Specialty Contact Lenses & Scleral Contact Lenses Specialist

West Vision

Optometrists located in Tyler, TX

Corneal scarring, keratoconus, and other conditions that cause serious eye damage can make it difficult to wear ordinary contact lenses. However, that doesn’t mean that it’s impossible to wear contacts at all. Dr. Jacob West at West Vision in Tyler, Texas, can prescribe specialty contact lenses and scleral contact lenses for patients with corneal scarring or other eye damage. Patients in Tyler, Noonday, New Hope, Antioch, Walnut Grove, and all surrounding areas including Athens, Canton, Lindale, Palestine, Flint, Bullard, Winnsboro, Brownsboro, Chandler, Arp, Mineola, Quitman, Van, and Ben Wheeler can use the online appointment maker or call the West Vision office now to schedule a visit and see an eye doctor today.

Specialty Contact Lenses & Scleral Contact Lenses Q & A

Which eye problems require special contact lenses?

There are a number of conditions and issues that can mean you need special contact lenses. If you have any of the following eye issues, Dr. West may prescribe specialty contact lenses.

  • Astigmatism
  • Corneal scarring
  • Keratoconus
  • Macular degeneration
  • Irregular cornea shape
  • Past LASIK or other eye surgery problems


There may be other eye conditions that require specialty contact lenses, as well. Dr. West prescribes these type of lenses on an individualized basis after a comprehensive eye exam.

What are scleral contacts?

Scleral contacts are commonly prescribed for conditions including keratoconus, corneal scarring, and irregular cornea shape. These lenses look similar to ordinary contact lenses, but they're actually quite different.

Since scleral contact lenses are much bigger, they can effectively cover the distorted areas that ordinary contacts wouldn't be able to. Thanks to their size, scleral contact lenses fit under your eyelids, and this means a reduced chance of having them come out during sudden or rough movements.

Do scleral lenses require special care?

Yes, scleral lenses require insight from an experience eye doctor and can require more attention than standard contact lenses. Dr. West may recommend specific cleaning solutions, and you may also need specialized insertion and suction removal devices for your scleral contact lenses.

Allow for some extra time each day to insert and remove your new scleral lenses. You'll soon adjust to this process, and it will be just as easy as it was with your ordinary contact lenses.

Because scleral lenses are so different than standard contact lenses, you may experience some minor side effects when making the transition into scleral lenses. Side effects like eye irritation typically abate quickly if you follow all of Dr. West's care instructions closely.

Can I still wear contacts after a bad result from corneal surgery?

Yes, in most cases you can still wear contact lenses even if you had a bad result from corneal surgery. Dr. West will examine your eyes to determine the extent of the damage and whether it's reversible with another surgery.

If you can't have another surgery to correct the problem permanently, Dr. West can map your cornea to determine the right prescription, size, and curvature for your specialty contact lenses.

Need specialty contact lenses? The West Vision team can help. Use online booking or call the office anytime to schedule an appointment.