Not everyone is able to wear standard contact lenses, due to irregular eye shape or other eye conditions or impairments. Some of these eye conditions that prevent “hard to fit” patients from finding successful and comfortable vision correction include:
- Dry Eyes
- Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis (GPC)
- Post-LASIK or other refractive surgery
Though standard lenses may not work for these patients, there are specialized lenses available that are made to adjust to irregular eye shapes, eye conditions, and challenging prescriptions. The Eye Docs can help you find comfortable lenses that address your specific eye needs to give you clear vision.
Contact Lenses for Dry Eyes
If you are suffering from burning, red and irritated eyes, we will treat your dry eyes before providing you with contact lenses. If not addressed beforehand, contact lenses will exacerbate the symptoms of dry eye. After your dry eye treatment, we can then offer you contact lens options that are breathable and comfortable as well as wearing tips that prevent the reemergence of symptoms.
Our recommended contact lens material for dry eyes is gas permeable or rigid gas permeable lenses. These are made with a hard material that does not dry out like soft lenses, since they are able to retain more moisture between the lens and the eye. We can also recommend disinfectant and cleaning solutions that are made to be more comfortable for people with dry eyes and design a custom wearing schedule to limit how long you wear your contacts each day.
Toric Lenses for Astigmatism
Astigmatism causes blurry vision because of an irregular cornea. A high level of astigmatism can make it hard for standard contact lenses to fit and require specialized lenses. The lens we recommend for astigmatism is a toric lens, which can sometimes be made with hard gas permeable materials. Toric lenses are custom made to fit your unique eye and correct high degrees of astigmatism. They are usually made with soft materials (unless gas permeable lenses are used) and their main benefit is how they are specifically made to stay in place on your eye.
Contact Lenses for Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis (GPC)
Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis is a condition where the eyelid becomes swollen and can be caused by a buildup of protein deposits on contact lenses. Before we provide you with contacts, we can prescribe medicated eye drops to eliminate the symptoms of GPC and restore your eye’s health. For patients with GPC, we recommend either daily disposable lenses or rigid gas permeable lenses, which are not water based so do not allow protein to grow.
Contact Lenses for Keratoconus
Keratoconus is when your cornea thins and then bulges outwards in the shape of a cone. We recommend rigid gas permeable lenses for patients with keratoconus, because they prevent the cornea from continuing to push outwards. They also can correct vision for keratoconus patients, which soft contacts and eyeglasses cannot do.
Contact Lenses for Post-LASIK Surgery
Post-LASIK surgery, some patients still experience vision complications. We can provide contact lenses that get you to your ideal 20/20 vision. The contact lenses we most recommend post LASIK are rigid gas permeable lenses, since they can help with LASIK side effects such as glare or halos around lights.
Contact Lenses for Presbyopia
Presbyopia is the loss in near-focusing ability that happens naturally in people over the age of 40. For patients with presbyopia, we recommend bifocal and multifocal contact lenses, as they allow for multiple prescriptions within one lens, so patients can have both near and distance vision corrected.
If you are suffering from these eye conditions and are looking for contacts that work for you, call the Eye Docs. Our contact lens experts and fitting specialists can ensure a custom lens that will correct your vision and have the perfect, comfortable fit.