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 the specialized contact for their individual vision problems.
Reasons for Specialized Contacts
Finding contact lenses that fit and wearing contact lenses in general can be made more challenging when these conditions affect your eyes:
- Astigmatism: Develops when the front of the eye curves into a bulge or oval shape and causes blurred vision and is corrected with specialized contacts 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 in your eye
- Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis (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: An uncommon condition that causes major discomfort when wearing contacts and happens when the cornea becomes thinner and allows the eye to bulge forward. The bulge forms into a cone shape
Advances in contact lens technology have also created great options for cosmetic and prosthetic lenses. Custom contact lenses can be created to camouflage any color variation or irregularity and produce a natural eye color. Cosmetic lenses are also available to transform your eye color to one that is lighter or darker. Call us at (610) 566-2744 and speak to our knowledgeable staff if you are interested in modifying or changing your eye color with contact lenses.
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
- good solution for patients who suffer from GPC or Keratoconus
- will limit protein deposits from accumulating which will reduce GPC symptoms
- effective in containing corneal bulging and relieving pressure on the tissue for a Keratoconus sufferer
- Astigmatism (or Toric) lenses
- useful for correcting astigmatism -- lens needs to align with the irregular shape of the cornea in order to correct the prescription, lenses must not rotate on the eye
- typically custom made to correct a specific astigmatism -- often takes longer to make and costs more than a traditional contact lens
- Lubricating eye drops
- effective solution for dealing with dry eyes
- will hydrate the eyes enough to make contact lenses more bearable -- although a punctual occlusion may 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