The SJEA eye care team are experts in fitting contact lenses for patients with hard-to-fit eyes or particular health conditions. We carry a wide range of specialty lenses to enhance your vision, accommodate your unique visual needs, and improve your overall standard of living.
Read about the different types of specialty contact lenses we offer, or request an appointment to schedule a specialty contact lens consultation.
Scleral contact lenses are a type of specialty lens which cover a larger surface area than a traditional contact lens. Scleral lenses cover a large portion of the sclera, or the white area of the eye. This design allows the lens to vault over the cornea. Because the contact lens rests on the sclera rather than the sensitive corneal tissue, some patients find scleral contact lenses to be more comfortable than traditional contact lenses.
Scleral contact lenses are often prescribed for patients with dry eye. The space between the contact lens and the cornea acts as a reservoir; trapping moisture against the eye and keeping the eye hydrated for longer. Because they cover a wider surface area, scleral lenses can also offer more comfort and stability for patients with irregularly-shaped cornea and conditions like keratoconus.
Toric contact lenses are also designed for patients with astigmatism. Because astigmatism usually results in a cornea that is not uniformly round, contact lens wear can be difficult. Toric contact lenses address this by offering different corrective powers in different vertical and horizontal planes of the lens.
Because toric lenses do not provide uniform correction in every area of the lens, lens positioning is important. Most toric contact lenses have a weighted bottom, so if the contact lens shifts due to blinking, the lens will automatically right itself as the weighted portion slides to the bottom of the cornea.
Hybrid contact lenses are designed to offer the benefits of rigid gas permeable lenses and soft contact lenses at the same time. With hybrid lenses, the patient will have the benefit of crisp, clear vision due to the gas permeable center, in addition to the comfort and easy wear of the soft skirt around the center. These lenses tend to be stable and offer good results for patients with presbyopia and astigmatism. The soft skirt included on these lenses means that hybrid lenses typically position themselves very well automatically.