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General Eye Doctor or Eye Doctor Trained in Fitting Contact Lenses? —Specialty Contacts in Long Island, 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 Long Island. 

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 Specialty Contact Lens Center At Diamond Vision, we provide hi-tech contact lens solutions to adults and children alike. Dr. Shane Galan 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. Shane Galan. 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

    Patty

    Medical Biller
    I grew up in Queens, NY. My dad was an optician. At an early age I would go to work with him and that’s where I started learning this business. I have 30+ experience in all phases of optometric. Family is everything to me. On my days off you can find...

    Catrina

    Front Desk
    I traveled a lot when I was younger. I settled down in Long Island and have been in the optometry field for 5 years. I recently joined the Diamond Vision team and love it here. I have a love of animals and family. I look forward to spending time with them....

    Scott Cohen

    NYS Licensed Optician
    Born and raised in Canarsie Brooklyn, and moved to Long Island during my high school years.  My passion was always the fine arts. I majored in Interior Design during my early college days but quickly turned my attention to Optics. I was Pre-Med at Hofstra University when I had an...

    Kevin Flynn F.N.A.O.

    NYS Licensed Optician
    I grew up in the nearby town of Valley Steam, and currently reside in the Five Towns. I am a New York State Licensed Ophthalmic Dispenser(Optician), specializing in difficult eyewear prescriptions, Varilux* progressive lenses, thin lens and digital technologies, and high fashion eyewear. I have over 35 years of optical experience,...
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    Denise Divino, Office Manager and Contact Lens Specialist

    I have been in optical business for thirty Five years. In that time I have built so many wonderful relationships with our patients and I especially enjoy when a patient leaves our office happy, satisfied and most important confident in their ability to use contacts and have the freedom that contacts...

    Donna

    Technician
    I grew up on Long Island. I have been in the medical field for over 20 years. Most of that time I was a veterinary technician. I specialized in ophthalmology for years. I have been with Dr. Galan for 4 years; in my free time you can find me hanging out...
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    Shane M. Galan, OD

    Dr Shane Galan was born and raised in Rockaway Beach and Oceanside NY.  He graduated SUNY Albany in 1991 and The New England College of Optometry in 1996.  In 1997, Dr Galan completed his residency at the Northport VA Hospital and has owned Diamond Vision since 2000.  Dr Galan is...
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    Long Island | Five Towns | Hempstead | Nassua County | and the state of New York

    If You’re Looking For A Eye Doctor Near Long Island, New York, Dr. Shane Galan Of The Specialty Contact Lens Center At Diamond Vision 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.

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    Long Island | Five Towns | Hempstead | Nassua County | and the state of New York

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