Specialty contact lenses are typically reserved for those patients that have a disease of the anterior segment of the eye, or more specifically the cornea. Examples of this include:
- Keratoconus – a progressive eye disease that causing thinning of the cornea or very front “lens” of the eye. Over time, this tissue takes on a “cone” shape that makes it difficult to properly fit with a standard soft contact lens.
- Post-surgical corneal ectasia – irregularity of the cornea after a surgical procedure like LASIK or RK (radial keratometry)
- Post-corneal transplant
When there is a medical condition like keratoconus, often your vision plan and sometimes your medical insurance plan will cover the fitting process and materials with authorization. Once you have a full evaluation, our staff will help facilitate verifying and explaining the coverage you have depending on the specific lens your doctor recommends to you.
Many people prefer to avoid surgery if possible. However, if you are looking to improve your vision as dramatically as surgery would, you may be interested in orthokeratology, commonly known as “ortho-k”.
Orthokeratology (Ortho-k) involves temporarily reshaping the cornea through the use of specialized contact lenses, which are designed to be worn while sleeping. Although these lenses are not very common and most people still prefer laser surgery, this reshaping method is gaining more popularity as the procedure continues to be improved.
If you have more questions about orthokeratology, don’t hesitate to contact us today at (936) 291-8282.