Contacts offer an alternative to wearing glasses for improving your sight. With help from your local ophthalmologist, you can choose the contacts best suited to your visual needs. Certain eye conditions may require you to use hard to fit contacts to improve your sight. These FAQs from Fishman and Sheridan Eye Care Specialists in Leesburg, Eustis, and Clermont explain more about hard to fit contacts and who can benefit from their use.
What does “hard to fit” mean when it comes to contacts?
If you’re hard to fit, it means you have certain eye conditions that make standard soft contact lenses insufficient in correcting your sight. You can, however, use special hard to fit contacts that your Leesburg ophthalmologist can provide.
What eye conditions require hard to fit contacts for improved sight?
Dry eye, keratoconus, astigmatism, and giant papillary conjunctivitis (a form of pinkeye) are the most common conditions that require hard to fit contacts. Dry eye is a condition where there’s a lack of moisture in your eyes. Standard contacts can make this condition worse. If you have astigmatism or keratoconus, you can’t use standard contacts as they won’t fit the abnormal shape of the cornea of your eye. If you have giant papillary conjunctivitis, the protein buildup on soft contacts can irritate your eyes.
Can my prescription make me "hard to fit" for contacts?
People with a high prescription for myopia or farsightedness treatment may need hard to fit contacts for optimal sight. Presbyopia is another condition that requires specialty contacts to correct vision near and far.
How will I know if I need hard to fit contacts?
Before getting contacts, our eye doctor will schedule a contact lens exam to get an accurate contact lens prescription. At this time, we’ll check your eye health and measure the size and shape of the cornea of your eye. Our eye doctor will inform you of irregularities and recommend hard to fit contacts if there's a need.
What are some examples of hard to fit contacts?
Rigid gas permeable (RGP) contacts, scleral contacts, toric lenses, and multifocal contacts are examples of hard to fit contacts that can meet your visual needs.
RGP and scleral contacts can help correct problems caused by keratoconus (a condition characterized by bulging eyes). Toric lenses are good choices for people with astigmatism as they cover irregularly shaped eyes. Multifocal contacts can help treat presbyopia as they can correct both near and far vision.
See Our Leesburg, Eustis, Clermont Ophthalmologist for Hard to Fit Contacts
For help in selecting the perfect contact lenses for you, contact Fishman and Sheridan Eye Care in Leesburg at 352-360-2301, Eustis at 352-360-2301 or Clermont at 352-360-2301.