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General Eye Doctor or Eye Doctor Trained in Fitting Contact Lenses? —Specialty Contacts in Lee's Summit, Missouri

"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 Lee's Summit. 

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 , we provide hi-tech contact lens solutions to adults and children alike. 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 . 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

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    Dr. Ali Genilo

    Dr. Ali Genilo enjoys caring for patients of all ages and abilities, though she has a special passion for working with pediatric patients. A Kansas City native, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Biology from the University of Kansas. She received her Doctorate from Southern College of...
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    Dr. Scott A. Drake

    Dr. Scott Drake enjoys the challenges of difficult contact lens fits and providing his patients with an easy-to-understand knowledge of their needs. His background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in 1987 from Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania, and a Doctor of Optometry degree from Southern College of Optometry in...
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    Dr. Linda G. Drake

    Dr. Linda Drake has earned a reputation for friendly professional eye care. She was raised in Paducah, Kentucky, and received her Bachelor of Science degree in 1984 from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. She earned her Doctor of Optometry degree at Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee, in...
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    Dr. Jeffrey Enevoldsen

    Dr. Jeffrey Enevoldsen enjoys fitting contact lenses and providing his patients the best possible vision with the latest technology.  A native of Ponca City, Oklahoma, he received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, AR, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude.  He received his...
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    Dr. Jennifer Luebbe

    Dr. Jennifer Luebbe enjoys the challenge of working with pediatric patients, many of who are unable to describe or even understand their visual needs. Learning starts with the eyes and it is her goal to provide the very best care for your little ones, as well as the entire family,...
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    Dr. Chris Cossette

    Dr. Chris Cossette has a passion for primary eye care and enjoys helping his patients achieve their best possible vision. Originally from Salina, Kansas, he received his undergraduate degree from Kansas State University and his Doctor in Optometry from Arizona College of Optometry in Phoenix, Arizona. His externship rotations focused...
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    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.

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