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Hard To Fit Contacts

Contact lenses are constantly receiving praise for their sheer convenience and ease of use in correcting common vision issues such as nearsightedness and farsightedness. But there’s nothing easy or convenient about having a condition that makes ordinary contacts unsuitable for your needs. But don’t worry, because you can turn to Complete Eye Care of Medina in Medina MN for hard to fit contacts that will give you the clarity and comfort you seek.

When Your Eyes Are "Hard to Fit" for Contacts

What makes one person an ideal candidate for ordinary soft, single-vision contacts while other person’s eyes are considered “hard to fit?” Those standard contact lenses are designed to conform to the corneal surface and correct uncomplicated, mild to moderate refractive errors. But you might have a more difficult prescription to correct for, such as presbyopia (which calls for correction of multiple distance fields) or very strong myopia or hyperopia. Irregularities in corneal shape (such as astigmatism or keratoconus) cannot be easily corrected by a soft lens that would only conform to that abnormal shape.

Irritation problems can also limit your choices for contact lenses. If you suffer from dry eye, for instance, ordinary contacts may aggravate that dryness. If you have an inflammation called giant papillary conjunctivitis, the debris collected soft contacts will probably make you very uncomfortable.

Contact Lens Exams and Fittings for Specialized Lenses

Either eye doctor at our clinic can make sure you get the right kind of contact lenses to overcome your specific challenges. We start with a contact lens exam in which we measure your eyes’ various components while considering your ocular health, corneal structure, and corrective prescription. This critical data helps us understand whether you require hard to fit contacts or will do well enough with standard contacts. If you do have a hard to fit condition, your eye doctor will help you choose the most sensible product for your needs. Examples include:

  • Hydrogel lenses that help dry eyes remain moist
  • Rigid gas permeable lenses, which hold a consistent shape instead of conforming to the corneal surface (and collect relatively little debris compared to soft contacts)
  • Lenses specially shaped to handle corneal deformations, such as toric lenses (for astigmatism) and scleral lenses (for keratoconus)
  • Multifocal lenses that can correct near, intermediate, and distance vision simultaneously