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Hard-to-Fit Contacts

Overcoming Challenges with Specialized Contact Lenses

While contact lenses provide a convenient vision correction option for many, certain eye conditions can make finding the right fit challenging. However, this doesn’t mean that wearing contact lenses is out of the question.

At Image Eye Care, our experienced eye care professionals specialize in providing tailored solutions with hard-to-fit contacts for specific vision challenges.

Conditions That Make Contacts Hard to Fit

Wearing contact lenses can be more challenging when dealing with conditions such as:

  • Astigmatism: Astigmatism causes a bulging or oval-shaped cornea, leading to blurred vision. Traditional contacts may struggle to correct this bulging, making it necessary to explore specialized options.
  • Dry Eyes: Excessively dry eyes result in irritation, burning, and blurred vision. Standard contact lenses can exacerbate these symptoms, making it crucial to find lenses that address dry eye concerns.
  • Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis (GPC): Inflammation on the inner surface of the eyelid can worsen with protein buildup on regular contact lenses. Specialized lenses can alleviate GPC symptoms.
  • Keratoconus: This rare condition causes discomfort when wearing contacts due to corneal thinning and bulging. Custom gas permeable lenses effectively manage Keratoconus symptoms.
  • Presbyopia: As eyes age, focusing on close objects becomes challenging. Presbyopia, common in individuals aged 40 or older, requires specialized lenses for effective correction.

Tailored Solutions for Hard-to-Fit Contacts

Wearing contact lenses is not impossible, even with the above conditions. Our eye care professionals will prescribe specialized contact lenses tailored to your specific vision needs. Here are some solutions:

  • Gas Permeable Lenses: Ideal for GPC and Keratoconus patients, these lenses limit protein deposits, reducing GPC symptoms and containing corneal bulging for those with Keratoconus.
  • Toric Lenses: Specifically designed for astigmatism, toric lenses align with the corneal bulge, providing effective correction. Custom-made to address specific astigmatism, toric lenses offer a precise fit.
  • Bifocal and Multifocal Lenses: These lenses are effective solutions for presbyopia, allowing clear vision at varying distances. Monovision lenses, with one for distance and one for close objects, are another option for presbyopia.
  • Medicated Eye Drops: For dry eyes and GPC, medicated eye drops provide relief by lubricating eyes and reducing inflammation. In extreme cases, punctual occlusion may be recommended to plug ducts.
  • Scleral lenses: These are larger in diameter, covering the entire cornea and resting on the sclera. They are suitable for individuals with conditions such as keratoconus, irregular astigmatism, dry eyes, and certain corneal disorders. Scleral lenses provide stability, comfort, and clear vision by vaulting over the irregular cornea.

At Image Eye Care, we understand that each patient’s vision needs are unique. Schedule a consultation at (702) 435-6527, and let our skilled professionals find the perfect hard-to-fit contacts to address your specific vision challenges. Your clear, comfortable vision is our priority.


Can I wear contact lenses if I have astigmatism or presbyopia?

Absolutely. Specialized lenses such as toric lenses address astigmatism, while bifocal and multifocal lenses are effective for presbyopia.

Are hard-to-fit contact lenses more expensive than regular ones?

The cost can vary, but specialized lenses may be slightly more expensive. Our staff will provide information on costs and discuss insurance coverage during your consultation.

How do gas permeable lenses help with GPC and Keratoconus?

Gas permeable lenses limit protein deposits, reducing GPC symptoms and containing corneal bulging for patients with Keratoconus.

Can I still wear contact lenses if I have dry eyes?

Yes, medicated eye drops can alleviate dry eye symptoms, making contact lenses more comfortable. Our optometrists will recommend the best solution for your specific condition.

How long does it take to get custom-made contact lenses?

The time varies, but custom-made lenses, such as toric lenses, may take longer to produce. Our staff will provide an estimate based on your specific needs.

For more information or to schedule a consultation, call (702) 435-6527. Our skilled professionals are here to address your unique vision challenges and provide the best hard-to-fit contact lens solutions.

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