Many people prefer contact lenses over eyeglasses. Contacts can be easier and look more natural. Many people are able to wear traditional soft contacts. However, if you have certain conditions of the eye, soft contacts are not an option. Fortunately, the professionals at Incredible Eye Care Optometry, APC in Torrance, CA can prescribe hard to fit contacts. The lenses we choose would depend on your specific condition.
Conditions that Require Hard to Fit Contacts
If you are suffering from any of the conditions below, you won't be able to wear soft contact lenses.
- Dry eye syndrome: Dry eye syndrome occurs when your eyes cannot produce the right amount of tears to adequately lubricate your eyes. Since soft lenses absorb the moisture in your eyes, they can often worsen your symptoms.
- Giant papillary conjunctivitis: This form of conjunctivitis causes itchy red bumps on the inside of the eyelids. Protein deposits build up on soft contacts, which will make your condition worse.
- Astigmatism: This is a common refractive error that occurs when the cornea is curved more in one direction than the other, and would require a special lens.
- Presbyopia: This condition typically occurs after the age of 40, when your cornea loses elasticity. This can make it difficult to see objects that are close-up, and would require a contact lens that contains two prescriptions.
- Keratoconus: If your cornea isn't strong enough to hold its round shape, it can bulge into a cone shape. This will require a special lens.
Common Hard to Fit Contacts
There are many types of hard to fit contacts available. The type our optometrist prescribes will depend on the condition you have.
- Rigid gas permeable lenses: These contacts can be used for a few different conditions. These lenses are hard and will hold your eye's round shape, and are often prescribed for keratoconus. Since these lenses don't absorb moisture, they are great for dry eye. Finally, because they don’t allow protein deposits to build up on the lenses, they are great for giant papillary conjunctivitis.
- Toric lenses: These lenses are shaped differently than traditional lenses and are designed to treat astigmatism.
- Bifocal contacts: Bifocal contacts contain a prescription for distance and one for near, making them a good option for presbyopia.
- Scleral lenses: Unlike soft lenses that rest on the cornea, a scleral lens sits on the white of the eye. The portion of the lens that contains the prescription vaults over the cornea. These lenses can treat dry eye syndrome, giant papillary conjunctivitis, and keratoconus.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Optometrist
If you have an eye or vision condition that makes wearing traditional contacts impossible, we can help. At Incredible Eye Care Optometry, APC in Torrance, CA, our optometrists will diagnose your condition and prescribe the right lenses. To schedule an appointment, call us today.