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General Eye Doctor or Eye Doctor Trained in Fitting Contact Lenses? —Specialty Contacts in Huntington Beach, 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 Huntington Beach. 

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 The Pacific Scleral Lens Center, we provide hi-tech contact lens solutions to adults and children alike. Dr. Yim 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. Yim. 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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    Enrique

    Enrique comes to us from the windy city of Chicago! He has 6 years of experience working in optometry clinics where he has refined and strengthened his skills as a technician and optician. Enrique is bilingual in English and Spanish and a fast-learner who loves to take on new tasks!...
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    Judy Nguyen

    Judy's 10+ years of optometric experience makes her an extremely versatile asset to our office. As the office manager for Pacific Eye Care, Judy oversees and manages all operations in the practice, ensuring that everything runs smoothly to provide the best possible care for our patients. She has accumulated an...
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    Cecilia Tsai

    Cecilia is a recent UCLA graduate and is excited to gain experience at Pacific Eye Care before starting Optometry school in the fall of 2020. She performs a diverse range of specialized tests on patients and is also very skilled in front administrative tasks. If you ever need a hand,...
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    Susan Grey

    Susan has been a vital part of our team since 2015. She has an extensive amount of experience in the optical industry, having worked within the field for over 20 years. Her well-rounded personality allows her to contribute to all aspects of the office.  She is proficient in frame measurements,...
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    Samantha Hare

    Pacific Eye Care has been benefitting from Samantha's work ethic and attention to detail since 2014.  Prior to working in our office, Samantha accumulated over 5 years of experience in different optometry and low vision practices in her home state of Nevada, allowing her to become highly experienced in performing...
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    Alex Elson, O.D.

    Dr. Elson is an Orange County native. After graduating from Tesoro High School, he went on to play lacrosse for California State University, Chico. Four years later he graduated with honors and a degree in Kinesiology with minors in Psychology, Exercise Science, and Physical Education. He then moved back down...
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    Kristie O’Brien

    Kristie grew up in Huntington Beach and has been an optician since 1992.  She is certified by the American Board of Opticianry and has extensive experience as a LASIK technician as well.  She has a great sense of fashion and can help anybody find a great looking frame for their...
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    Laura Moya

    Laura has been in the optical field since 2002 and joined Pacific Eye Care in September 2006. She is one of the most versatile team members in the office. With her friendly smile, exceptional knowledge in frame selection, and overall eye for fashion, Laura will gladly help you choose your...
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    Timothy C. Jankowski, OD, FAAO

    Your Eye Doctor in Huntington Beach Timothy C. Jankowski, O.D., F.A.A.O. has been in private practice in Huntington Beach since 1981. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley School of Optometry in June 1980 and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. He has served as an...
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    Walter Yim, O.D.

    Treating Patients in Huntington Beach Walter Yim, O.D. graduated with honors in 2004 from the Southern California College of Optometry (SCCO) in Fullerton after completing his undergraduate studies in Biopsychology at UCLA. While a student at SCCO, Dr. Yim’s clinical skills earned him the coveted Vistakon Award of Excellence in...
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    If You’re Looking For A Eye Doctor Near Huntington Beach, California, Dr. Yim Of The Pacific 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.

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    Huntington Beach | Anaheim | Irvine | Long Beach | and the state of California