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General Eye Doctor or Eye Doctor Trained in Fitting Contact Lenses? —Specialty Contacts in Algonquin, Illinois

"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 Algonquin. 

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.

    Elderly Woman, Wearing Scleral Lenses

    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 Specialty Contact Lens Center At Atkinson Eye Care , we provide hi-tech contact lens solutions to adults and children alike. Dr. Atkinson 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 Dr. Atkinson. 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


    Brandy Sanchez

    Brandy has over 10 years of experience in the optical industry. She stays current with eyeglass fashion styles and is very detail-oriented. She is knowledgeable on the newest lens technology and brings a fun energy to glasses selection....

    Meg Yocum

    Optometric Technician
    After graduating from Purdue in 2016, Meg Yocum joined the optical field to begin her professional career. As a hospitality major, Meg's warm and welcoming attitude can calm even the most nervous of patients. Meg is trained as an optician and technician, and is an expert in assisting patients through their...

    Carol Anne Gibbons

    Carole Ann joined the Atkinson Eye Care team in 2019. Her thorough attention to detail, caring considerate nature, and her efficiency make our patients feel well cared for. Carole Ann greets every patient with a cheerful and kind attitude when they walk in the door. Often she is the friendly voice you...

    Ellen Hervatin

    Ellen brings over 12 years of optical experience to our patients. Her thorough knowledge and attention to detail, along with her friendly and easygoing demeanor, make our patients' selection of eyeglasses an enjoyable experience. She is well-informed on current and modern optical products including the newest in digital lenses and...

    Kira Berndt

    Optometric Technician
    Kira Berndt joined the Atkinson Eye Care team in 2018. Kira brings her outgoing personality and big smile to our patients. Kira works alongside the doctors in pretesting patients and scribing their medical needs into patients charts....

    Beverly Martin

    Bev has been in the optical field for over 19 years. She enjoys meeting new patients as well as reminiscing and catching up with recurring patients. Bev is an expert at training our young contact lens patients who are new to contact lens wear. Her sweet disposition along with her...

    Melissa Petry

    Melissa Petry joined the Atkinson Eye Care team in January 2017. She has been in the optical field since 2009. She works along side the doctors in pretesting patients and scribing their medical needs into patients charts. One of her areas of expertise is assisting the doctors with the specialty...

    Brooke Huffman

    Optometric Technician
    Brooke Huffman has 5 years of experience being an Ophthalmic Technician as well as 5 years of assisting doctors with patient procedures, patient testing, contact lenses, education, and surgical referral information. Brooke’s personality of being very detail oriented, thorough, polite, and efficient have gone hand in hand with her 9...

    Kim Reardon

    Office Manager
    Kim has been with Atkinson Eye Care team since 2011. She is knowledgeable in all areas of the optical field including patient care, insurance and medical billing, and all aspects of eyeglasses frame and lenses. While usually working behind the scenes ensuring our office runs as smoothly and efficiently as...

    Samantha Carpenter

    Samantha Carpenter’s smile and enthusiasm brightens our office. Her outgoing and friendly personality is a pleasure in helping you select your glasses according to your specific and unique prescription. She enjoys working directly with our doctors in pretesting patients, and listening and caring for our patients. Samantha has 10 years...

    Elizabeth M. Atkinson, OD

    Dr. Elizabeth Atkinson is an eye doctor with many years of experience and a passion for helping her patients. After obtaining her B.S. in Psychology from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1988, she went on to earn her Doctor of Optometry from Illinois College of Optometry in 1992. She completed...

    Dr. William Atkinson OD

    Dr. William Atkinson is an exceptional optometrist, with a true humanitarian spirit. He holds degrees from Springfield College in Illinois, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign and the Illinois College of Optometry, and completed an externship at Olympia Fields Osteopathic Hospital and in pediatrics at Maryville Academy in Des Plaines. He...
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    Algonquin | Schaumburg | Elgin | Rockford | and the state of Illinois

    If You’re Looking For A Eye Doctor Near Algonquin, Illinois , Dr. Atkinson Of Specialty Contact Lens Center At Atkinson Eye Care 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:

    Algonquin | Schaumburg | Elgin | Rockford | and the state of Illinois