Many people prefer contact lenses over glasses. Some prefer contacts because they provide a more natural appearance. Others like contacts because eyeglass frames or dirty lenses don't obstruct their vision. Many athletes prefer contacts because sports goggles can be bulky and obtrusive.
Most people can wear traditional soft contact lenses. However, some people have a condition of the eye that makes wearing soft contacts impossible. Fortunately, there are other options. The professionals at Ritz and Johnson can prescribe hard to fit contacts for people with these conditions.
What Conditions Make Me Hard To Fit For Contacts?
Several conditions will make it impossible for you to wear traditional soft contacts, including:
- Dry eye syndrome: This condition occurs when your eyes don't produce enough tears to keep your eyes hydrated.
- Keratoconus: This condition occurs when your cornea isn't strong enough to hold its round shape, which causes it to bulge into a cone shape.
- Giant papillary conjunctivitis: This is a chronic form of conjunctivitis that causes redness and swelling under the eyelids.
- Astigmatism: This is a common refractive error characterized by an imperfection in the curvature in the cornea, causing blurry vision at all distances.
- Presbyopia: This condition occurs when the lens of your eye loses its elasticity, causing poor close-up vision.
Hard To Fit Contact Lens Options
There are a few hard to fit contact lens options that will allow you to wear contacts if you have a condition that makes you hard to fit.
- Gas permeable lenses: Gas permeable lenses are rigid and hold their shape, unlike soft lenses. Because of this, they are a good option if you have keratoconus. Protein deposits don't adhere to these lenses the way they do with soft lenses, making them a good option if you have giant papillary conjunctivitis. Finally, these lenses don't absorb moisture from the eye the way that soft lenses do, which makes them a good option if you have a dry eye.
- Scleral contact lenses: Scleral lenses rest on the white of the eye and vault over the cornea. This space between the cornea and the lens makes these lenses a good option for dry eye, keratoconus, and giant papillary conjunctivitis.
- Toric lenses: Toric lenses are prescribed to treat astigmatism.
- Bifocal contacts: Bifocal contacts contain two prescriptions in one lens. These lenses can address several eye conditions at once.
- Monovision contacts: If you have trouble getting used to bifocal lenses, monovision lenses are an option. Your optometrist will prescribe a contact for distance for one eye and contact for closeup for the other eye.
Eye Doctor in Ocala
If you want to wear contact lenses but have a condition that makes them hard to fit, the optometry professionals at Ritz and Johnson are ready to assist you. For more information on hard to fit contacts or to schedule an appointment, call us at (352) 732-7900.