Why Refer Your Patients to Us?
Why You Ask?
The health care professionals you choose to send your patients to reflects upon you as the referring physician. Ideally, you want your patients to visit a practice where they’re offered top-notch care, professionalism and empathy. At (PRACTICE NAME), we take this very seriously and give our utmost to ensure a quality experience for all of our patients.
What Can We Offer Your Patients?
We are a referral center based subspecialty contact lens practice. We work with Corneal Specialists to offer a continuum of care for their patients with corneal irregularities by providing advanced custom contact lens fitting for the most hard-to-fit patients.
(PRACTICE NAME) brings exceptional vision and comfort to patients needing specialty contact lenses to overcome corneal conditions. We aim to provide the best care, expertise, and experience for our patients seeking a higher level of care. Our office is equipped with the most cutting edge lens design for the irregular cornea patient to ensure that scleral patients experience maximum vision and comfort.
What happens during a scleral lens fitting?
We carefully map the patient’s cornea.
By using the most up-to-date corneal topography equipment we can generate a detailed diagram of your patients’ cornea, which is used to make customized scleral contact lenses.
How difficult is it to insert and care for scleral lenses?
Initially, inserting scleral lenses can be challenging. But after a short period, and a thorough training by the optometrist, inserting and removing contact lenses becomes habitual. Scleral lenses are very durable, easy to handle, and are easy to care for once the patient is well trained.
Scleral Lenses Following a Corneal Transplant
Patients with Keratoconus or corneal transplants can see clearly by wearing scleral lenses; they are the safest and best way to correct vision for irregular astigmatism. Following a corneal transplant, the cornea should not be touched with a contact lens. This makes scleral lenses the optimal solution, as they vault over the cornea without touching it directly.
John came to (PRACTICE NAME) seeking a solution for his Keratoconus, which affected both his eyes. He had recently undergone a corneal transplant and had a corneal graft for his Keratoconus.
In order to improve John’s visual acuity, Dr. ____ did the following:
- He took a topography reading of 11,000 points on each cornea and then designed the lens to individually match all 11,000 points of the patient’s corneas. Because he had a corneal transplant, it was crucial that the lens not touch any part of the graft to ensure maximum comfort.
- He used OCT images to measure the microns between the back surface of the scleral lens and the front surface of the cornea to ensure a healthy graft while wearing the contact lenses.
As a result, John was able to achieve 20/25 vision in both eyes. He now has clear, comfortable vision all day and is very pleased with the scleral lenses he was fitted for at (PRACTICE NAME).
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Post-LASIK Complications +
While LASIK surgery has a high success rate, some patients come out of the surgery with imperfect vision. Debbi is one of the many cases we’ve seen at our practice.
Her LASIK surgery results left her with poor vision. Her LASIK surgeon recommended an enhancement procedure to improve her vision, which led her to undergo subsequent LASIK surgeries. Unfortunately, these attempts left her with extremely poor vision in each eye and Debbi was desperate to find a solution to her vision problems.
Debbi arrived at (PRACTICE NAME) after hearing that we specialize in helping people achieve clear vision following poor LASIK results. Dr. ____ examined Debbi’s eyes and found that she had a very high prescription and irregular astigmatism following her surgery.
Her best option was to wear scleral lenses as they would correct her astigmatism, farsightedness, and were perfectly safe for her corneas, which after multiple surgeries, were scarred.
Since getting fitted for her custom designed scleral lenses, Debbi is absolutely thrilled with how sharp and comfortable her vision has become.
Post-RK Surgery Complications +
Many patients underwent Radial Keratotomy (RK) surgery to correct myopia and astigmatism during the early stages of refractive surgery. The RK surgery represented the very first attempt to change the shape of the cornea, and though these days refractive surgery techniques are less aggressive, they can still result in serious complications.
Because of the aggressiveness of the procedure, those having undergone RK surgery can be left with some refractive error in the form of nearsightedness, farsightedness, or (irregular) astigmatism. Those with irregular astigmatism experience blurred, distorted vision loss which cannot be corrected with glasses. It is among the more serious and frequently occurring complications following corneal refractive surgery.
Time and time again, it has been shown that scleral lenses is the best option to correct for irregular astigmatism and refractive error associated with RK.
Matthew, a 52-year-old teacher, underwent bilateral RK surgery in 1995. Though the initial results were positive, within two years his vision deteriorated. He developed corneal ectasia, and complained of blurred vision, discomfort, and red eyes when wearing contact lenses.
The slit lamp examination revealed damaged corneas which had severe staining along the incision lines and around the cornea at the limbus. This was a result of the fit of the GP lenses he was wearing at the time. They were touching the anterior elevations of the cornea and did not allow for enough tear exchange.
Fitting a scleral lens was the best option to treat Matthew’s damaged corneas, alleviate discomfort and improve his vision.
At the one-year visit, the patient improved both visual acuity and quality. The fitting of a well-designed semi-scleral GP contact lens filled with a saline solution created a healthy environment behind the lens, which in turn allowed the cornea and limbus to heal. The scleral lenses also helped protect the RK incisions from further abrasions caused by blinking.
As this case demonstrates, patients having developed irregular corneal surfaces following refractive surgery can benefit from a customized scleral contact lens design to improve their wearing comfort and vision.
Dr. ____ has over ____ years experience fitting specialty contact lenses. From the simple near-sighted first time wearer to the complex astigmatic, bifocal or diseased cornea patient, he/she makes sure to find the proper fit for all of his/her patients.