Specialty lenses are medical devices prescribed by an eye doctor to improve symptoms and correct vision problems associated with medical eye conditions. We typically prescribe the following specialty lenses:
What are RGP Lenses?
We RGP stands for Rigid Gas Permeable lenses. These contact lenses are an alternative to traditional soft lenses. These lenses are smaller than scleral lenses and soft contact lenses. They are rigid contacts made from an oxygen permeable material. These contact lenses are typically used for patients with astigmatism or other irregular shaped eyes. If the prescription does not change, these lenses can last multiple years.
What are Scleral Lenses?
Scleral lenses are used most commonly to treat Keratoconus and Dry Eye Disease. Scleral lenses are rigid contacts that cover the sclera (outer white part of the eye). Making it a larger lens that covers more surface area than soft contact lenses. These lenses are specifically designed for those with abnormally shaped corneas. Scleral lenses create a tear-filled vault over the cornea that reduces a variety of symptoms associated with these eye conditions. These lenses can be costly but last several years if no changes need to be made at your annual exam.
What is Ortho-K?
Orthokeratology, or Ortho-K for short, is also referred to as the "nighttime contact". Think of it as a retainer for your eyes at night, much like you would use a retainer at night for your teeth. An Ortho-K lens is a specially designed, rigid lens that is to be worn while sleeping. Ortho-K is for those patients with vision problems, but embrace the idea of enjoying vision correction without having to wear glasses or soft contact lenses during the day. Specifically for those that are myopic, or nearsighted. Ortho-K is also a good option for those that are not good candidates for laser eye surgery. At See Life Family Vision, we offer you this advanced corneal reshaping technology! This is a non-surgical technique that can produce changes to the way your cornea reflects light. Ortho-K is considered a cosmetic medical device. These specialty lenses can also last multiple years if no changes need to be made at your annual exam. If this is something you are interested in, please give our office a call to schedule your consultation. For more information follow the link: http://bit.ly/SeeLifeOrtho-K
What is Keratoconus?
Keratoconus is a condition in which the clear tissue in the front of the eye (cornea) bulges outward. Symptoms typically appear during puberty or the late teens and include blurry vision and sensitivity to light and glare. Glasses work for some to correct this vision problem. But many will need a specialty lens in order to see their very best. Scleral lenses are typically used to correct this vision problem. If you have been diagnosed with Keratoconus, please give our office a call to schedule your exam. Follow the link to learn more: http://bit.ly/KKone
What to expect?
If you are new to specialty lenses, here are a few things you can expect when visiting our practice. You will need a full comprehensive eye exam with the doctor. Afterwards the doctor will go over your options for specialty lenses, and the best treatment plan for your condition and lifestyle. You will then meet with our patient care coordinator to discuss our consent form, associated fees, and any vision plan benefits that may apply. Lastly, you will be scheduled for a specialty lens fitting to learn how to use and care for these lenses. It is a good rule of thumb to expect this appointment to last 1 to 2 hours. Especially if you are new to contact lenses in general.