Hard to Fit Contacts

Contacts are an excellent alternative to eyeglasses. They are simpler and less noticeable than eyeglasses. Contacts are more convenient for most people. Many people can wear conventional contacts. However, some people are hard to fit for contacts and need to wear specialized contact lenses to accommodate their vision conditions. The professionals at Lewis County Eye & Vision Inc. in Chehalis, WA can prescribe these lenses.

woman putting a hard to fit contact lens into her eye that she received from an optometrist in Chehalis

What Conditions Make Me Hard to Fit for Contacts?

There are a few different conditions that will make you hard to fit for contacts. These include:

  • Dry eye syndrome: Dry eye occurs when your eyes can’t create enough natural tears to keep your eyes lubricated. Conventional soft contacts absorb the moisture from your eyes, making the symptoms worse.
  • Astigmatism: Astigmatism is a common refractive error. It occurs when your eye lens is curved in different directions. Due to the abnormal curve, conventional lenses won't be an option.
  • Presbyopia: Presbyopia is a condition that occurs after the age of 40 when your eye lens loses elasticity and makes it difficult to see closeup objects. If you need a prescription for distance, you will need a special lens to see clearly at all distances.
  • Keratoconus: This condition occurs when your cornea slowly wears down and eventually turns into a cone shape. Since the cornea is misshapen, conventional soft lenses aren't an option.
  • Giant papillary conjunctivitis: This form of conjunctivitis causes redness and bumps under the eyelids. Wearing conventional soft lenses will make the symptoms worse.

Specialized Contact Lenses

If you have any of the conditions listed above, our optometrist can prescribe a hard to fit lens based on the eye condition you have. These include:

  • Gas permeable lenses: Gas permeable contacts are rigid, and can hold your cornea's round shape if you have keratoconus. These contacts don't absorb moisture, making them a good option if you have dry eye. Additionally, protein deposits don't build up on these lenses the way they do on soft lenses, making them a great option for giant papillary conjunctivitis.
  • Toric lenses: Toric lenses are designed to treat astigmatism. Toric lenses are shaped differently than traditional lenses to correct the curvature of your cornea or lens.
  • Bifocal lenses: Bifocal lenses contain two prescriptions, one for distance and one for near. These lenses are often prescribed if you have presbyopia.
  • Scleral contacts: Scleral contacts rest on the white of your eye. The part of the lens containing the prescription vaults over the cornea without touching it. These contacts can be prescribed if you have dry eye or keratoconus.

Schedule an Appointment with Our Optometrist

If you are considering contact lenses as your preferred form of corrective eyewear, we can help determine if they are right for you. With our variety of specialty lenses, we can find something that works for every one of our patients. At Lewis County Eye & Vision Inc. in Chehalis, WA, our optometrist can fit you with the best contacts for your condition. To learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment, call us today. 


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