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Have you been told that your eyes are “hard to fit” for regular contact lenses due to a special type of eye condition? If your eyes are hard to fit, it doesn’t mean that you can never wear contact lenses; it just means that you need to find the right eye care practitioner with expertise in fitting specialized lenses. Our Bronx, New York optometrist understands just how frustrating it can be to find an experienced eye care team to assist with hard to fit contacts. Whether you have been diagnosed with astigmatism, keratoconus, dry eyes, giant papillary conjunctivitis (GPC), or presbyopia, our eye care specialists at Pelham Parkway Vision Center can help. From your first contact lens exam to adjusting your prescription, our team is dedicated to helping you achieve a comfortable fit every time.
If you have been diagnosed with astigmatism, you may need to wear a special type of contact lens known as “toric lenses”. Toric lenses are a special type of soft contact lenses that has different vision powers in different meridians. With normal spherical contacts, the same vision power is consistent throughout. These contacts are good at correcting vision problems due to nearsightedness or farsightedness, but less effective for astigmatism. Since custom toric lenses have different vision powers, these lenses are effective for astigmatism. Our Bronx optometrist has significant experience fitting these specialized contact lenses for patients with astigmatism.
Keratoconus is one of the most common eye conditions requiring hard to fit contacts. This progressive eye disease occurs when a normally round cornea begins to bulge in shape, causing progressive nearsightedness and irregular astigmatism to develop. As the cornea becomes increasingly irregular, it can be very painful to wear traditional contact lenses, which rest on the cornea. Depending on the stage of your keratoconus, you may be a good candidate for one or more specialized contact lenses.
Scleral lenses are a specialized type of contacts that rest gently on the sclera, the white part of the eye, rather than resting on the cornea. In addition to providing a more stable fit, since these lenses do not place additional pressure on the cornea, they are generally more comfortable to wear. Scleral lenses are best for more serious cases of keratoconus. For mild to moderate cases of keratoconus, you may be a good candidate for rigid gas permeable contacts, also known as GP or RGP. These lenses are made from an oxygen-permeable material that maintain their eye shape and do not conform to the underlying cornea. By eliminating blur, the lenses also provide shaper vision that glasses.
In addition to astigmatism and keratoconus, our Bronx eye care professionals are experienced fitting lenses for dry eyes, giant papillary conjunctivitis (GPC), and presbyopia.
Our Bronx optometrists take pride in providing services to every patient. We welcome you and your whole family for all vision needs. For more information on which types of lenses are right for your vision needs, contact our Bronx optometrist today at 718-829-2160!