For many people, contact lenses offer an alternative to prescription eyeglasses for improved vision. At Hollywood Optometrist, Dr. Lahijani and Dr. Fan offer both standard and custom contacts to meet your visual needs. These FAQs from our eye doctors in L.A. explain more about specialty hard to fit contacts and who can benefit from their use.
What does it mean to be hard to fit?
If you are diagnosed as hard to fit, it means that you have an eye condition that requires custom contacts to correct your vision. Standard contacts won’t be effective in improving your sight.
What conditions make me hard to fit?
Dry eye is one of the conditions that require hard to fit contacts as standard contacts can aggravate dry eye symptoms. Keratoconus, astigmatism, presbyopia, and giant papillary conjunctivitis are other eye conditions that require hard to fit contacts. If you have a high prescription for myopia or farsightedness, our eye doctor in L.A. may also recommend custom contacts to improve your sight.
How do I know if I’m hard to fit?
Our optometrist in Los Angeles will conduct a contact lens exam to determine your prescription for contacts. This exam will reveal if you have an eye condition that requires custom contacts to improve your sight. If so, Dr. Lahijani or Dr. Fan will recommend the contacts best suited to your needs. These contacts can be fabricated in our in-house laboratory for your convenience.
What are some examples of hard to fit contacts?
Some common hard to fit contacts are:
- Rigid gas permeable (RGP) and scleral contacts to correct vision problems caused by keratoconus
- Multifocal and monovision lenses for treating presbyopia
- Toric lenses to correct problems caused by astigmatism
Working closely with Dr. Lahijani and Dr. Fan will ensure you get the right contacts for you.
What is the process for getting contact lenses?
Dr. Lahijani or Dr. Fan will first conduct a comprehensive eye exam to test your visual clarity and eye health. Then we’ll conduct a contact lens exam to determine your prescription for contacts. This exam entails measuring the curvature of the cornea of your eye and the pupil to determine what size and type of contacts are best suited for you. Lastly, our optometrist will test your tear production to ensure your eyes have sufficient moisture for contact lens use.
Visit Us at Hollywood Optometrist for Hard to Fit Contacts
Whether you need an optometrist in Echo Park, Westlake, Ramppart, Silver Lake, or MacArthur Park, contact Dr. Lahijani and Dr. Fan at (323) 667-2102 for all your eye care needs.