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Hard to Fit Contacts

Contact lenses are not a solution for every person experiencing vision problems. Some eye conditions make wearing contacts difficult. Patients need to discuss options with their eye care provider and obtain specialized contact lenses for their specific vision needs.

Reasons for Hard to Fit Contacts

Finding contact lenses that are comfortable and clear may be made more challenging when these conditions affect your eyes:

  • Astigmatism
  • Dry eyes
  • Papillary Conjunctivitis ( also known as GPC)
  • Keratoconus
  • Presbyopia

Astigmatism: Astigmatism develops when the front of the eye is oval shaped. It causes blurred vision and can be challenging to correct.

Dry Eyes: When eyes become excessively dry, it leads to irritation, burning, redness and blurred vision. Contact lenses may make these symptoms worse.

Papillary Conjunctivitis: This form of conjunctivitis is caused by inflammation on the inner surface of the eyelid. Protein buildup on contact lenses often is the cause of this.

Keratoconus: This is a condition that causes the cornea to become thinner and to bulge forward into a cone shape. It is often not possible to see with glasses with keratoconus and requires the use of rigid contact lenses.

Presbyopia: Eyes tend to have a tougher time focusing on close objects as they age. This condition is known as presbyopia. It typically affects people aged 40 or older.


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Contact Lenses for Challenging Eyes

Wearing contacts is not impossible if you suffer from one of the above conditions. You do need to meet with an eye care professional for contact lenses which are customized for your specific vision condition.

Oxygen permeable rigid lenses are a good solution for patients who suffer from papillary conjunctivitis or keratoconus. A rigid lens is effective in patients with keratoconus.

Toric soft lenses are useful for correcting astigmatism.  This type of lens takes longer to make and costs more than a traditional spherical contact lens.

Bifocal and multifocal lenses can help remedy presbyopia. Monovision lenses are another option for presbyopia. This type of lenses may have one eye prescribed for distance vision and the other for seeing close objects.