Many people can wear conventional soft contacts. However, certain medical conditions make you hard to fit for contacts, and you will need a special lens. Fortunately, the professionals at Eye Gallery in Plano, TX can provide you with excellent guidance in choosing contacts vs. frames and can fit you with the best contacts based on the condition you have.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What Are the Benefits of Contact Lenses?
A: Contacts are an excellent alternative to contact lenses. There are a few benefits you can get from contacts that you cannot get from glasses, including:
- A more natural appearance
- Your vision won't be obstructed by an eyeglass frame or dirty lenses.
- If you are an athlete or workout regularly, contacts are more convenient than sports goggles.
Q: What Conditions Are Considered Hard To Fit for Contacts?
A: Several conditions make it impossible to wear conventional soft lenses.
- Astigmatism: Astigmatism is a refractive error where your lens is curved differently in one direction than the other, and a special lens is necessary.
- Presbyopia: This condition occurs after the age of 40. As you age, your lens loses elasticity, making it challenging to see closeup. If you already need correction for distance, you will need a special lens to correct your vision at all distances.
- Dry eye: This condition occurs when your eyes cannot produce enough tears to keep your eyes lubricated. Soft lenses absorb the moisture from your eyes and aren't an option if you have dry eye.
- Keratoconus: This condition occurs if your cornea isn't strong enough to hold its round shape and bulges into a cone shape.
- Giant papillary conjunctivitis: This form of conjunctivitis causes red, itchy bumps behind your eyelids. Wearing soft contacts can worsen your symptoms.
Q: What Are the Most Common Hard-To-Fit Contacts?
A: There are several types of hard-to-fit contacts available. The kind that is best for you depends on the condition you have.
- Toric lenses: Toric lenses are special lenses designed to treat astigmatism.
- Bi-focal lenses: These lenses contain two different prescriptions, one for distance and one for closeup.
- Monovision: If you can't get used to bifocal lenses, your eye doctor can prescribe a contact for distance in one eye and a different contact for up-close vision in the other eye.
- Gas permeable lenses: These lenses are rigid and are often used to treat keratoconus. They don't absorb the moisture from your eye and are a great option if you have dry eye. Finally, protein deposits don't adhere to gas permeable lenses the way they do with soft lenses and are an excellent option if you have giant papillary conjunctivitis.
- Scleral lenses: Scleral lenses don't rest on the cornea the way soft lenses do. Instead, they rest on the white of your eye and vault over your cornea. These lenses are often prescribed for people with keratoconus, giant papillary conjunctivitis, and dry eye.
If you have a condition that prevents you from wearing soft lenses, contact Eye Gallery. Our eye doctor in Plano, TX, can fit you with the best contacts for your condition. To schedule an appointment with our optometrist, give us a call today at (972) 519-0006.