Hard To Fit Contacts
H. Arnold Papernick OD
At H. Arnold Papernick OD, we specialize in fitting our patients with contacts, even if they have previously been told that they are hard to fit for contacts. Read on for more information about our contact lens options and how we fit patients like you for contacts.
Hard to Fit For Contact Lenses: What Does it Mean?
You may have been told you cannot wear contact lenses because of:
Presbyopia: This condition is common among individuals age 40 and over and refers to difficulty focusing on objects that are close by. If you have presbyopia, you may not be able to wear traditional contacts.
Dry Eyes: Eyes that are dry can become red and irritated. Contact lenses are generally not recommended for individuals with dry eye because they tend to make the dryness worse.
Astigmatism: This happens when the front surface of the eye or the lens, inside the eye, is curved differently in one direction than the other.A common symptom of astigmatism is blurry vision. An example includes seeing stars in a series of lines instead of their unique selves. The edges look blurry.
Keratoconus: In this condition, thinning of the cornea allows the eye to bulge into a cone shape, making contact lens wear uncomfortable.
With the presence of these eye conditions, many an optometrist has told a patient they are not a good fit for contacts. Our Mt. Pleasant eye doctor believes that contact lenses should be an option for anyone who wants them. We work hard to find contact lenses that will work with your vision needs and eye health. Learn more in a contact lens exam and consultation.
Our Approach to Hard to Fit Contacts
If you suffer from an eye condition that makes it hard to fit contacts, there are options. We can recommend:
Gas permeable lenses: These lenses can work for you if you experience Keratoconus, since they relieve the pressure on your eye tissue and help contain the bulge in the cornea.
Toric lenses: If you have astigmatism, you may benefit from toric contact lenses. These are custom made just for you, and fit on your eye without rotating as you move. As a result, toric lenses can be more expensive than other contact lenses. However, many of our patients find the contacts to be worth the wait.
Bifocal or multifocal lenses: If you suffer from presbyopia, bifocal or multifocal lenses can work. These have special zones that allow you to see objects close up and far away, for overall vision correction that works with your eye condition.
If you suffer from dry eyes, we may recommend medicated eye drops to treat the dryness. These provide additional eye lubrication, so you will be able to wear contact lenses comfortably. Dr Papernick also prescribes "Dry Eye Supplements" which contain Omega-3.
Would you like to see if we can help you finally get contacts? If so, the first step is to make an appointment with our Mt. Pleasant eye doctor for a contact lens exam. Call our office at (724) 547-5711 or use the online appointment request form to set up your contact lens examination.