What does “hard-to-fit” contacts mean?

“Hard-to-fit” contacts refer to contact lenses that are not standard and require special fitting or lenses due to various eye conditions or irregularities. These conditions might include astigmatism, dry eyes, keratoconus, post-surgical eyes, and others that make wearing regular contact lenses uncomfortable or ineffective.

What conditions might make someone hard to fit for contact lenses?

Several conditions can make an individual hard to fit for contact lenses, including severe astigmatism, dry eye syndrome, keratoconus (a condition where the cornea thins and bulges outward), presbyopia (age-related difficulty in seeing close objects), and giant papillary conjunctivitis (GPC). Previous eye surgeries can also make fitting contact lenses more challenging.

How does Clinton Eye Associates help patients who are hard to fit for contacts?

At Clinton Eye Associates, we offer comprehensive eye examinations to understand each patient’s unique needs. Our specialists use advanced technology and their extensive expertise to recommend the best type of contact lenses. This might include toric lenses for astigmatism, scleral lenses for keratoconus, or lenses designed specifically for dry eyes. We also provide personalized fittings to ensure comfort and optimal vision.

Are there specific types of contact lenses for hard-to-fit eyes?

Yes, there are several types of contact lenses designed for hard-to-fit eyes. These include:

  • Toric lenses for astigmatism, which have different powers in different parts of the lens.
  • Scleral lenses that vault over the cornea and rest on the white part of the eye (sclera), ideal for keratoconus and other corneal irregularities.
  • Gas permeable lenses, which are rigid and offer clear vision for conditions like keratoconus.
  • Hybrid lenses that combine a gas permeable center with a soft lens skirt, providing both comfort and clarity.
  • Moisture-retaining lenses designed for patients with dry eyes.

What is the process of fitting hard-to-fit contacts?

The process begins with a thorough eye examination at Clinton Eye Associates, where we assess the health of your eyes and identify any conditions that may affect contact lens wear. Next, we take precise measurements of your eyes, including the cornea’s shape and size. Based on this information, we’ll recommend the best type of contacts for your specific needs and ensure they fit perfectly to provide optimal vision and comfort.

Can everyone with hard-to-fit eyes wear contact lenses?

While advancements in contact lens technology have made it possible for most people with hard-to-fit eyes to wear contact lenses, there may be exceptional cases where contacts are not advisable. Our team at Clinton Eye Associates is committed to exploring all available options and will work closely with you to find the best solution for your vision needs.

How long does it take to adjust to hard-to-fit contacts?

The adjustment period can vary depending on the individual and the type of lenses. Some people may adapt quickly within a few days, while others might take a few weeks to feel completely comfortable. We provide guidance and follow-up care to ensure a smooth transition to wearing hard-to-fit contact lenses.

Are hard-to-fit contacts more expensive than regular contacts?

Due to the specialized design and fitting process, hard-to-fit contact lenses can be more expensive than standard contact lenses. However, the benefits of improved vision and comfort often outweigh the cost. Our team at Clinton Eye Associates will discuss all costs upfront and help you understand your insurance coverage or financing options.

How do I know if I need hard-to-fit contacts?

If you experience discomfort with standard contact lenses or if you’ve been told in the past that you cannot wear contacts due to your eye condition, you might be a candidate for hard-to-fit lenses. Scheduling a consultation at Clinton Eye Associates is the best way to determine your needs.

How can I schedule an appointment for a hard-to-fit contact lens consultation at Clinton Eye Associates?

Scheduling an appointment is easy. You can call our office directly or fill out a contact form on our website to request an appointment. Our team will work with you to find a convenient time for your consultation and answer any preliminary questions you may have.