Contacts can provide you with better vision compared to eyeglasses. They don't fog up, and they offer an unbroken field of vision without frames. In some cases, contacts can even correct underlying eye diseases. However, if wearing contacts leaves your eyes dry, red, or constantly irritated, or if your vision gets blurry when you wear them, you may need what your optometrist calls hard-to-fit contacts. Here are three things that our optometrists at Chapel Hills Vision Clinic in Colorado Springs want you to know about hard-to-fit contacts.
Approximately one-third of people of all ages have some degree of astigmatism. This condition becomes more common as we get older or after eye surgery. Astigmatism is an irregularity in the curvature of the cornea, the clear tissue in front of the lens of your eye. Contact lenses must fit over these irregularities to provide clear vision correction. However, it can take more than one fitting to get the curvature exactly right.
Dry Eyes Are Hard to Fit
Dry eye disease is a common complaint in Colorado. Bright sun, high altitude, and low humidity can make the symptoms of dry eye disease more noticeable. However, the condition is not solely caused by low humidity. The real cause of dry eye disease is an abnormality in tear production. Sometimes, the affected eye does not produce enough tears, and other times, the tears do not contain enough natural lubricants to ensure they spread evenly over your eyes.
Surprisingly, you can have dry eye problems even with excessive tear production. Watery eyes can sometimes be a symptom of dry eye disease. When tear production is insufficient or ineffective, debris can accumulate under your contacts. Your optometrist at Chapel Hills Vision Care may need to address dry eye problems before providing you with contacts that fit properly. Fortunately, this is a problem that can usually be resolved with just a couple of visits to our office.
Coming In for Your Eye Exam Once a Year
Children's eyes are constantly changing, but adult eyes can change, too. That's why it's crucial to come in for an eye exam with your optometrist at Chapel Hills Vision Care once a year to have your eyes checked and get a new prescription for contact lenses.
Get Your Contacts at Chapel Hills Vision
Our optometrists at Chapel Hills Vision Clinic in Colorado Springs can help you achieve the best vision and the most comfortable experience possible with your contacts. We are also available to refill your prescription. Contact us online or call us at (719) 599-5083 today!