Advanced Contact Lenses fitting
Not every eye falls into a simple category. If you suffer from an eye condition such as keratoconus, or have experienced trauma to your eye, you may require specialty contact lenses. Specialty contact lenses, such as RGPs, piggyback lenses and bandage contact lenses, often require more skill and time to fit, but can be more effective in improving vision or appearance than glasses or regular contact lenses.
At Eye C Optometry Perth, we have a special interest in the fitting of complex contact lenses for conditions such as keratoconus.
Contact Lenses for Keratoconus
What is Keratoconus?
Keratoconus is an eye condition in which the cornea (the clear dome at the front of the eye) thins and weakens causing it to change towards a more conical shape. This distorts light entering the eye resulting in blurry vision and light sensitivity.
Why do we fit RGPs (hard lenses) to eyes with keratoconus?
In cases of moderate to advanced keratoconus, patients often can no longer achieve clear vision with glasses. The solution is to be fit with specialised rigid contact lenses. At Eye C Optometry we fit a range of Rigid Gas Permeable lenses and piggyback lenses for our patients. These lenses act as a new surface and make the corneal shape more regular, resulting in clearer vision.
Post Collagen cross-linking RGP fits
We have a special interest in post- collagen cross-linking RGP fitting. We receive referrals from local ophthalmologists for keratoconic patients requiring contact lens fitting after such procedures.
If you have keratoconus and would like to talk to us about whether you require contact lenses and which contact lens type might suit you best, please don’t hesitate to contact us for an appointment or trial.
Bandage Contact Lenses
Bandage contact lenses can be fitted to the eye for a number of reasons. If an eye is experiencing recurrent surface erosions, or difficulty with healing due to severe dryness or injury, a bandage lens can help protect the corneal surface and promote healing. The bandage lens provides a barrier to friction from the eyelid and locks in moisture. Conditions such as recurrent corneal erosions or severe dry eye can be extremely painful. In preventing this pain, bandage lenses can play a major role in improving the quality of life of sufferers. Bandage lenses also have roles to play in slow release drug delivery to the eye.
Cosmetic Contact Lenses to restore appearance
At Eye C Optometry we also fit cosmetic contact lenses to restore the normal appearance of an eye. If an eye has experienced trauma or severe infection, or a person was born with an abnormality to the iris, contact lenses can sometimes be used to improve the cosmetic appearance of the eye and reduce glare. Depending on the condition and appearance, coloured contact lenses or specialty custom lenses may be used.