Hard to Fit Contacts
Some eyes are more challenging than others when it comes to fitting contact lenses. Our optometrists at Coastal Family Eye Care in Pensacola and Orange Beach are experts in finding the lenses that are right for each patient.
Keratoconus is a disorder of the eye where the cornea thins and begins bending into a cone shape and vision becomes blurry. Special contact lenses are needed to fit over that surface. Scleral lenses are often prescribed for patients with keratoconus.
Scleral lenses are a type of gas permeable contact lenses. They are made of a more rigid material than traditional soft contact lenses. Scleral lenses are larger and cover more of the white surface of the eye than a standard gas permeable lens. Scleral lenses have the breath-ability of gas permeable lenses and more oxygen flows through to the eye.
Gas permeable lenses also allow your tears to collect underneath them offering a cushion of comfort for the wearer. The larger size of a scleral lens makes it less likely to be blinked out of the eye. Some scleral lenses have a rigid gas permeable center and the outer edges are made of a softer silicone material.
As keratoconus progresses in an eye the surface can become wavy which can lead to a type of nearsightedness known as astigmatism. Many patients with astigmatism benefit from toric contact lenses. These lenses are weighted on one end to help compensate for the irregular shape.
Medically Necessary Contacts
Specialty contact lenses may be prescribed for certain medical reasons. Patients with aphakia are missing the lens of the eye. That can happen with some injuries or illnesses or after cataract surgery. Special contact lenses act as a substitute for the lens.
Patients with anisometropia battle an unequal focus in their eyes. That can come from eyes that are different sizes or shapes or eyes that require different levels of prescription correction. Amblyopia, or lazy eye, is a common example of eyes with unequal focus. Special contact lenses can be prescribed to help send similar visual signals to the brain.
Make an Appointment Today
At Coastal Family Eye Care we specialize in contact lenses and eyes that are hard to fit. Our eye doctors will work with you to explore our specialty lens options that will improve your vision the most. Call our Pensacola office today at (850) 455-0120 or our Orange Beach office at (251) 974-1233.