Contacts are a great alternative to eyeglasses. Many people prefer them because they don't need to worry about their vision being obstructed by an eyeglass frame or dirty lenses. Athletes prefer contacts because they are more convenient. However, many people have conditions of the eye that make them unable to wear conventional soft lenses. Fortunately, the eye care professionals at Harrington Vision can prescribe hard to fit contacts for people with these conditions.
Conditions That Make You Hard to Fit for Contacts
There are a few conditions of the eye that make it difficult or impossible to wear conventional soft contacts, including:
- Dry eye syndrome: This condition occurs when your eyes don't produce enough natural tears to keep your eyes lubricated.
- Astigmatism: This is a refractive error that occurs when there is an imperfection in the curvature of your cornea, making it difficult to see at all distances.
- Presbyopia: As you get older, your lens loses elasticity, making it difficult to see close-up objects. This condition typically occurs after the age of 40.
- Giant papillary conjunctivitis: This form of conjunctivitis causes itchy red bumps to appear on the inside of the eyelid.
- Keratoconus: This condition occurs when your cornea isn't strong enough to hold its round shape, which causes it to bulge into a cone shape.
Types of Hard to Fit Contacts
There are a few types of hard to fit contacts available. The one our optometrist prescribes will depend on the condition you have. Types of hard to fit contacts include:
- Gas permeable contacts: Gas permeable contacts are one of the most commonly used hard to fit contacts. They don't absorb as much moisture from the eye as soft lenses do, making them a good option for dry eyes. Protein deposits don't build up on these contacts as easily as they do on soft lenses, making them a good option for giant papillary conjunctivitis. Because these lenses hold their round shape, they are great for keratoconus.
- Toric lenses: Toric lenses are special contacts that treat astigmatism.
- Bifocal contacts: Bifocal contacts contain two prescriptions, one for distance and one seeing close. They allow patients with presbyopia to see well at all distances.
- Scleral contact lenses: Scleral contacts sit on the white of your eye and vault over your cornea. Because they don't rest on the cornea, they are a good option for dry eye, giant papillary conjunctivitis, and keratoconus.
Optometrist in Florence, SC
If you are thinking about getting contacts but have a condition that makes wearing soft contacts impossible, the optometry professionals at Harrington Vision are ready to assist you. For more information on contacts or to schedule an appointment with our optometrist, call us today or request an appointment online.