Hard to Fit Contacts

Do you have a condition that qualifies you for hard to fit contacts? Dr. Dorothy Park & Associates, your eye doctor in Columbia, SC, and her team are here to help you. Below is more information about hard to fit contacts.


Hard to Fit Eye Conditions

Certain eye conditions make it hard to wear regular contacts. Patients with these conditions can wear specially made contacts. Hard to fit eye conditions include keratoconus, astigmatism, dry eyes, giant papillary conjunctivitis, post-refractive surgery, and presbyopia.


Keratoconus is an eye disease where the cornea will thin and morph into a cone shape. This cone causes vision to be distorted.


Astigmatism is when the eye or eyes have a hard time focusing on light.

Dry Eyes

Dry eye syndrome happens when the eyes cannot produce enough liquid to keep the eyes moist. 

Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis

Giant papillary conjunctivitis, also called GPC, is when the inner part of your eyelid becomes inflamed. This can make wearing regular contacts uncomfortable.

Post-Refractive Surgery

Patients who had LASIK or other post-refractive surgery may still need some help seeing. They can be fitted with special contacts for sharper vision.


Presbyopia is when the eyes can no longer objects close up. This condition is common for people who are beyond 40 years old. 

Types of Hard to Fit Contact Lenses

There are several types of hard to fit contact lenses our eye care professional can fit you with. These contacts are gas permeable contacts lenses, scleral contact lenses, toric contact lenses, bifocal lenses, and monovision lenses. 

Gas Permeable Contacts Lenses

Gas permeable contact lenses are made out of rigid materials that allow oxygen to pass through the lenses to the eyes. These lenses are great for patients with keratoconus and giant papillary conjunctivitis.

Scleral Contact Lenses

Scleral contact lenses sit on the whites of the eyes, the sclera, and can fit over irregularly shaped corneas. These lenses work well for patients with keratoconus. 

Toric Contact Lenses

Toric contact lenses are contacts that are specifically designed for patients with astigmatism. Lenses are fitted to the wearer, so these can cost more than other hard to fit contacts. 

Eye Doctor in Columbia, SC

Make an appointment at your earliest convenience so that our eye care professional can fit you with special contact lenses. You can visit us at Dr. Dorothy Park &; Associates, 1818 Hampton St., Columbia, SC, 29201. You can also make an appointment with us over the phone at 803-232-7784.





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