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General Eye Doctor or Contact Lens Specialist?—Specialty Contacts in Tulsa, Oklahoma

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 Tulsa.

General Eye Doctor or Contact Lens Specialist?—Specialty Contacts in Tulsa, Oklahoma

"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 Tulsa.

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 with Dr. Monte Harrel. 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

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    Dr. Glenn Baggs

    Dr. Glenn Baggs earned his doctorate of optometry from the Northeastern State University College of Optometry.  Dr. Baggs practiced for twenty-one years in Muskogee, OK concentrating on primary care with an emphasis on cataracts and diabetes. In 2019 he closed his Muskogee office, merging his solo practice into Harrel Eyecare. ...
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    Dr. Kristin Patrick

    O.D.
    Dr. Kristin Patrick graduated with honors from the Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry in 2017. She attended Drury University in Springfield, Missouri for her undergraduate studies, where she majored in Biology. Dr. Patrick is a member of the American Optometric Association and College of Optometrists in Vision Development....
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    Dr. Christy Beartrack

    O.D.
    Dr. Christy Beartrack proudly joined Harrel Eyecare in 2017. A native of nearby Cleveland, Oklahoma, Dr. Beartrack received her undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from Oklahoma State University. She went on to graduate with honors from the University of Houston College of Optometry in 2008. Dr. Beartrack then spent several...
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    Dr. Jordyn Barnwell

    O.D. 
    Dr. Jordyn Barnwell joined Harrel Eyecare in the Summer of 2016, after graduating from Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry with her Doctorate of Optometry. While pursuing her education at NSUOCO, Dr. Barnwell represented the American Optometric Student Association as a national officer, elected to serve as Executive Council...
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    Dr. David Kolker

    O.D.
    Dr. David Kolker received his education from the University of Tulsa and Northeastern State University College of Optometry. He was one of the first optometrists in the nation certified in Laser Vision Correction. In addition, he has served as author, consultant and lecturer in the area of computer vision care....
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    Dr. Tiffany Harrel

    O.D.
    A native of Tulsa and graduate of the University of Tulsa and the Oklahoma college of Optometry at NSU summa cud laude, Dr. Harrel completed a post-graduate residency in laser vision correction, ocular trauma and ocular disease. She is well versed in all aspects of family eyecare and ocular disease....
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    Dr. Savanah Sayler

    O.D. 
    Dr. Savanah Sayler joined the practice in the Spring of 2012. She graduated summa cum laude from Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry with her Doctorate of Optometry. While completing her educational requirements at NSUOCO, she received numerous honors and awards, including the Clinical Excellence Award for outstanding 4th year students...
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    Dr. Monte Harrel

    O.D., F.C.O.V.D.
    Dr. Monte Harrel is the CEO and founder of Harrel Eyecare Centers.   He and his partners operate 3 locations in the Tulsa metro area: Downtown/TU, Midtown, and South geographically.  Dr. Harrel began his practice because of a passion for excellence in children and family eyecare.  He is a graduate of Oklahoma State...
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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.