Hard to Fit Contacts

At Eyes On The Lake, our eye doctor in Columbia, SC has been sharing the benefits of hard-to-fit contacts with local residents for many years. Following are the answers to several questions our optometrist frequently receives regarding hard-to-fit contact lenses.

Hard To Fit Contacts FAQs

What are Hard to Fit Contacts?

Hard-to-fit contact lenses are a type of contact lens that can't be fitted by eye doctors using traditional methods. This is because the eye doctor may not have enough information about the eye shape or the wearer might be suffering from an unusual eye condition.

Who Needs Hard To Fit Contacts?

People who benefit from hard-to-fit contact lenses include those suffering eye diseases such as keratoconus and general intolerance for traditional contacts. In some cases, hard-to-fit contacts are a good option for patients with corneal transplants or eye injuries.

People with the following conditions may benefit from wearing hard-to-fit contacts:

  • Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis (GPC)
  • Astigmatism
  • Presbyopia
  • Dry eyes
  • Keratoconus

Our optometrist at Eyes On The Lake in Columbia can help patients find contact lenses that are suitable for their eye condition. This includes specialty hard-to-fit contacts designed specifically for people who have irregular eye shapes or other unusual conditions, which cannot easily be fitted using traditional methods.

Optometrists use advanced diagnostic technology and knowledge about the eyes when fitting these types of contacts. An optometry professional is best suited to recommend treatment options and answer questions related to hard-to-fit contacts, as well as other eye issues that may need to be treated.

Specialty contacts include the following:

  • Multifocal and bifocal lenses: These are commonly prescribed to those with presbyopia.
  • Gas permeable lenses: Patients with Keratoconus and GPC can wear these special lenses.
  • Toric lenses: These lenses help correct astigmatism.

Medicated eye drops are also available for patients that have dry eyes.

How to Qualify For Hard To Fit Contacts?

To determine if you need hard-to-fit contact lenses, our optometrist will perform an eye exam that is different than the standard eye exam. Your eye doctor may also use new diagnostic instruments during this time to get a better understanding of your ocular health status and prescription needs. This information can then be used to determine if you are a good candidate for the above contact lenses.

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Call Eyes On The Lake in Columbia, SC today at (803) 233-1774 for more information or to schedule an appointment with our optometrist.

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