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General Eye Doctor or Contact Lens Specialist?—Specialty Contacts in Princeton, New Jersey

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.

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 Princeton.

General Eye Doctor or Contact Lens Specialist?—Specialty Contacts in Princeton, New Jersey

"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.

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 Princeton.

Are Your Eyes Hard To Fit?

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.

    Who Is A Contact Lens Specialist in

    What is a Contact Lens Specialist?

    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 , we provide hi-tech contact lens solutions to adults and children. 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.

    When Should I See a Contact Lens Specialist?

    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 withDr. Harin Rajeev. 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

    Meet Our Contact Lens Specialist

    Gillian J. Hayes, O.D.

    Dr. Gillian Hayes received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2000. She graduated from the New England College of Optometry with a Doctor of Optometry degree with Honors in 2005. During her clinical training she interned at the New England Eye Institute in Boston, MA,...
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    Alaina Tonelli, O.D.

    Lic. #: 27OA00572200 TPA Cert. #: 27TO00119400Pennsylvania College of OptometrySpecialty in Pediatric Optometry for patients over the age of 5Villanova University Dr. Alaina Tonelli has been with Eye Care Associates of Princeton for ten years. She practices part time and is a very approachable, knowledgeable clinician with extensive knowledge of...
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    Jeff Schaeffer, O.D., F.A.A.O

    Lic. #: 27OA00301601 OM Cert. #: 27OM00024801Pennsylvania College of OptometryUniversity of North Carolina Dr. Jeff Schaeffer has been practicing primary care Optometry for over 43 years. A native of New York City, he works with us three days per week after retiring in 2013 from his sole practice in Perth...
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    Peter Colangelo, O.D.

    NJ Lic. #: 27OA00445800 TPA Cert. #: 27TO00049900State University of New York School of OptometryUniversity of Scranton Dr. Peter Colangelo, a Staten Island native, has been practicing Optometry since 1984. He has practiced solo in New York City with LensCrafters. Dr. Colangelo is a very kind and patient professional. He...
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    Huma Ansari, O.D.

    NJ Lic. #: 27OA00635900 OM Cert. #: 27OM00122700Illinois College of OptometryLoyola University Chicago Dr. Huma Ansari has been with Eye Care Associates of Princeton since August of 2014. She practices part time and is a very approachable, kind and generous person with extensive knowledge of full-scale optometrics and ocular disease...
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    Harin Rajeev, O.D.

    NJ Lic. #: 27OA00582300 OM Cert. #: 27OM00095700 Pennsylvania College of Optometry Rutgers, State University of New Jersey Dr. Harin Rajeev, OD, has been a native of New Jersey for past 35 plus years. He grew up in Edison, NJ and received his undergraduate degree in Biology from Rutgers University in 1997....
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    How Do Contact Lens Specialists Treat Your Eye Conditions?

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    Don’t let discomfort or a corneal conditionprevent you from having clear, comfortable vision. Contact us to asses and fit you with the contact lens solution you need.