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Women’s Eye Health – 7 Tips for Optimal Vision for Life

April is Women’s Eye Health Month in the USA and May is Healthy Vision month in Canada too, so let’s take the opportunity to look at some tips for maintaining eye and vision health, with a special focus on women.  Statistically, women are more at risk than men for eye...

Ultraviolet Light and your Eyes

If you want strong, healthy eyes and clear vision for life, a major step you can take is to protect your eyes from UV radiation.  Wearing proper eye protection from the sun reduces the risk of a number of eye diseases and other conditions that are caused or worsened by...

Should I Be Concerned When My Eyelid Twitches?

We all experience the occasional eyelid twitch, which is when the muscle of the eyelid spasms involuntarily. Usually, it comes and goes without intervention and while sure, it can be irritating, is a twitching eyelid ever something to be concerned about? An eyelid twitch, also known as a myokymia, can...

Signs of Eye and Vision Problems in Infants

Infant Eyesight Despite nine months of growth in utero, babies are not born with fully developed eyes and vision - just like they can't walk or talk yet. Over the first few months of life, their visual systems continue to progress, stimulated by their surroundings. Babies will develop the ability...

AMD Awareness Could Save Your Vision

It’s that time of the year again. Each February, the optometric community bands together to create awareness about age-related macular degeneration (AMD). AMD is a leading cause of vision loss for people 50 years and older; early detection plays a key role in the outcome of the disease. That’s why...

Trouble Seeing at Night? All About Night Blindness

At this time of year when the sun sets early, many people are affected by night blindness. Night blindness or nyctalopia refers to difficulty seeing at night or in poor or dim lighting situations. It can be caused by a number of underlying conditions, sometimes completely benign and sometimes as a...

The Sneak Thief of Sight

It’s that time of year again. January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month, a time set aside each year to create awareness about this potentially devastating disease. The reason awareness about glaucoma is so important is because as its nickname, The Sneak Thief of Sight, describes, the disease often causes permanent...

Don’t Let Snow Blindness Ruin Your Winter Vacation

While most people have sunglasses high on their packing list for a tropical vacation, many people don’t consider it as much of a priority for colder climate getaways. But they should, and here’s why: Wintertime vacations often include activities that involve snow and ice and in general, conditions that can...

6 Crazy Holiday Eye Injuries to Avoid

As the season to deck the halls arrives, make sure that you aren’t one of the many people who find themselves celebrating in the urgent care clinic due to an eye injury. The holidays present many opportunities for potential eye injury so it’s important to be aware and proceed with...
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Dry Eye Or MGD?

It’s Time To Change Your Outlook On Dry Eye There are roughly 30 million people in the United States and over 300 million worldwide who have been diagnosed with dry eye. Most have learned to live with eye discomfort and have become dependent on drops or other treatment methods that...

Rigid Gas Permeable Fittings (RGPs) and Scleral Lens Fittings in Kelowna, BC

Woman with Hand Above Eye 1280x853Once in a while, a practitioner or eye doctor will meet a patient whose vision can’t be corrected through prescription eyeglasses are contact lenses. One type of patient is called a hard-to-fit patient. A hard-to-fit patient is either due to irregular eye shape or previous damage to the eye. While a patient with mild astigmatism can wear contact lenses for astigmatism like toric lenses, these lenses only go so far.

When a hard-to-fit patient requires the next level of care, consider co-managing with Vision Support and Dry Eye Centre’s Dr. Sklapsky. We have helped countless hard-to-fit patients achieve amazing vision. Plus, these same continue to see their local optometrist for their annual eye exams.

How Do Hard-to-Fit Patients Get Clear Vision?

To find the right visual solution for a hard-to-fit patient, an eye doctor will need to analyze the eye’s surface. The latest digital imaging technology in eye care helps produce a map of the cornea. Corneal topography, which maps the cornea, can be costly and when you have a hard-to-fit patient, this can mean extra training that is too demanding for a local practice. Dr. Sklapsky at Vision Support and Dry Eye Centre in Kelowna, BC, is an experienced contact lens fitter who has access to the latest corneal topography technology at our facility. This is the first step to helping a hard-to-fit patient find clear vision.

Patients may consider their eye doctor as their prescription eyewear provider. With hard-to-fit contact lens patients, however, they rely on their local optometrist to help them restore their sight. Finding a contact lens fitter can often mean letting go of that patient from your practice. Fortunately, through co-managing a hard-to-fit patient with Vision Support and Dry Eye Centre, we’ll fit them with their custom contact lenses, while you remain as their local optometrist for their eye care needs.

Our eye doctors and staff at Vision Support and Dry Eye Centre educate every hard-to-fit patient between the difference of a regular contact lens and a customized contact lens. Specialty contact lenses like RGPs or scleral lenses are designed to help them see clearly and comfortably. Part of the co-managing process is to explain to the patient about their contact lenses and lead them back their eye care provider. This allows eye doctors the privilege of administering eyecare services for any patient who enters their doo. Much like a family doctor who sends their patient to the pharmacy for medicine, you can send your hard-to-fit contact lens patients for their contact lens fittings.

With your contact lens prescription in hand, we will help the patient through finding the right contact lenses solution for their visual needs. We’ll educate the patient behind the science of rigid gas permeable lenses or scleral lenses and their uses.

Vision Support and Dry Eye Centre carries multiple contact lens options to assist any hard-to-fit patient.

Rigid gas permeable fittings, for example, include spheric, toric, b-toric, and multifocal lenses. Rigid gas permeable lenses or RGP lenses help care for patients with keratoconus, post-graft or corneal transplants, severe or high astigmatism, and other corneal irregularities.

Alternatively, scleral lenses are a specialty lens that has become widely used for many hard-to-fit patients. Scleral lenses are extra-large diameter lenses that vault over the cornea and come to rest on your sclera (white of your eye). The cornea or center of the eye can become extremely sensitive and prevent people from wearing soft contact lenses. However, scleral lenses are fitted on the sclera, which is far less sensitive and can bring about amazing comfort. Contact lens fitters across the world utilize scleral lenses as they treat multiple conditions like severe dry eyes from Post-LASIK, chemical burns, and advanced keratoconus.

For more about RGP and scleral lens fittings, learn about our contact lens co-managing services here.