At Bellaire Family Eye Care, our motto is to exceed your expectations with quality service, innovative technology, and a friendly team to address all the vision needs for you and your family. That motto is central to our contact lens department.
Contact lenses are a great alternative to eyeglasses and permanent corrective surgery. With so many options available, we are sure to find a contact lens that is perfect for you!
In addition to fitting our patients with traditional soft and hard contact lenses that treat nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia we have expertise in fitting a vast array of specialty contact lenses for more challenging eyes.
Scleral Contact Lenses
Have you been told that you are not a contact lens candidate due to previous ocular surgery, corneal disease, dry eyes, and/or high prescription? If you answered “yes,” consider scleral contact lenses. Scleral lenses are large diameter, rigid gas permeable contact lenses that provide excellent comfort and vision to patients with a variety of ocular conditions including keratoconus, corneal dystrophies, dry eye syndrome and previous corneal surgery (corneal transplants, LASIK, PRK, RK, etc.).
Scleral contact lenses rest on the sclera which is the white part of the eye instead of the cornea. The sclera is much less sensitive than the cornea therefore scleral contact lenses are extremely comfortable. In addition, scleral contact lenses create a fluid-filled vault over the cornea creating a perfect optical surface and much improved vision when compared to traditional soft contact lenses and spectacles. The fluid filled vault not only provides excellent vision, it nourishes the cornea which makes scleral lenses valuable in the treatment and management of ocular surface diseases such as Dry Eye Syndrome.
Scleral contact lenses are custom made to each patient’s eyes and requires advanced knowledge of the fitting process in order to ensure success. Our doctors have several years of experience, training, and certifications allowing us to best serve our patients with specialty contact lens needs.
Imagine perfect vision during the daytime without the need for daytime contact lenses, spectacles, or surgery! This process is called Orthokeratology or Ortho-k for short. Ortho-k is the process of temporarily reshaping the cornea, which is the clear, front surface of the eye, with a specially designed rigid gas permeable contact lens. The contact lens is worn overnight only and results in the treatment of myopia (or nearsightedness) and mild astigmatism throughout the day.
Ortho-k has been utilized for decades and the specific lenses we use in our office called Paragon CRT (Corneal Refractive Therapy) lenses have been FDA approved for the treatment of myopia since 2002.
CRT lenses are a safe and effective way to treat mild to moderate myopia and astigmatism in patients of all ages. These lenses are especially beneficial for patients with an active lifestyle, patients who struggle with daytime contacts due to dryness and/or discomfort, and patients who are seeking an alternative to refractive surgery. An added benefit of Ortho-k is that it has been clinically and scientifically proven to slow down the progression of nearsightedness in both pediatric and adolescent patients.