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Hard to Fit Contacts vs. Regular Contacts: What's the Difference?

Many people find contact lenses comfortable, convenient, and simple to use, but not everybody has an easy time getting a prescription for contact lenses in the first place. If you've been told that your eyes are difficult to fit for contact lenses, it may be time to seek out an eye doctor in Woodstock who can help you get specialized lenses that work for your eyes. This is one service we offer right here at Oxford Optometry.

Why Are My Eyes "Hard to Fit"?

Your eyes are complex structures, and contact lenses need to fit perfectly over them in order to correct your vision. If your eyes don't have a typical shape, for instance, if they're elongated, or if your cornea is thinner than usual, then "standard" contact lenses may not work for you. Any of the following conditions can make you hard to fit for contacts:

  • Astigmatism

  • Presbyopia

  • Giant papillary conjunctivitis

  • Keratoconus

  • Dry eye

  • Having had LASIK surgery in the past

Finding Contact Lenses That Work for You

If you have hard-to-fit eyes, contact lenses can still work to correct your vision. You just need contacts that are specially made for eyes like yours. Fortunately, there are many options on the market for contacts that are compatible with hard-to-fit eye conditions. A few common options include:

  • Gas permeable contact lenses. These contacts are stiff, not soft, which can be helpful in correcting vision for people with keratoconus.

  • Toric contact lenses. These soft contacts are made to help people with astigmatism see clearly.

  • Disposable contact lenses. If you have giant papillary conjunctivitis, using disposable contacts lets you avoid cloudy protein build-up on your lenses. 

Our Optometrist Can Help You Find the Right Hard to Fit Contacts

Nearly everybody can wear contact lenses, but finding the right fit isn't always easy. If you've been told that you're hard to fit for contacts, visit us at Oxford Optometry and we'll help you learn about your options. The contacts you've always wanted could be just a visit to the optometrist away.

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