The Contact Lens Center at Optique
Contact lenses are medical devices which directly contact the surface of your eye. For this reason we take exceptional care to ensure a proper fit and select only lenses which provide maximal health benefits, while conscious of lens costs and convenience. Doctors Sonsino has extensive experience with nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and complicated contact lens problems. For those who have experienced difficulty in the past, we offer the most up-to-date options for all types of wearers.
For those who have particular complexity to their vision or eyes, we offer a level of care that is unsurpassed. The innovative Contact Lens Center at Optique is dedicated to finding the best contact lens solutions to challenging problems, such as:
Those requiring bifocals or reading glasses can benefit from new contact lens technology, such as multi-focal lenses, monovision, and more complex options. We will tailor a solution specific to your lifestyle and needs. As a part of his clinic trial experience and pioneering work on contact lens design, Dr. Jeffrey Sonsino has access to many multifocal designs which are not widely available in other offices.
We offer keratoconus care including decision making for contact lenses or surgery. As a part of the American Academy of Optometry, Dr. Jeffrey Sonsino helps write the position papers on keratoconus, establishing standards of care for all optometrists practicing in the U.S. You can be confident that he is either researching with his collaborators or aware of the most cutting edge studies in the field.
Contact lenses following surgical complications or injuries:
Irregular astigmatism is created on the eye following some surgical complications and injuries. Often, it cannot be completely corrected with glasses or subsequent surgeries. However, using gas-permeable contact lenses and more advanced designs, a tear layer is introduced to the ocular surface that neutralizes irregular astigmatism. Dr. Jeffrey Sonsino publishes and lectures extensively on this subject.
Dry eye care for mild to extremely severe:
Nashville consistently ranks in the top 3 cities in the nation for allergies. Eye allergies, computer use, and environmental factors all produce dry eye that can be successfully treated when diagnosed properly. Doctors Jeffrey and Michele Sonsino are committed to providing the most updated treatment options for their patients with dry eyes. These may involve medication, plugs that prevent moisture from leaving the eyelids, a regimen of hot compresses and artificial tears, and optimizing contact lens materials. They will work with you to find the strategy that may work best for you.
Scleral lens fitting and evaluation:
Scleral lenses are very large diameter gas-permeable lenses that hold their shape on the eye and create a chamber of tears that stay adhered to the ocular surface. Because of their size, they are typically extremely comfortable and provide better vision correction than most surgeries, standard contact lenses, and glasses.
Scleral lenses may be an option for patients with more severe dry eye conditions such as:
- ocular graft-versus host disease
- Sjogren’s syndrome
- Stevens-Johnson syndrome
- Meibomian gland dysfunction
- Evaporative dry eye
- Neurotrophic corneas
- Exposure keratitis (with eyelid conditions, such as Bell’s Palsy)
- Lacrimal gland problems
- Ocular cicatricial pemphagoid
Scleral lenses may also be the best strategy for patients who need optimal optical correction.
Irregular astigmatism is created in conditions such as:
- Pellucid marginal degeneration
- Post- penetrating keratoplasty (corneal transplant surgery)
- Post-radial keratectomy (RK surgery)
- Post-LASIK ectasia
- Post-trauma (such as open globe)
- Salzmann nodular degeneration
- Terrian’s maginal degeneration
As creator and former director of the Scleral Lens Clinic at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Dr. Jeffrey Sonsino has significant experience with the complexities of successfully fitting scleral lenses. For the past three years, he has presented lectures at the American Academy of Optometry educating other doctors on Troubleshooting Scleral Lenses. Dr. Sonsino is one of the country’s leading experts on scleral lenses and holds patents on scleral lens technology.