Hard to Fit Contact Lenses in Boston, MA
If you've been told you're not a good candidate for contact lenses, or if you've had trouble wearing them in the past, you may have eyes that are hard to fit. This is a designation that optometrists give patients with a certain set of eye problems. This doesn't mean you'll never be able to wear contact lenses. At Vision Care 2000, our optometrists are experienced in fitting specialized contact lenses for a wide variety of vision problems.
What are Hard to Fit Eyes?
Traditionally, patients with a long list of vision problems could not wear contact lenses, because no one made lenses that worked with their eye problems. Today, manufacturers specialize in creating lenses for a long list of eye conditions. Some of the ones we can fit for are:
- Dry eyes
- Post refractive surgery (LASIK)
Patients with keratocunus have irregularly shaped corneas. Basic contact lenses won't work with these eyes, but we offer specialized lenses that replace the irregular cornea shape with a smooth surface, allowing light to pass through and focus more sharply on the retina. These lens types include rigid gas permeable lenses, piggybacking contacts, and scleral lenses, which rest on the whites of the eye.
Patients with astigmatism are most often fitted with toric lenses, which have multiple prescriptions across the surface of the lens. While most astigmatism patients prefer soft toric lenses, those with stronger prescription needs or more unusual needs may need to wear the rigid gas permeable variety.
If you have chronic dry eyes, your best bet may be to be fitted with rigid gas permeable lenses. Unlike soft lenses, RGP lenses don't absorb moisture from the surface of your eyes, and will cause less dryness and discomfort.
Some LASIK patients have their eyes corrected in a monovision fashion: one eye corrected for distance while the other is corrected for close work. You may find that you need additional help in seeing, so wearing one lens on the "close-up" eye will aid you in night driving and other activities where you need to see well in the distance.
Looking for an Optometrist in Boston, MA?
If you've had problems getting fitted with contact lenses in the past, make an appointment with our optometrist team to see how well they can work for you. Call us at (617) 542-2020 to make an appointment today.