Specialty Contacts & Keratoconus in Chevy Chase & Washington

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Find the Right Fit for Your Unique Eyes

Your eyes are like a fingerprint, each unique and specific to the individual. This is why contact lenses are not a one-size-fits-all solution for vision correction.

At Eye Rx, we prioritize finding the right contact lenses for hard-to-fit patients. Our team has extensive knowledge helping individuals with conditions such as keratoconus, astigmatism, dry eye disease, or those who have undergone refractive surgery.

See the world with the right contact lenses for your eyes. Book your personalized contact lens exam and fitting at Eye Rx.

What Is Keratoconus?

Keratoconus is an eye condition that occurs when the cornea bulges outward into a cone shape. Because of this irregular shape, light entering the eye is unable to properly focus onto the retina, causing blurry vision.

In the early stages of keratoconus, glasses or traditional contact lenses can help provide clear vision. If it progresses, specialty fitted contact lenses may be needed in order to see both comfortably and clearly due to the cone-like shape of the cornea.

At Eye Rx, we use diagnostic technology along with our expertise to find the right fit for your unique eyes.

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Eye Rx is excited to offer the EyePrintPRO as a method of helping patients receive custom care and contact lenses that fit their unique eyes.

With the EyePrintPRO, we start by taking an impression of the eye and sending it to the lab for a 3D scan. The 3D scan is used to produce a custom lens for your eye that matches the impression for optimal comfort and clear vision. This precision technology can be used for complex eye conditions where other options may have not worked. 

To learn more or discover if the EyePrintPRO is a suitable option for you, visit us today!

Our Fitting Technology

Eye Rx is committed to finding the right contact lenses for your unique eyes that are both comfortable and functional when it comes to your vision and daily life. We use diagnostic technology to fit specialty lenses to your eye shape and needs. This technology includes corneal topography, wavefront technology, and anterior segment OCT.

Corneal topography is an imaging technique used to map the surface of the eye, known as the cornea. It can determine if specialty contacts are needed due to cornea irregularities.

You can compare it to a map of the world that uses colors to show features like mountains, hills, and valleys. This technology produces a detailed image to determine the shape of the cornea and can diagnose or monitor present eye conditions.

Wavefront technology produces a wavefront map to determine how well light passes through the eye. The wavefront map is like an optical fingerprint. A normal eye will produce a map that is completely flat, whereas an eye with irregularities will create a map with ripples or bumps in it.

This technology is helpful when needing to correct complex refractive errors that can’t be corrected with traditional eyeglasses or contact lenses. Specialty contacts or other treatments can be used instead.

Anterior segment optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a non-contact method to produce high-resolution cross-sectional images of the cornea and anterior segment of the eye.

This technology is effective in detecting corneal or ocular surface problems. Irregular corneas can make it difficult to wear traditional contact lenses. Anterior segment OCT can determine if specialty contacts are a better option for your unique eyes.

Specialty Contact Lenses

If you haven’t been able to find contact lenses that fit just right, the optometrists at Eye Rx can help! Our optometrists have extensive experience in fitting specialty lenses to your eye’s unique needs. There are a variety of contact lens options available, depending on the health and shape of your eye.

Scleral Lenses

Scleral contact lenses are larger in diameter than traditional contact lenses and are gas permeable. The lens vaults over the entire cornea and rests on the sclera (the white part of your eye). This creates a space between the lens and the cornea that holds fluid to keep the eye moist and lubricated.

Scleral lenses help correct vision by acting as a smooth surface over top of an irregular cornea caused by an eye condition such as keratoconus. Because scleral lenses don’t rest on the cornea, they can be a comfortable option if you have keratoconus.

Orthokeratology, or ortho-k for short, is a type of contact lens used to manage myopia progression.

These specialty lenses are worn overnight. While you sleep, the rigid, gas-permeable lens gently reshapes the cornea so you can wake up with clear vision. This technique eliminates or reduces the need for daily glasses or contact lenses.

Toric lenses are used to correct vision problems caused by astigmatism. They are soft contact lenses made of material that makes them breathable.

The shape of toric lenses provides different prescriptions along the vertical and horizontal axes. There is also a thicker zone on the lenses to help prevent it from rotating in your eye.

Multifocal contact lenses have 2 distinct prescriptions, 1 for near vision and 1 for distance vision. These lenses are often prescribed to patients with presbyopia, a refractive error that causes blurred near vision.

Multifocal contact lenses allow patients to easily transition their gaze from objects in the distance to close up objects without the need for reading glasses.

With hybrid contact lenses, you get the best of both worlds. They are a mix of soft lenses and gas permeable lenses, combining 2 important features:

  • A center made of permeable material
  • A surrounding area made of soft hydrogel or silicone hydrogel

The combination provides the sharp vision of rigid lenses with the comfort of soft lenses. Patients who live an active lifestyle or are athletes may be suitable for hybrid contact lense because they’re large in diameter with thin edges, so they are less likely to dislodge during vigorous activities.

Discover Your Best Fit Yet

When it comes to contact lenses, you shouldn’t have to compromise your comfort or the clarity of your vision. 

Using our fitting technology and expertise, the team at Eye Rx can help customize contact lenses for you. Find your solution at Eye Rx and visit us for a contact lens exam and fitting today!

Our Locations

Chevy Chase

We’re located just off North Park Avenue along Shoemaker Farm Lane. If you have any trouble finding our office, don’t hesitate to give us a call!

  • 4600 North Park Ave., Plaza North
  • Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Washington DC

Find us in the heart of downtown, just off K Street. We’re located in the Davis Building next to Chase Bank. If you have any trouble finding us, feel free to give us a call!

  • 1629 K St NW #502
  • Washington, DC 20006
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