Hard To Fit Contacts FAQs

Hard to Fit Contacts FAQs At Main Street Vision

While contacts are flexible and form-fitting, some people have difficulty wearing them. After seeing an optometrist for a contact lens fitting, it isn’t rare for one to have difficulty putting them in. If you have trouble wearing contact lenses, you may have “hard to fit” eyes. Don’t worry: It’s a common issue. It’s also one which can be solved with the help of your optometrist.

Man Fitting His Contact

What are “Hard to Fit” Eyes?

“Hard to fit” eyes are eyes which don’t react well to contacts. While many people are good candidates for contacts, a surprising amount aren’t able to wear standard lenses.

What Makes Eyes Hard to Fit?

Several things can make it hard to fit contacts in your eyes. Certain patients have various eye conditions which might make it difficult for them to adapt to a contact’s materials. While contact lenses are comfortable, and while they provide clear sight, they aren’t for everyone.

Sometimes, a person’s cornea can have abnormal structural conditions—such as keratoconus or astigmatism. Other ocular conditions, such as Conjunctivitis or Giant Papillary, can cause dry eyes. Contacts may not slide around dry eyes enough, causing discomfort. Those who’ve undergone refractive surgery, like LASIK surgery, may also experience difficulty with contacts.

What’s Keratoconus?

Keratoconus is a condition in which the eye’s cornea thins out. When this happens, it bulges in areas—affecting the eye’s ability to refract light. Some patients with Keratoconus may find that their vision has decreased greatly, and specialized contact lenses are needed to assure their eyes stay comfortable.

What’s Astigmatism?

Astigmatism, as mentioned above, is another eye abnormality. Existing in the cornea’s curvature, an astigmatism creates a “refractive error” that leads to distorted, blurry vision. Astigmatism can make it hard to wear contact lenses. In fact, patients with Astigmatism must often wear “toric” lenses. These lenses are incredibly soft, correcting Astigmatism without aggravating the eye’s surface.

How Can I Wear Specialized Contacts?

Your optometrist can fit you for comfortable contact lenses designed for those with hard to fit eyes, even if you face one of the above issues. For some, it’s simply hard to fit contacts.  First, however, you’ll need to have a contact lens exam.

What’s Involved in an Eye Exam?

A standard eye exam is conducted first. Once your optometrist collects information about your medical history, your vision will be gauged with the following tests:

  • A refraction test
  • Retinoscopy
  • A cover test

Next, you’ll be tested for the above conditions which make it hard to fit contacts in your eyes. If you have one of these conditions, your optometrist will help you pick the right contact lenses which suit your needs. Your eye’s surfaces will be measured, and your lenses will be fitted.

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