Do you have trouble with conventional contact lenses or have been told that you are not a good candidate for contact lenses? Although contacts may sometimes seem like the easiest solution to your eyesight problems, they can actually be quite difficult in some cases! Depending on your eye condition, fitting contact lenses to your eye may actually be quite difficult. Though it may be difficult to fit contact lenses for your eyes, it’s not impossible. As a solution, contact your eye care provider to discuss the best option for you and if it is decided on contacts, tailor lenses for your specific eye problem.
You may be wondering what makes contacts hard to fit? The answer is that there is a plethora of reasons why contact lenses may be difficult to fit. Here are some of the main reasons:
Astigmatism: Astigmatism is the irregular curving of the cornea or lens. In effect, this causes blurred vision and makes it difficult to correct on account of regular contacts not being able to properly fit the bulging created.
Dry Eyes: Those who suffer from extremely dry eyes often experience irritation, blurring, redness and burning. Unfortunately, contact lenses often these conditions much worse making them difficult to wear. Sometimes, when dry eyes and contacts mix, they give the feeling that a foreign object is stuck in your eyeball.
Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis: This specific form of conjunctivitis is caused by the inflammation of the inner surface of the eyelid and is associated with the use of contacts. This occurs because protein can build up on contact lenses and actually worsen the condition.
Keratoconus: This is an incredibly uncommon condition wherein the cornea becomes thinner and in doing so makes the eye bugle forward. Eventually the bulge will turn into a cone shape. As a result, it causes severe discomfort while wearing contact lenses.
Presbyopia: As eyes age, their ability to focus on close objects declines. This condition tends to effect people over the age of 40. As both near and far vision usually has to be corrected in the case of presbyopia, fitting contact lenses becomes a bit trickier.
The first step is making an appointment with your eye care provider. From there if you determine that contact lenses are the best route, your doctor will prescribe contact lenses that are especially tailored to deal with your specific vision condition. There are a variety of specific lenses that are effective in treating hard to fit eyes.
Gas Permeable Lenses: These lenses are great for patients to suffer from GPC or Keratoconus. Gas permeable lenses are rigid, but they’re made with durable plastic that allows oxygen to be easily transmitted, resulting in greater comfort, better eye health, and an easier fit.
Toric Lenses: These lenses are used in the treatment of astigmatism. These lenses have a unique design depending on the vision correction and are also custom made to correct the person’s specific astigmatism. For that reason, this lens is more expensive and actually takes longer to create.
Multifocal Contact Lenses: These lenses are useful in remedying presbyopia. An alternative solution to presbyopia is monovision lenses; these lenses can have one fitted for distance and the other fitting for seeing close objects.
In dealing with dry eyes, medicated eye drops can be an effective solution. Eye drops will make contact lenses bearable though a punctual occlusion also may need to be done to plug the ducts in extreme cases. Sometimes GPC symptoms can be alleviated via medicated eye drops also. This is on account of them flushing out protein deposits and thereby reducing inflammation.
It’s important to note that hard to fit contacts will be more expensive than conventional corrective lenses. Keep in mind that you’re paying for the extra time it takes to fit these lenses, the expertise as well as the advanced and customized lenses you will eventually receive. But hey – clear vision is worth it!