Some eye conditions make contact lens wear more difficult. Advances in contact lens technology have resulted in even patients with those conditions wearing contact lenses comfortably. Patients told in the past that they were not candidates should discuss contact lens options with their optometrist.
Reasons for Hard to Fit Contacts
Finding contact lenses that fit, and wearing contact lenses comfortably can be made more challenging when these conditions affect your eyes:
- Dry eyes
- Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis (GPC)
Astigmatism: Refers to the shape of the cornea, or overall visual system, being oval vs spherical. Patients with astigmatism require lenses that correct the astigmatism (toric or gas permeable lenses) to achieve optimal visual acuity.
Dry Eyes: Dry, gritty, irritated eyes have many causes.
GPC: A form of allergic conjunctivitis often associated with contact lens wear..
Keratoconus: A thinning disorder of the cornea resulting in visual distortion.
Presbyopia: Typically affecting people aged 40 or older and resulting in difficulty focusing up close.
Advances in contact lens technology have allowed patients suffering from any of the above conditions to comfortably wear contact lenses. Optometrists are specially trained to detect and subsequently tailor fit contact lenses that address your specific vision condition.