Hard to Fit Contacts

Hard to Fit Contacts from Our Eye Doctor in Columbia, SC

You may be looking forward to finally getting your first pair contact lenses as a change of pace from (or an alternative to) eyeglasses, only to find out that the process may not be as straightforward as you'd thought. Some eyes are harder to fit for contact lenses than others due to specific vision challenges or health conditions. Don't worry. You can still get the comfortable, effective contacts you seek from Dr. Dorothy Park & Associates. Our eye doctor in Columbia, SC, can evaluate your eyes and prescribe the ideal lenses for your needs.


Why You Might Need Hard to Fit Contacts

Many individuals with mild, easily-corrected refractive errors need nothing more than a pair of standard soft contacts for adequate vision correction. Others, however, may require something a bit more specialized. You may be a candidate for hard to fit contacts if you suffer from:

  • • An unusually strong refractive error or (in the case of keratoconus) abnormal corneal curvature
  • • Presbyopia (changes in the lens's focusing ability that cause blurriness at multiple distances)
  • • Dry eye, an irritating condition often aggravated by standard contact lenses
  • • Giant papillary conjunctivitis, an inflammatory condition caused by reactions to protein debris on contacts

Our Columbia optometrist always conducts a contact lens exam before fitting patients with contacts. This exam combines measurements of your eye structures with a careful evaluation of your eye and vision health. We can tell from the results of this exam whether or not you can get satisfactory results from standard contacts or you need some extra help from hard to fit contacts.

Specialized Contact Lenses for a Wide Range of Conditions

Dr. Dorothy Park & Associates offers a wide range of hard to fit contacts to suit many different challenges. If you have presbyopia, for instance, we can fit you with multifocal lenses that keep your vision sharp both close-up and at a distance. If ordinary contacts are likely to irritate your eyes, we can provide specialized lenses made for dry eye sufferers or rigid gas-permeable (RGP) contacts that don't collect protein debris as easily as soft lenses. RGP lenses can also correct for strong prescriptions with unparalleled precision. Even keratoconus patients can get good results from scleral contacts. These contact lenses cover the entire cornea to compensate for those pronounced irregularities.

Schedule a Contact Lens Exam with Our Columbia Optometrist

Don't let the need for hard to fit contacts prevent you from getting the vision correction that you want. Enjoy comfortable, high-quality vision correction from the team at Dr. Dorothy Park & Associates. Call 803-232-7784 to schedule a contact lens exam with our Columbia optometrist.


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Meet Our Patients

  • "Dr. Park is such a sweet person and consequently, makes an excellent doctor. Not only is she caring and compassionate with her patients, she participates actively in her community in "giving back". If you are looking for a great doctor to care for your vision, look no further--she's the one!"
  • "Very pleasant and knowledgeable. Dr. Park was excellent with a great chair side manner. Everyone there was very friendly and helpful. We will definitely be back with the kids for their exams."
  • "Dr. Park is the best. The staff in the office are so helpful, knowledgeable and friendly. Every time we go it’s like visiting family. I've been with the office for 11 years and would recommend the office to anyone!"
  • "Dr. Park is awesome. She is patient and genuinely cares about helping me. I had eye problems so severe they were preventing me from going to work weeks at a time. She took her time and researched my problem and was able to find a solution. Not to mention helped me finally get relief from so much pain.
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  • "She is a passionate doctor with a great heart and sense of humor. The staff is very welcoming and professional. You won't be disappointed. Highly recommended."
  • "Because of the positive experiences at Dr. Dorothy J. Park & Associates, my husband and I will drive nearly an hour making her office the new home for our eye care needs and continue to highly recommend this office to others. BIG thanks to this fantastic group of people!"