Many people enjoy wearing contacts over eyeglasses. They look more natural and do not require much maintenance. However, some people have eye or vision conditions that make it difficult to wear traditional contacts. For these cases, specialty contacts are required. At Cheek’s Optical in Columbia, TN, we provide hard to fit contact lenses and other eye care services. Our optometrist will perform an eye exam to determine if your condition requires specialty lenses. Our goal is to ensure that your vision is at its best.
Who Needs Hard to Fit Contacts?
Hard to fit contacts allow patients with certain conditions to still wear contacts as a form of corrective eyewear. These contact lenses are different than contacts that hold a straightforward prescription for nearsightedness or farsightedness. Some conditions that require specialized contacts include:
- Dry eye syndrome: This is a condition characterized by the inability to make enough tears or quality tears.
- Astigmatism: This occurs when irregularities in the corneas cause distortion in vision.
- Keratoconus: This condition refers to irregular corneas that are cone shaped and don't hold traditional contacts properly.
- Giant papillary conjunctivitis: This condition leads to excess protein in the eyes.
- Post refractive surgery: Cornea surgery can make it difficult to wear traditional contacts.
How Are Hard to Fit Contacts Different than Traditional Lenses?
Traditional contact lenses are often a challenge, because they either do not fully correct all problems with a person's vision, don't allow the right level of oxygen and moisture to interact with the eyes, or they do not lay properly across the eye. Depending on the patient's specific issues, there are different types of hard-to-fit contacts that may be suitable.
What Types of Hard to Fit Contact Lenses Are Available?
These are just some of the specialty lenses available for patients.
- Gas permeable or rigid gas permeable
- Multifocal contact lenses allow those with presbyopia to see at different distances.
- Scleral lenses rest on the whites of the eyes, not the cornea, which works for those with keratoconus.
- Contacts for dry eyes allow a high moisture content that helps control symptoms of dry eye.
- Toric lenses are contacts for patients with astigmatism.
Schedule an Appointment for a Contact Lens Exam
If you want to wear contacts and have an eye health condition, our optometry experts can help. At Cheeks Optical in Columbia, TN, we provide hard to fit contact lenses. Call us today at (931) 388-2061 to schedule an appointment.