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Contact lenses are a safe, convenient alternative to wearing glasses for vision correction. However, not everyone finds wearing contacts easy or comfortable. If you have tried contacts and found them uncomfortable or had trouble wearing them, or an optometrist has told you that you are not a good candidate for contacts, it may be that your eyes are “hard to fit.”
That doesn’t have to be the final word, though. At Alpine Vision in Colorado Springs, Falcon, and Windsor our optometrists have the experience and training to help our “hard to fit” patients get the right contacts for their specific vision needs.
There are several eye conditions that can present a bit of a challenge when trying to make contacts fit properly and wear comfortably. These are some of the most common conditions.
Dry Eyes – Excessive dryness can lead to eye irritation, redness, a gritty feeling, burning, and blurred vision. The dry eye condition needs to be under control before trying contacts. There are certain types that are more suitable for this condition.
Astigmatism – This condition occurs when the front of the eye is not uniform, but has an oval shape or bulge, causing blurred vision. Toric lenses are used to correct astigmatism but even they can be difficult to fit because of the specific way they must sit on the eye. Often a patient has to try several kinds to find the right one.
Keratoconus – This rather uncommon condition occurs when the cornea thins, triggers a bulging in the eye, and creating a cone shape. Gas permeable contacts are often used for patients with mild to moderate keratoconus.
Presbyopia – Basically, this condition is just part of the natural aging process. Around age 40, a patient may notice difficulty focusing on close objects. This is often treated with bifocal or multifocal contacts although sometimes monovision lenses are also used.
Giant papillary conjunctivitis (GPC) – Inflammation in the eye, caused by a reaction to the inner eyelid surface, can occur in contact lens wearers when protein builds up on the lenses. Disposable (one day) contacts or gas permeable lenses are often prescribed to patients who have recurrent GPC.
Post-refractive surgery (i.e. LASIK) – There are times when refractive surgery does not correct all of a patient’s vision problems and further surgery either will not help or is not an option for other reasons. Gas permeable contacts may be used to correct or restore their vision.
Post PK surgery (corneal transplant) – Most transplants create astigmatism and distortion. Contacts are possible for these conditions but the type depends on the surgery, patient, and condition that is causing the vision problem.
Call today or request an appointment right here on our website for a contact lens exam. Our friendly staff and knowledgeable doctors at Alpine Vision located in Colorado Springs, Falcon, and Windsor will do our best to find a solution for you.