Specialty Contact Lense Exam


Optometrists located in Nye County, Pahrump, NV

Contact lenses are a popular alternative to eyeglasses, but not everyone can wear “traditional” lenses. Specialty contact lens exams are designed to determine the type of lens that’s best for your needs, especially if you have issues like steep or thin corneas or dry eyes. The team at G. Dennis Leaks, OD, LTD, is skilled in specialty contact lens exams, using advanced equipment to ensure you receive the most appropriate lenses for greater comfort and better vision. Contact our office in Pahrump, Nevada, to schedule your appointment today.

Specialty Contact Lenses Q & A

What are specialty contact lenses?

Contact lenses can be a convenient option for lots of people, but they aren’t always a good choice for every person. For instance, people who have chronic dry eyes, “steep” corneas, or other issues typically are not ideal candidates for traditional contact lenses.

Specialty contact lenses are lenses designed to be worn by people with specific eye conditions that might otherwise prevent contact lens wear or make lens wear uncomfortable. Like other types of contact lenses, specialty contact lenses are created on a patient-by-patient basis using precise measurements and eye exam data to ensure the lenses are optimized for the patient’s specific needs.

What kinds of specialty lenses are available?

Several types of specialty lenses are available today. The most common types include:

  • Scleral lenses designed to be used in patients with misshapen corneas or other corneal abnormalities that would preclude the use of regular contact lenses
  • Prosthetic lenses fabricated to hide a scar or other abnormality in the eye’s appearance
  • Special lenses designed for dry eyes that reduce the risk of corneal scarring
  • Hybrid lenses with combined characteristics of both rigid and soft lenses for better vision and greater comfort in some patients who find traditional lenses uncomfortable or experience vision issues with traditional lenses

What happens during specialty contact lens exams?

Specialty contact lens exams use special corneal topographic technology and other measuring techniques to “map out” your cornea and assess your cornea and the rest of your eye for aberrations or conditions that may interfere with your ability to wear traditional contacts comfortably and successfully. During the exam, our eye doctors will assess your vision and evaluate the anatomy of your eye to ensure your lenses fit comfortably and provide you with the clearest vision possible.

How can I know if a specialty lens will be right for me?

Our optometrists are skilled in special measuring techniques and technology necessary for the precise fitting of specialty contact lenses. During your eye exam, your eye doctor will be able to determine if you’d be a good “fit” for traditional contact lenses or if specialty lenses might be a better option. If you wear or have worn contact lenses and have found them uncomfortable or your lenses haven’t provided you with the clear vision you expect, ask the eye doctor if specialty lenses could be a good option.