Do you have a special condition that requires you to wear hard to fit contacts? An eye doctor in Colorado Springs at Chapel Hills Vision Clinic can help you. Below are some frequently asked questions about hard to fit contact lenses.
What Are Hard to Fit Contacts?
Hard to fit contacts are specially made contacts for patients with certain conditions. Regular soft contact lenses can be uncomfortable to wear and even make these conditions worse if worn. Examples of hard to fit contact lenses include rigid gas permeable lenses, multifocal contact lenses, toric lenses, and scleral lenses.
Rigid Gas Permeable Lenses
Rigid gas permeable lenses do not collect protein deposits as readily as regular soft contact lenses.
Multifocal Contact Lenses
Multifocal contact lenses help the patient see far away and close up objects. These type of specialty contacts work well for patients with presbyopia.
Toric lenses have weights at the bottom to keep them from moving around in the eye. This, along with their multiple focal fields can help patients with astigmatism see clearly.
Scleral lenses are wide enough to fit on the sclera, the white part of the eyes. These contacts work great for patients with keratoconus.
What Conditions Qualify for These Contact Lenses?
There are several conditions that qualify for hard to fit contacts. These conditions include presbyopia, astigmatism, keratoconus, dry eye, and giant papillary conjunctivitis.
Presbyopia is where the eyes lose their ability to focus, which is common as patients age. This condition is common for people over 40 years old.
Astigmatism is a condition where the eye cannot focus light properly due to an irregular shaped cornea or lens.
Keratoconus is an eye disease where the cornea thins and bulges into a cone shape.
Dry eyes are a common condition where the eye or eyes become excessively dry, which leads to burning, itchy, and irritated eyes.
Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis
Giant papillary conjunctivitis, also called GPC for short, is a type of pink eye that affects the inner lid of the eye.
How Can an Optometrist Help?
If you’ve noticed problems with your eyes, make an appointment to see our optometrist so that you can have your eyes checked and diagnosed with one of the above conditions, so that you can get fitted with hard to fit contacts. Please contact us if you have other questions about hard to fit contacts.
Eye Doctor in Colorado Springs
Make an appointment with our optometrist to get fitted with hard to fit contact lenses. You can visit us at Chapel Hills Vision Clinic, 2438 Research Pkwy, Colorado Springs, CO 80920. You can also make an appointment over the phone by calling us at (719) 599-5083.