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Hard to Fit Contacts

Hard to Fit Contacts

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:

  • Astigmatism
  • Dry eyes
  • Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis (GPC)
  • Keratoconus and Other Corneal Deformities
  • Post-Refractive Surgery and Post-Corneal Graft
  • Presbyopia

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.

Post-Refractive Surgery: When people receive refractive surgery or receive a corneal transplant, the shape of their cornea is permanently altered and standard soft contact lenses no longer fit properly.

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.

Daily lenses are ideal for patients who suffer from GPC because the lenses never have the opportunity to acquire enough protein and lipid deposits to cause GPC.  Usually patients will need to have their GPC medically treated before they can resume contact lens wear.

Hybrid or gas permeable (GP) lenses are a good solution for patients who suffer from Keratoconus and other corneal deformities. A hybrid or GP lens will restore a spherical shape to bulging  or otherwise deformed cornea and provide significantly better vision than glasses or soft  contacts.

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.

Custom soft, hybrid, and gas permeable lenses can be made to fit a cornea that has been surgically altered.  A topographical map is taken of the corneal and a unique new lens is created to fit it.  It's like having a custom glove made for your hand. 

Bifocal and multifocal lenses can help remedy presbyopia. Monovision lenses are another option for presbyopia where one eye is fitted for distance vision and the other for seeing close objects.  The brain automatically knows which eye to use for which viewing distance.

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. 

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