Contact Lenses

Contacts allow you to see clearly, whether you're spending the day at the office or adventuring outdoors. 

We offer several types of contact lenses at our Huntsville, AL, eye care practice, including scleral and multifocal lenses.

Ready to update your prescription? Need a solution for irregular astigmatism? Visit the trusted team at Maynor & Mitchell Eye Center.

What Are Scleral Lenses And What Conditions Do They Treat?

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Scleral lenses treat patients living with two conditions: irregular astigmatism and poor vision that isn't fully resolved by other corrective lenses. Scleral lenses have a pronounced arch; this arch creates a space between the lens and your cornea, which is filled with saline for comfortable wear. Unlike glasses and conventional contacts, their design allows them to sidestep irregular corneas when correcting vision, and can also help shield your eye.

Though you may be struggling with poor vision, headaches, or glares, our optometrist can help. In fact, many local optometrists specifically refer irregular astigmatism patients to our office for treatment. Visit our Huntsville, AL, practice to see if scleral lenses are a good fit for you.

Regular Astigmatism vs. Irregular Astigmatism: Understanding the Differences

Patients with astigmatism have an atypically curved cornea, which can cause refractive errors. There are two main types of astigmatism. Treatment options will depend on which type of astigmatism you experience.

Regular Astigmatism

You may have already heard of astigmatism, a frequently-diagnosed eye condition. It occurs when your cornea is unusually curved. These curves occur at 90 degree angles. Astigmatism can be corrected when you wear prescription glasses or contact lenses.

Irregular Astigmatism

Sometimes, the curves in patients' corneas do not occur at 90 degree angles. That means that they have irregular astigmatism. People with this condition require surgery or specialized, non-disposable contact lenses to best address their unique physiology.

Reasons Behind Irregular Astigmatism


Irregular astigmatism has many causes. Some cases may be linked to physical damage or a transplanted cornea, while others may result from medical conditions like keratoglobus or keratoconus. Certain cases have no determined cause. Additionally, it takes specialized testing to determine if your astigmatism is irregular. Each patient is different, and we can work with you to figure out the best course of action.

See Clearly Again With Scleral Lenses

Struggling to find contacts or eyeglasses that actually improve your eyesight? Living with unresolved astigmatism symptoms? Our team can help, starting with an eye exam. Once we've assessed your vision, potentially diagnosed your condition, and measured your eyes, we can guide you through your scleral lens options.

It could finally be time to enjoy excellent vision without the halos or eye fatigue you're used to. Huntsville patients with conditions like myopia, hyperopia, and irregular astigmatism can enjoy improved vision by contacting our team or by calling:

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The Benefits of Choosing Maynor & Mitchell

When Alabama patients need scleral lenses or an eye exam and prescription, they visit one of our four eye care offices. Why? Simple — we offer:

An Optical Store

Whether patients wear contact lenses or eyeglasses, they can find the vision aids they need at our optical store. They can also trust us with their scleral lenses. For safe, lasting results, it's crucial to find an established practice offering high-quality scleral lenses like we do.

All-Ages Care

No need to find a different eye care practice to treat your family. We're proud to help Huntsville patients of all ages see clearly with comprehensive eye exams and eye disease screenings, as well as treatment for conditions like glaucoma and dry eye.

Multiple Vision Options

You can find a variety of prescription glasses and contacts to wear at our Huntsville optical store. Our team even offers specialty lenses, like scleral lenses and multifocal lenses. As a result, we can directly address your needs with custom vision correction treatments.

"Professional & easy to work with!"


larry erickson

Huntsville, AL


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I have been a patient at Maynor & Mitchell for many years, and all the folks there have been the most professional and friendly I have ever experienced in any medical facility. They are all among the very best.

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MN Howse

Huntsville, AL


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Fabulous experience! I was greeted at the entrance downstairs, and the ease of checking in through the kiosk was really great. Professional & easy to work with! Very enjoyable experience.

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A Closer Look At Scleral Lenses

Irregular astigmatism differs from regular astigmatism. Our Huntsville, AL, team offers a patient-specific treatment — scleral lenses — to improve your vision. As you can see, their arched design can augment a curved cornea. The result? Freedom from poor vision, eye strain, and excessive glare.

How Do Scleral Lenses Differ From Standard Contact Lenses?

Scleral lenses work a bit differently than the soft, disposable lenses you may be used to. Our trusted Huntsville, AL, team is here to guide you through every step of the process. That includes eye exams and explaining how your lenses work.
Our optometrist has experience in difficult cases.
Our optometrist has experience in difficult cases.

They're Rigid

Scleral contact lenses are made from a rigid material. As a result, they will be harder than the typical contact lenses used to correct standard myopia and hyperopia.

They're Arched

Regular lenses fit precisely over your eye. Scleral lenses work a little differently. Instead, they have a pronounced arch, creating a space over your cornea. You also wear them over a larger area: your sclera and cornea, as opposed to only your cornea.

They're Custom

Boxed contact lenses are one-size-fits all. With scleral lenses, though, our Alabama eye care practice takes custom measurements of the exact shape of your eye to create fully tailored contact lenses.

They're Longer-Lasting

Standard contact lenses are disposable after about two weeks to a month. Scleral lenses, on the other hand, can be used for a year — or even several years.

Earning Patients' Trust For Years to Come


tonda neal

Huntsville, AL


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The doctors and staff are very friendly. The after hours answered my questions quickly and put my mind at ease

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Pam Wilkerson

Huntsville, AL


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My family and I have been going to Dr. Maynor & Mitchell for 20+ years and Dr. Maynor for at least 12 years. I have never had a bad experience and always enjoy the staff in back. I would highly recommend!

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Maynor & Mitchell Eye Center

Maynor & Mitchell Eye Center

Maynor & Mitchell Eye Center is a full-service eye center conveniently located in Huntsville. From routine eye care to specialty procedures for rare eye conditions, our dedicated and highly trained staff can keep your eyes healthy for a lifetime. Our doctors are affiliated with organizations such as the:

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Board of Eye Surgeons
  • American College of Eye Surgeons
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons
  • International Society of Refractive Surgery

To protect and preserve your vision, we invite you to fill out our consultation form or call our office at (256) 533-0315.

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