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Specialty Contact Lenses: A Breakthrough in Vision Correction

Updated: Feb 6

In the world of eye care, advancements in technology have led to the development of new and innovative solutions for vision correction. One such development is the availability of specialty contact lenses, which offer a range of benefits for individuals with challenging vision issues caused by corneal diseases and other conditions. If you're looking for a more comfortable and effective way to improve your vision, you might want to consider scleral contact lenses or rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses, now being fit by Dr. Jarvis Johnson at Griffin Eyecare.

Scleral Contact Lenses vs. RGP Lenses

A ridged gas permeable lens (RGP)

Scleral contact lenses and RGP lenses are two of the most popular types of specialty contact lenses available today. Both types of lenses are designed to correct a variety of vision problems, but they have different design features and benefits.

Scleral contact lenses are larger in size than traditional contact lenses and are designed to vault over the cornea, resting on the white part of the eye, known as the sclera. This design provides a number of benefits for individuals with corneal disease, irregular corneas, and other vision challenges.

RGP lenses, on the other hand, are smaller and rest on the cornea instead of the scleral. They are made of a rigid material that provides excellent oxygen transmission and can effectively correct vision in individuals with a range of milder conditions, including astigmatism, keratoconus, and high levels of nearsightedness or farsightedness.

Corneal Diseases and Specialty Contact Lenses

Keratoconus - notice the "coning" of the eye

Corneal diseases, such as keratoconus and ectasia can cause the cornea to become thin and irregular, leading to distorted vision. Specialty contact lenses, such as scleral lenses and RGP lenses, can effectively correct vision in these cases by creating a smooth and even surface over the cornea, reducing or eliminating distortion. In addition, specialty contact lenses can help to protect the cornea from further damage and promote healing in individuals with corneal disease. Patients who suffer from dry eye, basement membrane dystrophy, or had RK surgery benefit immensely from the use of these specialty contact lenses.

Benefits of Specialty Contact Lenses

Specialty contact lenses offer a number of benefits for patients with vision challenges. Some of the most significant benefits include:

  1. Improved Vision: Both scleral lenses and RGP lenses provide clear and stable vision by creating a smooth and even surface over the cornea.

  2. Increased Comfort: Unlike traditional contact lenses that can be uncomfortable for individuals with corneal disease, specialty contact lenses provide a comfortable fit due to their larger size and unique design.

  3. Reduced Dryness: Scleral lenses, in particular, are designed to be filled with a saline solution, which provides a protective layer over the cornea, reducing dryness and discomfort.

  4. Reduced Risk of Infection: The larger size of scleral lenses and the oxygen permeability of RGP lenses create a barrier between the eye and the environment, reducing the risk of infection.

Our Contact Lens Specialist

Dr. Jarvis Johnson is an experienced optometrist and a leading expert in fitting both scleral and RGP contact lenses. He has the knowledge, skills, and expertise to provide the best possible care for individuals with vision challenges. Dr. Johnson also fits a wide assortment of soft contact lenses such as multifocal as well as lenses for astigmatism. When you schedule an appointment with Dr. Johnson, you can expect a comprehensive eye exam, personalized recommendations for vision correction, and expert fitting of your specialty contact lenses.

Specialty contact lenses are a breakthrough in vision correction for individuals with corneal diseases and other vision challenges. If you're looking for a more comfortable and effective solution for your vision issues, schedule an appointment with Dr. Jarvis Johnson at Griffin Eyecare today. With his expertise and the benefits of specialty contact lenses, you can enjoy improved vision and increased comfort in no time.

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