Contact lenses are a convenient vision correction tool. However, ensuring the right fit of contacts can be difficult in some cases. In this article, Nova Vision Center discusses some conditions that can make it more challenging to ensure your contacts are the right fit.
Regular GP (gas-permeable) contact lenses can correct some common types of corneal astigmatism. For less common types or higher degrees of astigmatism, GP lenses with a toric design may be needed. Toric soft lenses are generally more difficult to fit than regular soft lenses. In some cases, patients may have to try several toric lenses before finding the right fit. Since custom toric contact lenses are uniquely designed for each individual, these lenses tend to be more expensive than standard toric lenses.
Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis (GPC)
GPC is an inflammatory reaction triggered by the proteins secreted in your tears. It causes the lid glands to produce substances that create a filmy coating on contact lenses. This makes wearing contacts uncomfortable and can also create vision problems. To avoid eye discomfort while wearing your contacts, your eye doctor may specifically recommend soft daily disposable contacts. Since these lenses are discarded after just a single use, there’s no concern about protein deposits accumulating on the lenses.
While LASIK reduces the need for eyeglasses or contact lenses, it doesn’t always completely eliminate it. Some patients may still need to wear contact lenses after undergoing LASIK. This can happen if a lesser degree of astigmatism remains after surgery or if LASIK was performed in a monovision fashion (meaning one eye has been corrected for distance and the other for near). Contact lenses may also help in addressing LASIK complications. Your doctor should be able to evaluate your post-LASIK vision and prescribe the right lenses for any problem.
If you’re looking for a qualified and approachable optometrist, make an appointment with Nova Vision Center. We are a family-oriented practice, and each member of our staff is trained to provide a comfortable and pleasant experience for our clients. Call us at (703) 578-3600 or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation. We serve customers in Alexandria and Arlington, VA