For many patients, finding the right contacts is a straightforward process. Getting fitted for contact lenses involves going in to a Des Moines eye doctor for an exam, then sitting for a variety of tests that measure refractive error and eye health. Once the patient's needs have been determined, the patient is fitted for contacts that are comfortable and have the appropriate level of correction.
However, this process is not so simple for all patients. Some patients fall in the "Hard to Fit" category, meaning traditional contact lenses simply won't meet their needs. At Lock Family Eye Care in Des Moines, we treat patients who require Hard to Fit contacts.
Why Eyes are "Hard to Fit"
Typically, people who fall in the ‘Hard to Fit’ category are those who have certain specific eye conditions. These conditions can affect the shape or surface of the eye in such a way that these patients find it impossible to wear standard contact lenses.
Which Eye Conditions Can Be Hard to Fit
If you are a patient who needs Hard to Fit contact lenses, you may have one of the following conditions:
Dry eyes - Patients with dry eyes experience red, irritated and itchy eyes. They may also feel like something is in their eyes, or their eyes may feel scratchy. Dry eyes require special soft contact lenses that retain moisture better than normal contacts for healthy eyes. These lenses make contacts more comfortable for patients.
Keratoconus - Patients with this condition have irregularly shaped corneas that can make it difficult to achieve clear vision, even with glasses. Luckily, certain types of contact lenses can reshape the corneas and make it possible for people who have this condition to see clearly. Depending on the severity of the condition, patients who have keratoconus may require gas permeable contact lenses, scleral lenses, hybrid contacts, or custom soft contact lenses.
Presbyopia -This age-related condition causes older people to have blurred vision when looking at things that are near to their face. Often people who have presbyopia use bifocal lenses to correct their condition. Fortunately, there is a bifocal version of contact lenses that is available for people who experience this problem.
Contact Your West Des Moines & Waukee Optometrist for Hard to Fit Contacts
At Lock Family Eye Care in West Des Moines, IA, we help patients who want to wear contact lenses and who have been diagnosed with conditions that put them in the Hard to Fit category. If you're seeking contact lenses in West Des Moines and have been diagnosed with one of the above conditions, contact your optometrist at Lock Family Eye Care. We'll help correct your nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and more. For more information about how we can help you get contact lenses, contact us today at (515) 267-1312.