Many people who need correction to see prefer contacts over glasses. Contacts provide a more natural appearance because you won't have an eyeglass frame on your face. Another benefit of contacts is that you don't have to worry about your vision being obstructed by eyeglass frames or dirty lenses. Many athletes prefer contacts to avoid having to wear sports goggles. Many people prefer conventional soft contacts. However, some conditions make wearing conventional lenses impossible. Fortunately, the optometry professionals at Pathway Eye can prescribe hard-to-fit contacts that will work with your condition.
What Conditions Make Someone Hard to Fit for Contacts?
Certain conditions of the eye make it impossible to wear conventional contacts. These conditions include:
- Dry eye syndrome: Dry eye occurs when your eyes don't produce enough natural tears. Conventional contacts absorb moisture from your eyes, which can exasperate the symptoms of dry eye.
- Giant papillary conjunctivitis: This form of conjunctivitis causes red itchy bumps under your eyelids. Conventional contacts can make the condition worse.
- Keratoconus: This condition occurs when the cornea isn't strong enough to holds its round shape, and it bulges into a cone shape. Because the cornea is misshapen, conventional contacts won't fit over the cornea the way they should.
- Astigmatism: Astigmatism is a common refractive error that occurs when there is an imperfection in the curvature of the cornea, making it difficult to see clearly at all distances. This condition requires special contact lenses.
- Presbyopia: Presbyopia is a condition that begins after the age of 40. As you age, your eye's lens loses elasticity, causing close objects to appear blurry.
Types of Hard to Fit Contacts
There are several types of hard-to-fit contacts that your optometrist can prescribe. Recommended contacts will depend on the condition of your eyes.
- Gas permeable contacts: Gas permeable contacts can be used for a variety of conditions. They do not absorb moisture from your eyes the way conventional soft lenses do, which makes them a good option if you have a dry eye. Because protein deposits don't build up as easily on these contacts, they are a great option if you have giant papillary conjunctivitis. Finally, because gas permeable lenses are rigid, they can hold the shape of your cornea if you have keratoconus.
- Toric contacts: Toric contacts are shaped specially to allow you to see clearly at all distances if you have astigmatism.
- Multifocal contacts: Multifocal contacts contain two prescriptions. One is to see up close objects and one to see objects at a distance. These contacts are prescribed if you have presbyopia.
- Scleral contacts: Scleral contacts are different than conventional contacts because they don't rest on your cornea. Instead, they sit on the white of your eye and vault over the cornea. They are used to treat keratoconus and dry eye syndrome.
Find Hard to Fit Contacts at Pathway Eye
For more information on hard-to-fit contacts or to schedule an appointment with one of our optometrists, contact Pathway Eye today. You can also visit one of our locations in Rogersville, Huntsville, Chattanooga, Madison, Athens, or Collegedale.