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General Eye Doctor or Eye Doctor Trained in Fitting Contact Lenses? —Specialty Contacts in Jacksonville, Florida

"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 Jacksonville. 

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 Jacksonville Eye Care Center Scleral Lens Center, we provide hi-tech contact lens solutions to adults and children alike. Dr. Anthony Favale 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. Anthony Favale. 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

    Jessica-Wollitz

    Jessica Wollitz

    Jessica Wollitz was born and raised in Jacksonville, FL. She is currently enrolled in school to further her career in the field of Optometry. She was an Optician for 3 years and is currently working as an Optometric Technician, but hopes to one day become an Optometrist. In her free...
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    Krista Knode

    Billing Department
    Krista was born in Michigan & raised in Georgia. She has been in the optometry business for 15 years & has experience as an optician, optometric technician & currently, manages our billing department. Krista earned her certification in paraoptometric coding in 2014 and keeps current with continuing education. When she...
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    Kemberly

    Optometric Technician
    Kemberly was born in South Carolina and moved to Jacksonville around the age of 6. She graduated from the University of Florida in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. Go Gators! Kemberly loves working with people because it gives her the opportunity to brighten someone’s day. She’s been...
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    Monica

    Optical Sales / Optician
    Monica was born and raised in Jacksonville, FL. She was an Optometric Technician for two years, learning the medical aspect and is now an Optical Associate, having fun helping you pick out your glasses! Her favorite team is the Jacksonville Jaguars. In her free time she loves to be adventurous...
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    Kim

    Reception / Front Desk
    Kim was born and raised in South Bend, Indiana and is a die hard Notre Dame fan. She met and married her husband, Mike, in Charleston, South Carolina while she was in college and Mike was in the Navy. Together they have 3 boys and 7 grandchildren, who Kim enjoys...
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    Frank Favale

    Office Manager/Optician
    Frank was born, raised and attended Brooklyn College in New York. He has been a licensed optician since 1994. Frank’s favorite thing about his job at Jacksonville Eye Care Center is helping patients look and see their best. When he’s not working, Frank enjoys spending time with his wife and...
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    Dr. Anthony Favale

    Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Anthony Favale attended The City College of New York, College of Staten Island. He completed medical school at the New England College of Optometry in Boston, Massachusetts. After graduation in 1993, Dr. Favale came to Jacksonville and has been working hard to provide...
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    Jacksonville | Normandy | Hillcrest | Duval County | and the state of Florida

    If You’re Looking For A Eye Doctor Near Jacksonville, Florida , Dr. Anthony Favale Of Jacksonville Eye Care Center Scleral Lens 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:

    Jacksonville | Normandy | Hillcrest | Duval County | and the state of Florida