Have you always wanted contact lenses but thought it was impossible because of a condition of the eye? Fortunately, our team at Fishman and Sheridan Eye Care Specialists can prescribe hard to fit contacts to allow you to see clearly, regardless of your condition. Our ophthalmologists provide quality eye care for residents in Leesburg, Eustis, and Clermont, FL. Contact us today to book your appointment if you are considering contact lenses.
What Conditions Make You Hard To Fit For Contacts?
Certain conditions of the eye make it impossible or very difficult to wear conventional soft contacts; therefore, your ophthalmologist can prescribe special lenses to help you see clearly. The conditions include dry eye syndrome, astigmatism, presbyopia, giant papillary conjunctivitis, and Keratoconus.
Common Hard To Fit Contacts
There are several types of hard to fit contacts, and the one your ophthalmologist chooses depends on the condition you have.
- Toric lenses: These are special contacts designed to treat astigmatism.
- Bifocal lenses: These contacts treat presbyopia, and contain a prescription for distance and closeup in the same lens.
- Monofocal lenses: If you cannot get used to bifocal lenses, monofocal lenses are an excellent option. Your ophthalmologist can prescribe a prescription for distance in one eye and a prescription for closeup in the other.
- Gas permeable: These are the most commonly prescribed hard to fit lenses because they treat various conditions. These lenses do not absorb moisture from your eyes and are great for dry eye syndrome. Protein deposits do not adhere to the lenses the way they do with soft lenses, making them a great option for giant papillary conjunctivitis. Finally, these lenses are rigid and hold their shape. They are a great option if you have keratoconus.
- Piggyback lenses: If you cannot get used to gas permeable lenses, your eye doctor can prescribe a soft lens to wear underneath the gas permeable, which acts as a cushion.
Contact Fishman and Sheridan Eye Care Specialists for Hard to Fit Contacts
If you are thinking about getting contact lenses, call Fishman and Sheridan Eye Care Specialists. Our eye doctors provide quality eye care services and products to residents in and around Leesburg, Eustis, Clermont, FL. We will perform a comprehensive eye exam and help you find the perfect type of contact lenses to provide the clear vision you need. Call our team today at (352) 360-2301 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.
What does “hard to fit” mean when it comes to contacts?
If you’re hard to fit, it means you have certain eye conditions that make standard soft contact lenses insufficient in correcting your sight. You can, however, use special hard to fit contacts that your Leesburg ophthalmologist can provide.
What eye conditions require hard to fit contacts for improved sight?
Dry eye, keratoconus, astigmatism, and giant papillary conjunctivitis (a form of pinkeye) are the most common conditions that require hard to fit contacts. Dry eye is a condition where there’s a lack of moisture in your eyes. Standard contacts can make this condition worse. If you have astigmatism or keratoconus, you can’t use standard contacts as they won’t fit the abnormal shape of the cornea of your eye. If you have giant papillary conjunctivitis, the protein buildup on soft contacts can irritate your eyes.
Can my prescription make me “hard to fit” for contacts?
People with a high prescription for myopia or farsightedness treatment may need hard to fit contacts for optimal sight. Presbyopia is another condition that requires specialty contacts to correct vision near and far.
How will I know if I need hard to fit contacts?
Before getting contacts, our eye doctor will schedule a contact lens exam to get an accurate contact lens prescription. At this time, we’ll check your eye health and measure the size and shape of the cornea of your eye. Our eye doctor will inform you of irregularities and recommend hard to fit contacts if there’s a need.
What are some examples of hard to fit contacts?
Rigid gas permeable (RGP) contacts, scleral contacts, toric lenses, and multifocal contacts are examples of hard to fit contacts that can meet your visual needs.
RGP and scleral contacts can help correct problems caused by keratoconus (a condition characterized by bulging eyes). Toric lenses are good choices for people with astigmatism as they cover irregularly shaped eyes. Multifocal contacts can help treat presbyopia as they can correct both near and far vision.