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Hard To Fit Contacts at Kopolow & Girigsen Doctors of Optometry in Las Vegas

Contact lenses are a great alternative to wearing glasses. Most people can wear traditional soft contact lenses. However, there are some people with certain conditions that make it impossible to wear traditional lenses. If you have a condition that makes wearing traditional lenses impossible, there are special lenses designed for certain conditions that are generally called “hard to fit lenses.”

Person Putting On Contact Lens

What Conditions Would Require You to Wear Hard to Fit Lenses?

There are a variety of conditions that would make it impossible for you to wear traditional contacts. These include:

  • Astigmatism
  • Keratoconus
  • Dry eye syndrome
  • Post Lasik surgery
  • Presbyopia
  • Giant papillary disease

What Are the Most Common Types of Hard To Fit Lenses?

There are several types of hard to fit lenses. The one that your optometrist would fit you with would depend on your condition.

  • Rigid gas-permeable: Rigid gas-permeable lenses are the most common type of hard to fit lens. These lenses allow more oxygen to get to the eye, preventing infections. They are also rigid, which means that they hold their shape in a way that traditional soft lenses cannot. These lenses can be used for patients with keratoconus, giant papillary disease, dry eye, and post Lasik surgery.
  • Piggyback lens: If gas-permeable lenses are uncomfortable, you can wear a soft lens under the gas-permeable lens to act as a cushion.
  • Scleral lenses: Scleral lenses rest on the white of your eye, and they vault over your cornea. They are custom fit, and they can be used for keratoconus, giant papillary disease, and severe dry eye syndrome.
  • Toric lenses: Toric lenses are specially designed to fit an eye with astigmatism.
  • Bifocal lenses: Bifocal lenses contain one prescription for close-up vision and one for distance in the same lens. These lenses are used for people with presbyopia, which is a decrease in close-up vision which occurs after the age of 40.
  • Monovision lenses: Monovision lenses aren't a specific type of lenses. It is the way you wear the lenses. If you have presbyopia and bifocal lenses don't work well for you, monovision is an option. Monovision is where you would wear a traditional contact lens for close up in one eye, and a traditional lens for distance in the other eye.

Contact a Las Vegas Optometrist

If you are considering getting contacts, schedule an appointment with Kopolow & Girisgen Doctors of Optometry in Las Vegas. Our optometrist can fit you with the best pair of lenses, even if you have hard to fit eyes. Call today at 702-341-7254.