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Specialty Contact Lenses

Are your contact lenses uncomfortable? Have you had difficulty wearing contact lenses in the past or have you been told you are not a candidate for contact lenses? Any of the following conditions can make a contact lens fitting and comfortable contact lens wear more challenging:

  • Keratoconus
  • Astigmatism
  • Dry eyes
  • Giant papillary conjunctivitis (GPC)
  • Post-refractive surgery (such as LASIK)
  • Corneal surgery or transplant
  • Presbyopia
  • Aphakia

But don’t worry — this doesn’t mean you can’t wear contact lenses. Our doctors, Dr. Steck and Dr. Tanner have special expertise in fitting contact lenses for patients with any of the above conditions and will welcome the opportunity to fit your eyes. Our contact lens experts are aware of the latest contact lens technology and options and also use advanced equipment that can measure your cornea more precisely to achieve the best contact lens fit possible.

If you have (or suspect you have) any of the above conditions and you want to wear contacts, make an appointment with Dr. Steck or Dr. Tanner today and visit an eye care professional who specializes in contact lenses and welcomes hard-to-fit patients.

Some of the specialty contact lenses available:

Toric lenses have different powers in different meridians of the lens to correct the varying amount of nearsightedness or farsightedness in different meridians of the eye that characterizes astigmatism.

Gas permeable: Gas permeable contact lenses are rigid lenses made of durable plastic that transmits oxygen. These lenses also are called GP lenses, rigid gas permeable lenses, RGP lenses, and oxygen permeable lenses. Gas permeable lenses can be used for patients with astigmatism, keratoconus and other corneal irregularities.

Scleral: Scleral contacts are large-diameter gas permeable contact lenses specially designed to vault over the entire corneal surface and rest on the “white” of the eye (sclera). In doing so, scleral lenses functionally replace the irregular cornea with a perfectly smooth optical surface to correct vision problems caused by keratoconus and other corneal irregularities.

Hybrid such as SynergEyes: Hybrid contacts are large-diameter lenses that have a rigid gas permeable central zone, surrounded by a peripheral zone made of soft or silicone hydrogel material. The purpose of this design is to provide the visual clarity of GP lenses, combined with wearing comfort that is comparable to soft lenses.

NovaKone: NovaKone Soft Lens for keratoconus offers the comfort of a soft lens and can be a viable solution for all stages of keratoconus. They are especially effective for patients with more advanced conditions and those who have failed to tolerate GPs, or who have been unsuccessful with hybrid and scleral lenses.

Prosthetic or Cosmetic: For a number of reasons, including eye injuries, one eye may appear differently than the other. Custom-tinted contact lenses aesthetically match dissimilar appearing eyes, closely simulating the patterns and colors of the natural eye. This includes discolored or misshaped pupils and eyes that suffer from albinism or other ocular anomalies.

Aphakic Contact Lenses: Contact lenses that are designed for patients who have had cataract surgery where an intraocular lens has not been implanted (aphakia).



“The best contacts are the ones that are actually fitted to the shape of your eyes. Pelham Vision Center carefully determined a custom fit for each eye as well as the required vision correction. I see better now than I have in years. Many thanks.” – TFW

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