Conditions that Call for Hard-to-Fit Contact Lenses in Richmond, VA
Watching someone else put contact lenses in their eyes can make it seem effortless, so it can be very disappointing when it doesn't work the same way for you. It stands to reason that if you're one of the ones who find contact lenses too uncomfortable to wear or you experience other difficulties, you'll want to know what is causing the problem. Here are some of the top issues that can stop you from being a good candidate for standard contact lenses:
This is an eye condition that causes the cornea to become thinner. The cornea then bulges at the thin spot, creating a cone-shaped protrusion. This bulging isn't even, so it causes irregular astigmatism.
Wearing contact lenses with this condition is difficult not only because of the challenging irregular astigmatism, but the bulge itself. Alternative types of contact lenses are made to address these difficulties.
Regular astigmatism is a condition in which there are two focal points inside the eye instead of the regular single point. Normal contact lenses can work in some cases, but if they don't, you'll need special toric lenses instead. These can accommodate the dual focal points of regular astigmatism.
Since contact lenses are made to rest on a film of tears, dry eye can make it so that your eyes feel scratched and irritated when wearing them. Because of this, it used to be impossible for many dry eye sufferers to wear contacts. Now, however, there are new types of lenses made especially for people with this condition.
Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis
This is caused by inflammation and results in cloudy proteins getting into your tears from your eyelids. These protein-filled tears leave a film on the surface of contact lenses that can make them blurry as well as uncomfortable. Multiple types of lenses exist that can work with this condition.
Post-LASIK Contact Lens Wear
While LASIK surgery aims to create the perfect vision, it doesn't always work out this way. For example, if you started out with major astigmatism, some minor astigmatism may remain after the procedure. Another situation where you may want to wear contacts is when you've had one eye "tuned" for near vision and one for distance, and you decide to do something that causes you to need them both to have the same acuity at a particular range.
Contact Us Today
There are special contact lenses for all of these situations, so there's no need to give up on the idea of wearing them. Just make an appointment with us here at Brook Run Vision Center in Richmond, VA.
We'll check your eyes and prescribe the contact lenses that will work with your condition.