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Hard to Fit Contacts

Hard to Fit Contact Lenses and Solutions at Our Yardley Eye Care in Yardley, PA

It used to be that contact lenses were only for certain people who had the 'right' type of eyes for them. However, modern contacts have expanded the number of people who can wear them by a huge percentage. Here at Yardley Eye Care, we help people get fitted with hard to fit contacts on a regular basis.

man putting in hard to fit contact lensesWhy Are Your Eyes 'Hard to Fit'?

The term 'hard to fit contacts' encompasses a wide range of conditions that create an additional challenge when fitting contact lenses:

  • Keratoconus
  • Astigmatism
  • Presbyopia
  • Dry eyes
  • Scarred corneas
  • Giant papillary conjunctivitis
  • Post-laser surgery

Each of these problems presents a different issue. However, they are all conditions that do not usually prevent people from wearing contacts anymore.

Finding Comfortable Lenses

Some of the types of contact lenses that are used to meet the needs of hard to fit eyes include scleral lenses, hybrid lenses, and specialized soft lenses:

  • Scleral lenses are hard lenses that are larger in diameter than normal contacts. They are used widely for patients with keratoconus, high levels of astigmatism, and sometimes other conditions.
  • Hybrid lenses have a soft outer rim and a hard center. They provide sharper vision through the hard center while offering high levels of comfort created by the soft edges.
  • Soft lenses come in a variety of options designed to work with particular eye conditions. Toric lenses are designed for people with astigmatism, and multifocal lenses are helpful for people with presbyopia.

The process of fitting contacts for people with these conditions can take a little longer than normal. Sometimes, this makes people give up. However, if you stick with the process, in most cases, there is a comfortable option out there for you.

Fitting Contact Lenses

A contact lens fitting is usually done during your comprehensive eye exam. This includes tests of your visual acuity, overall eye health, and prescription, before the measurements for your contact lenses are taken.

Contact lenses are fitted using measurements of the curvature of your eye. Conventional contacts are usually fitted using three measurements. However, it is possible with modern technology for an optometrist to take many more measurements. This helps provide a comfortable fit for you.

Sometimes, our eye doctor in Yardley may recommend custom contacts, which are made specifically for your eyes using thousands of measurements that map the surface of your cornea. In other cases, fewer measurements are used to fit you with the conventionally-available lens that is most appropriate for your eyes.

Yardley Eye Care Provides Contact Lens Fittings for You!

Whether you are a seasoned contact wearer or someone who has tried multiple types of lenses without success, Yardley Eye Care wants to help. Our eye doctor in Yardley provides skilled fittings for hard to fit contacts. To make an appointment with our optometrist, call (215) 369-3937.

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