At the California Keratoconus Center, we work with lens labs and technology manufacturers on a daily basis to help advance the state-of-the-art for the non-surgical treatment of Keratoconus patients. This collaboration and advancement are central parts of the cKlear Method™’s success, and it’s necessary because treating Keratoconus is not like treating most other eye diseases. One of our lens partners, OVITZ, is also one of our technology partners. Thanks to their new OVITZ Ares Lens and OVITZ Xwave Aberrometer, our Keratoconus specials can provide High Order Aberration-Correcting Scleral Lenses to our Keratoconus patients needing them.

Ovitz Ares Lens
The OVITZ Ares Lens is tightly integrated with the OVITZ Xwave Aberrometer to produce the clearest, most comfortable Keratoconus Contact Lenses for patients with High Order Aberrations.

Keratoconus Lens Challenges

Making Keratoconus Contact Lenses is not like making conventional contact lenses.

  • The prescription is more complex because the irregular corneas created by Keratoconus make the prescription different at every point through which light enters.
  • The fit is more difficult because the irregular corneas mean that conventional contact lenses don’t sit well on the eye, like a saucer placed upside down on an inverted teacup.
  • The comfort is more difficult for much the same reason: the eyelid moves over the edges of a poor-fitting contact lens and gets more irritated with every blink. That means that poor-fitting lenses cannot be worn continuously for long periods of time.

The California Keratoconus Center designed the innovative cKlear Method™ to address all of these issues, and the result is a Keratoconus Contact Lens that allows the patient to see better than ever before, fits great and can be worn for an entire day with comfort.

But even then, some patients who can see 20/20 with their new lenses still experience difficulty seeing in some situations. These anomalies are called High-Order Aberrations.

What Are High-Order Aberrations?

High-Order Aberrations (HOAs) are irregularities in the anatomy of an eye that can cause halos, double vision, ghosting, glare, streaks and other similar issues. These often occur at night when bright lights from oncoming cars, traffic lights, storefronts, signs and office buildings are more prominent. Patients with HOAs know how troublesome they can be.

These HOAs can be caused by almost any part of the eye, including the back side of the cornea, the lens, the vitreous (the gel-like substance in the eye) and even the retina. But up until just recently, it has been impossible for anyone but the patient to actually “see” the HOAs that a patient sees. As a result, it’s been nearly impossible to design contact lenses that reduce or eliminate HOAs.

Designing Scleral Contact Lenses for High-Order Aberrations

At the California Keratoconus Center, we have technology that allows us to “see what the patient sees” with a very high-tech device called an Aberrometer. These devices can actually trace a ray of light through the cornea, lens and vitreous until it hits the retina, creating a digital “map” called the Optical Path Difference. When we show this map to patients, they often weep because no one has ever understood their vision issues.

We build this information into our contact lenses for HOA patients and change their lives forever.

The OVITZ Ares Lens and OVITZ Xwave Aberrometer

Up to now, we have been able to use our Aberrometers for various lenses, and we still produce excellent results for our patients with that technology. However, the scientists at OVITZ wanted to do something unique; they wanted to create an integrated system that includes lenses so advanced they require the precision of their own proprietary aberrometer.

The OVITZ Ares Lens is specially designed for patients with HOAs. They provide sharp vision, all-day comfort and maximum hydration for the cornea.

The OVITZ Xwave Aberrometer uses advanced wavefront aberrometry that integrates seamlessly with the OVITZ Ares lens laboratory, creating a closed-loop proprietary wavefront-guided contact lens manufacturing system that is automated, error-free and cost-effective.

See if the OVITZ Ares Lens is for You

Here at the California Keratoconus Center, we have been working with OVITZ to provide case studies for their Ares and Xwave systems for treating Keratoconus patients with HOAs. Our data helps to improve the OVITZ system. In turn, our patients enjoy the clearest vision they’ve ever experienced, with improved visual acuity and a significant reduction of HOAs.

If you have Keratoconus and suffer from HOAs, please make an appointment at the California Keratoconus Center using our online appointment system. Or, call the center at 818-891-6711 to discuss your case.