Contact lenses are not an easy solution for every person suffering with vision problems. Some eye conditions make wearing conventional contacts difficult, but it does not rule out wearing contact lenses altogether. If you've had difficulty wearing contact lenses in the past or have a medical condition affecting the eye, our optometric physicians can evaluate your eyes and take additional measurements to determine if custom lenses are an option to improve your vision. Our doctors specialize in customizing contact lenses to meet your visual needs, including custom soft, rigid, tinted/cosmetic, multifocal, and scleral contact lenses.
Common Indications for Medically Necessary Contacts
- Keratoconus and Pellucid Marginal Degeneration: Keratoconus is a progressive corneal disease that causes the cornea (the front part of your eye) to become thinner over time and develop a conical shape. Pellucid Marginal Degeneration causes progressive thinning and steepening of the peripheral cornea. In moderate and severe cases of these conditions, custom contact lenses typically provide better vision than can be achieved with spectacle correction.
- Astigmatism: If the front of the eye is not perfectly round or spherical, it may be described as astigmatic. Low and regular shapes of astigmatism can often be corrected with traditional contact lenses, but high and irregular astigmatism may require custom contact lenses to achieve optimal vision.
- Dry Eyes: When eyes become excessively dry or affected by medication or medical conditions like Sjogren's Syndrome, it leads to irritation, burning, redness and blurred vision. Traditional contact lenses can exacerbate these conditions by making it feel like a foreign object is stuck in your eye. Conventional lenses with improved moisture retention or custom contact lenses can provide relief to those suffering from dry eye.
- Post-refractive (RK, PRK, LASIK) or post corneal graft (PKP): After refractive or corneal transplant surgery, the front surface of the eye becomes irregular and often unable to wear conventional contact lenses.
- Irregular corneas or pupils: Eyes with corneal scarring, congenital anomalies, etc.