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General Eye Doctor or Contact Lens Specialist?—Specialty Contacts in Louisville, Springhurst, LaGrange, and Carrolton, Kentucky

"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 specialist, with the latest corneal imaging and topographic technology. At , our eye doctors are experts at fitting specialized and custom contact lenses in Louisville. 

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 Specialist?

    A contact lens specialist is an eye doctor who has trained extensively in the techniques and technologies required to create and fit customized contact lenses. At The Scleral Lens Clinic At Gaddie Eye Centers, we provide hi-tech contact lens solutions to adults and children. Our doctors 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 our doctors. 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 Specialist

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    Dr. Ian Benjamin Gaddie

    Dr. Ben Gaddie earned his Doctor of Optometry from the University of Alabama-Birmingham School of Optometry. He then completed a Residency in Ocular Disease through Northeastern State University College of Optometry at the Triad Eye Medical Clinic and Cataract Institute in Tulsa, OK. Currently, he is the owner and director...
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    Dr. Bruce J. Gaddie

    Dr. Bruce Gaddie, founder of Gaddie Eye Centers, received his undergraduate degree at the University of Kentucky. He earned his Doctor of Optometry from the University of Houston School of Optometry. Dr. Bruce Gaddie is a member of the American Optometric Association, Kentucky Optometric Association and Louisville Optometric Association. Dr. Bruce...
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    Dr. Laura Lea Bassett

    Dr. Laura Lea Bassett, a native of Bardstown, KY, received her undergraduate degree in biology from Kentucky Wesleyan College (magna cum laude) and her optometry doctorate from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She also completed residency training in ocular disease and geriatrics at the Tuscaloosa Veterans Affairs Medical Center...
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    Dr. Brian Clark

    Dr. Brian Clark received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Murray State University and was awarded his Doctor in Optometry from the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, Illinois. He has completed externships at both Commonwealth Eye Surgery and the Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Lexington, KY. Dr. Clark...
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    Dr. Rob Ensley

    Originally from California, Dr. Rob Ensley attended Ohio State University for his undergraduate studies before completing his optometric education and residency at the University of Missouri-Saint Louis College of Optometry, where he graduated with honors. His residency was in Cornea and Contact Lenses, and he is trained in specialty contact...
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    Dr. Donald Gossom

    Dr. Donald Gossom has been an optometrist with Gaddie Eye Centers since the fall of 1997. He received his undergraduate Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from the University of Kentucky followed by his postgraduate optometric training at the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee. He also completed internships...
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    Dr. Tiffany Harder

    Dr. Tiffany Harder graduated Magna Cum Laude from Morehead State University where she received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry. She was awarded her Doctor of Optometry degree at Indiana University School of Optometry. In addition to her optometric training at IU, she also completed externships with Bennett and...
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    Dr. Paul Karpecki

    With over 20 years experience running some of the largest dry eye clinics in the United States, Dr. Karpecki is a leader and pioneer in this dedicated area of optometry. He is a noted educator and author, having delivered over 1000 lectures and authored over 1000 papers on the subject...
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    Dr. Jannelle Engel

    Born in Kansas, Dr. Jannelle Engel is native to the Midwest. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Psychology (cum laude) at Drury University, a liberal arts school in Springfield, Missouri. Dr. Engel attended Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she graduated with...
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    Dr. Carl Harder

    Dr. Carl Harder attended the University of Southern Indiana for his undergraduate studies where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. He was awarded his postgraduate Doctor of Optometry Degree at Indiana University School of Optometry. After receiving his Doctorate at IU, he also completed a residency at...
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    Dr. Benjamin Paxton

    Dr. Benjamin Paxton, originally from St. Albans, WV, received his Bachelor of Science degree from Western Kentucky University. While at WKU, he played on the baseball team and enjoyed a three-year professional baseball career after his time in college. Dr. Paxton pursued optometry at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale,...

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    Louisville | Springhurst | LaGrange | Carrolton | and the state of Kentucky