Contact Lens Fittings

Reeve-Woods Eye Center on Contact Lens Fitting


There are plenty of people who require corrective lenses to help them see. Typically, people first realize that they need corrective lenses when they have trouble reading certain things that are in the distance. In other cases, people might not realize that their vision is off until they get to the doctor. Once a prescription for their lenses has been identified, people are often asked if they would prefer glasses or contact lenses. Often, people walk out the door with both. Those who decide to go with contacts need to make sure that they have the right pair. After all, there are many options to choose from. This is where contact lens fittings can come in handy from Reeve-Woods Eye Center, serving the Chico, CA & Paradise areas.

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How do Contact Lens Fittings Work?

Contact lens fittings involve several steps. First, some people decide to have this fitting performed on the same day as their initial appointment while others may elect to schedule an appointment separate from the rest of their eye exam. One of the most important steps in this fitting process is making sure that people have lenses that will fit the curvature of their eyes. A trained eye doctor will use a tool to measure the curvature of the eye. Then, people will be able to select contacts from various options that will fit the curve of their eye. If the curve of the lens is off when compared to the eye, they might fall out or feel uncomfortable. A fitting appointment is done to prevent this from happening.

Getting the Contact Lenses into the Eyes

One of the parts of this visit that people are nervous about is actually getting the lenses into their eyes. It can be a challenge for people to overcome the reflex to blink when something comes close to their eyes. Therefore, it is normal for people to take some time to get this right. An eye doctor is there to help people every step of the way, offering encouragement. It is also important for people to get used to having these lenses in their eyes. They need to be able to tell when the lenses are in and are able to take them out at the end of the day. This will keep the eyes healthy.

Contact Reeve-Woods Eye Center Today to Learn More

Anyone who has questions or concerns about glasses or contact lenses in the Chico, CA & Paradise areas should call Reeve-Woods Eye Center to schedule an appointment. Our team is here to help you and your family with all of your eye health needs! Call us today at 530-899-2244!

Hard to Fit Contacts

Hard to Fit Contacts

Contact lenses are not an easy solution for every person suffering with vision problems. Some eye conditions make wearing contacts a difficult proposition. However, it does not rule out wearing contact lenses altogether. It just means patients need to discuss options with their eye care provider and obtain specialized hard to fit contacts for their specific vision problems.

Reasons for Hard to Fit Contacts

Finding contact lenses that fit and wearing contact lenses in general can be made more challenging when these conditions affect your eyes:

  • Astigmatism
  • Dry eyes
  • Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis (GPC)
  • Keratoconus
  • Presbyopia

Astigmatism: Astigmatism develops when the front of the eye curves into a bulge or oval shape. It causes blurred vision and can be difficult to correct because regular contacts cannot account for the bulging.

Dry Eyes: When eyes become excessively dry, it leads to irritation, burning, redness and blurred vision. Contact lenses can exacerbate these conditions by making it feel like a foreign object is stuck in your eye.

GPC: This form of conjunctivitis is caused by inflammation on the inner surface of the eyelid. Protein buildup on contact lenses can make this condition worse.

Keratoconus: This is an uncommon condition that causes major discomfort when wearing contacts. Keratoconus happens when the cornea becomes thinner and allows the eye to bulge forward. The bulge forms into a cone shape.

Presbyopia: Eyes tend to have a tougher time focusing on close objects as they age. This condition is known as presbyopia. It typically affects people aged 40 or older.

Solutions for Hard to Fit Contacts

Wearing contacts is not impossible if you suffer from one of the above conditions. You do need to meet with an eye care professional, however, and get prescribed contact lenses that are tailored to deal with your specific vision condition.

Gas permeable lenses are a good solution for patients who suffer from GPC or Keratoconus. A GP lens will limit protein deposits from accumulating which will reduce GPC symptoms. It is also effective in containing corneal bulging and relieving pressure on the tissue for a Keratoconus sufferer.

Toric lenses are useful for correcting astigmatism. Since the lens needs to align with the bulge it is correcting, toric lenses must not rotate in order to fit on the eye. They are typically custom made to correct a specific astigmatism. For that reason, this type of lens takes longer to make and costs more than a traditional contact lens.

Bifocal and multifocal lenses can help remedy presbyopia. Monovision lenses are another option for presbyopia. This type of lenses can have one fitted for distance vision and the other for seeing close objects.

Medicated eye drops can be an effective solution for dealing with dry eyes. They will lubricate eyes enough to make contact lenses more bearable, although a punctual occlusion also must be done to plug the ducts in some extreme cases. GPC symptoms can also be lessened through medicated eye drops. They flush out protein deposits and reduce inflammation.