Contact lenses are not an easy solution for every person suffering with vision problems. Some eye conditions make wearing contacts a difficult proposition. However, it does not rule out wearing contact lenses altogether. It just means patients need to discuss options with their eye care provider and obtain specialized hard to fit contacts for their specific vision problems.
Reasons for Hard to Fit Contacts
Finding contact lenses that fit and wearing contact lenses in general can be made more challenging when these conditions affect your eyes:
- Dry eyes
- Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis (GPC)
Astigmatism: Astigmatism develops when the front of the eye curves into a bulge or oval shape. It causes blurred vision and can be difficult to correct because regular contacts cannot account for the bulging.
Dry Eyes: When eyes become excessively dry, it leads to irritation, burning, redness and blurred vision. Contact lenses can exacerbate these conditions by making it feel like a foreign object is stuck in your eye.
GPC: This form of conjunctivitis is caused by inflammation on the inner surface of the eyelid. Protein buildup on contact lenses can make this condition worse.
Keratoconus: This is an uncommon condition that causes major discomfort when wearing contacts. Keratoconus happens when the cornea becomes thinner and allows the eye to bulge forward. The bulge forms into a cone shape.
Presbyopia: Eyes tend to have a tougher time focusing on close objects as they age. This condition is known as presbyopia. It typically affects people aged 40 or older.
Solutions for Hard to Fit Contacts
Wearing contacts is not impossible if you suffer from one of the above conditions. You do need to meet with an eye care professional, however, and get prescribed contact lenses that are tailored to deal with your specific vision condition.
Gas permeable lenses are a good solution for patients who suffer from GPC or Keratoconus. A GP lens will limit protein deposits from accumulating which will reduce GPC symptoms. It is also effective in containing corneal bulging and relieving pressure on the tissue for a Keratoconus sufferer.
Toric lenses are useful for correcting astigmatism. Since the lens needs to align with the bulge it is correcting, toric lenses must not rotate in order to fit on the eye. They are typically custom made to correct a specific astigmatism. For that reason, this type of lens takes longer to make and costs more than a traditional contact lens.
Bifocal and multifocal lenses can help remedy presbyopia. Monovision lenses are another option for presbyopia. This type of lenses can have one fitted for distance vision and the other for seeing close objects.
Medicated eye drops can be an effective solution for dealing with dry eyes. They will lubricate eyes enough to make contact lenses more bearable, although a punctual occlusion also must be done to plug the ducts in some extreme cases. GPC symptoms can also be lessened through medicated eye drops. They flush out protein deposits and reduce inflammation.
Hard to Fit Contacts In San Antonio, TX.
The term “hard to fit contact lenses” encompasses a plethora of lens options rather than one particular type of lens. They are for those people who need a more specialized prescription than standard lenses provide. Today’s Vision Bulverde is your eye doctor in San Antonio TX. As such, we can help you understand hard to fit contacts and choose the right ones for your unique needs.
What Makes Eyes Hard to Fit
A number of vision and eye conditions make a person hard to fit. These include common issues such as astigmatism, presbyopia (farsightedness), and dry eye syndrome as well as rarer conditions like keratoconus.
To meet the needs of each special condition, there are a number of different hard to fit contact lenses available. Our trained and caring staff can help you know which one is right for you.
Types of Hard To Fit Contacts
Toric lenses contacts with a distinctive design to keep them from rotating on the eye. This helps patients with astigmatism to wear contacts that effectively correct this disturbance.
Those who suffer from dry eye syndrome can use lenses designed to retain moisture more effectively, for obvious purposes. People who are farsighted can wear multifocal lenses – similar to bifocal glasses – to allow them to see at all distances more clearly.
Exams for Contact Lenses
Prior to receiving a prescription for any sort of contact lenses, you first need a special contact lens examination. This exam includes the familiar steps of assessing visual acuity as well as evaluating the overall health of your eyes. This is a standard comprehensive exam that all patients undergo.
The special exam that is unique to those wanting to wear contacts involves measuring the curvature of the surface of the eye. There are computerized systems and manual devices that can do this.
This exam will likely take longer for hard to fit patients than it would for less complicated exams. However, if contacts are your goal then it is worth the extra time.
Once your contact lens prescription is determined, our optometrist will discuss the results and your options with you. You will have a follow-up exam after you begin wearing your contacts to ensure that they are working as they are intended.
Contact Your Eye Doctor in San Antonio TX for Hard to Fit Contacts!
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