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Frequently Asked Questions About Hard to Fit Contacts

If you've heard that you might be "hard to fit" for contact lenses, you're probably wondering whether you'll be able to get the glasses-free vision correction you want, or what kinds of options might make it possible. Check out these answers to frequently asked questions about hard to fit contacts from Primary Eyecare and Optical of Meridian.

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What Does "Hard to Fit" Mean?

"Hard to fit" means that ordinary soft contact lenses may be inadequate for your needs. This incompatibility may be due to either complex corrective issues or underlying health challenges that affect what kinds of lenses you can wear.

What Vision Problems Can Complicate the Search for Contacts?

Some vision problems require more correction than you can get from standard soft contacts. That's partly because soft contacts conform to the corneal surface, making them incapable of correcting conditions such as astigmatism and keratoconus. Complications such as presbyopia (which requires correction for both near and far viewing) may also be beyond the scope of ordinary contacts.

What Health Conditions Can Make Eyes Hard to Fit?

Dry eye can be made worse by contact lenses that aren't optimized to retain moisture. Ordinary soft contacts also tend to collect debris. This debris can cause inflammation in people prone to a condition called giant papillary conjunctivitis (GPC).

How Do You Determine Whether My Eyes Are Hard to Fit?

Our optometrist always administers a contact lens exam as part of the fitting process. By understanding your specific corrective needs and wellness considerations, we can determine whether you have "hard to fit" eyes. From there we can prescribe specialized contact lenses suited to your condition or needs.

What Kinds of Specialized Contact Lenses Can Handle a Tricky Prescription?

GP (gas permeable) materials are often best for difficult corrective prescriptions because they maintain their own shape instead of conforming to (possibly irregular) corneal contours. They’re also good for correcting presbyopia. Specific shapes and configurations, such as toric or scleral contacts, are recommended for corneal irregularities such as astigmatism and keratoconus.

What Kinds of Contact Lenses Are Best for My Eyes' Health and Comfort?

If you have dry eyes, our optometrist may recommend contact lenses made of materials such as hydrogel to ensure that your eyes remain moist beneath the lenses. Scleral contacts, which cover the entire cornea, can also help retain eye moisture. GP lenses collect less debris than soft lenses for GPC sufferers.

Learn More from Our Eye Doctor in Meridian

Our eye doctor in Meridian has the answers to your contact lens questions. Call 601-485-2020 today to schedule an exam!