Experts in Keratoconus Care and Scleral Lens
Keratoconus Treatment and Scleral Lens Fitting Specialists in Brooklyn, New York
What is Keratoconus?
Keratoconus is an eye disease affecting the shape and structure of the cornea–the outer, transparent part of the eye that allows light to enter the eye. Often leading to increased astigmatism, keratoconus occurs when the cornea thins, then vaults or bulges. This condition allows too much light to enter, which reduces focus and visual acuity.
Expert Scleral Lens Fitting the Key to Good Vision and Comfort for Patients with Keratoconus
Keratoconus patients that have received a scleral lens fitting conducted by a keratoconus specialist report better comfort and vision than they experienced with their previous form of keratoconus treatment. Keratoconus experts agree scleral contact lenses are the treatment of choice for keratoconus.
Dr. Diana Nguyen is a keratoconus specialist at Eye D Vision. Scleral contact lenses are the most effective treatment for patients with keratoconus. Scleral contact lenses are more comfortable and provide better vision than other keratoconus treatments.
What is Involved in Fitting Scleral Contact Lenses?
A scleral lens fitting begins with a comprehensive eye exam. At the scleral lens fitting, we will evaluate your eyes with special instruments. By using high technology diagnostic instruments we can evaluate and monitor the health and shape of your cornea. With this new information, your keratoconus specialist will select an initial diagnostic lens.
Once the diagnostic lens has settled on your eye the doctor will evaluate the fit of the lens. Then our scleral lens specialist will determine what lens power will provide the best visual acuity. This information will allow your contact lens specialist to design a lens that is customized to the shape of your eye. Scleral contact lenses almost always allow a patient to achieve better visual acuity than they were able to achieve with glasses. We can maximize your visual acuity and comfort by customizing the lens according to the shape of your eye.
Your new lenses will arrive approximately two weeks later. When you pick up your lenses will show you how to insert, remove, and care for them. We will schedule an appointment to see how your eyes are adapting to the new lenses. This visit will also allow us to see if any modifications will improve your fit, vision, and comfort.
How Long Does a Scleral Lens Fitting Take?
A scleral contact lens fitting typically takes about 2 hours. Approximately half of that time will be spent “test driving” a scleral contact lens. You will actually be able to experience the vision and comfort your customized scleral contacts will provide. The remainder of the time is used for measuring your eye for your initial diagnostic lens and evaluating the lens on your eye.
About Dr. Diana Nguyen, OD
Dr. Diana Nguyen is an attentive, detail-oriented optometrist and her pleasant and approachable demeanor allows her to develop good relationships with patients. She received her doctorate at State University of New York State College of Optometry and completed a residency at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System, specializing in primary eye care and low vision. She is an expert in scleral lens fittings and has been treating keratoconus for over 10 years in Brooklyn, NY
As a residency trained optometrist, Dr. Nguyen emphasizes maintaining healthy eyes, including the detection and treatment of dry eyes, allergic conjunctivitis, cataracts, glaucoma and diabetic eye disease. Dr. Nguyen strives to provide children and adults with clear, comfortable vision through modern, affordable glasses and contact lenses. Dr. Nguyen is an Orthokeratologist certified in CRT, VST, and Wave lenses. She is also a member of the American Academy of Orthokeratology and Myopica Control (AAOMC).