How Specialty Contact Lenses Can Help
Contact lenses can be a good option when you need vision correction and don't want to wear glasses. If you have an eye condition, you may have been told that eyeglasses are your only option, and you can't wear contact lenses. That's not necessarily accurate, as there are specialty contacts and hard to fit contacts that could work for your needs. If you're in the Santee, Lakeside, El Cajon, or East County, CA, areas, let Santee Vision Care Center Optometry help you today.
It All Starts with a Contact Lens Exam
The first step toward getting contact lenses is a contact eye exam. This exam is a little different from the exams used for eyeglasses because it's necessary to look at the curvature and shape of your cornea. Eye shape doesn't matter for glasses, but it matters when an optometrist is working to fit something onto your eye's surface. The contact eye exam will tell your optometrist whether standard, easy-to-wear contact lenses will work for you or whether you need a specialty lens.
An Eye Condition Doesn’t Necessarily Have to Stop You
Even if you have an eye condition such as astigmatism, that won't necessarily stop you from wearing contact lenses. Many people have this irregular shape to their cornea, where their corneal structure is closer to a football shape than round. Other eye diseases and conditions can result in a cornea that's not round or has irregularities, making it difficult for contact lenses to fit properly in the eyes. Specialty contacts are designed for these conditions.
Hard to Fit Lenses Are an Option
If you have a corneal issue, hard to fit contacts may be just what you need. These optometry options will give you the chance to wear contact lenses, even if the typical, soft contacts aren't right for you. Hard to fit lenses include options such as:
- Toric lenses, which are weighted around the edges,
- Rigid gas-permeable lenses, which can help reshape the cornea, and
- Scleral lenses, which bypass the cornea entirely, and rest on the the white part of the eye.
Contact Us for Quality Help Today
Reach out to us at Santee Vision Care Center Optometry if you're in the Santee, Lakeside, El Cajon, or East County, CA, areas and need optometry services that include hard to fit contact lenses. We're here to help people who want to wear contacts find the options that will be effective for their needs. Most people can wear contact lenses. Even if you've been told that you can't, reach out to us at 619-562-5220 for another opinion and see how we can help.