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 hard to fit contacts for their specific vision problems.
Reasons for Hard to Fit Contacts
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)
Astigmatism: Astigmatism is a condition when the cornea has an irregular shape. It causes blurred vision and can be difficult to correct because regular contacts do not account for the blurred vision created by the irregular shape.
Dry Eyes: When eyes become excessively dry, it leads to irritation, burning, redness and blurred vision. Contact lenses can exacerbate these conditions by making it feel like a foreign object is stuck in your eye.
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: This is a condition where the cornea becomes thinner and allows the eye to bulge forward. The bulge forms into a cone shape. This creates extremely blurry vision which cannot be cleared up with glasses or soft contact lenses.
Presbyopia: Eyes tend to have a tougher time focusing on close objects as they age. This condition is known as presbyopia. It typically affects people aged 40 or older.
Solutions for Hard to Fit Contact Lenses
Wearing contact lenses is not impossible if you suffer from one of the above conditions. You do need to meet with an eye care professional, however, and get prescribed contact lenses that are tailored to deal with your specific vision condition.
Toric lenses are useful for correcting astigmatism. A toric contact lens is more customized than a spherical contact lens. For vision to be clear, the lens must remain stable on the eye.
For patients with GPC, daily disposable contact lenses are perfect. They limit the amount of build-up on the contact lenses and therefore, provide a great treatment for the condition itself without discontinuing contact lens wear altogether.
Gas permeable lenses are a good solution for patients who suffer from Keratoconus. They are effective in reducing the visual distortion caused by the bulging corneal surface.
Bifocal and multifocal lenses can help remedy presbyopia. Monovision lenses are another option for presbyopia.
Newer contact lens materials have turned patients with even severe dry eyes into successful contact lens wearers. Medicated eye drops and artificial tears can also be an effective solution for dealing with dry eyes.