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General Eye Doctor or Eye Doctor Trained in Fitting Contact Lenses? —Specialty Contacts in Hamilton area, Ontario

"Hard-To-Fit" Contact Lens Patients

In the world of healthcare, there are many conditions that are treated by a specialized doctor rather than a general practitioner. Eye doctors are no exception. When it comes to certain ocular conditions and complications, the most effective care is delivered by an eye doctor trained in a particular area of eye health. While a general practitioner is typically familiar with the condition, it's still going to be the eye doctor with special training and greater experience who will provide the most effective treatments and solutions.

Hard-To-Fit Contact Lens Patients

Certain individuals with corneal irregularities or other ocular aberrations require custom-made specialty contact lenses. These patients are called “hard-to-fit”, as they cannot wear standard contact lenses and struggle with standard prescription eyeglasses. Fitting specialty contact lenses needs to be done by a contact lens specialist, who will use the latest corneal imaging and topographic technology to customize the lenses to your unique dimensions. At , our eye doctors are experts in fitting specialized and custom contact lenses in Hamilton area. 

Do You Struggle With Contact Lenses?

Do you find wearing traditional contact lenses painful or uncomfortable? You aren't alone. There are many people who fall under the "hard-to-fit" category, whether due to corneal conditions, such as keratoconus or other problems such as sensitivity or chronic dry eye. People in this category are incorrectly told that they can’t wear contact lenses at all. The truth is that most patients can be successfully fitted with scleral contact lenses, which deliver impressive visual clarity and unparalleled comfort.

    Scleral Lenses Can Be Worn By People With These Conditions

    • Astigmatism
    • Dry eyes
    • Giant papillary conjunctivitis (GPC)
    • Keratoconus
    • Post-refractive surgery (LASIK)
    • Corneal irregularity or corneal dystrophy
    • Post-Corneal Transplant

    Any of these problems will typically require eye care beyond the scope of general care optometry.

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    What is an Eye Doctor Trained in Fitting Contact Lenses?

    The eye doctor that fits patients with scleral lenses has extensive training in the techniques and technologies required to create and fit customized contact lenses. At Ancaster Scleral Lens Centre, we provide hi-tech contact lens solutions to adults and children alike. Dr. Vikram Singh will assess your contact lens needs and recommend a contact lens solution that provides the comfort, stability, and clarity you need.

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    When Should I See an Eye Doctor for Scleral Lenses?

    If you have any corneal irregularity or visual disorder that prevents you from wearing regular contact lenses, or if you're seeking to correct your myopia in a non-surgical way, schedule a consultation with Dr. Vikram Singh. The first step of any treatment is the assessment, which requires specialized diagnostic and digital imaging tools, such as a corneal topography which produces high-resolution corneal imagery. A detailed mapping of the contours of your eyes will allow us to create custom-fit contact lenses uniquely fitted to your eyes. The most common specialty contact lenses used are Scleral lenses. Ortho-K lenses are typically worn by children for myopia control or adults who seek a non-surgical alternative to LASIK.

    Scleral Lenses

    Scleral Lenses are large-diameter gas-permeable contact lenses that rest on the sclera and create a tear-filled vault over the cornea. The lenses, therefore, sit over an irregular cornea and not on it. Sclerals provides a perfectly smooth optical surface to correct refractive errors with tremendous accuracy while retaining maximum comfort. Scleral lenses are also fixed in place to avoid discomfort and remain in place. These specialized Scleral Contact Lenses are often the ideal solution for patients suffering from:

    • keratoconus
    • chronic dry eyes
    • SjÖgren’s syndrome
    • sensitive eyes
    • corneal ectasia
    • Steven-Johnson syndrome
    • neurotrophic keratitis
    • aniridia
    • microphthalmia
    • higher aberration of the eye
    • pellucid degeneration
    • complications from eye surgery
    • sensitive eyes
    Ortho-K Lenses

    Your contact lens specialist may also recommend the use of Orthokeratology (Ortho-k) lenses for your vision. These are rigid gas permeable contact lenses that you wear overnight. They gently reshape the cornea so that you can enjoy corrected, accurate vision during the day.  Orthokeratology is a safe, effective, and non-surgical alternative to  LASIK or similar surgical procedures. The use of Ortho-k has also been demonstrated to effectively manage the progression of myopia in children.

    The corneal reshaping lenses quality of orthokeratology can be used to correct refractive problems such as near-sightedness, astigmatism, and hyperopia. In some cases, it can also be used to correct for presbyopia as well.

    Meet Our Contact Lens Specialist

    Jessica-De-Marinis

    Jessica

    Jessica is a student in the Honours Biology program at McMaster University working to obtain her Bachelor’s of Science degree. She plans to attend optometry school following graduation to pursue a career as an optometrist. Jessica is passionate about educating others about vision health and learning about ocular diseases. Her...
    Shervaughn-Bennet

    Shervaughn

    Shervaughn is new to Optometry but comes with 15 years of Health Services Industry knowledge. She graduated from Mohawk College in 2003 with her Diploma in Healthcare Administration. Over the years she has accumulated experience in many disciplines within medical care. She is a sociable and outgoing person that enjoys...
    Beth

    Beth

    Beth has worked in the optical industry for the past 9 years. She started in a lab in London where she learned everything about the basics of lenses and how they help our everyday life. She learned how to make glasses from the beginning to the end. She then moved...
    Dr.-Priya-Maharaj

    Dr. Priya Maharaj

    Dr. Maharaj is a University of Waterloo graduate from the class of 2012. She obtained both her Honours Bachelor of Science degree, and her Doctor of Optometry degree while at Waterloo. Dr. Maharaj completed one of her clinical internships at a Veteran’s medical center in Pennsylvania, where she was able...
    Dr.-Vikram-Singh

    Dr. Vikram Singh

    Dr. Vikram Singh has an honours bachelor of science degree from the University of Western Ontario and completed his Doctor of Optometry degree at the University of Waterloo. While attaining his degree in optometry, Dr. Singh worked with a pediatric and binocular vision specialist during his clinical externships and continues...
    Serving Patients From

    Hamilton area | Burlington | Brantford | Cambridge | and the state of Ontario

    If You’re Looking For A Eye Doctor Near Hamilton area, Ontario, Dr. Vikram Singh Of Ancaster Scleral Lens Centre Is The Destination.

    Don’t let discomfort or a corneal condition prevent you from having clear, comfortable vision. Contact us to asses and fit you with the contact lens solution you need.

    Serving Patients From:

    Hamilton area | Burlington | Brantford | Cambridge | and the state of Ontario