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Hard to Fit Contact Lenses from Our Oak Park Optometrist

Thanks to modern technologies and materials, today's contact lenses are a simpler and more convenient vision correction option than ever -- but some people still have difficulty selecting and wearing comfortable, effective contacts. Certain eye disorders and underlying health conditions call for extra care and expertise if you want to enjoy the many benefits contact lenses provide. Fortunately, you can get that care and expertise from our Oak Park optometrist at Compass Eye Center, Dr. Alex Tan.

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Our Oak Park Optometrist Explains What to do When Contacts Become a Challenge

If you suffer from a simple refractive error such as myopia or hyperopia, with no other complicating factors, our Oak Park eye doctor can probably correct your vision easily and comfortably with ordinary single vision soft contact lenses. But many individuals struggle with issues that make contact lenses hard to fit. These hard to fit situations may include:

Dry eye - The redness, itching and irritation caused by inadequate tear production can be aggravated by wearing ordinary contacts.

Presbyopia - Presbyopia may require vision correction in two or more fields of distance, requiring lenses that can provide these multiple corrections.

Refractive surgery - If you have had LASIK or other refractive surgery, you may be experiencing minor visual distortion or other side effects that need to be compensated for with specialized lenses.

Giant papillary conjunctivitis - GPC is an eyelid irritation that occurs when your eyes are sensitive to the proteins that gather on contact lenses.

Astigmatism - Astigmatism produces areas of distortion due to imperfections in the cornea's shape and curvature. Ordinary soft contacts that conform to the irregular curvature cannot correct significant astigmatism.

Keratoconus - Keratoconus takes the corneal deformation a step further, with thin corneal tissues bulging outward in a cone-like shape and making effective contacts harder to fit.

Our Oak Park Eye Doctor Has the Answers to Your Hard to Fit Issues

Before giving up on the assumption that you "just can't wear contacts," come see our Oak Park eye doctor. Dr. Tan will evaluate your eyes carefully; check your medical history and intended contact lens usage. We can then fit you with:

  • RGP (rigid gas permeable) lenses to correct post-surgery vision problems
  • Scleral lenses to compensate for keratoconus
  • Lenses that retain moisture for dry eye sufferers
  • Toric lenses (designed to remain fixed in one position) for astigmatism
  • Single-use disposable lenses to avoid protein accumulation and GPC
  • Multifocal lenses for presbyopia, allowing you to see clearly at all distances
  • Monovision lenses that provide a different field of distance for each eye (a useful option for presbyopia patients who don't like multifocal)
  • Hybrid Lenses provide the best of both worlds: the crisp optics of a rigid lens and the comfort of a larger, soft lens. 

Schedule a Contact Lens Exam in Oak Park

No matter what kind of contact lens is right for you; the selection process always starts with a contact lens exam in Oak Park. Contact us at (708) 258-1065 if you need hard to fit contact lenses in Oak Park, Melrose Park, Elmwood Park River Forest, Forest Park, Berwyn or Chicago!