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General Eye Doctor or Eye Doctor Trained in Fitting Contact Lenses? —Specialty Contacts in Portland, Oregon

"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 Portland. 

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 The Eye Studio, we provide hi-tech contact lens solutions to adults and children alike. Dr. Tina Tsai 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. Tina Tsai. 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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    Marina Soto CPO

    Certified Paraoptometric Assistant
    Born and raised in Oregon, Marina got her Bachelor of Science from SOU where she studied traditional print making. She got started in the eye care industry in 2013 as a technician in Wyoming. Learning about all things eye related has become a passion of hers.   She moved to...
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    Madeline Royse

    Patient Care Coordinator/Optician
    Maddy Royse was born and raised in the Portland metro area. She has a Bachelors degree in Biology. She enjoys science, research and helping people, so working in healthcare has been a perfect fit. As an insurance specialist, she researches patients’ benefits and makes sure that they are familiar with their coverage prior...
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    Kirsten Jeffries

    Insurance and Billing Specialist
    Kirsten has been employed in the eye care field since 1997 when she took a part-time job to get out of the house while raising her two daughters. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Science degree in Business at Portland State University.   She grew up in the Pacific...
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    Julie Bustamante

    Optician and Technician
    Julie is a born and raised Oregonian who recently moved back to the area from Alaska. She started out working in the lab and lens-making division of the optical industry in 2005 and has since moved into opticianry. She is interested in the cosmetic fitting of spectacles and determining the...
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    Rickey Salas A.B.O.C

    Optical Manager, Certified Optician
    Born and raised in Oregon, Rickey’s heart lies in the great Pacific Northwest. His family comes from Guam, so his roots proudly branch out to the Pacific Ocean; this has attributed towards his love for seafood, sun, BBQ’s and reggae music! Rickey’s love for optics started in 2013, he had...
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    David Fuller

    Optician
    David Fuller was born and raised in Oregon. He has been an optician since 2006, before that working in information technologies. David lives with his wife and three kids in a 1920’s farmhouse that they are slowly bringing back to life.   David is very interested in the technical aspects...
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    Susannah Lee O.D.

    Dr. Susannah Lee, an Oregon native, was born in Portland and raised in Beaverton. She graduated from Beaverton High School where she particularly enjoyed math and physics. Wanting to follow the sunshine, she studied at UC San Diego to complete her undergraduate degree in bioengineering. During her time in San...
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    Tina Tsai O.D.

    Dr. Tina Tsai has been involved in the eye care profession since 1993. She received her Doctorate in Optometry with Honors from the University of California, Berkeley School of Optometry in 1999. She enjoyed considerable success as the owner of Dr. Tina Tsai Optometry in San Leandro, California, before moving...
    Serving Patients From

    Portland | Beaverton | Vancouver | Hillsboro | and the state of Oregon

    If You’re Looking For A Eye Doctor Near Portland, Oregon, Dr. Tina Tsai Of The Scleral Lens Center at The Eye Studio 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:

    Portland | Beaverton | Vancouver | Hillsboro | and the state of Oregon