Specialty Contacts

The most commonly fit contacts are traditional soft contact lenses. Eye doctors fit these patients with these lenses so often because they are comfortable, easy to wear and they are the least expensive option. Unfortunately, not everyone can wear soft contacts. There are certain conditions of the eye that make a person hard to fit for contacts, and they would need to be fit with specialty contacts. If you have one of these conditions, the professionals at Optical Expressions can fit you with the right pair of specialty lenses for your condition.


Hard To Fit Conditions

There are a few conditions of the eye that will make it difficult or impossible for you to wear traditional soft lenses. These include:

  • Dry eye: Dry eye occurs when your eyes do not make enough tears to keep your eyes lubricated. Soft lenses dry your eyes out, which will make the dry eye symptoms worse.
  • Keratoconus: This condition occurs when your cornea bulges into a cone-shape. It can be difficult to wear soft lenses when you have a misshapen cornea.
  • Astigmatism: This is a common refractive error characterized by misshapen corneas, which makes wearing traditional contacts difficult.
  • Giant papillary conjunctivitis: This is a condition that causes red bumps to develop under the lid. It also causes itching, discharge, and tearing. Unfortunately, wearing soft contacts can worsen the condition.
  • Presbyopia: Presbyopia occurs around the age of 40, and it makes it difficult to see close.

Specialty Contacts

There are a few types of specialty contacts that your eye doctor can prescribe. The lens they prescribe would depend on the condition you have that makes you hard to fit for contacts.

  • Rigid gas permeable: These lenses are harder than traditional soft lenses, which makes them a good treatment option for keratoconus. Also, protein does not adhere to these lenses are easily, which is less irritating for patients with giant papillary conjunctivitis.
  • Scleral contacts: These lenses do not sit right on the cornea the way that traditional lenses do. They sit on the white of the eye and the prescription part of the lens vaults over the cornea. Because the lenses do not rest on the cornea, they are great for dry eye, keratoconus and astigmatism.
  • Toric lenses: Toric lenses are prescribed for patients with astigmatism because they are designed to fit on misshapen corneas while correcting the refractive error.
  • Bifocal contacts: These lenses are prescribed for patients with presbyopia because each lens contains one prescription to see close and one to see objects in the distance.
  • Monovision lenses: If you cannot get used to bifocal lenses, monovision lenses are another option. Your doctor would prescribe a lens for closeup for one eye and a lens for distance for the other.
  • Ortho-K: Ortho-K lenses are an excellent alternative for anyone who is not a good candidate for Lasik. They are worn overnight and while you sleep, the contacts gently correct the shape of your eye. When you wake up in the morning, you will be able to see clearly without correction. Because your eyes do not require much moisture when they are closed while you sleep, Ortho-K is a great option if you have dry eye.

Call Optical Expressions Today!

If you have a condition that makes you hard to fit for contacts, schedule an appointment with Optical Expressions. We have offices in Scottsdale and Phoenix, and our eye doctor can fit you with the best lenses to treat your condition. To book your appointment, give us a call today.

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