Are you in need of contact lenses? An eye doctor in Fair Oaks, CA from Swan Family Optometry is here to help.
Some patients who want to wear contacts need special contacts due to a particular eye condition they have. These contacts are called hard to fit contacts. Below are some frequently asked questions about hard to fit contacts.
What are Hard to Fit Contacts?
Hard to fit contacts are special contact lenses for patients with conditions that make it hard for them to comfortably wear regular contact lenses.
What Conditions Require Hard to Fit Contacts?
Conditions that may cause this include astigmatism, keratoconus, post-surgery like LASIK, dry eyes, and presbyopia. Below is more information about these conditions.
Astigmatism is a type of refractive error that is caused by a misshapen cornea. It is not comfortable to wear a regular contact lens over the oddly shaped cornea with this condition.
Keratoconus is an eye disease where the cornea becomes thinner and bulges into a cone-like shape. It is hard for patients to see with keratoconus.
Eyes that have gone through post-surgery, such as LASIK, need special contacts for wearers to use comfortably.
Dry eyes is a chronic condition that can get worse if not treated. There are special contacts that patients with dry eyes can wear comfortably.
Presbyopia is when the patient loses their near-site as they get older, usually after 40 years.
What Are Some Types of Hard to Fit Contacts?
Some hard to fit contacts include toric lenses, rigid gas-permeable lenses, piggybacking contact lenses, and scleral lenses.
Toric lenses are very comfortable for patients with astigmatism to wear and come in soft and hard.
Rigid gas-permeable contact lenses are great for patients with keratoconus since they keep the shape of the eye, which helps most patients see with contacts.
Rigid gas-permeable lenses can be uncomfortable for some patients to wear all day. Wearing soft lenses under the gas-permeable ones can make them more comfortable. This is called piggybacking contact lenses.
Scleral lenses have a large diameter to fit over the entire eye, making them less likely to move in the eye.
An Eye Doctor in Fair Oaks
If you are near the Fair Oaks area and need to be fitted for hard to fit contact lenses by an optometrist, then schedule an appointment with Swan Family Optometry. With over 25 years of experience, we would be happy to help you with any questions you may have about this or any of our services.