Many people grew up wearing glasses hoping that one day they would be able to wear contact lenses instead and not have to worry about cumbersome frames. Unfortunately, traditional contacts are not always the best fit, and in the past, many have been told that they are stuck with their glasses. Today, more people are able to take back the contact lens option by choosing hard to fit contacts.
What Are Hard to Fit Contacts?
Hard to fit contacts are specialty contact lenses for those with various eye conditions that make traditional contact lenses uncomfortable or ineffective. The type of hard to fit contacts that are best for you depends on your vision and eye health. Some common conditions that lead to the need for special contacts include:
- Astigmatism - a variance in the cornea that causes irregular vision distortion.
- Dry Eyes - a condition where eyes feel either dry and itchy or watery due to the inability of the eyes to make tears properly.
- Presbyopia - an age-related condition that results in problems focusing at both near and far distances.
- Keratoconus - a progressive condition that causes bulging corneas and distorted vision. When contacts can be properly fitted, they allow for better vision than traditional eye glasses.
- Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis - excess protein in tears, daily clean gas permeable lenses or disposable lenses, sometimes aided by eye drops.
Types of Hard to Fit Contacts
Gas Permeable Contacts
Semi-rigid lenses that allow for more oxygen to reach the eyes.
Piggybacking Contact Lenses
A rigid gas permeable lens set on top of a soft contact lens to assist with comfort.
Scleral Contact Lenses
These are contacts with a larger diameter than traditional contacts that offer better security over irregular corneas.
Hybrid contacts are scleral contacts that are soft along the perimeter, but have the rigid gas permeable lens in the center.
Custom soft contacts
Custom soft contacts commonly have features such as higher water content. These are often used by those with dry eyes.
Toric Contact Lenses
Contacts that are shaped differently than standard lenses in order to accommodate astigmatism.
Multifocal on Monovision Contacts
Multifocal contact lenses work like bifocal or trifocal glasses, where looking through different parts of your eye allows you to see your best at various distances if you have presbyopia.
Another option used by those with Presbyopia is to use monovision. With monovision contacts, one eye is corrected for nearsightedness, while the other is corrected for farsightedness, and the eyes learn to team together in order to see at all distances.
Not all vision problems can be corrected in a straightforward way. Those who require hard to fit contacts need to work closely with their optometrists to find the right type of contacts for their unique vision problems. At Vision Eye Max in Katy, TX, we are dedicated to helping you see your best with as much comfort as possible, to learn more, or to schedule an appointment for an eye exam, contact us at Vision Eye Max in Katy, TX at (281) 969-3931.