Specialty Contact Lenses

Accent Vision Specialists

Optometric Physicians & Dry Eye Disease Specialists located in Santa Fe, NM

If you have special vision needs or suffer from a condition like keratoconus, presbyopia, or astigmatism, it doesn’t have to keep you from wearing contact lenses. At Accent Vision Specialists in Santa Fe, New Mexico, skilled optometric physicians Dwight Thibodeaux, OD, and Paul Tachau, OD, offer comprehensive eye exams, eye care for a full range of issues, and specialty contact lenses for your unique needs. Call the office to learn more about specialty contacts now.

Specialty Contact Lenses Q & A

Can I wear contacts if I have two or more eye problems? 

The Accent Vision Specialists team is well-known for their expertise in prescribing and fitting specialty contact lenses of all types. 

If you have more than one eye problem, there are specialized hybrid lenses that can correct several issues at once. Hybrid lenses are a combination of soft and hard varieties. 

Many patients who have myopia also have astigmatism. It’s also common to develop near vision focusing issues as you age, which is called presbyopia. 

The SynergEyes® family of specialty contact lenses includes the Duette® line, which corrects two or more problems at once. Duette multifocal lenses correct all your refractive errors in one lens using advanced technology lens design and materials. 

What are scleral lenses?

Scleral lenses are larger-than-usual contact lenses that extend well beyond your iris. They’re made of gas-permeable materials, so they’re completely rigid but still breathable.

The larger size of scleral lenses can make them more comfortable and stable. Your Accent Vision Specialists doctor may prescribe scleral lenses if you have problems like unusual cornea shape, recurrent corneal abrasions, dry eyes, or other eye problems that make wearing ordinary contact lenses impossible. 

Scleral lenses may be a good choice for post-surgery patients. If you’ve had eye surgery in the past and still need contacts to see clearly, ordinary contacts might not do the job since your cornea is likely significantly changed. But, a scleral lens covers more surface so it can adapt to those corneal changes without getting dislodged. 

What kind of specialty contact lenses help with keratoconus?

Keratoconus, which causes a bulging and thinning cornea, requires unique lenses. Accent Vision Specialists offers keratoconus lenses that can comfortably return your vision to a normal level. 

What are piggyback systems for contact lenses?

Piggyback contact lenses are actually two separate sets of lenses, one rigid and one soft. Sometimes, Dr. Thibodeaux or Dr. Tachau may prescribe a piggyback lens system for conditions like keratoconus if other specialty lenses don’t yield optimal results. 

The soft lenses go against the eye, with the rigid lenses on top of them. With proper use of this system, you can correct even difficult eye problems.  

Can I correct my vision without LASIK or contacts?

Yes, corneal refractive therapy (CRT) with Paragon® CRT lenses can be a great option for myopia and astigmatism. These rigid lenses work as you sleep, gently changing your cornea shape. These lenses can slow the worsening of some vision problems as well.

You don’t need to wear contacts or glasses during the day. But, you do need to be consistent with CRT overnight lens wear to maintain benefits of lens-free vision correction.

To get specialty contact lenses for all types of eye issues, call Accent Vision Specialists to book your appointment today.