Bifocal Contact Lenses
It is an inevitable fact of life that by the mid-forties, most people have lost their ability to focus at near. This makes it necessary to purchase reading or bifocal glasses. But there are other options for such patients, including bifocal contact lenses. While the soft varieties can get the job done, the best bifocal contact lens designs are rigid gas permeable.
Dr. Ward fits not only standard rigid gas permeable bifocal designs, but also fits Scleral as well as Z-Wave bifocal designs. Special training and experience is required to fit such lenses successfully. Scleral lenses offer the superior vision of a gas permeable design, but as they are very large, they are much more comfortable and stable than standard gas permeable designs. Z-Wave bifocal contact lenses are custom designed from a patient’s “corneal fingerprint”. In the fitting of such lenses, a special video camera (topographer) is used, in conjunction with sophisticated software to digitally map a patient’s cornea. The data generated from this process is then used to create a contact lens that mirrors the actual shape of the eye. The result is an incredibly stable lens, essential for a successful bifocal fit. Patients experience simultaneous distance and near vision without reading glasses, often achieving 20/20 vision at both distance and near!
Ask Dr. Ward if you’re a candidate, you’ll return to glasses-free living again!
Hard to Fit Contact Lenses
Any patient with an irregular corneal curvature (the cornea is the clear tissue comprising the front surface of the eye) presents as a difficult contact lens fit. Specifically, patients with keratoconus, pellucid marginal degeneration, those with poor refractive surgery outcomes (i.e. lasik, radial keratotomy) and those who have undergone a corneal transplant typically have irregular corneal curvatures. In most cases, these patients greatly benefit from gas permeable (GP) contact lenses because these lenses have the unique ability to restore a normal curvature to the eye. In a sense, GP contact lenses mask the corneal irregularities.
But fitting GP contact lenses on irregular corneas is no easy task, especially if your eye care practitioner has little to no experience fitting such patients. Dr. H. Jeff Ward, Highlands Ranch Optical’s optometrist, specializes in difficult GP contact lens fits. He has distinguished himself by completing a prestigious residency in Corneal Pathology and Contact Lenses at the New England College of Optometry. His residency included rotations at Harvard University’s Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, The Scleral Lens Foundation of Boston, Cornea Consultants of Boston, and the New England Eye Institute. At each of these rotations, he routinely performed difficult contact lens fits.
In addition, Dr. Ward regularly fits scleral lenses, specialty lenses ideal for keratoconus, pellucid marginal degeneration, high-astigmatism, post-corneal transplant, and post-refractive surgery patients. Scleral lenses are very large GP lenses which offer superior comfort and vision. Unlike conventional GP lenses, there is no adaptation phase to scleral lenses as they are amazingly comfortable immediately following insertion. Because they are large GP lenses, however, they still provide the superior optical quality of a standard or specialty GP contact lens.
Further, Dr. Ward is both a Certified Wave RGP and Synergeyes Contact Lens Fitter. So if you are in need of a complicated contact lens fit, rest assured that Highlands Ranch Optical can meet your needs.