Hard to Fit Contacts

Have you always wanted contact lenses but always believed you couldn't because you have a condition that makes you hard to fit for contact? The good news is that there are special lenses designed to treat various eye conditions. At Total Vision Eye Health Associates, we have shared the benefits of hard-to-fit contacts with Port Orange residents for many years. Read on to learn more about hard-to-fit contacts and the conditions they help treat.


Conditions That Require Special Lenses

Most people are prescribed soft lenses. However, if you have any of the following conditions of the eye, hard-to-fit contacts will be necessary. Hard-to-fit contacts are special lenses designed for people who cannot wear soft lenses due to the following conditions:

  • Astigmatism: Astigmatism is a common refractive error. It occurs when your eye's lens bends more in one direction than the other. You will need special lenses to correct the refractive error, and soft lenses aren't an option.
  • Presbyopia: Presbyopia is a condition that affects your ability to see objects close up. It is often confused with farsightedness, This condition typically begins after the age of 40. If you already need correction for distance, you will need special lenses to correct your vision at all distances.
  • Dry eye syndrome: Dry eye occurs when your eyes don't produce an adequate amount of tears to keep your eyes lubricated. Dry eyes can also occur if the tears you produce are of poor quality and dissolve before they can lubricate your eyes effectively.
  • Keratoconus: This condition occurs when your cornea bulges into a cone shape, affecting your vision. Experts believe you are born with a predisposition for this condition, and conventional soft lenses won't correct your vision.
  • Giant papillary conjunctivitis: This form of conjunctivitis isn't an allergic reaction. This condition causes red, itchy bumps under the eyelids and is a response to chronic, physical trauma.

Hard To Fit Contacts

There are several types of hard-to-fit contacts available, and the one your optometrist chooses depends on the condition you have.

  • Toric lenses: Toric lenses are designed to treat astigmatism.
  • Bifocal contacts: Bifocal contacts contain a prescription for distance and a prescription for close up, all in one lens. These lenses are used to treat patients with presbyopia who also need correction for their distance vision. If you can't get used to contacts, your eye doctor can prescribe monovision lenses, a prescription for distance vision in one eye, and a close-up in the other. 
  • Gas permeable lenses: They are the most commonly used hard-to-fit contacts because they treat various conditions. The lenses are rigid and can hold your cornea's round shape, and are a treatment option for keratoconus. In addition, gas permeable lenses don't absorb moisture from the eyes and won't exasperate dry eye symptoms. Finally, mineral deposits don't adhere to gas permeable lenses the way they do with soft lenses and are often prescribed for giant papillary conjunctivitis.
  • Scleral contacts: These are custom-made lenses that don't sit on your eye the way soft lenses do. The lenses anchor on the white of your eye and vault over your cornea. Because the lenses don't sit directly on the cornea and are prescribed for dry eye syndrome, giant papillary conjunctivitis, and keratoconus.

The vision experts at Total Vision of Port Orange can perform an eye exam to determine which hard-to-fit contacts will work best to correct your vision and condition.

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