Specialty Contact Lens Clinic
There are a number of eye problems that can lead an individual to be unable to achieve functional vision or comfort with glasses or conventional contact lenses. Such individuals may require the use of specialty custom contact lenses.
The Specialty Contact Lens Clinic specializes in optometric care for patients with a variety of conditions such as keratoconus, pathological myopia (nearsightedness), ocular surface disease, irregular corneas after surgery, and scarred/ disfigured eyes. This clinic designs custom lenses for patients to address these conditions so that they may see clearly and comfortably.
We begin our evaluation by utilizing best in class equipment and techniques to comprehensively evaluate the size, shape, health, and correction of the eyes. This allows us to determine the best contact lens for the individual patient and provide the highest quality care. We perform trial contact lens fittings in the office and then order the customized lenses for each patient.
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Occasionally patients have challenging prescriptions such as very high nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism. In these cases the readily available contact lenses on the market may not fit appropriately or provide stable vision, and custom soft lenses may be a solution.
Corneal GP lenses are small diameter lenses made of rigid gas permeable plastic that rest on the cornea. This material creates a smooth surface for our patients with irregular corneas or high astigmatism, resulting in sharper vision.
Hybrid lenses have a central GP portion surrounded by a soft skirt. They offer the same visual benefits as a corneal GP, but the soft skirt can be helpful for some patients in adaptating to the sensation of having a contact lens on the eye.
Scleral lenses are highly customizable larger diameter lenses made of GP material. These create a layer of fluid between the eye and the lens. This results in both sharp vision and good comfort, particularly in patients with dry eyes.
Download our Scleral Lens handout for more information.
EyePrint utilizes impressions or scans of the ocular surface to design specialized contact lenses that match the shape of each individual eye. This highly customized fit results in greater stability of the lens, improving comfort for many patients. See graphic below for how it works (image credit: https://eyeprintpro.com/).
Prosthetic or tinted contact lenses may benefit patients with scarred or disfigured eyes and can be made to match the fellow eye. They may also benefit those who suffer from conditions causing extreme light sensitivity by blocking out excess light entering into the eye.
Do you need specialty contact lenses?
If you answer yes to any of these questions, come see us for a specialty contact lens consultation so we can determine if custom contact lenses are right for you!
Do you feel that your vision is blurry even when corrected with glasses or soft contact lenses?
Have you been diagnosed with keratoconus?
Have you had surgery or an eye injury that resulted in corneal scarring and want to know if you can achieve better vision or improve the cosmetic appearance of the eye?
Do you have severe dry eye and your current treatments are not reducing your symptoms?
Specialty Contact Lens Facts
This clinic designs custom lenses for patients so that they may see clearly and comfortably.
Keratoconus can significantly affect a person’s ability to function in school, work, and extracurricular activities.
Appointments can be made in person or by telephone.
Specialty Contact Lens Clinic
UC Berkeley Optometry
200 Minor Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-2020