Hard to Fit Contacts

Get Your Hard to Fit Contacts from Our Optometrists in Clarksville

Contacts come in many forms for a wide variety of vision conditions. However, there are situations where an eye doctor may recommend particular sets of contacts when common contact lens solutions aren’t a good fit. Let’s take a closer look at just what it means to have eyes that are hard to fit.


What Makes Eyes Hard to Fit?

Generally speaking, two different issues can create problems with contacts fitting. The first is situations that easily make eyes irritated or especially uncomfortable. These can make certain kinds of contacts rather difficult to wear. The second issue includes conditions that change the surface of the eye, creating a shape that’s difficult for more traditional contacts to properly fit without discomfort or other problems. Conditions that cause these issues include, but aren’t limited to: 

  • Astigmatism
  • Post-refractive surgery
  • Keratoconus
  • Giant papillary conjunctivitis
  • Presbyopia
  • Dry eyes

Contact Lenses for Hard to Fit Conditions

There are several solutions that an optometrist may suggest for those wanting to wear contacts and have a hard to fit condition. Popular alternatives include: 

Softer contact lenses: Softer lenses can be a good solution for those with dryer eyes or eyes that get uncomfortable after wearing contacts for a while. They can also be a good solution for ongoing conditions like giant papillary conjunctivitis, where your eyes are especially sensitive to any foreign object. Our optometrists may suggest eye drops or other measures to keep contacts safe and comfortable. 

Gas permeable lenses: These hard to fit lenses are a special type of rigid contact lenses that retain their shape instead of conforming to the outer surface of the cornea, which may help with eyes of an unusual shape. 

Piggybacking: Piggybacking lenses are softer contact lenses that stay underneath rigid contact lenses to eliminate any discomfort caused by them.

Large contacts: Large contact lenses are also available to help correct hard to fit conditions. These scleral lenses rest on the outer white portions of the eye and provide comfort and stability than other types of contact lenses. They especially help with sensitive eye tissue or shape issues. 

Not Sure If You Have a Hard to Fit Problem? Make an Appointment with Our Clarksville Eye Doctors Today

Contact Sites Vision Clinic, serving the Clarksville area, and we’ll be happy to help! An exam with an experienced optometrist will provide the information you need to make the right choices about hard to fit contacts and find out if any contact lens options are right for your eyes. Call us today at 931-614-0028.

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