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Precision Contact Lenses in Atlanta

Unlike standardized approaches, we recognize that each pair of eyes is unique. The Atlanta Center for Precision Contact Lenses at Optique At West Paces offers custom contact lenses for your specific needs.

We've provided personalized solutions for astigmatism, keratoconus, and other hard-to-fit eye conditions for over 25 years.

Request a consultation with us. We are the only center in Atlanta specializing in producing and fitting specialty contact lenses.

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WAVE Technology for Contact Lenses

Our use of WAVE, a computer-aided design (CAD) system, highlights our commitment to providing personalized excellence for contact lens wearers.

By leveraging this technology, Dr. Cohen ensures that each contact lens is perfect. Minor tweaks to design or prescription can also be made, ultimately optimizing comfort and vision.

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Our Revolutionary Nighttime Corrective Contact Lenses: SightSleep™

SightSleep™ is our very own orthokeratology technique developed by Dr. Cohen. We use specially designed gas-permeable materials to make our groundbreaking ortho-k lenses, which enable oxygen to reach the eye. These lenses are worn at night to gently reshape the cornea while you sleep, leading to remarkably clearer vision after lens removal the following day. You can enjoy sharp eyesight with almost no dependence on glasses or contacts.

Our ortho-k lenses are also beneficial for children and adolescents with myopia who need to slow its progression to prevent eye conditions in the future.

Contact Lenses for 'Hard-to-Fit' Conditions like Keratoconus

Since not all eyes are equal, standard eyeglasses and contact lenses are not always sufficient. Some people have conditions that present unique vision challenges, such as keratoconus, caused by the thinning and bulging of the corneal tissue.

Custom-fitted contact lenses are the only way to provide clear and comfortable vision for people with moderate to severe keratoconus. Dr. Cohen's expertise shines in treating this rare condition. His reputation has resulted in many referrals from corneal specialists across Atlanta, solidifying his position as the trusted keratoconus specialist in the area.

Other hard-to-fit eye conditions include:

  • Astigmatism
  • Dry eye
  • Presbyopia
  • Giant papillary conjunctivitis (GPC)
  • Post-refractive surgery
  • Aphakia
  • High prescriptions

Our Center for Precision Contact Lenses addresses these complexities and others not listed above.

Contact Lenses For Astigmatism

Astigmatism is a very common condition where the curvature of the front of the eye isn’t round, but is instead shaped more like a football or an egg. This means one curve is steeper or flatter than the curve 90 degrees away. Astigmatism won’t keep you from wearing contact lenses – it just means you need a different kind of lens.

Designing contact lenses for astigmatism can be as simple as creating a toric or curved lens, but in patients where there is too much astigmatism, or when the lens rotated on the eye, specialty designs may be required to maintain crisp vision.

Dr. Cohen has extensive experience with the prescription and management of patients who require contact lenses for astigmatism.

Contact Lenses For Dry Eye

Dry eyes can make contact lens wear difficult and cause a number of symptoms, including:

  • a gritty, dry feeling feeling as if something is in your eye
  • a burning sensation
  • eye redness (especially later in the day)
  • blurred vision

If you have true dry eyes, the first step is to treat the condition, however you may have contact lens induced dryness where the type of lens you are wearing doesn’t interact well with your eye and your tears.

In moderate to severe cases, Dr Cohen is able to create a specialty scleral lens design that vaults the cornea to allow a tear layer to sit behind the lens and maintain constant contact with the eye, thus relieving dry eyes.  This type of design is highly specialized and Dr Cohen has many patients referred to him from around the south east to be fit using his techniques.

Contact Lenses for Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis (GPC)

Giant papillary conjunctivitis (GPC) is an inflammatory reaction on the inner surface of the eyelids. One cause of GPC is protein deposits on soft contact lenses. (These deposits are from components of your tear film that stick to your lenses and become chemically altered.)

Usually, changing to a one-day disposable soft lens will solve this problem, since you just throw these lenses away at the end of the day before protein deposits can accumulate on them.

In some cases of GPC, a medicated eye drop may be required to reduce the inflammation before you can resume wearing contact lenses.

Contact Lenses for Presbyopia

Presbyopia is the normal loss of focusing ability up close when you reach your 40’s.

Today, there are many designs of bifocal and multifocal contact lenses to correct presbyopia.

During your contact lens fitting we can help you decide whether bifocal/multifocal contact lenses or monovision is best for you.

Dr. Cohen is considered a multifocal contact lens expert and has built his contact lens practice successfully fitting these hard to fit lenses.

Contact Lenses for Keratoconus

Keratoconus is a relatively uncommon eye condition where the cornea becomes thinner and bulges forward. The term “keratoconus” comes from the Greek terms for cornea (“kerato”) and cone-shaped (“conus”). The exact cause of keratoconus remains unknown, but it appears that oxidative damage from free radicals plays a role.

Gas permeable contact lenses have historically been the treatment option of choice for mild and moderate keratoconus. Because they are rigid, GP lenses can help contain the shape of the cornea to prevent further bulging of the cornea. They also can correct vision problems caused by keratoconus that cannot be corrected with eyeglasses or soft contacts.

The last few years have produced quite a bit of innovation in contact lenses for keratoconus. There are now several soft lenses for keratoconus, as well as many scleral lenses. These are large lenses made of GP material that remain completely above the cornea, with the outer edge of the lens resting on the white of the eye (sclera).

Another option is called “piggybacking,” where soft and GP lenses are worn together on the eye for greater comfort than a GP alone would provide. Hybrid contact lenses that have a GP center surrounded by a soft “skirt” can produce the same effect.

Dr. Cohen is experienced in dealing with Keratoconosis in patients and can discuss whether gas permeable, soft, or a combination of the two lenses would be the best solution for you.

Contact Lenses After Corrective Eye Surgery

Hundreds of thousands of people each year have LASIK surgery to correct their eyesight. Sometimes, vision problems remain after surgery that can’t be corrected with eyeglasses or a second surgical procedure. In these cases, Dr. Cohen often prescribes gas permeable contact lenses – including large GP scleral lenses – that can often restore visual acuity and eliminate problems like glare and halos at night. Scleral lenses remain the best options for these patients.

Types of Specialty Contact Lenses

We offer a broad range of specialty contact lenses suited to address various hard-to-fit conditions, such as:

  • Scleral Lenses: These lenses vault over the cornea, leaving a pocket of saline on the cornea. They’re helpful for dry eye, keratoconus, and other conditions.
  • Toric Lenses: Designed to correct astigmatism by accommodating varying curvatures in the cornea.
  • Gas Permeable Lenses: Gas permeable lenses, also known as Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) lenses, are crafted from durable materials that allow oxygen to pass through. Unlike traditional hard lenses, oxygen can pass through the lens material, promoting healthier eyes and comfortable wear.

Join Our Research Study for Soft Toric Contact Lenses for Astigmatism

With over 25 years of experience in contact lenses and vision research, Dr. Cohen stands as a pioneering force in optometry. He is looking for individuals who qualify to participate in groundbreaking studies on enhancing and refining soft toric contact lenses for astigmatism.

Our eligibility criteria are:

  • Must be between the ages of 18 and 55
  • Currently using eyeglasses or soft toric contact lenses for astigmatism
  • Have healthy, non-diseased eyes
  • Able to commit to three office visits spanning around two weeks
  • Not participating in any other soft contact lens studies

Your willingness to adhere to the study's appointments and guidelines is essential. We look forward to your contribution to advancing the future of vision correction.

Join Dr. Cohen on this exciting journey to shape the next generation of astigmatism-correcting contact lenses.

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