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General Eye Doctor or Eye Doctor Trained in Fitting Contact Lenses? —Specialty Contacts in New York City, New York

"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 New York City. 

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 Scleral Lens Center at Drs. Farkas, Kassalow, Resnick & Associates, we provide hi-tech contact lens solutions to adults and children alike. Dr. Farkas, Dr. Kassalow, and Dr. Resnick 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. Farkas, Dr. Kassalow, and Dr. Resnick. 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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    DR. PRIYA PATEL, O.D.

    Dr. Priya Patel specializes in the management of patients facing complex ocular diseases. She is well versed in fitting custom lenses to patients facing challenges of keratoconus,corneal ectasias, irregular astigmatism, corneal transplants, or post refractive surgery complications. Dr. Patel fits scleral lenses (inclusive of EyePrintPro), gas permeable lenses, hybrid lenses,...
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    DR. CARYN NEARNBERG, O.D.

    Dr. Caryn Nearnberg completed her Doctorate of Optometry from New England College of Optometry in 2015, where she was awarded a National Institute of Health Grant.  She is a comprehensive eye care provider specializing in contact lenses, binocular vision, dry eye, and pediatrics. She fits a myriad of contact lens...
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    CARY HIRSCHFIELD, F.N.A.O.

    Cary Hirschfield received his associate degree in Ophthalmic Dispensing from New York City College of Technology in 1989. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Opticianry, and also a member of the American Board of Opticianry and the National Contact Lens Examiners. He specializes in custom made contact...
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    DR. KEVIN ROSIN, O.D.

    Dr. Kevin Rosin received a bachelor's degree in Optometry from the Rand Academic University in South Africa in 1995. Following graduation, Dr. Rosin went into private practice. He also held a supervisory role at Rand Academic Optometry School, maintaining his academic interests. In private practice Dr. Rosin specialized in contact...
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    DR. SUSAN RESNICK, O.D. F.A.A.O.

    Dr. Susan Resnick received her Doctorate of Optometry from the New York State College of Optometry in 1983. A Diplomate in the Cornea and Contact Lens Section of the American Academy of Optometry and Fellow of the Scleral Lens Society, she focuses clinically on specialty contact lens fitting. She is...
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    DR. JORDAN KASSALOW, O.D. M.P.H.

    Dr. Jordan Kassalow is a partner at Farkas, Kassalow and Resnick and joined the practice in 1988. His practice specializes in patients who require advanced contact lens care.  He deploys contact lens technologies from across the globe to help patients with keratoconus, corneal transplants, advanced dry eyes, etc.  He has...
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    DR. BARRY FARKAS, O.D. F.A.A.O.

    Dr. Barry Farkas had been a principle and managing partner in the Practice for over 40 years. He has recently retired from clinical practice. Dr. Farkas was instrumental in the development of many contact lens technologies and he served as a Trustee of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, his alma...
    Serving Patients From

    New York City | The East Side | Roslyn | Nassau County | and the state of New York

    If You’re Looking For A Eye Doctor Near New York City, New York, Dr. Farkas, Dr. Kassalow, and Dr. Resnick Of The Scleral Lens Center at Drs. Farkas, Kassalow, Resnick & Associates 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:

    New York City | The East Side | Roslyn | Nassau County | and the state of New York