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General Eye Doctor or Contact Lens Specialist?—Specialty Contacts in Ft. Worth, Texas

"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 Ft. Worth. 

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 EYEWORKS, we provide hi-tech contact lens solutions to adults and children. Dr. Robert Chu 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 Dr. Robert Chu. 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


    Dr. Sarah Talbott, O.D.

    Dr. Sarah Talbott, O.D. grew up in mainly in Minnesota and was inspired by her grandfather to pursue optometry. She graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor's degree in health sciences. She then continued on to The Ohio State University College of Optometry for her doctorate. Afterward, she completed a...

    Dr. Richard Chu, D.O.

    Board Certified Ophthalmologist
    Dr. Richard Chu, D.O. is the medical director at Chu Eye Associates. He is a board-certified ophthalmologist who has had sub-specialist fellowship training in laser vision correction, cataract, and cornea surgery. He is a national lecturer and serves in the leadership structure of the American Osteopathic College of Ophthalmology. He...

    Dr. Edwin C. Augustat, M.D.

    Edwin C. Augustat, M.D.  is a board certified ophthalmologist with special training in the highly skilled ophthalmology sub-specialty of ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery. He is dedicated to the care and treatment of patients seeking cosmetic, reconstructive, lacrimal and orbital surgery. Dr. Augustat completed his medical education at Louisiana State University...

    Dr. Danny P. Mathew, O.D.

    Dr. Mathew is a Certified Glaucoma Specialist who practices with an emphasis on treatment and management of ocular disease and post-surgical co-management. He is experienced in advanced scleral and specialty contact lens fitting techniques. Originally from Irving, Texas, Dr. Mathew graduated from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Tx with a...

    Dr. Katherine Mor, O.D.

    Dr. Katherine Mor, O.D.  comes to us from the Bay Area of Northern California. Dr. Mor studied molecular biology at the University of California at Berkeley. She graduated with honors. Dr. Mor went on to receive her doctorate from the University of Houston College of Optometry. She graduated with Cum Laude honors. Dr. Mor’s clinical interest is in...

    Dr. Robert Chu, O.D.

    Dr. Robert Chu, O.D. as a result of his leadership abilities and his commitment to extraordinary eye care, was elected by his peers to serve as the youngest President of the Tarrant County Optometric Society and the Board of Directors of the Texas Optometric Association. Dr. Chu is the recipient of numerous professional awards, including the...

    Dr. Lena Chu, M.S. O.D.

    Dr. Lena Chu, the founder of Chu Eye Associates, enjoys a distinguished academic, scientific, and clinical career spanning over 30 years. Chu’s original research has been widely published in leading medical journals, and she actively participates in the education of other doctors. Her work centers on the microscopic changes in ocular tissue...
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    Ft. Worth | Southlake | River Oaks | Benbrook | and the state of Texas

    If You’re Looking For A Contact Lens Specialist Near Ft. Worth, Texas, Dr. Robert Chu Of EYEWORKS Is The Destination.

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

    Serving Patients From:

    Ft. Worth | Southlake | River Oaks | Benbrook | and the state of Texas

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