HARD TO FIT CONTACT LENSES
HARD TO FIT
Not everyone is well suited to the most common types of contact lenses. If you have one or more of the following conditions, contact lens wear may be more challenging:
- dry eyes
- giant papillary conjunctivitis (GPC)
- post-refractive surgery (such as LASIK)
However, challenging doesn’t mean impossible. Often, people with these conditions can wear contacts quite successfully. At Golden Vision, we are committed to helping every patient find the comfortable and clear vision they need.
THE GOLDEN VISION DIFFERENCE
Our Houston eye doctor has extensive experience in customizing specialized lenses for hard to fit patients. Whether your prescription is as high as -10 diopters, you have a high degree of astigmatism, or you are suffering from chronic dry eyes, we will ensure you get the eye care you need. At Golden Vision, we want to give you the freedom to wear contact lenses that not only correct your vision, but also feel comfortable on your eyes.
If you have any questions about hard to fit contact lenses, call our Houston office at (713) 467-8818.
SPECIALIZED CONTACT LENSES
Let’s take a closer look at each eye issue below that may prevent you from wearing standard contact lenses. See how our specialized contact lenses can help.
Contact Lenses for Astigmatism
Astigmatism is a common condition where the curvature of the front of the eye isn’t round, but instead shaped more like a football or an egg. Lenses specially designed to correct astigmatism are called “toric” lenses. These toric soft lenses have different corrective powers in different parts of the lens and design elements to keep the lens from rotating on the eye. This way, the varying corrective powers are aligned properly in front of the different parts of the cornea.
Contact Lenses for Dry Eyes
If you have dry eyes, the first step is to treat the condition. This can be done in several ways, including artificial tears, medicated eye drops, nutritional supplements, and a doctor-performed procedure called punctal occlusion. Once the dry eye condition is treated, we have certain soft lenses that work well for dry eyes as well as rigid gas permeable lenses that don’t dry out as easily.
Contact Lenses for Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis (GPC)
Giant papillary conjunctivitis (GPC) is an inflammatory reaction on the inner surface of the eyelids. One cause of GPC is protein deposits on soft contact lenses. Usually, changing to a one-day disposable soft lens will solve this problem. Gas permeable lenses are also often a good solution, as protein deposits don’t adhere as easily to GP lenses and can be removed with daily cleaning.
Contact Lenses for Presbyopia
Presbyopia is the normal loss of focusing ability when you reach your 40s. Today, bifocal and multifocal contact lenses are used to correct presbyopia. Another option for presbyopia is monovision. Monovision is when you wear a contact lens in one eye for distance vision and a lens in the other eye for near vision. During your contact lens fitting, we can help you decide whether bifocal/multifocal contact lenses or monovision is best for you.
Contact Lenses for Keratoconus
Keratoconus is a relatively uncommon eye condition where the cornea becomes thinner and bulges forward. We can provide several different lens varieties for patients with keratoconus, including rigid gas permeable contact lenses and scleral lenses. Scleral lenses are large lenses made of gas permeable material that remain completely above the cornea, with the outer edge of the lens resting on the white of the eye (sclera).
Contact Lenses After Corrective Eye Surgery
Sometimes, vision problems remain after surgery that can’t be corrected with eyeglasses or a second surgical procedure. In these cases, gas permeable contact lenses – including large GP scleral lenses – can often restore visual acuity and eliminate problems like glare and halos at night.
THREE EASY STEPS TO
FIND CONTACT LENSES THAT FIT
First Step: Visiting Our Houston Optometrist
Our Houston optometrist can help you determine if hard to fit contact lenses are right for you. Set up an appointment at our Houston eye clinic to get a professional contact lens consultation from a licensed ophthalmologist.
Second Step: Our Comprehensive Houston Eye Test
Our eye doctor will lead you through a thorough eye exam to identify your eyes’ unique needs and to ensure an accurate prescription. We will use the latest in eye care technology to assess the health of your eyes and to measure the size and curvature of your eyes to guarantee a perfect contact lens fit.
Third Step: Consultation with Your Houston Eye Doctor
After we have completed your eye exam, your Houston eye doctor will sit down with you to discuss the next steps in helping you achieve clear vision and explain which contact lenses will work for your eyes. Our Golden Vision optometrist will then start to customize your prescription and schedule your contact lens fittings. You will be informed as soon as your prescription is ready.
Our Houston vision center can help you wear comfortable and safe contact lenses that can change your life from blurry to clear. Call for an Appointment with a Houston Eye Doctor Today!