Contact lenses are a convenient substitute for regular eyeglasses. While contact lenses do in fact work just as well as eyeglasses, that doesn’t mean they are the best fit for everyone who wants to wear them. Aside from getting used to wearing the contacts, inserting them, and caring for them, you must also ensure the lenses fit your eyes correctly. There are certain eye conditions that make wearing standard soft lenses impossible. At Cornea & Cataract Consultants, we have shared the benefits of hard to fit contacts with residents of Nashville, Murfreesboro, and Franklin for many years.
What are Hard to Fit Contacts?
Patients with various eye problems may find it difficult to wear standard contact lenses. Conditions such as dry eye, keratoconus, astigmatism, presbyopia, and giant papillary conjunctivitis (or GPC) make it difficult to wear regular contact lenses. Additionally, LASIK patients often cannot wear standard soft contact lenses. Such patients are often referred to as “hard to fit.”
How Our Ophthalmologist Can Help
There are specialized options available for patients considered hard to fit. Our eye doctor will take precise measurements of the patient’s eye shape before recommending the right specialty contact lenses for them. For example, patients with keratoconus have an irregular cornea. Contact lenses shaped to match will correct the corneal irregularity and produce clear vision.
Alternatively, toric contact lenses help those with an astigmatism. Unlike other lenses, soft toric lenses are easy to get used to. Fitting the right size can take some trial and error tin pin down the right dimensions. Similarly, special lenses for dry eye conditions are available, designed to avoid irritation and allow a comfortable fit.
No Need for an Eye Surgeon
In any situation where a patient needs special lenses, our eye doctor will conduct an eye exam, contact lens fitting, and instruct you in caring for your new contact lenses. Whether scleral, gas permeable lenses or toric lenses, the fitting by an ophthalmologist is critical for the lenses to work correctly for the specific patient. If you are considering going to an eye surgeon to have your vision corrected, you might want to try hard to fit contacts first.
Eye Care in Nashville, Murfreesboro, and Franklin
At Cornea & Cataract Consultants, we have provided residents of Nashville, Franklin and Murfreesboro with reliable eye care services for many years. Call us today at (615) 320-7200 for more information or to schedule an appointment with our eye doctor.