Specialty Contact Lenses

Alexandra Williamson, OD, FAAO, FCLSA -  - Optometry

Michigan Eye and Contact Lens

Alexandra Williamson, OD, FAAO, FCLSA

Optometry & Pediatric Optometry located in Novi, MI

If contact lenses are of interest to your school-aged child, or if they have a medical need for corrective lenses, Dr. Alexandra Williamson offers specialty contact lenses and services to meet your child’s needs. At Michigan Eye and Contact Lens in Novi, Michigan, pediatric eye care is a specialty. Dr. Williamson can safely fit prescription contacts for your children, improving their vision while ensuring good eye health. Michigan Eye and Contact Lens services patients in Walled Lake, West Bloomfield, Commerce, Milford, South Lyon, Northville, Farmington, Farmington Hills, Southfield, Plymouth, Birmingham, Livonia, Brighton, Bingham Farms, Bloomfield Township, White Lake, and Highland, MI. Schedule an appointment online or by calling the office to learn more.

Specialty Contact Lenses Q & A

What are specialty contact lenses?

Dr. Williamson uses specialty contact lenses to correct common vision problems in both adults and children. She's a fellowship-trained contact lens fitter and offers extensive experience in treating adult and pediatric eye conditions using specialty prescription contact lenses.

Specialty contact lens use can be an effective treatment for conditions like:

  • Myopia: the inability to see objects clearly at a distance (nearsightedness)
  • Hyperopia:  the inability to see close-up objects clearly (farsightedness)
  • Presbyopia: the inability to see close-up
  • Astigmatism: blurred vision at both distant and close-up objects
  • Keratoconus: occurs when the cornea develops a cone-shaped bulge
  • Aniseikonia: happens when each eye sees image sizes differently
  • Dry Eye: specialty lenses deliver hydration to dried out tissues
  • Corneal Ectasia: warpage of the cornea due to trauma, disease or refractive surgery
  • Eyelid conditions: when eyelids are too short or don't close properly, specialty contact lenses protect the eye from damage.

Dr. Williamson performs a full eye evaluation to determine if specialty contact lenses will be the right course of treatment for correcting your child’s vision issues.

What is the right age for contact lenses?

Every child is different, and there's no specific age that’s right for wearing contact lenses. Because contacts need proper care, you may feel your child is too young to wear lenses or handle the responsibility.

However, in some cases, contact lenses may be a medically-necessary corrective treatment for your child. Dr. Williamson can fit specialty contact lenses on children as young as six weeks old to stop the progression of specific vision problems.

The best way to determine if contact lenses are right for your child is to consult with Dr. Williamson.

Why should my child use contact lenses?

Dr. Williamson provides comprehensive contact lens fittings and guidance to ensure your child understands how to care for their eyewear, even from a young age. With an early introduction to lens care, your child learns the necessary skills they need in the future to successfully care for and wear corrective lenses.

If your child has a progressive eye condition, specialty contact lenses can correct mild to moderate issues, stopping their progression and providing your child with clearer vision.

At Michigan Eye and Contact Lens, Dr. Williamson and her team offer experienced support and services to ensure your child is comfortable with wearing contact lenses and understands the importance of ocular hygiene to prevent infections and other conditions.

My doctor says I need specialty contact lenses. I have never even used regular contact lenses. Will you be able to take care of me?

Yes, our clinic staff and doctor are well-trained in treating adults and children and you will be in good hands. Whether you have worn typical contact lenses in the past or not, the insertion, removal and care of specialty contact lenses is sometimes completely different. All your individualized needs will be addressed at your visit and you will learn how to use your contact lenses by training one-on-one with our highly skilled staff. Afterward, you will leave our office armed with the information you need to be successful. And, if anything should come up afterward, we are only a phone call away. 


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