Specialty Contact Lens Experts
Contact lenses are not a one-size-fits-all vision solution. The doctors at Eye Care Associates in Optometry in Midtown Manhattan specialize in helping hard-to-fit patients. Your optometrist will begin with a thorough eye examination. Once we have evaluated any factors that may impact a contact lens fitting, we will explore specialty contact lens options.
Why are Some Patients Hard to Fit?
There are a number of conditions that can interfere with the contact lens fit, including:
Astigmatism- A condition that causes the eyes to bulge, bringing about blurry vision.
Dry Eye- Dry eye happens when there aren’t enough tears to keep the eyes moist, causing itchiness or burning sensation in the eyes.
GPC-This is a type of conjunctivitis or inflammation on the inner eyelid that can make contact lens wearers feel uncomfortable.
Presbyopia-This condition makes it hard to focus on objects up close. It is most common in people aged 40 and over.
Keratoconus-This is an unusual medical condition where the cornea thins and begins to bulge in the shape of a cone.
Specialty Contact Lenses
Being diagnosed by an eye doctor as a hard-to-fit patient doesn’t necessarily mean contact lenses are not an option. There are specialty lenses and products on the market for these problems.
Toric Lenses-These contact lenses are weighted, so they don’t slide around. This ensures a good fit and clear vision over the part of the eye that is bulging.
Gas Permeable Lenses- These contact lenses can be useful for patients with GPC and keratoconus. Gas permeable lenses limit the protein deposits that can build up and irritate a patient with GPC. The rigidity of gas permeable lenses can also help to contain the bulging cornea in keratoconus patients.
Different Focal Lenses-Bifocal and Multifocal contact lenses can help presbyopia patients see things close up more clearly. Some patients also find success with a contact lens in one eye that corrects for nearby objects, and a contact lens in the other eye that corrects for distance.
Visit Our Optometrist Today
The only way to know if they're a contact lens solution for your vision problem is to make an appointment with our eye doctor. After an eye examination, we will be able to discuss with you the contact lens options that are best for your situation. Fill out an appointment request below or give Eye Care Associates in Optometry in Midtown Manhattan a call at 212-583-9000.