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General Eye Doctor or Eye Doctor Trained in Fitting Contact Lenses? —Specialty Contacts in Palm Springs, California

"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 Palm Springs. 

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 Specialty Contact Lens Center At Evans Eyecare Optometry, we provide hi-tech contact lens solutions to adults and children alike. Dr. Greg Evans 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. Greg Evans. 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

    Cindy

    With 4 kids, and working full time Cindy has the most on her plate. Quite frankly I don’t know how she does it but that type of organizational skill is critical for helping us stay on top of things at work. At one point (thank goodness not now) she had...

    Jevonna

    Jevonna has two daughters. She grew up in La Quinta and is a dodgers fan. Try not to hold that against her....

    Karen O.

    Karen O. is originally from Honduras, has two boys and coaches her son’s soccer team. Her husband Alex is an amazing builder/contractor. He did all the renovations on our current office. When they’re not chasing after the boys they like to get away on their motorcycle....

    Karen Evans

    Karen Evans is originally from Newfoundland and loves Chihuahuas. In fact she likes them so much at one point she had 6 chihuahuas and if the neighbors and her husband would let her she’d have more....

    Jezabel

    Jezabel has three daughters and one grandson whom she is raising. She also has six sisters and two brothers and is never without a birthday, anniversary or event to attend. She is the only staff member who never reminds me of her birthday until it’s over....

    Sam

    Sam our newest member. Is a physician from Iran who has worked in eye care for over 10 years. He has two grown boys, is widowed and has a keen sense of humor....

    Demian

    Demian who has been with us over six years has a military past and spent eight years with the federal postal service. He has two children. Demian and his wife Sarah own and operate the fun event destination called the Art Bar located in La Quinta. Check it out for a...
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    Dr. Greg Evans O.D.

    Founder
    Dr. Greg Evans O.D. (Pacific University 1978) the founder of the practice. He has been instrumental in keeping the practice focus at the leading edge of technology. “Our practice is all about developing a relationship with the patient and using our experience combined with the best technology to help preserve...
    Serving Patients From

    Palm Springs | Palm Desert | La Quinta | Indio | and the state of California

    If You’re Looking For A Eye Doctor Near Palm Springs, California, Dr. Greg Evans Of Specialty Contact Lens Center At Evans Eyecare Optometry 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:

    Palm Springs | Palm Desert | La Quinta | Indio | and the state of California