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General Eye Doctor or Contact Lens Eye Doctor?—Specialty Contacts in Gilbert, Arizona

"Hard-To-Fit" Contact Lenses

In the realm of healthcare, there are many conditions that are treated by a specialist, 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 a specialist. While a general practitioner will usually be familiar with the condition, it's still going to be the specialist who has much greater experience and focused training and can, therefore, provide treatments and solutions that stand at the cutting edge of medicine and technology.

Hard-To-Fit Contact Lenses Patients

Individuals, such as people with corneal irregularities or sensitivities, require a custom or specialty contact lens. These “hard-to-fit” contact lens patients, for instance, are not candidates for wearing standard contact lenses and struggle with standard prescription eyeglasses. Fitting these advanced contact lenses requires a contact lens eye doctor, with the latest corneal imaging and topographic technology. At , our eye doctors are experts at fitting specialized and custom contact lenses in Gilbert. 

Are Your Eyes Hard-to-Fit With Contacts?

Do you find wearing contact lenses impossible, or been told that it's impossible? Are regular contacts painful or constantly uncomfortable? You aren't alone. There are many people who fall under that category of "hard-to-fit", whether due to corneal conditions, such as keratoconus, or other problems such as sensitivity or chronic dry eye. All too often, people in this category are incorrectly told that they can’t wear contact lenses. The truth is that most patients can be successfully fitted with specialized contact lenses, which deliver impressive visual clarity and unparalleled comfort.

    Conditions And Complications That Can Make Regular Contacts Unbearable

    • Astigmatism
    • Dry eyes
    • Giant papillary conjunctivitis (GPC)
    • Keratoconus
    • Post-refractive surgery like LASIK
    • Corneal irregularity or corneal dystrophy
    • Post-Corneal Transplant

    Any of these problems will typically require advanced eye care beyond the scope of general care optometry.

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    What is a Contact Lens Eye Doctor?

    A contact lens eye doctor is an eye doctor who has trained extensively in the techniques and technologies required to create and fit customized contact lenses. At Specialty Contact Lens Center At Woolf Eye Care , we provide hi-tech contact lens solutions to adults and children. Dr. Paul Woolf will assess your contact lens needs and recommend a contact lens solution that provides the comfort, stability, and clarity you need after a quick and comfortable fitting.

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    When Should I See A Contact Lens Specialist?

    If you have any corneal irregularity or visual disorder that prevents the use of regular contact lenses, or for effective non-surgical correction for myopia, schedule a consultation with Dr. Paul Woolf. The first step of any treatment is the assessment, which requires specialized diagnostic and digital imaging tools, including the ability to conduct corneal topography and to produce high-resolution corneal imagery. Getting a very detailed mapping of the contours of your eyes will allow us to create a custom-fit contact lens solution for you. The most common specialty contact lens used are Scleral lenses. Ortho-K lenses are typically worn by children for myopia control or adults who want a non-surgical alternative to LASIK.

    Scleral Lenses

    Scleral Lenses—sometimes referred to as ocular surface prostheses—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 Eye Doctor

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    Dr. Brian Baldwin

    Optometrist
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    Gail

    Licensed Optician
    Gail has been in the optical industry since 1982.  She was originally licensed in New Jersey. She moved to Arizona in 2000 and got her license here. She has many years of experience that our patients really benefit from.  She enjoys educating patients about their eyes which allows them to...
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    Trudy

    Patient Services
    Trudy has been with Woolf Eye Care for 12 years.  After raising 4 children, she began training in several aspects of the practice.  She over-sees the contact lenses department and enjoys serving our patients at the front desk.  When not at the office Trudy enjoys being a grandmother, gardening, hiking, traveling...
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    Kerrie

    Optician
    Kerrie has been at Woolf Eye Care since 2014!  She began her journey in the eye care industry as a technician.  She worked for 3 years as a tech then made the big leap over to optical.  She enjoys the process of helping patients pick out frames that look great...
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    Tiffany

    Patient Services
    Tiffany has been working in the healthcare industry for over 20 years.  She enjoys helping our patients every day.  She loves spending every spare moment with her four grandchildren.  She recently moved back to Arizona from an 8 year adventure in upstate New York.  She is excited to be back....
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    Karyn

    Office Manager
    Karyn has been with us since 2017.  She came to us with 9 years of optical experience and over 20 years of retail and restaurant management.  When she is not at the office she enjoys spending time with her daughter.  Karyn also enjoys traveling and exploring new places....
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    Alyssa

    Patient services
    Alyssa has been with us since 2018.  She is very friendly and loves meeting all the patients.  Alyssa currently works part-time while she pursues a career in Cosmetology.  In her free time, she enjoys taking trips to Disneyland, spending time with her friends and family and doing hair....
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    Terry

    Patient Specialist
    Terry has worked at Woolf Eyecare Center since December of 2015. She has 20 years of secretarial and administration experience. She enjoys meeting patients and helping them understand their vision plans. Terry loves spending time with her large family, doing genealogy research and can easily be talked into a game...
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    Paul L. Woolf, O.D.

    Dr. Woolf received his B.S. degree from A.S.U. He received his O.D. degree from Southern California College of Optometry. Dr. Woolf completed an externship in Low Vision at the Center for Partially Sighted in Santa Monica, California. He was the recipient of the Mattingly International Low Vision Award for Achievement...
    Serving Patients From

    Gilbert | Mesa | Phoenix | Chandler | and the state of Arizona

    If You’re Looking For A Contact Lens Specialist Near Gilbert, Arizona, Dr. Paul Woolf Of Specialty Contact Lens Center At Woolf Eye Care 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:

    Gilbert | Mesa | Phoenix | Chandler | and the state of Arizona

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