Hard to Fit Contacts at Resident Eye Care Associates
What’s not to love about contact lenses? These tiny devices can provide clear, comfortable, discreet, all-day vision correction — without the concern over damage or the need for constant cleaning that eyeglasses can present. But the journey toward contact lenses isn’t equally easy for everyone. If your eyes are considered hard to fit for contacts, you may need to move beyond standard lenses toward the world of specialized lens options. fortunately, any optometrist here at Resident Eye Care Associates in Fair Lawn can fit you for the right kind of contacts.
The “Hard to Fit” Problem
What does it mean when someone tells you that your eyes are “hard to fit” for contact lenses? In most cases, a complex corrective prescription, eye health problem, or underlying health condition has the potential for making standard contact lenses ineffective, uncomfortable, or possibly even unsafe for your needs. Examples include:
- Giant papillary conjunctivitis: This condition makes you prone to eye irritation from protein and other debris that sticks to soft contacts.
- Strong/complex prescriptions: Extreme myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism, keratoconus, or presbyopia may require more correction that soft contacts can provide.
- Dry eye syndrome: Chronically dry eyes tend to get even drier and irritated by contact lenses that don’t retain enough moisture to protect the corneas.
Selecting Specialized Contacts for Hard to Fit Eyes
Having hard to fit eyes doesn’t mean you aren’t a candidate for contact lenses — it just means that you need more advanced contacts than the standard single-vision soft contacts used by people with less challenging eyes. Your optometrist at Resident Eye Care Associates will administer a contact lens exam in which the precise measurements of your eyes and corneal curvatures take place, ensuring that your new lenses will fit perfectly. But it’s also an evaluation of whether any specific health and vision issues call for a certain kind of hard to fit contacts. We can supply a number of state-of-the-art options, including:
- Toric contacts – these contacts are specially shaped to provide superior astigmatism correction.
- Scleral contacts – These contacts place a smooth curvature on top of corneal deformations such as keratoconus.
- Rigid gas permeable lenses – These lenses hold a consistent shape, making them better able to correct challenging prescriptions. They’re also more comfortable for giant papillary conjunctivitis sufferers.
- Hydrogel contacts – These moisture-retaining contacts help keep dry eyes healthy.