Contact lenses are not an easy solution for every person suffering with vision problems. Some eye conditions make wearing contacts a difficult proposition. However, it does not rule out wearing contact lenses altogether. It just means patients need to discuss options with their eye care provider and obtain specialized lenses to correct their specific vision problems.
Reasons for Hard to Fit Contacts
No contact lenses are hard to fit, just more complicated. Finding contact lenses that fit and wearing contact lenses in general can be made more challenging when these conditions affect your eyes:
- Dry eyes*
- Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis (GPC)*
- Presbyopia (Multi-focal)*
- Eyelid irritation*
Astigmatism: Astigmatism is when the cornea has a large variation in curvature. Astigmatism needs to be corrected with contact lenses that have more than one curvature.
Dry Eyes: When eyes become excessively dry, contact lenses have no tear layer to float on and they tend to irritate the cornea.
GPC: This form of conjunctivitis is caused by inflammation on the inner surface of the eyelid. Protein buildup on contact lenses can make this condition worse.
Keratoconus: Keratoconus occurs when the cornea begins to thin and results in a bulging cornea. Often, contact lenses are used to reinforce the cornea. A medical specialty lens is definitely needed and should be covered under medical insurance.
Presbyopia: Presbyopia requires multifocal contact lenses. Most often people with Presbyopia tend to have trouble reading and focusing on close objects.
Eyelid Irritation: Eyelid irritation, or blepharitis, occurs when eyelids become red, inflamed, and accumulate build-up around their edges. Fortunately, it is non-threatening to eyesight, although uncomfortable and sometimes unsightly.
*All of these conditions need special attention, and use of specialty contact lenses is necessary. We are proud that our professional practice is able to help patients restore satisfactory vision.
Solutions for Challenging to Fit Contacts
Wearing contacts is not impossible if you suffer from one of the above conditions. You do need to meet with our eye care professional, however, and be properly prescribed contact lenses that will tailor to your needs.
Gas permeable lenses are specialty lenses that can satisfy the needs of patients that suffer from corneal conditions who find it difficult to wear contact lenses. A GP lens will limit protein deposits from accumulating which will reduce GPC symptoms. It is also effective in containing corneal bulging and relieving pressure on the tissue for a Keratoconus sufferer.
Toric lenses are designed for correcting astigmatism. They are designed to off-set the curvature to create a more spherical shape. Since the lens needs to align with the bulge it is correcting, toric lenses must not rotate in order to properly fit on the eye.
Bifocal and multifocal lenses can help remedy presbyopia. Monovision lenses are another option for presbyopia. These type of lenses can have one fitted for distance vision and the other for seeing close objects. This is an alternative option, be sure to discuss with our doctor.
Medicated eye drops can be an effective solution for dealing with dry eyes. They will lubricate eyes enough to make contact lenses more bearable, although a punctual occlusion also must be done to plug the ducts in some extreme cases. GPC symptoms can also be lessened through medicated eye drops. They flush out protein deposits and reduce inflammation.