Wearing contact lenses is not right for everyone. While contacts can give you a natural appearance and are convenient for athletes, they often pose problems for people whose eyes are “hard-to-fit.” However, this not mean you cannot wear contacts. Seeing an optometrist for a contact lens fitting can make a difference. Here at Lickteig Family Eyecare, our eye doctors in Boston, Medford, Natick, and Dedham can find the right pair of lenses for your needs.
What Conditions Can Make It Difficult to Wear Contacts?
Certain eye conditions can make it difficult or impossible for you to wear soft lenses. These problems include:
- Dry eye: This condition occurs when your eyes don't create quality tears to keep your eyes lubricated
- Astigmatism: A common vision problem that occurs when the cornea is shaped irregular
- Presbyopia: This condition occurs around the age of 40 when the lens of your eye becomes rigid, causing a decline in close-up vision
- Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis (GPC): GPC is a form of conjunctivitis that causes red bumps to develop underneath your eyelids
- Keratoconus: This condition causes your cornea, which should be round, to bulge out into a cone shape
What Types of Hard-To-Fit Contacts Are Available for My Condition?
Depending on the eye condition you are suffering from, your eye doctor may prescribe one of the following lenses:
- Gas-Permeable: This type of contacts is rigid and maintain their shape compared to soft lenses. Gas-permeable contact lenses do not contain any water, so proteins and lipids will not stick to them easily like traditional lenses. These contacts are commonly prescribed for patients with keratoconus, dry eye, and giant papillary conjunctivitis.
- Piggyback Contacts: Many people have trouble getting used to gas permeable lenses due to the hard texture. In this case, piggyback lenses can help. Your eye doctor may prescribe a soft lens to wear under your gas permeable lens to act as a cushion.
- Scleral Contacts: Unlike traditional lenses that sit right on the cornea, scleral contacts sit on the white of your eye. They help patients with keratoconus and dry eye.
- Toric Lenses: This is the only type of lens that can correct astigmatism.
- Bifocal Contacts: As we get older, we lose our ability to focus on objects near and far. Bifocals are a great way to accommodate that problem as they contain both prescriptions in one lens.
What Occurs During a Contact Lens Fitting?
During a contact lens fitting, your eye doctor in Boston, Medford, Natick, or Dedham will ask you about your general health, test your visual acuity, check for eye diseases, and recommend the best contact lens option for your needs. Once we determine the right specialty lens, we will measure your cornea, pupil, and iris, and evaluate the surface of the eye and tear film. Soon after, you will be given a pair of trial lenses. A follow-up appointment may be needed to make sure your contacts are comfortable and not damaging any part of the eye.
Find Your Answers at Lickteig Family Eye Care
If you have a condition that does not allow you to wear traditional lenses, our optometrists at Lickteig Family Eye Care can find the right one for you. Book an appointment with our eye doctors in Boston, Medford, Natick, or Dedham by giving us a call today.