Hard To Fit Contacts
Contacts are an excellent alternative to eyeglasses. Many people prefer contacts over glasses because they provide a more natural appearance. Most people can wear conventional soft contacts; however, some people are considered hard to fit for contacts and need to wear special lenses. Fortunately, the professionals at Eye Care Associates Inc. can prescribe special lenses based on your condition.
What Conditions Would Make Me Hard To Fit For Contacts?
Several conditions would make it hard to fit for contacts, which would require you to wear special lenses. These include:
- Dry eye syndrome: This condition occurs when your eyes do not produce enough natural tears to keep your eyes lubricated. Because soft lenses absorb the moisture in your eyes, they are not a good choice if you have this condition.
- Keratoconus: This condition occurs when your cornea weakens and cannot hold its round shape. The condition causes your corneas to bulge into a cone shape, making it difficult to wear soft contacts.
- Giant papillary conjunctivitis: This form of conjunctivitis causes the inside of the eyelids to become red, swollen, and irritated. This condition is common in contact lens wearers, and it makes it difficult to wear soft contacts.
- Presbyopia: This condition occurs after the age of 40. As you get older, your cornea becomes more rigid, causing poor close-up vision. If you are already wearing soft lenses for distance, you will need special lenses to correct your closeup vision as well.
- Astigmatism: Astigmatism is a refractive error characterized by an imperfection in the curvature of your cornea. This causes blurry vision at all distances, and conventional soft contacts cannot correct your vision.
What Types Of Contacts Are Prescribed For Hard To Fit Eyes?
There are several types of contacts available to correct your vision if you are hard to fit for contacts.
- Gas permeable: Gas permeable lenses are rigid, which can hold the cornea's round shape, making them a great treatment option for keratoconus. Protein deposits do not build up on these lenses as much, making them a good option if you have giant papillary conjunctivitis. Finally, these lenses do not dry your eyes the way that soft lenses do, making them a good option if you have dry eye syndrome.
- Toric lenses: Toric lenses are specially designed soft lenses to treat astigmatism.
- Bifocal contacts: Bifocal lenses contain two prescriptions in one lens and are prescribed to treat presbyopia.
- Monovision lenses: These contacts are prescribed to patients who cannot get used to bifocal lenses. Your eye doctor will prescribe a contact for distance for one eye and a contact for closeup in the other.
- Scleral contact lenses: Scleral contacts differ from conventional lenses in that they do not rest on the corona. Instead, these lenses rest on the white of the eye, called the sclera, and vault over the cornea. Because these lenses do not rest on the eye, they are great for people with dry eye syndrome, keratoconus, and giant papillary conjunctivitis.
Call Eye Care Associates Inc. Today
If you have a condition that makes wearing contacts difficult, schedule an appointment with Eye Care Associates Inc. Our team of optometrists treat patients in our Howland, Poland, and Youngstown offices. Dr. Nicholas Lawrence and Dr. Thomas Grischow are accepting new patients. If you need contacts, we can prescribe the best lenses for you. To schedule an appointment, give us a call today: 330-746-7691.