If you have had trouble wearing contact lenses or have been told you're not a good candidate for contacts, you simply may have eyes that are "hard to fit."
But don't worry — this doesn't mean you can't wear contact lenses. Dr. Paul has special expertise in contact lens fitting and will welcome the opportunity to fit you.
Are Your Eyes Hard to Fit?
Any of the following conditions can make contact lens fitting and comfortable contact lens wear more challenging:
If you have (or suspect you have) any of these conditions and you want to wear contacts, visit with Dr. Paul who specializes in contact lenses and welcomes hard-to-fit patients. Contact lens specialists usually are more aware of the latest contact lens technology and options than a general eye doctor. Many also use advanced equipment that can measure your cornea more precisely to achieve the best contact lens fit possible.
Contact Lenses for People With Astigmatism
Toric contact lenses are specially designed to correct astigmatism. Fitting toric lenses is more difficult than fitting regular soft lenses for nearsightedness or farsightedness because these lenses must move adequately during blinks while remaining aligned in a specific way without rotating. Sometimes, several toric lenses must be tried to obtain the best possible fit, vision and comfort.
Toric contact lenses for astigmatism are available in both soft and gas permeable lens materials. Custom designs are available for people with unusual types or high amounts of astigmatism.
Contact Lenses for People With Dry Eyes
Studies suggest that up to 20 percent of Americans have chronic dry eyes. This common condition is why many people are told they can't wear contact lenses. Dry eye discomfort also forces many contact lens wearers to discontinue wearing their lenses.
Symptoms of dry eyes include:
- Feeling as if something is in your eye
- Tearing for no reason
- Frequent red or burning eyes
- Having very watery tears
If you have chronically dry eyes, soft contact lenses may dry out on your eyes and cause discomfort. To combat this problem, some new soft contacts are designed specifically for people with dry eyes. These lenses retain moisture better than other soft lenses, for longer periods of wearing comfort.
Many contact lens specialists prefer fitting gas permeable contact lenses on people with dry eyes. GP lenses are smaller and don't absorb moisture from your eyes like soft lenses do, and therefore may cause less dryness.
Dr. Paul may recommend treating your dry eye condition prior to contact lens fitting. Treatment may involve the use of artificial tears, medicated eye drops to help you produce more tears, dietary supplements for eye nutrition, and lid scrubs to maintain optimal lid hygiene.
Contact Lenses for People with Eyes over 40
Bifocal contact lenses are contact lens options for people who are hard to fit because of they are over 40 and need a different correction for distance and reading.
There have been some really great advances in bifocal contact lenses in the last year. These include a new frequent replacement bifocal and bifocals for people who have astigmatism. The days of giving up on your contacts when you need reading glasses are now done for a lot of people. Won’t you love to get rid of those reading glasses?