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General Eye Doctor or Eye Doctor Trained in Fitting Contact Lenses? —Specialty Contacts in San Diego, California

"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 San Diego. 

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 Scleral Lens Center at Complete Family Vision Care, we provide hi-tech contact lens solutions to adults and children alike. Dr. Eric White and Dr. Joe Mannen 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. Eric White and Dr. Joe Mannen. 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

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    Joe Mannen, O.D.

    Dr. Joseph Mannen earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona and his Doctor of Optometry degree from Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California. Dr. Mannen was born in San Diego, California while his father was stationed at the Naval Hospital. He grew...
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    Gloria

    Gloria is the most recent addition to the Complete Family Vision Care Optometry family. She has a lot of optical experience and is ready to help you with any of your optical needs. She will also help you with pretesting and contact lens training. In her spare time, she enjoys...
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    Ashley

    Ashley is one of the first people you see when you come into the office. She assists patient’s as they check in and out, and finds great joy in contributing to the patient’s experience. Ashley is also very excited to learn all she can about vision care. When Ashley isn’t...
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    Sharon

    Sharon has been with Complete Family Vision Care Optometry for over 41 years. She is the study coordinator for all our contact lens and medication studies. She has a vast knowledge of the optical field and she is meticulous in understanding your needs as a patient. She has many years...
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    Sue

      Sue has been with Complete Family Vision Care Optometry for over 30 years. Sue is an expert in any position in the office. She works both in back and up front and can answer a wide range of questions from contacts to optical questions. Sue will be helping you...
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    Lorie

      Lorie is our Office Manager and Optician.  She has been working at Complete Family Vision Care Optometry, Inc for over 6 years. Lorie enjoys pre-testing and helping patients discover their new look! She will be happy to discuss options including tints, transitions, and polarized lenses. Lorie and Dr. White...
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    Eric M. White, O.D.

    Dr. Eric White has been in private practice since 1985. He and his wife, Lorie, are high school sweethearts, having celebrated their 37nd wedding anniversary this past June. He has 3 boys; Tyler 32, Cameron 29 and Sam at 23.  They also have a miniature Dachshund to keep them busy. He is...
    Serving Patients From

    San Diego | Kearny Mesa | | | and the state of California

    If You’re Looking For A Eye Doctor Near San Diego, California, Dr. Eric White and Dr. Joe Mannen Of Scleral Lens Center at Complete Family Vision Care 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:

    San Diego | Kearny Mesa | | | and the state of California

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