In medicine, there are conditions that are not treated by general practitioners. Ideally, when a particular condition is severe or a sort of complication arises, general practitioners often refer their patients to experts referred to as specialists. This is not done because the doctor doesn’t understand the condition but because it deserves the attention of an expert for the right medical care.
In optometry, there are eye doctors who fit specialty contact lenses, even though many optometrists do not know much about it or prefer not to fit them. Broadly speaking, any general care optometrist or eye doctor can check for eye diseases and disorders, write the perfect prescription for new glasses, and teach patients how to put on contact lenses in a healthy fashion. Most people will be satisfied with this general care, but there are individuals with corneal irregularities that disrupt this traditional eye care practice. These “hard-to-fit” contact lens patients, for instance, are not candidates for wearing standard contact lenses and struggle with standard prescription eyeglasses.
Are Your Eyes Hard To Fit?
Do you have trouble wearing contact lenses that they are painful or constantly uncomfortable? You may fall under the category of a hard to fit patient. However, most hard-to-fit patients are often told they simply can’t wear contact lenses or presented with gas permeable lenses for a solution. Their eye condition makes contact lens wear challenging, to put it simply.
- Dry eyes
- Giant papillary conjunctivitis (GPC)
- Post-refractive surgery like LASIK
- Corneal irregularity or corneal dystrophy
- Post-Corneal Transplant
- Myopia in children
Any of these problems will typically require advanced care beyond the scope of the standard general care optometrist.
What does it mean that an optometrist does "Hard To Fit Contacts"?
A contact lens practice has an eye doctor who has taken an interest and developed a specialty contact lens focus to bring hard-to-fit patients relief no matter what sort of eye condition they have. Our optometrists welcome all types of patients from children to adults who seek advanced contact lens solutions.
While not every pair of eyes are considered as hard to fit, our optometrists can identify and recommend a unique solution that best suits the patient’s visual needs. Whether someone needs a pair of eyeglasses, standard contact lenses, or specialty contact lenses, our aim is to bring your vision back into focus so you can live comfortably.
Contact lens optometrists begin as general care optometrists and then specialize after years of experience, specialty training with advanced contact lens options such as Scleral lenses and Ortho K lenses, and investments in advanced fitting equipment . Nearly all specialty contact lens eye doctors are optometrists and do not perform eye surgery, since numerous years of analyzing patients with different eye conditions and correcting their vision through custom-tailored contact lenses requires a level of commitment that most surgeons avoid.
In addition to their years of experience treating different patients of various eye conditions, optometrists that focus on contact lens fittings use up-to-date contact lens technology to help diagnose and measure the health of the cornea — a vital piece of equipment for custom contact lens design.
Our optometrists have researched more about the latest technology in contact lenses and options for treatment than other eye doctors to ensure every patient receives a quick, comfortable fit. At Atkinson Eye Care in , Illinois , we aim for a minimal number of trial fits, so every patient can quickly return to living their lives.
Don’t let discomfort or eye pain turn your corneal condition into a bigger problem. Visit us today to help you select the right contact lens for your needs. Our passionate optometrists will examine the issue with your eye and extent of the eye disorder or visual issue. With this, we will recommend the perfect contact lens that will help improve your vision. Above all, we offer high quality contact lenses at affordable prices. Irrespective of your situation, we have the ideal contact lens solution for you.
Contact us today to know more about our specialty contact lens services. The staff at our Algonquin eye clinic, are available to attend to your visual needs to help guide you to achieving amazing vision.