Hard to Fit Contact Lenses
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:
- Giant papillary conjunctivitis
- 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.
What To Expect During a Contact Lens Fitting
What to Expect during a Woodstock Contact Lens Fitting
Preparing for a contact lens fitting requires different steps than just having a routine eye exam. Our Woodstock eye care center can help you determine your vision capabilities and the lenses you need.
The Exam Before a Contact Lens Fitting
This comprehensive eye exam involves not only how well you can see at different distances, but it also includes studying your cornea shape. Your eye doctor will also check the fluid pressure in your eyes, see how your pupils dilate, and how well your eye muscles work together and follow an object. Light refraction tests also determine the way your eyes process light. In addition, we will test you for glaucoma and optical nerve damage that could indicate diabetes, hypertension, degeneration, or another condition.
The Contact Lens Fitting Exam
Your eye doctor in Woodstock will measure your eye surface to determine what contact lens size you need. In addition, your optical specialist might also perform a tear film evaluation because contacts usually require the ability to have some tears. If you do suffer from dry eyes, that would be an option for you. Sometimes, you might have to try one or more types of lenses to see how they work for you.
What is Different About a Contact Lens Exam?
You cannot rely on an eyeglass prescription exam for contact lens fitting. One primary reason why is because prescription glasses have a space of approximately 12 milliliters from your eyes. However, your contacts are fitted according to how you would focus with them directly on your eye surface.
Call Oxford Optometry to Schedule a Contact Lens Fitting
Call Oxford Optometry in Woodstock, ON at 519-421-3303 to schedule a contact lens fitting. You also can visit us in person to make an appointment or ask us questions.
How To Properly Care For Your Contact Lenses
The Dos and Don'ts of Contact Lens Wear
Do you know how to avoid common contact lens problems? Understanding how to properly use and care for your lenses will help you protect your eyes and ensure that your lenses remain clear and comfortable.
DO Wash Your Hands Before Handling Your Contacts
"Wash your hands" sounds like very obvious advice, yet many people fail to wash their hands thoroughly. In fact, Michigan State University researchers discovered that only five percent of people wash their hands long enough to kill germs after using the restroom. Many of the people they observed only spent an average of 6 seconds washing their hands, rather than the recommended 15-20 seconds.
Failing to wash your hands vigorously can increase your risk of developing inflammation, corneal infections, pink eye or corneal ulcers. When you wash your hands, avoid soaps that may leave an oily residue on your fingers. The residue can transfer to your lenses and cloud your vision.
DON'T Change Your Routine When Inserting and Taking Out Your Lenses
Have you ever accidentally inserted both of your lenses in the same eye or discovered that your vision was blurry because you switched the right and left lenses? These errors are much less likely to happen if you don't deviate from your usual routine. Insert the same lens first every time to prevent confusion.
DO Follow Safe Handling and Cleaning Recommendations
Using anything other than the solutions recommended by your eye doctor can increase your risk of infection. Don't rinse your lenses with tap water or clean them with saliva.
Do you dump out the old solution in your lens case and refill the wells without cleaning them? Although the case might look perfectly clean, fungi or bacteria may lurk in the wells.
After you empty the case, rub the wells for a few seconds with clean fingers to remove biofilm. Biofilm is a slimy film that may contain bacteria, fungi, algae, and other microorganisms. After rubbing the wells, rinse the cases with fresh solution and let them air dry.
The American Optometric Association recommends replacing your case every three months. Replace it sooner if it's noticeably dirty or damaged.
DON'T Apply Makeup Before Inserting Your Lenses
Creams and oils may transfer to your contact lenses from your fingertips if you apply makeup before you insert your contacts. At the end of the day, carefully remove your lenses first, then remove makeup.
Eye makeup can also become contaminated with bacteria. Replace it every three months to prevent infections.
Does eye makeup seem to migrate into your eye and cause irritation? You can reduce the risk of irritation by:
- Choosing Cream Eye Shadow Rather Than Powder
- Wearing Hypoallergenic Makeup
- Applying Eyeliner to the Base of Your Lashes Only
DO Follow the Recommended Wear Time
Wearing contact lenses longer than suggested by your eye doctor can irritate your eyes and increase the likelihood that you'll develop a corneal ulcer or abnormal blood vessel growth in your corneas.
It's also important to replace contacts as recommended by the manufacturer. If you continue to use lenses for weeks or months after you should have tossed them, they may warp, change shape or dry out.
Your eye doctor will explain the optimal wearing schedule for your daily wear, disposable or extended wear lenses. No matter what type of lenses you wear, you'll need a backup pair of eyeglasses for days when you don't want to wear your lenses or your eyes need a break.
DON'T Expose Your Lenses to Water
Take your contact lenses out before you take a shower or swim. If you keep the lenses in, you may develop microbial keratitis, a serious eye infection that affects the cornea and can lead to blindness in severe cases.
DO Visit Your Eye Doctor Regularly
Yearly checkups are a must if you wear contact lenses. During your appointments, your optometrist will examine your eyes and determine if your prescription has changed. The visit is the perfect time to discuss any issues you may be having with your eyes or contact lenses.
Let your eye doctor know if your vision suddenly seems blurry when wearing your contact lenses or glasses, or if you notice any signs of infection or injury, which may include:
- Eye Pain
- Difficulty Opening or Keeping Your Eye Open
- Constant Tearing
- Foreign Body Sensation in Your Eyes
- Sensitivity to Light
Is it time for your next checkup? Call our office to schedule a convenient appointment.