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General Eye Doctor or Contact Lens Specialist?—Specialty Contacts in Athens, Georgia

"Hard-To-Fit" Contact Lenses

In the realm of healthcare, there are many conditions that are treated by a specialist, rather than a general practitioner. Eye doctors are no exception. When it comes to certain ocular conditions and complications, the most effective care is delivered by a specialist. While a general practitioner will usually be familiar with the condition, it's still going to be the specialist who has much greater experience and focused training and can, therefore, provide treatments and solutions that stand at the cutting edge of medicine and technology.

Hard-To-Fit Contact Lenses Patients

Individuals, such as people with corneal irregularities or sensitivities, require a custom or specialty contact lens. These “hard-to-fit” contact lens patients, for instance, are not candidates for wearing standard contact lenses and struggle with standard prescription eyeglasses. Fitting these advanced contact lenses requires a contact lens specialist, with the latest corneal imaging and topographic technology. At , our eye doctors are experts at fitting specialized and custom contact lenses in Athens. 

Are Your Eyes Hard-to-Fit With Contacts?

Do you find wearing contact lenses impossible, or been told that it's impossible? Are regular contacts painful or constantly uncomfortable? You aren't alone. There are many people who fall under that category of "hard-to-fit", whether due to corneal conditions, such as keratoconus, or other problems such as sensitivity or chronic dry eye. All too often, people in this category are incorrectly told that they can’t wear contact lenses. The truth is that most patients can be successfully fitted with specialized contact lenses, which deliver impressive visual clarity and unparalleled comfort.

    Conditions And Complications That Can Make Regular Contacts Unbearable

    • Astigmatism
    • Dry eyes
    • Giant papillary conjunctivitis (GPC)
    • Keratoconus
    • Post-refractive surgery like LASIK
    • Corneal irregularity or corneal dystrophy
    • Post-Corneal Transplant

    Any of these problems will typically require advanced eye care beyond the scope of general care optometry.

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    What is a Contact Lens Specialist?

    A contact lens specialist is an eye doctor who has trained extensively in the techniques and technologies required to create and fit customized contact lenses. At Five Points Scleral Lens Center, we provide hi-tech contact lens solutions to adults and children. Dr. Nadine Humen Forché will assess your contact lens needs and recommend a contact lens solution that provides the comfort, stability, and clarity you need after a quick and comfortable fitting.

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    When Should I See A Contact Lens Specialist?

    If you have any corneal irregularity or visual disorder that prevents the use of regular contact lenses, or for effective non-surgical correction for myopia, schedule a consultation with Dr. Nadine Humen Forché. The first step of any treatment is the assessment, which requires specialized diagnostic and digital imaging tools, including the ability to conduct corneal topography and to produce high-resolution corneal imagery. Getting a very detailed mapping of the contours of your eyes will allow us to create a custom-fit contact lens solution for you. The most common specialty contact lens used are Scleral lenses. Ortho-K lenses are typically worn by children for myopia control or adults who want a non-surgical alternative to LASIK.

    Scleral Lenses

    Scleral Lenses—sometimes referred to as ocular surface prostheses—are large-diameter gas-permeable contact lenses that rest on the sclera and create a tear-filled vault over the cornea. The lenses, therefore, sit over an irregular cornea and not on it. Sclerals provides a perfectly smooth optical surface to correct refractive errors with tremendous accuracy while retaining maximum comfort. Scleral lenses are also fixed in place to avoid discomfort and remain in place. These specialized Scleral Contact Lenses are often the ideal solution for patients suffering from:

    • keratoconus
    • chronic dry eyes
    • SjÖgren’s syndrome
    • sensitive eyes
    • corneal ectasia
    • Steven-Johnson syndrome
    • neurotrophic keratitis
    • aniridia
    • microphthalmia
    • higher aberration of the eye
    • pellucid degeneration
    • complications from eye surgery
    • sensitive eyes
    Ortho-K Lenses

    Your contact lens specialist may also recommend the use of Orthokeratology (Ortho-k) lenses for your vision. These are rigid gas permeable contact lenses that you wear overnight. They gently reshape the cornea so that you can enjoy corrected, accurate vision during the day.  Orthokeratology is a safe, effective, and non-surgical alternative to  LASIK or similar surgical procedures. The use of Ortho-k has also been demonstrated to effectively manage the progression of myopia in children.

    The corneal reshaping lenses quality of orthokeratology can be used to correct refractive problems such as near-sightedness, astigmatism, and hyperopia. In some cases, it can also be used to correct for presbyopia as well.

    Meet Our Contact Lens Specialist

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    Elizabeth Goodwin

    Optometric Technician
    Elizabeth graduated from Athens Technical College in Medical Assisting and joined Five Points Eye Care in 2018. She was born in India but grew up in the United States for most of her life and is beyond grateful for the opportunities she gets by being here.  Elizabeth is a people...
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    Kenza Abraham

    Patient Care Coordinator
    Kenza joined our staff in July 2018 as our Patient Care Coordinator, handling our patient phone calls, coordinating our doctor’s schedules and referrals to other offices. She has years of experience with customer service and marketing and an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice but has recently decided to join the...
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    Amber Evans

    Amber started with Five Points Eye Care as an optometric technician in May 2018.  She is originally from Covington, GA and moved to Danielsville, GA with her young son in 2014. She loves to watch and play all kinds of sports.  She enjoys fishing and hunting as well as cooking...
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    K.C. Webster

    Optician in Training
    Originally from Atlanta, KC moved to Athens around 2014 after living in NYC for some time to be near family and fell in love with the Classic City. She has a background in the Arts, Architectural History and Communications and joined Five Points Eye Care in 2017. She plans to...
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    Meg Brya, O.D., F.C.O.V.D.

