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General Eye Doctor or Contact Lens Specialist?—Specialty Contacts in Troy, Luverne, Enterprise, and Ozark, Alabama

"Hard-To-Fit" Contact Lenses

In the realm of healthcare, there are many conditions that are treated by a specialist, 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 a specialist. While a general practitioner will usually be familiar with the condition, it's still going to be the specialist who has much greater experience and focused training and can, therefore, provide treatments and solutions that stand at the cutting edge of medicine and technology.

Hard-To-Fit Contact Lenses Patients

Individuals, such as people with corneal irregularities or sensitivities, require a custom or specialty contact lens. These “hard-to-fit” contact lens patients, for instance, are not candidates for wearing standard contact lenses and struggle with standard prescription eyeglasses. Fitting these advanced contact lenses requires a contact lens specialist, with the latest corneal imaging and topographic technology. At The Scleral Lens Center At Family Eye & Laser, our eye doctors are experts at fitting specialized and custom contact lenses in Troy, Luverne, Enterprise, and . 

Are Your Eyes Hard-to-Fit With Contacts?

Do you find wearing contact lenses impossible, or been told that it's impossible? Are regular contacts painful or constantly uncomfortable? You aren't alone. There are many people who fall under that category of "hard-to-fit", whether due to corneal conditions, such as keratoconus, or other problems such as sensitivity or chronic dry eye. All too often, people in this category are incorrectly told that they can’t wear contact lenses. The truth is that most patients can be successfully fitted with specialized contact lenses, which deliver impressive visual clarity and unparalleled comfort.

    Conditions And Complications That Can Make Regular Contacts Unbearable

    • Astigmatism
    • Dry eyes
    • Giant papillary conjunctivitis (GPC)
    • Keratoconus
    • Post-refractive surgery like LASIK
    • Corneal irregularity or corneal dystrophy
    • Post-Corneal Transplant

    Any of these problems will typically require advanced eye care beyond the scope of general care optometry.

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    What is a Contact Lens Specialist?

    A contact lens specialist is an eye doctor who has trained extensively 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. Our doctors will assess your contact lens needs and recommend a contact lens solution that provides the comfort, stability, and clarity you need after a quick and comfortable fitting.

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    When Should I See A Contact Lens Specialist?

    If you have any corneal irregularity or visual disorder that prevents the use of regular contact lenses, or for effective non-surgical correction for myopia, schedule a consultation with our doctors. The first step of any treatment is the assessment, which requires specialized diagnostic and digital imaging tools, including the ability to conduct corneal topography and to produce high-resolution corneal imagery. Getting a very detailed mapping of the contours of your eyes will allow us to create a custom-fit contact lens solution for you. The most common specialty contact lens used are Scleral lenses. Ortho-K lenses are typically worn by children for myopia control or adults who want a non-surgical alternative to LASIK.

    Scleral Lenses

    Scleral Lenses—sometimes referred to as ocular surface prostheses—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. David Hamlin

    Dr. David Hamlin joined Family Eye & Laser in 1998 after graduating with a Doctor of Optometry degree from the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN. Prior to that, he attended Troy State University where he received his BS in biology in 1993.  He is a Methodist preacher's son and...
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    Dr. Mary Kate Moring

    Dr. Mary Kate Moring joined Family Eye & Laser in 2013. She holds a Doctor of Optometry degree from the Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Prior to her education there, she attended Enterprise State Community College and Auburn University where she received her BS in Biomedical...
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    Dr. Samara Perryman

    Dr. Samara Perryman completed her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biomedical Sciences at Auburn University. She went on to receive her Doctor of Optometry Degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry where she won the 2017 Alabama Optometric Association Leadership Award and the 2017 Good-Lite Award...
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    Dr. Tammy Wallace

    Dr. Tammy Wallace is a Pensacola native who grew up in Southwest Mississippi. She holds a Doctor of Optometry degree from the Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry in Fort Lauderdale, FL as well as a Bachelor of Vision Science.  She did an externship at the Miami VA and was...
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    Dr. William T. Gannon

    We are pleased to add the expert surgical services of Dr. William Gannon for cataracts, glaucoma, and general ophthalmology. Dr. Gannon will utilize our new laser technology to conveniently perform a wide range of diagnostic, perioperative, and post-operative care in our Troy office. Dr. William Gannon, a native of Dothan...
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    Dr. Warren Thompson

    We are pleased to add the expert surgical services of Dr. Warren Thompson for patients with retinal disease. Dr. Thompson will utilize our new laser technology to conveniently perform a wide range of diagnostic, perioperative, and post-operative care in our Troy office. Dr. Warren Thompson is a board certified ophthalmologist...
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    Dr. Allen Dunn

      Dr. Allen Dunn is a native of Troy graduating from Charles Henderson High in 1976. He attended the University of Alabama Birmingham on an academic scholarship graduating in 3 years with honors. He then entered the School of Optometry at the University of Alabama Birmingham graduating with honors in...

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    Troy | Luverne | Enterprise | Ozark | and the state of Alabama

    If You’re Looking For A Contact Lens Specialist Near Troy, Alabama, Of 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:

    Troy | Luverne | Enterprise | Ozark | and the state of Alabama