Specialty Contact Lenses

Our contact lens team at Thomas Eye Group offers several specialty contact lens options for patients including:

  • Scleral Lenses including EyePrint Technology
  • Corneal Gas Permeable Lenses including Multifocal
  • Myopia Control Contact Lenses
  • And many more…

Dr Buddy Russell, Specialty Contact Lens TechnologistBuddy Russell FCLSA, COMT, FSLS, NCLEM, LDO is our Specialty Contact Lens Technologist at Thomas Eye Group. Mr. Russell has been certified by J.C.A.H.P.O. since 1986 and is a Fellow member of the Scleral Lens Society and the Contact Lens Society of America. He lectures frequently at national and international meetings and has written numerous articles on contact lens related topics.

Buddy is a member of the GPLI advisory board and on the board of directors for CLSA. He is also a contributing editor for CLSA’s Eyewitness journal and has served as the National Contact Lens coordinator for the Infant Aphakia Treatment Study. 

His most recent accomplishments include being awarded with the Joseph Soper Award for excellence in education and co-authoring a chapter on managing refractive errors in children in Taylor and Hoyt’s Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus textbook.

For an appointment with Buddy Russell, please contact 678-781-7306.



Thomas Eye Group now offers EyePrint PRO! EyePrintPRO is a transparent prosthetic scleral device designed to match the exact contours of the individual eye providing the best vision and comfort possible.

What Makes EyePrintPRO so different?

EyePrint Impression Process

  • Takes only 2 minutes
  • Captures the precise curvatures of the entire ocular surface
  • Comfortable and gentle

Unique Like a Finger Print

  • Gives more information than high tech computerized topographical scanners

EyePrint Patient Testimonial

Dr Buddy Russell, Specialty Contact Lens Technologist

I suffered an eye infection in 2010 that left me with a scar on my cornea and distorted vision.  As a pilot and a weekend athlete, the loss of vision was devastating.  And as an executive in the eye care industry, I am a very picky customer when it comes to comfort and fit of something on my eye.  The only way to restore vision, I was told, was with a scleral lens that would vault over the scar in my eye, and correct the vision.  At first, my eye doctor tried to fit me with an off-the-shelf scleral lens.  The vision was excellent, but because of abnormalities in the white part of my eye, the lens was unbearably uncomfortable, and I could not wear it for more than a few minutes.  I then went to a specialized clinic that makes custom scleral lenses.  Over several weeks, many visits, and over a dozen different lens designs (and lots of fingers in and out of my eye), I ended up with a scleral lens that was half-decent, but that was the state of the art, and the best I could expect. 

I then came to see Buddy Russell at Thomas Eye Group.  He was using a brand new system called EyePrint.  The EyePrint system creates a completely individualized and customized contact lens that is an exact mirror image of the surface of one’s eye, no matter how irregular the surface of the eye; it is like having a glove custom made for your hand.  In the first visit, Buddy took an imprint of my eye, and two weeks later, I had a custom-made scleral lens that fit my eye perfectly, and gave me excellent vision.  I am able to wear the lens all day with no sense of it being there.

I am a difficult patient, as I am picky, and my eye is a mess.  But, between Buddy’s skill and the latest technology, I have a great solution to a vision problem that I thought was going to take away important parts of my life.  Thanks Buddy and Thomas Eye Group!

For more information on EyePrintPRO, please schedule an appointment with Buddy Russell by calling 678-781-7306.


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