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Contact Lenses For Astigmatism & Other Hard-To-Fit Conditions

Some people face difficulties when trying to wear regular soft contact lenses, either because they’d had prior refractive surgeries or they have an eye condition like astigmatism that causes an irregularly shaped cornea. Specialty lenses such as toric lenses can offer a comfortable fit for hard-to-fit conditions.

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Our eye doctor can help you find the ideal type of specialty contact lenses that provide effective contact lens wear for the following conditions:

  • Dry Eyes
  • Astigmatism
  • Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis (GPC)
  • Keratoconus
  • Pellucid Marginal Degeneration
  • Post-LASIK or Vision Correction Surgery
  • Presbyopia (age-related farsightedness)
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Dry Eye and RGP Contact Lenses

Dry eye syndrome can lead to dryness, burning sensations, blurred vision and feeling like something is stuck in the eye, making contact lens wear challenging for some individuals. Soft contacts can also dry out the eyes further, which is why it's essential to seek treatment for chronic dry eye from our eye doctor before wearing contacts. Once your dry eye is under control, various options can be explored.

Although some soft contact lenses and solutions are specifically designed for comfort with dry eyes, gas-permeable (GP) or rigid gas-permeable (RGP) lenses are often recommended because they’re made with rigid material that retains moisture, providing a comfortable option for those with dry eyes.

Toric Lenses for Astigmatism

Astigmatism is a refractive error caused by the eye’s lens being irregularly shaped — with the cornea having two curves instead of one. This means traditional contact lenses likely won’t fit properly and will result in discomfort.

Advanced RGP lenses, called toric lenses, can be custom-made to correct astigmatism, offering a comfortable and secure fit. Keep in mind that, due to them being tailored to your needs, they can take longer than usual to be made and are generally more costly than regular contacts.

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Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis (GPC) and RGP Contact Lenses

GPC is a form of conjunctivitis that leads to swollen inner eyelids and is often triggered or worsened by protein buildup on contact lenses. Daily disposable lenses or non-water-based RGPs can effectively reduce protein deposits, as can medicated eye drops and a temporary pause in contact lens wear.

Rigid Gas-Permeable (RGP) Lenses for Keratoconus

Keratoconus is a progressive eye condition that causes the cornea to thin and bulge forward into a cone-like shape. This irregular corneal shape causes distorted vision, blurred vision, and sensitivity to light. While the condition can be challenging to manage, Rigid Gas-Permeable (RGP) lenses have proven to be an effective treatment option for many individuals with keratoconus.

Post-LASIK or Vision Correction (Refractive) Surgery

Despite its high success rate, some people may experience side effects such as issues with night vision and glare or halos around lights after LASIK. Rigid Gas-Permeable (RGP) lenses can be helpful in reducing these problems and improving vision.

Bifocal and Multifocal Contact Lenses for Presbyopia

Presbyopia, or age-related farsightedness, causes near vision in adults over 40 to deteriorate. Reading glasses often correct this condition, but they don’t offer correction for distance vision. Bifocal and multifocal contacts cater to both distance and near vision, offering clear vision for various activities.

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