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Your optometrist at Eye Care Center Mooresville, Dr. Ed Mills or Dr. Christopher Mills, can provide the specialty contacts your eyes require if they’re hard to fit. If your eyes are hard to fit for contact lenses, standard-issue soft contacts may fail to provide the adequate correction and may even aggravate an existing eye problem.
A variety of conditions and circumstances can put your eyes into the "hard to fit" category for contact lenses. for instance, if you suffer from dry eye, ordinary contacts may compound your dryness and irritation. If you have an eyelid inflammation called giant papillary conjunctivitis, you're sensitive to the bits of protein that stick to the surfaces of many lenses. Keratoconus, a cone-shaped deformation of the cornea, is difficult for soft contacts to compensate for because the soft material simply conforms to the cornea's shape.
Refractive errors can also exceed the corrective abilities of normal contacts. If your refractive error is especially complex or severe, single-vision soft contacts may not be able to give you the visual clarity you seek. Presbyopia is a good example, since this condition requires correction of both near and distance vision. Astigmatism, which involves deformations at specific spots on the cornea, can also be difficult to correct with typical soft contacts that like to shift position or rotate on the eye.
In the early days of contact lenses, individuals with hard to fit conditions had few satisfactory options other than eyeglasses. Today, however, we can fit patients with a variety of specialty contact lenses. Our optometry clinic will first administer a comprehensive eye/vision exam and contact lens exam to determine the nature of your hard to fit condition. We can then address that condition with such options as:
GP (gas permeable) lenses - The material of these rigid lenses doesn't collect proteins as readily as standard soft contacts do, which helps to prevent giant papillary conjunctivitis.
Toric lenses - Toric lenses are weighted or otherwise designed so that they will remain aligned with the specific locations on the cornea that require correction.
Scleral lenses - Scleral lenses, which sit on the white of the eye instead of the cornea, are a terrific choice for many hard to fit conditions. Their rigid oversized design can compensate for the deformations of keratoconus, provide precise correction for even severe refractive errors and provide dry eye sufferers with a reservoir for tears.
Bifocal and multifocal lenses - Bifocal and multifocal contact lenses can correct presbyopia by including two or more corrective zones. Monofocals that place a different corrective prescription in each eye are another option.
Whatever complicating factor your eyes may present, Eye Care Center Mooresville can make hard to fit contacts a lot easier. Call us today at (704) 664-9121 for an exam from your Mooresville optometrist!