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General Eye Doctor or Contact Lens Specialist?—Specialty Contacts in Burlington, Ontario

"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 Burlington. 

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 The Scleral Lenses Center at Dr. Patricia Fink Optometry, we provide hi-tech contact lens solutions to adults and children. Dr. Patricia Fink 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. Patricia Fink. 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

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    Dr. Manny Singh

    I graduated from McMaster University with honors Bachelor of Science (Biochemistry) in 2015. Following that, I completed Doctorate of Optometry from University of Waterloo. During the course of my study, I had the opportunity of completing an ocular disease externship at OMNI Eye Services (Atlanta, Georgia) where I co-managed ocular...
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    Krysten Cooper

    Vision Therapist, PVT Candidate
    Krysten is the most recent addition to our team and works as a vision therapist. Krysten is in the process of completing the PVTAP certification through COVT&R.  Krysten has been working in the therapy profession for over 20 years; she has an interest in psychology and patient services. Her training and experience...
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    Pia Tan PVT

    Vision Therapist
    Pia grew up in the Philippines and worked there in the field of optometry since 2009. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing in 2008 and moved to Canada in 2015. She speaks both English and Tagalog fluently. Pia joined our team in 2015 as an optometric assistant,...
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    Sarah Britton

    Vision therapy Administrator, HCAI Billing Administrator
    Sarah joined the administrative team in 2018 and has specialized in Health Claims for Auto Insurance. She has over twenty year’s customer service experience with many of those years in management. Sarah’s educational background varies from social services to administration to visual arts. On her time off, Sarah enjoys time...

    Nerizsa Tenorio

    Optical Technician, Pretester
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    Mirella Melfi

    Vision Therapist
    Mirella graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and has diploma in Modern Languages from Dawson College of Quebec.  She joined the team in January 2018 and has a passion for vision therapy. She is friendly and her calm caring demeanour allows her to support both children and...
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    Natasha Birch

    Vision Therapist
    Natasha moved to Canada in 2010 from the UK, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Modern Languages and Linguistics, and speaks French and German. She joined our team in October 2017 as a vision therapist and has since successfully completed the PVTAP Vision Therapy program. She first...

    Jasmine Osmani

    Optical Technician, Optometric Assistant, Pretester
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    Tanya

    Optical Technician, Optometric Assistant
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    Nav

    Optical Technician, Optometric Assistant
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    Vonita Sanders-Bennett PVT

    Vision Therapist
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    Debbie Aldred

    Optical Technician, Assistant Manager
    Debbie has brought a wealth of experience to our office since she joined us in September of 2005. She has worked with several Ophthalmologists and Optometrists throughout her 29 year career. Her friendly smile will make you feel at ease during your visit. Debbie can assist you in answering questions...
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    Leslie Miletich

    Optical Technician, Assistant Manager
    Leslie has been with Dr. Fink for over 10 years. She brings many years of prior experience as an Optometric Assistant. She loves the interaction with the staff and patients. She is passionate about helping people feel their best and having an exceptional experience....
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    Jennifer Braniff COVT, MCoun, PVT

    Patient Services Coordinator, Lead Vision Therapist
    Jennifer has been working along side Dr. Fink since the Burlington Practice opened in September 2000. Her graduate and post graduate studies in Canada and Australia in the field of counselling have enabled her to bring a unique approach to her work in Vision Therapy. Jennifer has trained throughout the...
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    Matthew Chavoustie O.D.

    I grew up in the 1000 Islands Region of New York state and moved to the GTA in 2010 to be closer to my wife’s family in Hamilton. My time practicing in this region has been incredibly fulfilling and I grow to love the region more and more each day....
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    Shirley Ha O.D.

    Dr. Shirley Ha was born in Hong Kong and immigrated to Canada when she was 10 years old.  She earned her Honors Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Optometry degrees from the University of Waterloo in 1990 and completed an Ocular Diseases and Primary Care externship at the Hospitals of...
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    Krysten Pozzer O.D.

    I graduated from the University of Waterloo in June 2009 with my Doctor of Optometry degree and Honours Science degree. My experiences during my 4 years studying optometry were shaped by my wonderful classmates, professors, clinic directors and patients. I joined Dr. Fink's office upon graduation in 2009 and tremendously...
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    Patricia Fink O.D.

    I completed my Bachelor of Science (Biology) in 1991 from McMaster University and my Doctor of Optometry Degree from The New England College of Optometry, Boston, US in 1995. I am certified to practice optometry in Ontario and British Columbia and also have my certification in Treatment and Management of...
    Serving Patients From

    Burlington | Oakville | Hamilton | Dundas | and the state of Ontario

    If You’re Looking For A Contact Lens Specialist Near Burlington, Ontario , Dr. Patricia Fink Of The Scleral Lenses Center at Dr. Patricia Fink Optometry 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.

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    Burlington | Oakville | Hamilton | Dundas | and the state of Ontario