The Primary Eyecare Specialty Contact Lens Clinic

Patients may experience difficulty wearing contact lenses for a number of reasons at times. Whether is due to poor optics, poor comfort, or poor ocular health, many patients have either found on their own or been told by a doctor that they aren’t good candidates for contact lenses. Like all technology, contact lens design & manufacturing capabilities have evolved over the years. We are now able to create unique lens shapes that can provide wonderfully comfortable, clear, and healthy contact lens wear for many people who were told just a few years ago “no way.”

While these unique specialty lens designs now exist, they do require specialized training and skill on the part of the doctor to map and custom fit these lenses to each unique patient’s eyes. Some of the “hard to fit” conditions that once prevented most patients from successfully enjoying contact lenses include:

  • Severe Dry Eyes (including Sjogren’s Syndrome)
  • High Astigmatism
  • Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis (GPC)
  • Keratoconus
  • Pellucid Marginal Degeneration
  • Post-LASIK or other refractive surgery complications
  • Presbyopia (reduced near vision typically over age 40).
  • Corneal Scarring / Post Corneal Transplant

When expertly fitted, specialty contact lenses can even provide superior visual results to eyeglasses in many of the conditions listed.

Some of the lenses frequently used in our Specialty Contact Lens Clinic include Scleral Contact Lenses and Hybrid Contact Lenses. 

Scleral Contact Lenses are unique in that they form a complete “dome” over the cornea and are larger in diameter than most conventional contact lenses.  Rather than resting on the cornea like most contact lenses, the outer ring of “scleral” rest on the white of the eye and form a dome over the cornea, with the space between the cornea and the back of the contact lenses being filled with saline solution. This provides several optical and health advantages. 

Hybrid Contact Lenses are a combination of both rigid gas permeable and soft contact lenses in one.  Combining the superior optics of a rigid gas permeable center, a soft lens “skirt” provides the comfort of a soft contact lens. 

Dr. Katherine Schlieper spent an additional year of training in post-doctoral residency (beyond the normal training of most optometrists) specifically in the field of these types of specialty contact lenses.  Her level of experience and knowledge in complex and challenging specialty contact lens cases is distinctive in the central Virginia region. 


Dr. Michael Henderson is highly skilled with many years of experience in fitting keratoconus, post-corneal transplant patients, and many other types of specialty lens cases.  His patience and keen sense of exactly which adjustments will provide just the right outcome have made hundreds of patients extremely satisfied over the years. 



Schedule your Examination with one of our 2 Specialty Contact Lens Clinic Doctors to further evaluate your particular case and start seeing better today!