapy) Contact Lenses

Fit only by Louis Schlesinger, O.D. in our Acworth office, these lenses reshape the cornea just like refractive surgery without any surgery. They are worn at night and removed upon waking. The individual leaves the house free from contact lenses or spectacles. The CTR lenses must be worn nightly to maintain clear vision. Published clinical studies show CRT lenses slow down or stop the progression of nearsightedness to the point that most pediatric and adolescent wearers end up approximately 45-50% less nearsighted as adults if they wear CRT lenses versus if they wear soft lenses or glasses. These lenses can also be used for progressive “myopia management.”

Scleral Specialty Contact Lenses

Scleral contact lenses represent unique designs recommended and fit by eye care practitioners to solve unique eye problems seen in patients. Specifically, patients with poor vision due to scars from previous eye infections or injuries, previous refractive surgery (such as LASIK, LASEK, PRK, or RK), bothersome dry eye that interferes with wearing other kinds of contact lenses, or unique vision challenges due to refractive errors (such as high degrees of nearsightedness, farsightedness, regular or irregular astigmatism) may benefit greatly from wearing the scleral lenses from both a comfort and a vision performance standpoint.

Are You a Good Candidate?

Typically, anyone interested in achieving the best vision possible with contact lenses can be a candidate for specialty contact lenses. With our specialized services, patients may visit 2-3 times to allow our doctors to optimize and ensure that their lenses have the best visual acuity. Speak to our vision specialist to find out more.

Experience Matters

Dr. Gregg Russell and Dr. Louis Schlesinger are experienced scleral lens authorities. Dr. Russell is a Diplomate in the Cornea, Contact Lens, and Refractive Technologies section of the American Academy of Optometry and a Fellow of the Scleral Lens Society. He is one of 3 people in the entire Southeast with these academic distinctions. Dr. Schleshinger is a Fellow of the British Contact Lens Association (1 of 3 Americans to have ever been granted this honor), a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, and a Fellow of the American College of Optometric Physicians. Both doctors participate in clinical studies and have worked with local labs on designs and lens improvements, allowing them to stay on the cutting edge of lens design and structure.

Experience matters when fitting specialty contact lenses. Contact our office for additional information through our office email, sclerallens@mariettaeye.com, to speak to one of our doctors or contact our optical department at 770-427-8111 to speak to a staff member.

For additional information, visit the Scleral Lens Education Society website at www.sclerallens.org.

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