At ABC Vision, we have years of experience providing residents of Sherwood, Hillsboro, and the rest of the Portland metro area with reliable eye care services. A major part of eye care is fitting our patients for contact lenses. However, some patients suffer from conditions of the eye that make traditional soft contact lens wear impossible. If this is the case, you are considered hard to fit for contacts. Thankfully, there are contact lenses available to address a variety of refractive errors. Our optometrist will evaluate your eyes to determine the type of contact lenses that will benefit you the most.
What Makes Eyes Hard to Fit?
Some conditions that lead a person to be considered hard to fit for contacts include:
- Keratoconus: Irregularly shaped corneas (often resembling cones) make it challenging for traditional contact lenses to sit securely on the eye
- Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis: This is a condition caused by excess proteins that stick to traditional contacts and leave a coating behind
- Dry Eye: Dry eye, which is caused by impaired tear production, makes traditional soft contact wear ineffective and uncomfortable
- Astigmatism: An irregular shape in the cornea which leads to vision distortion
- Presbyopia: An age-related condition with an onset in a person's early 40s that adds the challenge of difficult near vision to an existing issue of seeing far away.
Common Hard to Fit Contacts
The most common types of hard to fit contacts prescribed are:
- Gas Permeable Lenses: These lenses can effectively be worn by those with keratoconus or GPC. Protein deposits don't build up on these lenses. Wearing these lenses does not create a lot of pressure, making them perfect for individuals with keratoconus. They may also be worn by those with dry eyes.
- Toric Lenses: These lenses need to be custom-made to accommodate astigmatism, and will not have the rotation ability of other lenses.
- Bifocal or Trifocal Lenses: These lenses are great for those with presbyopia. Monovision lenses are also available for correcting near-sighted problems in one eye and farsighted problems in the other.
Eye Care Services in Sherwood
If you are interested in being fitted for contact lenses in Sherwood, Hillsboro, or elsewhere in the Portland metro area, the optometry professionals at ABC Vision are ready to assist you. Our eye doctor will evaluate your eyes to determine the style of contact lenses that will be the most comfortable and effective for you. For more information on hard-to-fit contacts or to schedule an appointment with our eye doctor, call us or request an appointment online today.