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Hard To Fit Contacts vs Regular Contacts

Contact lenses are a great alternative to eyeglasses because they provide a more natural appearance. In addition, you won't need to worry about your vision being obstructed by the eyeglass frame or dirty lenses. Many people can wear traditional soft contacts. However, certain conditions of the eye make this impossible, and you will need to wear hard-to-fit contacts, which the professionals at Family Eyecare at Westchase can prescribe.

Regular Contacts

Traditional soft contacts are considered regular contacts, and they are designed to treat nearsightedness or farsightedness. They are the best if you can wear soft contacts because regular contacts are less expensive than hard-to-fit contacts. In addition, there are several types of regular contacts, including:

  • Daily lenses that are thrown out every day
  • Weekly lenses that are thrown away once a week
  • Bi-weekly lenses that are thrown away every two weeks
  • Monthly lenses that are thrown away once a month
  • Extended wear lenses that can be worn for 30 days straight without removing them.

The lenses your optometrist chooses would depend on your lifestyle and preferences, as well as the health of your eyes.

Hard To Fit Contacts

Hard to fit contacts are necessary if you have certain conditions of the eyes, including:

  • Astigmatism
  • Presbyopia
  • Keratoconus
  • Giant papillary conjunctivitis
  • Dry eye syndrome

Regular lenses can exasperate your condition, and in some cases, wearing regular contacts can be impossible. In these situations, hard-to-fit contacts are the best option. There are several types of hard to fit contacts, including:

  • Toric lenses for astigmatism
  • Bifocal lenses for presbyopia
  • Monofocal lenses for presbyopia if you can't get used to bifocal lenses
  • Gas permeable lenses for dry eye syndrome, keratoconus, and giant papillary conjunctivitis
  • Scleral lenses for dry eye syndrome keratoconus and giant papillary conjunctivitis.

If you are thinking about getting contacts, call Family Eyecare at Westchase. Our eye doctor in Tampa, FL can prescribe regular contacts or hard-to-fit contacts, based on the health of your eyes.

Schedule an Appointment with Our Eye Doctor in Tampa, FL

Call Family EyeCare at Westchase today at (813) 814-2020 for more information or to schedule an appointment with our optometrist.