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General Eye Doctor or Eye Doctor Trained in Fitting Contact Lenses? —Specialty Contacts in Trumbull, Connecticut

"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 Trumbull. 

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.

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    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 Lens and Keratoconus Center at EyeCare Associates, we provide hi-tech contact lens solutions to adults and children alike. Dr. Stephen Carr and Dr. Evan Tirado 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. Stephen Carr and Dr. Evan Tirado. 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

    Interns

    Each quarter, Eye Care Associates provides the opportunity for third- and fourth-year optometry school students to work alongside our doctors and learn from our practice. Our interns are also involved in our vision therapy program and are excited to work with our patients. Our soon-to-be doctors for this quarter are:...
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    Eric Waldo

    Vision Therapist
    Eric graduated from the University of Connecticut in May of 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Digital Marketing and Analytics. Upon graduation, he moved to Dallas, Texas to work with his aunt at her medical billing company. Here he got a first-hand glimpse into the world of medicine. After returning...
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    Debbie Staw

    Vision Therapist
    Debbie Staw earned a BA in Psychology from Bard College. Additionally, she earned an MA in Counseling Psychology from Assumption College and an MS in OT from The Boston School of Occupational Therapy. As an OT, Debbie worked with the CVA, TBI and pediatric populations. Through the years, Debbie has...
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    Jordan Renkert

    Vision Therapist
    Jordan Renkert graduated from Doane Liberal Arts College in Crete, Nebraska with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education(K-12). He started practicing vision therapy in 2014 under the tutelage of Dr. Randy Schulman, Debra Murray, and April Banores. Jordan enjoys working with a variety of patients including TBI, adult learners...
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    Jared Herzberg

    Vision Therapist
    Jared studied Talmudic and Biblical Law for seven years in New Jersey and one year in Jerusalem. He decided to pursue a career in vision therapy after needing vision therapy as a child, and has been practicing for three years. He recently joined ECA and is excited to help patients of...
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    Susan Mulderrig

    Vision Therapist
    Susan graduated from the State University of New York College at Cortland and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. She was trained as a vision therapist by Drs. Randy Schulman and Juanita Collier, and has worked with patients since 2012. Susan works with children and adults who are...
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    Jason Grygier O.D.

    Vision Rehabilitation Resident, Primary Care Optometrist
    Dr. Grygier (“rhymes with Tiger”) graduated summa cum laude from Clemson University with degrees in Psychology and Spanish. He spent several years serving the vision community as both an optician and practice manager before enrolling at the State University of New York College of Optometry. There, he began the process...
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    Narvan Bennett O.D.

    Dr. Bennett graduated magna cum laude from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. After entering the field of optometry as a vision therapist and optician, she continued her education at SUNY College of Optometry, where she graduated with her Doctorate in Optometry in 2013. Dr....
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    Stephen Carr O.D.

    Dr. Carr studied Molecular Biology at UC Santa Barbara. He obtained a BS in Physiological Optics and Doctorate of Optometry from the Southern California College of Optometry. He has practiced in Manhattan Beach and Inglewood, CA. After moving to the east coast, Dr. Carr worked at a practice in Montrose,...
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    Steven Shaby O.D.

    Dr. Shaby graduated from Queens College of the City University of New York with a BA in mathematics and Dr. Shaby ran the Bayside School of the Association for the Help of Retarded Children. He left AHRC to attend the State University of New York College of Optometry, from which...
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    Evan Tirado O.D.

    Dr. Tirado is a graduate of the New England College of Optometry where he was honored with multiple awards and was a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa National Honor Society. He also served on the executive council for the American Optometric Student Association where he worked on forwarding issues...
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    Sonia Singh O.D.

    Dr. Singh graduated magna cum laude from Stony Brook University with a BA in Sociology. She then went on to earn her Doctorate of Optometry from SUNY College of Optometry. Dr. Singh also completed a residency program in Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation at SUNY College of Optometry where she focused...
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    Caitlin Condron O.D.

    Dr. Condron graduated magna cum laude from Villanova University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Comprehensive Science and a minor in Mathematics. She then went on to pursue optometry school at Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee, where she also rotated as an intern at EyeCare Associates. Dr....
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    Randy Schulman O.D.

    Dr. Schulman graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She graduated with her Doctorate in Optometry and Masters in Vision Science degrees from the State University of New York, College of Optometry. Dr. Schulman received her Fellowship in the...
    Serving Patients From

    Trumbull | Southport | Norwalk | Stamford | and the state of Connecticut

    If You’re Looking For A Eye Doctor Near Trumbull, Connecticut, Dr. Stephen Carr and Dr. Evan Tirado Of The Scleral Lens and Keratoconus Center at EyeCare Associates 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.

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    Trumbull | Southport | Norwalk | Stamford | and the state of Connecticut