Therapeutic Contact Lenses

Artisan Eye

Optometrists located in Lakewood Ranch, FL

For many patients, contact lenses are not an option, they are medically necessary. Whether your vision has been compromised by a corneal disease such as keratoconus or you suffer from chronic dry eye disease, your solution is waiting at Artisan Eye in Lakewood Ranch, Florida. Cory Collier, OD, FAAO, FSLS is residency trained in Cornea and Contact Lenses with vast clinical experience in managing complex corneal disease with therapeutic contact lenses. Request an appointment online or over the phone today to take the first step towards clear and comfortable vision.

Therapeutic Contact Lenses Q & A

What are therapeutic contact lenses?

Therapeutic contact lenses satisfy a medically necessary function for the people who use them. The most common functions are providing clear vision to those cannot achieve this with glasses and/or conventional contact lenses and the treatment of dry eye disease.

How can therapeutic contact lenses improve my vision?

The clear front surface of the eye, known as the cornea, plays a critical role in our vision. It works best when it has a regular shape.  Unfortunately, many conditions of the cornea distort its shape resulting in decreased vision in glasses and conventional contact lenses. Therapeutic contact lenses help overcome this distorted or irregular shape, restoring vision for many patients who have otherwise been unable to improve their vision. Examples of conditions that may benefit from therapeutic contact lenses include:

  • Keratoconus
  • Pellucid Marginal Degeneration
  • Post-LASIK Ectasia
  • Post-Radial Keratotomy Ectasia
  • Corneal Transplants
  • Corneal Scarring/Injury
  • Corneal Dystrophies

How can therapeutic contact lenses help my dry eye?

Our eyes see and feel their best when they are hydrated. Scleral lenses can help us accomplish this, even for the most severe dry eye cases. Scleral lenses create a fluid layer underneath the lens that remains in contact with the eye the entire time the lens is worn. This layer of fluid provides constant moisture to the front surface of the eye, in many cases improving comfort, decreasing the number of drops needed, and improving vision. Examples of conditions that may benefit from therapeutic scleral lenses include:

  • Dry Eye Syndrome or Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca
  • Graft-versus-host disease
  • Limbal Stem Cell Deficiency
  • Neurotrophic or exposure keratopathy
  • Sjogren’s Syndrome
  • Stevens-Johnson Syndrome

As a Fellow of the Scleral Lens Education Society, Dr. Cory Collier has been recognized for his clinical work helping patients like you achieve success in scleral lenses.

What kinds of therapeutic contact lenses do you offer?

Dr. Cory Collier at Artisan Eye designs custom therapeutic contact lenses based on each patient’s individual needs. Options include custom soft lenses, corneal gas permeable lenses, scleral gas permeable lenses, and hybrid lenses. Artisan Eye works with custom contact lens manufacturers that have demonstrated excellence in product development and production. Some of the brands available include:

  • Art Optical
  • Boston Foundation for Sight
  • Synergyeyes
  • Valley Contax

With in-office corneal imaging, cutting-edge contact lens options, and the advanced knowledge and clinical experience of Dr. Cory Collier, clear vision and comfortable eyes may be within your reach with therapeutic contact lenses. To find out if you may benefit from therapeutic contact lenses, request an appointment online or over the phone today.