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Hard to Fit Contacts

Hard to Fit Contacts

In the past, it was common to hear an optometrist say “sorry, you are just not the right candidate for contact lenses". With advances in technology came advances in contact lens design, making contact lenses accessible to virtually every patient.

Contact lenses are not an easy solution for every person suffering with vision problems. Some eye conditions make wearing contacts a difficult proposition. However, it does not rule out wearing contact lenses altogether. It just means patients need to discuss options with their eye care provider and obtain specialized hard to fit contacts for their specific vision problems.

Our optometrists specialize in fitting even the most hard-to-fit contact lens patients.  Call us today at 914-948-0304 to schedule your consultation.

Reasons for Hard to Fit Contacts

Finding contact lenses that fit and wearing contact lenses in general can be made more challenging when these conditions affect your eyes:

  • Astigmatism
  • Dry eyes
  • Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis (GPC)
  • Keratoconus
  • Presbyopia

Astigmatism: Astigmatism develops when the front of the eye curves into a bulge or oval shape. It causes blurred vision and can be difficult to correct because regular contacts cannot account for the bulging.

Dry Eyes: When eyes become excessively dry, it leads to irritation, burning, redness and blurred vision. Contact lenses can exacerbate these conditions by making it feel like a foreign object is stuck in your eye.

GPC: This form of conjunctivitis is caused by inflammation on the inner surface of the eyelid. Protein buildup on contact lenses can make this condition worse.

Keratoconus: This is an uncommon condition that causes major discomfort when wearing contacts. Keratoconus happens when the cornea becomes thinner and allows the eye to bulge forward. The bulge forms into a cone shape.

Presbyopia: Eyes tend to have a tougher time focusing on close objects as they age. This condition is known as presbyopia. It typically affects people aged 40 or older.

Solutions for Hard to Fit Contacts

Wearing contacts is not impossible if you suffer from one of the above conditions. You do need to meet with an eye care professional, however, and get prescribed contact lenses that are tailored to deal with your specific vision condition.

Gas permeable lenses are a good solution for patients who suffer from GPC or Keratoconus. A GP lens will limit protein deposits from accumulating which will reduce GPC symptoms. It is also effective in containing corneal bulging and relieving pressure on the tissue for a Keratoconus sufferer.

Toric lenses are useful for correcting astigmatism. Since the lens needs to align with the bulge it is correcting, toric lenses must not rotate in order to fit on the eye. They are typically custom made to correct a specific astigmatism. For that reason, this type of lens takes longer to make and costs more than a traditional contact lens.

Bifocal and multifocal lenses can help remedy presbyopia. Monovision lenses are another option for presbyopia. This type of lenses can have one fitted for distance vision and the other for seeing close objects.

Medicated eye drops can be an effective solution for dealing with dry eyes. They will lubricate eyes enough to make contact lenses more bearable, although a punctual occlusion also must be done to plug the ducts in some extreme cases. GPC symptoms can also be lessened through medicated eye drops. They flush out protein deposits and reduce inflammation.

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  • "This morning I woke up unable to see with my contacts in, Of course, as any one would, I freaked out. I called every eye doctor I could find. Everyone was so busy. But at FVC they told me to come right in,. Not only did they squeeze me in on short notice, but they went above and beyond. They were incredibly thorough and caring, as I was clearly very nervous. I left there knowing exactly what was going on, and with such peace of mind. I would recommend this place 100x over. Every single person was so kind and warm the minute i walked in the door. Needless to say, I will not be going elsewhere ever again."
    Shaylyn L. - Google (5 Stars)
  • "Stellar, thorough and considerate care!"
    Kaye J - Google (5 Stars)
  • "Dr. Paul is amazing! He's kind, has a wonderful sense of humor, and my daughter (who is cautious and shy) really likes him. At recess my daughter had a ball hit her in the eye - and Dr. Paul took her in the office immediately and discovered she had a scratched cornea. He showed her how to put eye drops into her eye herself - and within a 1/2 hour we we finished, on our way back to school with all the eye drops she needed to prevent infection and keep her eye lubricated. She also takes vision therapy with him and is making incredible progress."
    Daphne R. - Google (5 Stars)
  • "I have been a patient at Family Vision Care Associates for 24 years. Dr. Paul Bernstein and his staff are outstanding. They really go above and beyond to make your experience as wonderful as possible. They are very knowledgeable and are always current with the new technology. In my lifetime, I've transitioned from wearing glasses, to contacts to Lazik and I couldn't have done it without Dr. Bernstein. He's been a wonderful help in adjusting to all the changes and I'm grateful for all the support I've gotten over the years from him and his team. If you're looking for an experienced and reliable doctor who's patience and kindness go above the norm, look no further!!"
    Renata M. - Google (5 Stars)