Contact lenses are an excellent alternative to glasses for several reasons. Many people prefer contacts over glasses because they provide a more natural appearance. Some like contacts better because their vision is not obstructed by eyeglass frames and dirty lenses. Many athletes prefer contacts because they are more convenient than bulky sports goggles.
Many people can wear conventional soft lenses; however, if you have a condition that makes it hard to fit you for contacts, you will need to wear special contacts. Fortunately, the professionals at Uptown Eyecare can prescribe hard to fit contacts based on your condition. We have years of experience helping patients in Hunters Creek, Lake Nona, and Orlando, FL see as clearly as possible.
Conditions That Are Hard To Fit For Contacts
There are a few conditions that would require you to wear hard to fit contacts. These include:
- Astigmatism: An imperfection in your cornea's curvature that causes blurry vision at all distances.
- Presbyopia: This condition occurs after the age of 40 when your eye's lens loses elasticity. This condition makes it difficult to see close-up objects.
- Dry eye syndrome: Dry eye occurs when your eyes cannot produce enough tears to keep your eyes lubricated.
- Keratoconus: A normal cornea is round, like a ball. Keratoconus occurs when your cornea cannot hold its round shape and it bulges into a cone shape.
- Giant papillary conjunctivitis: This is a form of conjunctivitis that causes the inside of your eyelid to become red, swollen, and irritated.
Specialty Contact Lenses
There are a few types of hard to fit contacts available. The contacts that our eye doctor chooses will depend on the condition you have. Types of hard to fit contacts include:
- Gas permeable contacts: Gas permeable contacts are hard and they hold their shape. This makes them an excellent option if you have keratoconus. They are often prescribed for giant papillary conjunctivitis because protein deposits don't adhere to the lenses the way they do with soft contacts. They are also helpful for patients with dry eye because they don't absorb your eye's moisture the way soft lenses do.
- Toric lenses: Toric lenses are prescribed for astigmatism. They can be shaped specially to fit properly on an imperfect cornea.
- Bifocal contacts: Bifocal contacts contain two prescriptions, one for distance and one for closeup. They allow you to see well at all distances and are particularly useful for those with presbyopia.
- Scleral contacts: Unlike soft lenses that fit right over your cornea, scleral contacts rest on the white of your eye and vault over the cornea. Because the contacts don't need to fit right over the cornea, they are a great option for keratoconus, dry eye, and giant papillary conjunctivitis.
Optometrist in Orlando, FL
At Uptown Eye Care, we are proud to provide residents of Orlando, Lake Nona, and Hunters Creek with reliable eye care services. For more information on hard to fit contacts or to schedule an appointment with our optometrist, call us at (407) 855-6132.