Finding contact lenses that fit and wearing contact lenses in general can be made more challenging when these conditions affect your eyes:
- Radial keratotomy (RK)
- Corneal transplant
Astigmatism: Astigmatism is a common condition that causes blurred vision. It occurs when the cornea is irregularly shaped or sometimes because of the curvature of the lens inside the eye. Toric contact lenses are used to correct the astigmatism.
Presbyopia: Eyes tend to have a tougher time focusing on close objects as they age. This condition is known as presbyopia. It typically affects people aged 40 or older. Bifocal and multifocal lenses can help remedy presbyopia. Monovision and modified monovision is another option. Patients who are fit with monovision lenses have one eye focused for distance and the other eye focused for near.
Keratoconus: Keratoconus is a progressive eye disease in which the normally round cornea thins and begins to bulge into a cone-like shape. People with keratoconus often require contacts to achieve optimal vision. Specialty contacts such as scleral lenses can often be life changing when fit well.
Radial keratotomy: RK was one of the first refractive surgeries performed in the United States in the 80’s and early 90’s. Small incisions were made in the cornea to reshape it. Unfortunately, many patients struggle with complications as a result of this surgery. Complication include glare, double vision and fluctuating vision. Scleral contacts have helped those who struggle with the side effects of RK.
Corneal transplant: There are many conditions that result in a corneal transplant. Specialty contact lenses are needed to achieve optimal vision secondary to the irregular corneal surface in many of these cases. The doctors will access the health of the cornea and customize a treatment plan for each individual eye.