Hard To Fit Contacts FAQs

With help from our Clarkston optometrists, you can enjoy a smoother transition from wearing prescription eyeglasses to contact lenses. A contact lens exam will determine if standard contacts are suitable for your eyes. If not, you may need hard to fit contacts to meet your visual needs. These FAQs from Spadafora & Zak Eye Care explain more about hard to fit contacts and who can benefit from these specialty lenses.


What does hard to fit mean?

If our Clarkston eye doctors determine you require hard to fit contacts, this means you cannot use standard contacts to correct your vision. People who need hard to fit lenses have eye conditions that require specialty contacts to improve their sight.

What eye conditions require hard to fit lenses?

If you have dry eye, keratoconus, giant papillary conjunctivitis, presbyopia, or astigmatism, you cannot use standard soft contacts to correct your sight. However, our eye doctors can recommend hard to fit contacts designed to offset the vision problems that your condition causes. People with high prescriptions for myopia or farsightedness may also need hard to fit contacts to correct their sight. Working closely with our optometrists is key to selecting the contacts best suited to your needs.

How do I know if I need hard to fit contacts?

In order to get contacts, you have to undergo a contact lens exam. Part of this exam evaluates your eye health to see if you have pre-existing conditions that require specialty contacts to improve your sight. During a contact lens exam, our Clarkston optometrists will measure the pupil and cornea of your eye to determine what size or type of contacts you need.  We'll also conduct a vision exam to determine your prescription and test your tear film to ensure that your eyes produce enough moisture to wear contact lenses.  

What are some examples of hard to fit contacts, and how are they used?

Rigid gas permeable (RGP) contacts and scleral contacts are best suited for people with keratoconus, a condition characterized by a bulging cornea. Scleral contacts can also be worn over standard soft contacts to correct problems with a high prescription. Multifocal and monovision lenses are recommended for people with presbyopia, as these contacts can correct both close and distant vision. Toric lenses can be used to correct astigmatism as they fit comfortably over irregularly shaped eyes.

Visit Our Optometrists for Hard to Fit Contacts in Clarkston, MI

To learn more about hard to fit contacts or to schedule a contact lens exam and fitting, contact Spadafora & Zak Eye Care in Clarkston by calling (248) 922-1862 today.


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