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Hard to Fit Contact Lenses with Eye Care of Virginia in Culpeper and King George, VA

People with certain eye conditions may have been told that they require hard to fit contact lenses. Some of these people may have been told that they cannot wear contacts at all. If you are one of these people, come to see our eye doctor. Our optometrists at Eye Care of Virginia in Culpeper and King George, VA can help you find the best contacts for your eyes' needs.

woman struggling to put in her contact lens

Types of Hard to Fit Eyes

There are a number of reasons that a person might need hard to fit contacts:

  • Astigmatism
  • Keratoconus
  • Severe dry eye
  • Presbyopia
  • Post-surgical complications
  • Giant papillary conjunctivitis

Types of Hard to Fit Lenses

A variety of options exist to help people who need hard to fit lenses:

  • Toric lenses are soft contacts that are built so that they don't rotate on the eye. They are used by people with astigmatism.
  • Gas permeable (GP) lenses are hard enough to retain their own shape. They are used for many eye conditions.
  • Scleral lenses are hard contacts that "vault" over the cornea and rest on the whites of the eyes. Scleral lenses are used for many eye conditions.
  • Hybrid lenses include a rigid, gas permeable center and a soft outer "skirt". This can be a more comfortable option for someone who requires GP lenses.
  • Multifocal contact lenses work like bifocal glasses to allow vision correction at all distances. They are used for people with presbyopia.

Contact Lens Fittings

If you decide that you want to wear contacts, the first step is a proper fitting. Our eye doctor will assess your overall eye health, and then measure your pupils and the curvature of your eye. For some people, additional assessments such as measuring tear production are necessary.

People who require gas permeable lenses sometimes do not wear them because of the known or potential discomfort associated with them. However, hybrid lenses, as well as a process called piggybacking, can often make the situation much more tolerable. Piggybacking involves wearing a pair of soft contacts under the GP lenses, which provides more comfort for many people.

Eye Center of Virginia is Here for Your Eye Care Needs

Whether you have hard to fit eyes, an eye disease, or just need help with your routine eye care needs, our optometrists at the Eye Center of Virginia would be happy to meet you. We can help you find just the right pair of contacts from a wide range of options, including Alcon and B&L brands. To make an appointment at our Culpeper location, call us at 540-822-0113 and to make an appointment at our King George location, call us at 540-663-3937