If you have been told that you are not suitable for contact lenses before, but you would like to see the best you can without glasses, please contact us for an appointment to see one of our optometrists to discuss your needs.
We can fit soft disposable lenses for myopia, hyperopia, presbyopia and astigmatism. Even a combination of all of the above!
In addition to conventional soft contact lenses, our contact lens clinic also fits specialty lenses for myopia control, and for the treatment of corneal conditions such as keratoconus, PMD, corneal ectasia post LASIK, and traumatic injury.
Orthokeratology is the treatment of ametropia, or the need for glasses, by reshaping the cornea (the front of the eye), with a special contact lens that you wear at night. It is non-surgical, reversible and safe. Unlike surgery, ortho K is commonly used for children to reduce the progression of their myopia.
Our optometrists at Rhodes Optometry are among the most respected orthokeratologists in Australia with thousands of happy patients and over 14 years of experience. The greatest testimonial would be that many of our patients have themselves become optometrists and still continue to see us for their orthokeratology care.
As orthokeratology is greatly tailored for each individual eye, prescription, and rate of myopic progression, it is best to contact us to discuss your, or your child's situation. However, typically orthokeratology is no more expensive over its treatment period than glasses or soft contact lenses.
Keratoconus is a corneal condition in which a weakened or thin cornea starts to distort and forms a cone shape. Hence the name kerato, meaning cornea, and conus, for cone. The subsequent irregular corneal shape makes keratoconus difficult to correct with glasses or traditional contact lenses. Treatment of keratoconus may require rigid contact lenses, or sometimes surgery.
Keratoconus has a very strong genetic component and may be passed down from one of your parents or grandparents. It also presents greatly in patients who are highly atopic, or suffer from hay fever. In particular in individuals who regularly rub their eyes. Symptoms of keratoconus, include glare with lights, blurred or distorted vision, regularly changing prescriptions, or never being 100% satisfied with new glasses.
Our optometrists have been managing patients with keratoconus, and fitting them with rigid contact lenses for over 20 years. We work closely with corneal surgeons to provide a comprehensive solution for each patient. Rhodes Optometry optometrists have taught advanced contact lens clinics to members of the Cornea and Contact Lens Society of Australia as well as host final year students from UNSW and Deakin University.
In cases when it is not viable to fit contact lenses onto the cornea, Rhodes Optometry can fit scleral, and mini scleral lenses. These larger lenses sit on the white part of the eye and vault over the cornea to provide a new regular front surface for the eye. These scleral lenses are particularly useful for post traumatic injuries, post corneal surgery, and in advanced cases of keratoconus or pellucid marginal degeneration.
If you have an older injury, or were told that you can not wear contact lenses in the past, our optometrists can assess your suitability for scleral lenses.
If you require a contact lens for cosmetic improvement, Rhodes Optometry can fit and order hand painted or tri-colour printed lenses. These lenses can also improve the appearance of small eye turns or cases of large anisocoria.
This video is intended for use as an adjunct to your insertion and removal lesson in our clinic. It does not replace an in person visit.
How to handle and clean your ortho K lenses with multi-purpose solution, and platinum peroxide. As well as how to clean and store your DMV suction cup.