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Specialty Contacts FAQs

When you cannot wear conventional types of contact lenses to correct your vision, specialty or hard-to-fit contacts offer better visual clarity. These contacts have some important differences from conventional lenses. The following questions and answers are common ones that can help you understand your options if you need lenses that are hard-to-fit. 

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Our Optometrist at Alpine Vision Discusses Common Questions about Specialty Hard-to-Fit Contacts

When do I Need Specialty Contacts?

Optometrists are likely to recommend these contacts when you have a condition that makes conventional lenses difficult or uncomfortable to wear. These conditions include keratoconus, which causes changes and irregularities in the corneas, and severe astigmatism. You might also need contacts that are hard-to-fit if you have presbyopia, a condition that occurs due to age and causes you to have trouble seeing objects up close. These types of contacts are also suitable if you have severe dry eyes, giant papillary conjunctivitis, or eye problems associated with corneal transplants. In general, if you have trouble wearing conventional contacts, ask about hard-to-fit contact lenses. You might not need to wear eyeglasses instead of contact lenses if hard-to-fit lenses can be made for your eyes!

What Kinds Are Available?

There are several types of contacts that are designed for hard-to-fit cases. One type is a scleral lens, which is typically used for those with keratoconus, corneal ectasia, post corneal transplants, or other conditions that affect the corneas. These lenses are large enough to fit over the entire cornea and extend onto part of the sclera in order to fit more comfortably and stay in place. These lenses provide the very best vision in most cases.  Many people with presbyopia can wear bifocal or multifocal contact lenses, while toric lenses are often used for those with astigmatism. 

How Are They Different From Other Lenses?

Hard-to-fit contact lenses are specially made to offer a comfortable fit for those with certain conditions that make conventional contacts hard to wear. They can also help correct irregularities in the eyes, such as those caused by astigmatism or keratoconus, in order to help improve vision. These lenses can take longer to make than conventional ones (depending on the complexity and severity of eye conditions). They also might require multiple visits to ensure that they fit properly and do not need any adjustments in size or shape. 

Contact Our Optometrist for Hard-to-Fit Contact Lenses

If you have trouble wearing conventional contact lenses, please contact Alpine Vision to schedule an appointment. Our optometrist can check your eyes and help you find contact lenses that are comfortable for you to wear. We also provide other eye care services, including eye exams, at our locations in Windsor, Colorado Springs, and Falcon.  Contact us at any of our locations to schedule an appointment today!