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Home » Contact Lenses » Contact Lenses for the “Hard-to-Fit” Patient

Contact Lenses for the “Hard-to-Fit” Patient

Our Optometrist in Louisville Specializes in Contact Lenses Fittings

Your eyes are unique. Every pair of eyes has its own shape, size, and vision condition. Because of all these variations, some people are more challenging to fit with contact lenses than others. However, even if you’ve been told that your eyes are hard-to-fit, it doesn’t mean you should give up on wearing contacts! Nowadays, there’s a vast selection of contact lens types on the market, and our optometrist in Louisville specializes in fitting people with even the most complex vision conditions with contacts.

We stock a large inventory of specialty contact lenses in our Louisville optometrist’s office, and we will work with you patiently to determine the most appropriate pair. To get started, contact us to schedule a contact lenses eye exam and fitting.

Hard-to-fit Vision Conditions

There are several vision and eye conditions that can make it difficult to wear standard contacts. Some of the most typical reasons for needed specialty contact lenses include:

  • Keratoconus
  • Dry eye syndrome
  • Post-LASIK, or other refractive procedure
  • Presbyopia
  • Astigmatism
  • Corneal scarring
  • Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis (GPC)
  • Pellucid Marginal Degeneration

Our optometrist in Louisville will perform a detailed exam of your eyes and vision. This is the first step towards figuring out which type of contacts is ideal for your needs.

Types of Specialty Contact Lenses for Hard-to-fit Eyes

Toric Lenses for Astigmatism

Astigmatism is a vision condition in which your cornea has two curves instead of one. As a result, you may see blurry or have double vision that cannot be corrected fully with conventional contact lenses. However, toric lenses can often provide clear vision for people with astigmatism.

Toric lenses are customized to meet the needs of each hard-to-fit patient. Although they can be made from a range of soft materials, our optometrist in Louisville also recommends hard gas permeable toric contacts as the best solution for many of our patients.

Rigid Gas Permeable Lenses

Hard gas permeable contact lenses are highly oxygen permeable, allowing your eyes to breathe. Also, these hard lenses do not accumulate the protein deposits that soft lenses tend to collect. Without all the protein deposits, your risk of eye infection is significantly reduced. Rigid GP lenses are very appropriate for a number of hard-to-fit conditions, including the following:

Keratoconus & Scleral Lenses

If you have keratoconus, your cornea is thinner than normal and protrudes into a cone shape, which causes blurry vision. Normal soft contact lenses cannot usually fit well on this shape. However, scleral lenses can offer an effective treatment. Scleral lenses are rigid gas permeable contacts with an extra-wide diameter. They vault fully over the cornea, coming to rest on the whites (sclera) of your eye. Scleral lenses thereby replace the irregular surface of the keratoconus cornea with a smoothly rounded surface – enabling crisp vision. Our optometrist in Louisville is qualified and experienced in fitting scleral lenses.

Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis (GPC)

GPC causes swelling of the inner eyelid, and it can be exacerbated by protein deposits that build up on soft contact lenses. If our Louisville optometrist diagnoses you with GPC, we may recommend daily disposables or rigid gas permeable lenses to keep your eyes pain-free and healthy.

Post-LASIK Eyes

Despite the widespread popularity and huge success of LASIK, there are still some vision complications associated with the surgery. Some people experience poor vision at night, and they see a disturbing glare or halos around lights. Fortunately, rigid gas permeable lenses can usually provide an effective solution to sharpen your vision.

Multifocal & Bifocal Contact Lenses

After age 40, many people start to find it hard to read fine print or see anything small that isheld up-close. Called presbyopia, this age-related condition is normal and easily corrected. You can either put on a pair of reading glasses or wear prescription bifocals, or you can choose the more attractive and convenient solution of wearing multifocal contact lenses. Another possibility is to wear monovision contacts, which involves wearing one lens for near vision and theother lens for distance.

Dry Eyes Can Be Hard-to-Fit with Contacts

Dry eyes lead to a myriad of irritating symptoms, many of which can be worsened (or even caused) by wearing contact lenses. If you have dry eyes, our optometrist in Louisville will perform specialized testing to assess the cause of your dry eyes and to recommend the most helpful dry eye treatment. We will then fit you with specialty contact lenses that are suitable for dry eye syndrome; a wide variety of types and materials are available.

Scleral lenses may also be an effective solution for dry eyes. Because they create a bridge over the surface of the eye, there is a gap that fills with tears. This tear-filled space can moisturize eyes and enhance comfort for people with dry eye syndrome.

Book an Eye Exam with Our Louisville Optometrist

If you have any of the above vision conditions or you tried contact lenses in the past and didn’t enjoy comfortable vision, please schedule a consultation with our Louisville optometrist. There’s a contact lens for every pair of eyes, and we look forward to helping you find it!