    Dr. Meg Brya is a graduate of the University of Georgia where she received her Bachelor of Science in Education as well as a certificate in Woman's Studies. She received further teaching certification in Montessori education and taught elementary education for 7 years in Athens. She then returned to UGA...
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    Nadine Humen Forché, O.D., M.S., F.A.A.O.

    Doctor
    Dr. Nadine Humen Forché is a graduate with honors from the University of Pennsylvania where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Neurobiology. She was class valedictorian when she received her Doctorate in Optometry from the Ohio State University College of Optometry. She also completed her Master’s Degree in...
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    Jon Forché, O.D., F.A.A.O.

    Doctor
    Dr. Jon Forché is a graduate of Miami University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Biological Sciences. He received his Doctorate in Optometry from the Ohio State University College of Optometry. He completed a residency in Low Vision Rehabilitation/Ocular Disease at the Birmingham Veterans Affairs Medical...
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    Kathy Ramsay

    Business Office Member
    Kathy Ramsay joined Five Points Eye Care in August 2016.  She has always enjoyed helping and working with patients in her many years in the medical field.  Kathy is a member of our business office, helping patients check-out.  She enjoys fishing with her husband on the weekends as well as reading, puzzles,...
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    Paula Bleecker

    Business Office Member
    Paula Bleecker joined our staff In March 2016.  Over the years she has worked in a variety of medical office, hospital, and nursing home settings, but this is her first experience with eye care.  A transplant from Pennsylvania, Paula lives in the Watkinsville area with her husband and two big dogs.  She has...
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    Celeste Dove

    Business Office Member
    Celeste Dove joined our staff in August 2015 as our patient care coordinator.  You may see her friendly face when you arrive at our front desk or have her help you on the phone when she is in our call center.  She lives in Danielsville with her husband and is pursuing a...
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    Abby Meehan

    Optometric Technician
    Abby is the newest member of our clinic technician team. She grew up in nearby Jefferson and joined Five Points Eye Care in 2013 after working for several years in the service industry. She's currently working as a full-time optometric technician and became certified by the National Contact Lens Examiners in...
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    April Vaughn

    Practice Administrator
    As our Practice Administrator, April keeps our office running smoothly, working on special projects for the doctors, handling the office inventory and physical plant upkeep as well as organizing our training materials.  She also coordinates the business office schedule and trains new staff members in this area of our office.  April joined...
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    Noemi Osorio

    Vision Therapist
    As a Vision Therapist, Noemi supervises children with various eye problems including amblyopia (lazy eye) and focusing problems as they complete vision training to improve their vision and visual function.  Noemi joined our practice in February 2008 and lives in Athens. She is fluent in Spanish and English and is...
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    Marie Isreal

    Billing and Insurance Manager
    Marie has been in the medical field since 1985 and joined our practice in October 2003 as the Front Office Payment Coordinator. Since then, Marie has been promoted to Insurance and Billing Manager, handling all patient billing and insurance questions and claims filing for our practice. As her proficiency in...
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    Stacey Allen

    Optometric Technician
    Stacey has been an optometric technician since 1996, joining our practice in July 2000 as a general technician. Since then she has furthered her training to become proficient in all aspects of contact lenses and was promoted to Contact Lens Technician. She became certified by the National Contact Lens Examiners...
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    Maddie Guenther

    Optician in Training
    Madeleine "Maddie" joined Five Points Eye Care in July 2011 as a student intern helping with administrative work.  She is currently an optician in training, studying for the American Board of Opticianry (ABO) to become certified. She is also apprenticing under our certified opticians, Nate Sedlacek and Katie Faucher, to learn how to properly edge...
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    Katie Faucher

    Licensed Dispensing Optician
    Katie joined Five Points Eye Care in November 2009. She has a Bachelor in Business Administration with a focus in Finance degree from the University of Michigan where she graduated with distinction.  She was a personal shopper for Ralph Lauren for 2 years and worked at Tiffany & Co. for...
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    Nate Sedlacek

    Licensed Dispensing Optician
    Nate Sedlacek joined Five Points Optical in May 2010. Nate is a Licensed Dispensing Optician and comes from a family of opticians including his father, mother and sister.  He is certified by the American Board of Opticianry (ABO) and the National Contact Lens Examiners (NCLE).  Nate began his career in...
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    If You’re Looking For A Contact Lens Specialist Near Athens, Georgia, Dr. Nadine Humen Forché Of Five Points Scleral Lens Center Is The Destination.

    Don’t let discomfort or a corneal condition prevent you from having clear, comfortable vision. Contact us to asses and fit you with the contact lens solution you need.

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    Athens | Augusta | Lawrenceville | Gainesville | and the state of Georgia

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