HARD TO FIT CONTACT LENSES
HARD TO FIT
You might take for granted that your contacts will fit well, because for most people, this is the case. With most contact prescriptions written for comfortable, flexible, daily disposable lenses, fewer and fewer patients complain of discomfort wearing contacts. Not everyone is easy to fit with contacts, though, and frequently the Golden Vision fitting specialists deal with situations in which a patient is hard to fit. This can be caused by a variety of factors:
- Severe myopia (nearsightedness) causing the eye to be too long
- Severe hyperopia (farsightedness) causing the eye to be too short
- Irregular cornea due to high astigmatism
- A condition that causes severe dry eyes
- Small eye openings or eyelids
An eyeball with irregular dimensions can make it difficult to use standard contacts comfortably, if at all. If you fit into this group, you may be told by some eye care practices that you are simply not a candidate for contact lenses. At Golden Vision, we strive to ensure that you are given options, even when the dimensions of your eyes don’t allow standard contacts to be fit.
The California eye doctors at Golden Vision are experienced in fitting tough prescriptions, using custom and specialized contacts.
THE GOLDEN VISION DIFFERENCE
At Golden Vision, we’re one of the few teams in the state with enough experience using specialized contacts for patients who are hard to fit with standard lenses, for any reason. Although the reasons may be unique for each patient, our team can personalize our approach to your total eye care based on unique considerations of your vision and eye health.
Our specialized contact lenses are even able to correct refractive vision issues at a level of severity that standard lenses cannot. For example, vision problems with a factor of –10 diopters can usually not be fit with standard lenses. The same applies to severe astigmatism.
SPECIALIZED CONTACT LENSES
There are plenty of unusual vision problems that can’t easily be corrected by standard lenses. In these cases, we offer specialized lenses to fit your needs:
Contacts for Dry Eyes
New materials have increased the ability for more patients to wear standard contact lenses, because these materials don’t dry out your eyes as much. We can fit you with gas permeable (GP) lenses that are smaller than soft lenses and don’t absorb moisture from the eye as much.
Contacts for Astigmatism
If you have astigmatism, your eye is flattened into an oval shape, making it difficult to fit standard contact lenses. Standard lenses get don’t stay upright in your eye, making it difficult to see clearly always. Toric lenses are a specialized variety that automatically orient themselves to solve this.
Contacts for Keratoconus
Keratoconus is a condition in which a thinning cornea causes the eye to bulge. In this case, the cornea is may be too sensitive to use rigid lenses designed to correct associated vision issues. Solutions include GP lenses for comfort, piggybacking a harder lens on a softer one, and scleral lenses that avoid the cornea entirely.
LASIK is usually effective, but if your refractive issue was too severe before LASIK, you may still need corrective eyewear. This is most frequent in cases of high astigmatism and can be solved by using a low prescription-grade toric lens that stays upright in your eye.
Bifocal and multifocal lenses are solutions for vision problems that people tend to develop as they age. Older adults often struggle with the ability to see things up close, a condition called presbyopia, which is corrected by bifocal or multifocal lenses, contacts that use different prescriptions at different sight lines.
THREE EASY STEPS TO
FINDING WELL-FITTING CONTACTS
Step 1: Visit a Golden Vision Location Near You
Even if you’ve been fit with contacts before, you may not be entirely comfortable. Many people are wearing contacts that don’t fit, simply because they weren’t given any other options. At Golden Vision, our fitting specialists can ensure that you are fit with the contacts that address your vision problems with compromising on comfort.
Step 2: Comprehensive Eye Exam by a Golden Vision Optometrist
If you don’t get your prescription updated regularly, your eyewear can be correcting at the wrong level of vision problems. This can cause headaches and other issues associated with prolonged eye strain.
Step 3: A Fitting Consultation with Your Eye Doctor
It may take more than one exam and fitting to ensure that your specialized contacts will fit as precisely as possible, but once the process is over, you’ll be relieved to find that you can wear contacts that fit perfectly.
Your Golden Vision eye doctor will keep you updated on the progress of your prescription and instruct you on any potential follow-ups.