Contact Lenses 2017-07-29T11:57:25+00:00

Contact Lenses

Contact lenses are an outstanding option for those people who do not want to wear glasses every day. Almost anyone is a candidate for contact lenses, including those with dry eye, astigmatism and bifocal wearers. Our optometrists are very experienced in fitting contact lenses for patients of all ages, including infants and children.

Our Advanced Contact Lens Clinic offers the following services:

Scleral lenses serve as invaluable tools to manage patients who have keratoconus, pellucid marginal degeneration, corneal ectasia, severe dry eye, Sjögren’s syndrome, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, cicatricial pemphigoid, atopic keratoconjunctivitis and graft versus host disease. These lenses help prevent tear film evaporation, provide a moist chamber for the cornea and limbus, and protect the front surface of the eye from environmental and mechanical trauma while correcting optical irregularities.

Scleral lenses are made with highly oxygen transmissible materials to optimize the eye health. They range from about 15 mm to 24 mm in size. In fact, larger size, makes these lenses almost as comfortable as soft lenses for many patients.

In 2014, Dr. Thakrar was the first optometrist in Canada to add the EyePrintPRO prosthetic shell to her scleral lens practice. This lens provides new hope to patients who have been unsuccessful in other contact lens modalities.

Dr. Thakrar has successfully fit thousands of patients in the US and Canada since 2001. 

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Keratoconus is a progressive corneal thinning disorder that can result in blurred vision, double vision, headaches and severe vision loss. The cause of keratoconus is unknown, however there are genetic links, as well as associations to allergies, eye rubbing, and race. Keratoconus is thought to affect 1/2000 people, but we believe that this is an underestimation.

Keratoconus management has usually involved fitting a patient with glasses, soft, gas permeable, hybrid or scleral contact lenses. Patients with mild keratoconus can see well with glasses or soft lenses. As keratoconus progresses, patients rely on gas permeable contact lenses or scleral lenses to see. Recently, an incredible new procedure has become available in Canada. Corneal cross-linking is a procedure that halts or reduces the progression of keratoconus to stabilize the cornea of these patients. This procedure can potentially change the life of a keratoconic patient. Please contact our Vaughan Family Vision Care for a consultation with Dr. Vishakha Thakrar to provide you with further information on these services.

Dr. Thakrar is the first eye doctor in Canada to fit revolutionary EyePrintPRO™ prosthetic scleral cover shell.   This lens improves vision by creating a new, smooth, refractive surface for the eye. Unlike contact lenses, the EyePrintPRO™ is not constrained to typical fabrication and therefore can match the exact contour of any eye- even in the most difficult conditions where other options have failed.

How is EyePrintPRO™ different from Scleral Lenses?

In many ways, the EyePrintPRO™ is similar to a scleral lens. It is made of the same FDA approved oxygen permeable materials and the fit vaults the cornea while landing on the sclera. There is a long history of the comfort, health and visual benefits of scleral lenses. The difference, however, is in the design process. The EyePrintPRO™ is made from an impression of the ocular surface, just like a prosthetic eye. Instead of using a series of standardized curvatures as with scleral lenses, the EyePrintPRO™ is generated to exactly match the unique irregularities of the individual eye. Because of the precise nature of the back surface fit, high quality and individualized optics can be placed on the front surface of the device, creating exactly what you need.

Who Benefits from an EyePrintPRO™?

The EyePrintPRO™ will benefit anyone needing visual correction, ocular protection, relief from pain or wanting to maximize their vision, comfort and corneal health. The EyePrintPRO™ is an excellent choice for:

  • Keratoconus
  • Pellucid marginal degeneration
  • Post LASIK ectasia
  • Post Radial Keratometry
  • Corneal Transplants
  • High Myopia / Hyperopia
  • Aphakia

Ocular Protection:

  • Neurotrophic Keratitis
  • Ocular Surface Disease (Dry Eye)
  • Graft vs Host disease
  • Steven Johnson Syndrome
  • Ocular Cicitricial Penphigoid
  • Chemical Burns
  • Stem Cell Failure

Ocular Comfort:

  • Pinguecula
  • Pterygium
  • Scarring
  • Scleral Patch Grafts
  • High Wind/Dust Environments

Please contact us at Vaughan Family Vision Care for an assessment of the EyePrintPRO™ by Dr. Vishakha Thakrar.

Sjogren’s Disease, Stevens Johnson’s, Graft vs. Host Disease can range in severity.  All of these conditions can result in dryness, scarring, pain, vision loss, redness, excessive tearing, and light sensitivity.  The symptoms can be debilitating in many cases.

Dry eye treatment is necessary to manage these conditions, but if patients are still not able to adequately manage their symptoms, scleral lens fitting may be necessary.  Scleral lenses bathe the cornea and ocular surface with saline throughout the day, while acting as a barrier between the ocular surface and the potentially damaging environment.  Dr. Thakrar has fit these type of patients with scleral lenses for 15 years.

Recently, we have brought the customizable EyePrintPROTM specifically to manage this particular group of patients.  We hope that this new type of scleral prosthetic shell will provide new hope to those who have suffered for so long.

Please contact our optometry office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Thakrar for a consultation.

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Post-lasik ectasia is a condition similar to keratoconus where the cornea starts to bulge forwards some time after LASIK eye surgery.  Soft Contact lenses and large-diameter gas permeable lenses may be the right solution to restore vision in this situation.

Radial keratotomy is a refractive procedure that involved creating spoke-like incisions into the cornea.  These incisions can potentially produce a high degree of irregularity, vision fluctuation and far-sightedness to the eye.  Dr. Thakrar has been fitting rigid gas permeable and scleral lenses for those patients who have had RK with great success.  Please contact our optometry office to make an appointment for a contact lens assessment with Dr. Thakrar.

Due to improvements in technology, patients with astigmatism can now see very well with contact lenses. There are many new lens designs that can provide an outstanding wearing experience. Please contact our optometry office to schedule a contact lens exam to further explore your astigmatism options.

The lens of the eye changes throughout life resulting in difficulties in reading as we age. Although progressive glasses are a great option, they do not need to be your only option. Multifocal contact lenses are an outstanding option for those who do not want to wear glasses on a full time basis. Please contact our optometry office to discuss your bifocal and multifocal contact lens options.

Corneal refractive therapy or ortho-keratology is a non-surgical process which gently reshapes the cornea while you sleep using specialized CRT or ortho-K lenses.   Of particular interest is the use of ortho-K for the treatment of progressive myopia (near-sightedness) in children. Several studies have demonstrated that this treatment can slow down the rate at which myopia progresses. This treatment has gained popularity amongst the Vaughan and neighbouring communities to help reduce the progression of near-sightedness in children.

The lenses reshape the cornea during the night during sleep and are removed upon awakening allowing you to go throughout the day without having to use corrective lenses such as glasses or contact lenses. Cutting-edge technology involving: computerized corneal mapping, computerized manufacturing and oxygen permeable contact lens materials enable the production of this unique contact lens design.

Myopia progression can also be treated with soft bifocal contact lenses used for daytime wear.

If you are interested in ortho-K or soft bifocal lenses, please call our optometry office to schedule a consultation today.

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Disfiguring conditions including incomplete formation of the pupil (aniridia), lack of pigment or color in the eye (albinism) and damage to the cornea from trauma can be treated with prosthetic colour contact lenses.  They can mask any abnormalities for a more natural looking eye.

Contact Lens Assessment

Dr. Thakrar has successfully fitted thousands of patients in the US and Canada throughout the years.
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