With older technology, fitting contact lenses for Keratoconus was as much a trial-and-error process as a scientific one. The older keratopography equipment could determine the shape of roughly one half to two thirds of your cornea. That left the prescription and fitting of your Keratoconus Contact Lenses to the estimation of your Optometrist.
Thanks to recent developments in technology, eye measurement for contacts is now faster and more accurate than ever. That means less time in the doctor’s office and more time enjoying your comfortable new contact lenses! Read on to learn more about these exciting new technologies.
New to Dr. Barry Leonard’s office, the Eaglet Eye: Eye Surface Profiler is a full-featured topographical tool that allows your Optometrist to take highly accurate measurements of your cornea, sclera (eye white), and limbus (area between the sclera and the cornea). Using 350,000 separate measurement points across a 20mm area, the ESP is able to precisely and accurately map every tiny detail in your eye’s surface.
Videokeratoscopes, which measure corneal curvature and radius, have traditionally allowed Optometrists to determine which contact lens shape will most closely adhere to the surface of your eyes. While this method worked well to take general measurements of the eye, its technology is outdated by today’s sophisticated standards. Rather than documenting the contour of the cornea, the Eye Surface Profiler determines the “sagittal height,” or depth of the area of the eye which the contact lens must cover. This eye measurement for contacts gives a more complete picture of the shape of your eye.
The measurement process is also a lot quicker and less intrusive than traditional methods of corneal measurement, many of which require patients to squint into bulky equipment for minutes at a time and strain their eyes. Using the Eye Surface Profile means automatically shorter appointments, along with a better fit. We know that it’s frustrating to sit in an exam chair for hours waiting for your results. That’s why we’ve implemented the ESP as part of our commitment to more comfortable eye exams.
Since the Eye Surface Profiler creates dynamic, information-rich 3D height maps of the surface of your eyes, your Optometrist will be able to determine which contact lenses will fit you best. With unlimited custom design lenses, you’re sure to find one that perfectly matches your eyes’ unique needs and optimizes your daily comfort.
Measuring by sagittal height compensates for miniscule differences in corneal shape and ensures an optimal flow of oxygen to the eyes, making sure that your contacts stay fresh and moisturized all day long. It also makes contact lenses a healthy choice even for those with serious or long-term eye conditions. You’ll be amazed at how comfortable your contact lenses can be!
As leading optometry experts across the country realize that the Eye Surface Profiler provides more accurate and meticulous measurements of their patients’ eyes, more and more are beginning to implement it in their practice. However, there are currently very few providers in the United States who can offer this cutting-edge technology at an affordable cost. If you’d like to experience this revolution in comfort and convenience for yourself, you can find a brand new Eye Surface Profiler at Dr. Barry Leonard’s office, where we’ve made it a part of our everyday eye exams. Stop in today, call our office at 818-891-6711, or make an appointment online to discover what this revolutionary eye measurement for contacts can do for you!