Contacts seem like such a simple and natural corrective lens option for so many people — but this isn’t necessarily the case. If you have a particular refractive error, eye condition or general health issue that falls into the “hard to fit” category, ordinary contacts may not be able to correct your vision accurately, safely or comfortably. Fortunately, Best Eyecare Associates can answer your need for specialized contact lenses. Our eye doctor, Dr. Christine Best, can examine your situation and provide you with the right options.
Dry Eyes, Astigmatism, Keratoconus, and Other Hard to Fit Conditions
Why are some eyes hard to fit for contacts? A variety of factors can make standard “generic” soft lenses inadequate for your needs. Dry eyes, for instance, are often made even drier by ordinary contacts. Astigmatism sufferers have trouble with contact lenses that freely rotate or shift position, which throws the correction out of line with the specific zones on the cornea that need correcting. Keratoconus, a cone-shaped deformation of the cornea, can’t be corrected by regular soft lenses, which merely conform to the eccentric corneal contours instead of compensating for them. People with giant papillary conjunctivitis and eyelid irritation caused by stray proteins suffer when ordinary soft contacts accumulate such proteins on their surfaces. Presbyopia requires multiple fields of correction for different distances, something that standard single-vision contacts can’t provide.
Best Eyecare Associates Offers a Wide Range of Specialty Contacts
While some of these conditions used to mean you were stuck with wearing eyeglasses, these days you can get specialty contact lenses to address almost any situation or concern. Once Dr. Best has performed the necessary contact lens exam and discussed any special optical or medical complications you may have, you’ll be guided toward specific types of specialty contacts for your hard to fit condition. These may include:
- Toric contacts, which keep their position on the eyes for consistent astigmatism correction
- RGP (rigid gas permeable) lenses that can correct even extreme refractive errors without accumulating proteins as readily as soft lenses do
- Scleral lenses that cover the entire cornea, retaining moisture for dry eyes while compensating for the abnormalities of keratoconus
- Hybrid contacts, which combine the superb accuracy or RGP lenses with a softer rim for greater comfort
- Multifocal contacts for that can correct your vision at all distances for presbyopia sufferers
- Monovision contacts, which correct for a different distance field in each eye (for presbyopia patients who prefer them to multifocals)
Contact Our Eye Doctor for the Contact Lenses You Need
Don’t assume that you “just can’t” wear contacts due to dry eyes, complex prescriptions or other complicating factors. Call Best Eyecare Associates today to schedule a comprehensive eye evaluation and contact lens exam with our eye doctor. We can fit you for those hard to fit contacts!