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General Eye Doctor or Eye Doctor Trained in Fitting Contact Lenses? —Specialty Contacts in Westminster, Colorado

"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 Westminster. 

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 The Scleral Contact Lens at North Park Vision Center, we provide hi-tech contact lens solutions to adults and children alike. Dr. Marcy Rose and Dr. Nathan Davis 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. Marcy Rose and Dr. Nathan Davis. 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

    Lorna Scott

    Vision Therapist

    Nathan Davis, OD, FCOVD

    Dr. Nathan Davis earned his Bachelor of Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated cum laude from the Southern College of Optometry. He received his Fellowship from COVD, which is the highest level of training for Optometrist who specializes in Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation. He...

    Tanya Van Dyke

    After working for over 15 years as an ABO certified optician, Tanya now brings her skills into the exam room to scribe for the doctors. She enjoys keeping current in the everchanging optical field. Happily married and the proud mother of two girls, she enjoys watching them participate in a...

    Teresa Bates

    Patient Care Coordinator
    Teresa has been at North Park Vision for two years. She has 21 years of experience as a technician in the eye care profession. Her duties include scheduling appointments, checking patients in and out, and diagnostic testing. Teresa and her husband moved to Colorado from Washington D.C. nine years ago....

    Ellyn Gebhardt, BS

    Office Manager
    North Park Vision has benefitted from Ellyn’s management expertise for the last 6 years. She Holds a BS in Marketing from the University of Northern Colorado. Previously, she held positions as a manager in retail for 15 years and sales manager for a local newspaper for 15 years. Ellyn is...

    Jessica Calhoon

    Jessica brings her 10 years of experience as an optician to North Park Vision. She is currently studying for the ABO certification exam. She enjoys helping people find stylish eyewear and appropriate lenses to address their visual needs. Jessica and her husband are big Bronco fans and will welcome their...

    Alissa Capra, BA

    Alissa has 12 years experience as an ABO certified optician. She holds a BA in communications from the University of Colorado at Denver. She has been a member of the vision care team at North Park Vision for 9 years. Helping patients select eyewear and lenses to complement their style...

    Angel Perez, COA

    Optometric Technician
    Angel has 23 years of experience as a certified ophthalmic assistant and has been working at North Park Vision for 20 years. Assisting the doctor with pre-exam testing, diagnostic testing, and contact lens fitting are some of her many duties. Angel is the mother of three grown children and the...

    Annie Hastings

    Vision Therapist
    Annie has been a vision therapist at North Park Vision for over 11 years. She delights in working with the patients and watching the changes that take place as their visual skills improve. Previously, Annie taught preschool for 6 years in Jefferson County Schools. She also taught dance for 17...

    Lea Ann Prentice, COVT, COTA

    Vision Therapist
    For the last 18 years as a certified vision therapist and a certified occupational therapy assistant, Lea Ann has been an integral part of our vision therapy team. Lea Ann particularly enjoys working with patients with special needs and helping them reach their full potential. In addition, she serves on...

    Kathy Rutland, COVT

    Vision Therapist
    After 31 years with North Park Vision, Kathy retired in 2014. As a certified vision therapist, Kathy enjoyed the challenges of helping patients improve their visual skills to unlock their full potential. She still enjoys coming back to fill in occasionally. Kathy and her husband are longtime residents of Westminster....

    Dr. Marcy Rose, OD, FCOVD

    Dr. Rose earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio University and her Doctorate in Optometry from The Ohio State University College of Optometry. She is a Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, an accreditation that confirms her expertise in all facets of optometry, including vision therapy....
    Serving Patients From

    Westminster | Broomfield | Thornton | the Front Range | and the state of Colorado

    If You’re Looking For A Eye Doctor Near Westminster, Colorado, Dr. Marcy Rose and Dr. Nathan Davis Of The Scleral Contact Lens at North Park Vision Center 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:

    Westminster | Broomfield | Thornton | the Front Range | and the state of Colorado