Many people prefer contacts over glasses because contact lenses provide a more natural appearance. Some like contacts better because they don't have to worry about their vision being obstructed by an eyeglass frame or dirty lenses. Many athletes have contacts because they are more convenient than sports goggles. Most people can wear traditional soft lenses. However, certain eye conditions can make this impossible. Fortunately, the professionals at Lens n Specs can provide hard-to-fit contacts based on your unique eyes.
What Conditions Require Hard To Fit Contacts?
There are a few conditions that make wearing traditional soft lenses impossible, including:
- Dry eye: Dry eye syndrome occurs when your eyes don't produce enough tears to keep your eyes lubricated. Soft lenses absorb moisture from the eyes, which can worsen dry eye symptoms.
- Astigmatism: This refractive error occurs when the eye's lens is curved differently in direction than the other. The irregular curves make wearing soft lenses impossible.
- Presbyopia: This condition occurs with age when the lens loses its natural elasticity. Presbyopia causes blurry close-up vision. If you need correction for distance, you will need a special lens.
- Keratoconus: Keratoconus occurs when the eye isn't strong enough to keep its round shape and bulges into a cone shape. The irregular shape of the eye makes wearing soft lenses impossible.
- Giant papillary conjunctivitis: This is a form of conjunctivitis that causes red bumps under the eyelids. Wearing conventional contacts can exasperate the symptoms.
Types Of Hard To Fit Contacts
There are a few types of hard-to-fit contacts available. The one our eye doctor chooses for you will depend on whatever condition you're experiencing. Common lenses we offer include:
- Gas permeable: These lenses are rigid, and hold their shape, unlike soft lenses. In addition, protein deposits don't adhere to these lenses, and they don't absorb moisture the way soft lenses do. Gas permeable lenses are often prescribed for dry eye, keratoconus, and giant papillary conjunctivitis.
- Toric lenses: These are specialty contacts designed for people with astigmatism.
- Bifocal lenses: Bifocal lenses contain one prescription for distance and one for near. They are often prescribed for patients with presbyopia.
- Scleral lenses: Soft lenses rest on the cornea. Scleral lenses rest on the white of the eye and vault over the cornea. Because they don't rest on the cornea, scleral lenses are prescribed for dry eye, keratoconus, and giant papillary conjunctivitis.
Visit Us for a Contact Lens Exam in Schaumburg
If you are suffering from an eye-related issue, it doesn't mean that you cannot wear contact lenses. Our optometrist at Lens n Specs in Schaumburg can provide a thorough examination of your eyes and fit you with a pair of hard-to-fit contacts that are right for you. Dr. Harry is dedicated to providing our patients the eye care they need to maintain optimal vision and eye health. To see if hard-to-fit lenses are right for you, contact us today.